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UW stresses health precautions as outbreak numbers increase By Erin Banco THE DAILY CARDINAL


Ald. Eli Judge, District 8, proposed the Downtown Residential Lighting Initiative, a $50,000 budget amendment, in an effort to improve safety in heavy pedestrian areas throughout the downtown area.

In response to more than 45 incidents of diarrhea and vomiting from residents of Sellery Hall, university officials are urging students to wash their hands thoroughly with soap and water and use hand sanitizer. Dr. Susan Van Orman, executive director of University Health Services, said the first incident was reported Nov. 6. “People are calling it norovirus, but we are still waiting for confirmation on that,” Van Orman said. “People develop symptoms pretty suddenly, within an hour or two get a feeling of nausea.” Students of the residence hall have reported vomiting seven or eight times over the course of several hours. Van Orman said symptoms, which include diarrhea and vomiting, tend to disappear within 24 hours but students may immediately feel better.

According to University Health Services officials, the norovirus spreads through bodily fluids, including saliva and vomit, when other people touch the virus and put it into their mouths. The virus is extremely contagious because it can survive on public surfaces like bathrooms and door handles. UHS directors said they have only seen one to two individuals each day who need IV treatment and fewer people have visited surrounding emergency rooms. “Most [students] care for themselves, once the vomiting dies down they are able to rehydrate themselves and symptoms usually calm down,” Van Orman said. University officials are not sure of whether the spreading of the virus will get worse but are continuing to educate students on how to stay healthy. Sellery Hall officials said they do not foresee a closure of the residence hall in the near future.

Bus-fare hike, lighting initiative pass in budget

Two former aides to Wiley leave in new chancellor administration reorganization

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After sifting through a long list of amendments Wednesday night on day two of city budget debates, the Madison Common Council members voted to approve the 2009 operating budget in the early hours of Thursday morning. The council passed an amendment created by Ald. Eli Judge to provide $50,000 in funding for a pilot program adding additional lighting to downtown streets. The Downtown Residential Lighting Initiative will serve heavy pedestrian areas including State, Langdon and Mifflin Streets as well as Capitol Square in an effort to improve safety. The initiative received support from a number of figures, including officials from the Madison Police Department and the UW-Madison Dean of Students Office. In accordance with the Dark

Skies Initiative to reduce light pollution, Judge said specific details of what types of lights would be used in the program would be decided on by the Economic Development Division staff in conjunction with the Public Safety Review Board. In one of the most controversial issues in the budget, the council voted in favor of increasing Madison Metro revenue $682,000 through a 50-cent fare increase. Mayor Dave Cieslewicz said the hike to a $2 fare was the most difficult decision he made when proposing his budget, yet essential in securing Metro’s future. An amendment to Cieslewicz’s budget sponsored by Ald. Brian Solomon, District 10, and Ald. Satya Rhodes-Conway, District 12, attempted to eliminate revenue from a fare increase to lessen the financial burden on low-income riders who make up about half of

Metro ridership. “I think we can all agree that Metro is a basic service … Because it’s an essential service and a basic service, we need to make sure that it is affordable for the people who need it most,” Solomon said. Ultimately, an amendment created by Ald. Jed Sanborn, District 1, that essentially reverted Solomon and Rhodes Conway’s amendment back to most of Cieslewicz’s original proposals gained the support of the council in a 12-8 vote. Supporters of Sanborn’s amendment like Ald. Julia Kerr, District 13, said a fare increase was the best way to improve Metro services in a time of economic hardships and high fuel costs. “I’m hoping that a fare increase will help us lay a foundation for a more robust Metro over time that serves more people and that’s the basis for my support of this,” Kerr said.


The departure of former chancellor John Wiley’s top aides, Casey Nagy and Deb Lauder, is one of several changes being made in Chancellor Biddy Martin’s process of readjusting the administration. According to the Associated Press, the absence of Nagy and Lauder will make room for a new communication advisor, who will work on spreading the university’s message. Nagy worked as Wiley’s chief of staff and was involved in making many staff-related decisions regarding university personnel.

UW-Madison officials confirmed Wednesday the leaving of Lauder, who served as another crucial staff member for Wiley, the AP reported. Wiley said in an interview he is supportive of Martin’s decision to make changes to the administration. “I think every chancellor has the right and, in fact, the responsibility to organize the office in whatever way they think will work best for them,” Wiley said. According to Wiley, the positions held by Nagy and Lauder were key roles while he was chancellor, administration page 3

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‘Free’ ASM bus pass future uncertain By Anna Discher THE DAILY CARDINAL

Even though the Madison Common Council voted to approve a proposed fare increase for Madison Metro services, officials say prices for student bus passes may rise regardless of the result of Wednesday’s city budget debate. A current deal between Madison Metro and the Associated Students of Madison allows the university to use segregated fees to pay the bus company at a discounted rate. The agreement will remain in effect until June 30, 2010, at which point price and terms of the deal will be renegotiated. The proposed bus fare increase is one of the more controversial items

on this year’s city operating budget. Ald. Eli Judge, District 8, said there have been a large number of complaints about the fare increase. “We have been receiving far more complaints than applause when it comes to the program, not only from the general Madison residents, but also the students,” Judge said. “When ASM is going to renegotiate the contract for students, the rate will more than likely go up even if the amendment does not pass,” he said. “I am opposed to raising the fares because I think there are other objectives the city can look at when it comes to prioritizing,” he added. “Increasing the fares right now is

perhaps not the best decision.” Margaret Bergamini, ASM bus pass advisor, said the proposed fare increase may not immediately impact students because of the contract with Madison Metro that sets fares, however, this will impact what students will pay for bus passes in the long run. “It’s a matter of policy, it’s not quote on quote free,” Bergamini said. “The student bus passes are currently paid for by student’s segregated fees, so there is nothing free about it.” The Transit and Parking Commission will further decide how to appropriate the fare increase between cash tickets and bus pass programs.


The two Ben and Jerry’s ice cream shops in Madison, including the store at 224 State St., closed their doors Wednesday.

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hen in conversation at a bar or party, I’ll sometimes encounter an awkward pause when the other person begins to rummage around in their purse or front pockets before producing some object of deep personal significance, a cherished photograph of a newborn relative, say, or a cell phone with a touch-screen display. “Look at my nephew”/“Listen to my ringtone,” they insist. Being told to shut up and listen to a phone ring is just irritating, but I’ve always admired the ability of an exotic gadget or a wallet-sized photograph of a fetus to command the attention of an entire group of people. “Isn’t it cute?” asks the owner. Some people take a less orthodox approach. More advanced in this art than anyone else I have ever met, the parents of one childhood friend kept

what looked like a chunk of petrified wood on their coffee table. Guests would invariably pass the curious object around, examining it closely, before one finally asked, “Just what is this, exactly?” “Freeze-dried seal penis,” replied the hosts. Hoping to imitate that success, but with an eye toward portability that excluded large, preserved animal members, I quickly realized that I had no idea where to begin looking for a suitable keepsake or conversation piece. Never the sort to go souvenir shopping on vacations, the things I tend to buy while traveling are simply the items I forgot to pack before leaving home. “Look,” I said, after returning from New York City this past August. “This is the cellular phone charger I picked up in Times Square. And here’s the toothbrush I found in a kiosk at JFK!” When the time came to hand out gifts to everyone else, I revealed that I’d bought a vegetable peeler for every member of my immediate family. Other people seem to have a knack for identifying these sorts of things. That same month, my girlfriend called

from a wedding in Poland to say that she’d found the perfect souvenir for me in a shop in Warsaw, but had decided that 150 Euro was too much to pay for an adult Goliath Beetle preserved inside a glass display case. “But how can you put a price on love?” I protested. What I’d like best of all is a live Goliathus. As a rule, I’m no great lover of insects, but if a particular species manages to grow to the size of a kitten, I am willing to suspend my disbelief about it actually being one. “Have you held David yet?” I’d ask an acquaintance, reaching into my knapsack and then thrusting the massive arthropod toward them, its giant mandibles and six legs working furiously. “Isn’t he cute? Hey, let’s introduce him to your niece.” Sadly, unlike their taxidermied kinfolk in Europe, living Goliath Beetles have chosen to inhabit areas less cosmopolitan and more primeval, such as the tropical rainforests of Africa. If it were to come to a choice between the two, I’d be much more likely to hitchhike across the former East Bloc with a Polish-to-English dictionary and my pockets stuffed full of foreign currency

than parachute into the Congo with a machete and my pockets stuffed full of quinine tablets. I’ve never previously had a real interest in owning the remains of a dead animal, however preserved. Taxidermy, for me, has always existed alongside lycanthropy and doll-making on a list of questionable hobbies whose practitioners should be placed on some kind of government watch list. Would you feel comfortable around someone who considered “embalming” to be among their favorite recreational activities? It’s funny how quickly these kinds of biases can be overcome by the desire to own things. Not that I’m going to start storing huge jars of formaldehyde in the basement of our apartment building, but if I’m ever invited to Poland, I know exactly where I’m going to head when I get off the plane, ready to try and talk the owner down to 100 Euro. “You don’t want to haggle?” I’ll ask, if they refuse to negotiate. “Well then, how much for just the penis?” Are you a Goliath Beetle? Contact Matt at

New Beer Thursday Special Edition FACE-OFF: BUD LIGHT LIME VERSUS MILLER CHILL Make no ifs, ands or buts about it, these beers are not meant to be consumed slowly or with much tact. It’s a showdown between the two brewski juggernauts from St. Louis and Milwaukee—with a twist of Mexico thrown in. Forget beer grades; there are two beers in the limey light beer category, and one is better than the other. Now it’s time to find out which is best. Miller Chill ($4.99 12-pack at Riley’s Wines of the World) The flavor is guaranteed to be familiar to the common beer drinker, unless the common beer drinker hasn’t been to a cheap Chinese buffet and consequently vomited. Miller Chill might be one of the worst beers to come across the desk in recent history, and it won’t be let off the hook. To put the taste in familiar terms, it’s bitter and sour; doesn’t have any remnant of a desirable flavor. Not a coincidence that Riley’s sells 12-packs for two dollars less than the six-pack. If you’re looking for a cheap booze fix, maybe this works, just don’t say I told you to buy it.





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Bud Light Lime ($6.99 six pack at Riley’s Wines of the World) Let’s get one thing straight: This “beer” is in a class of its own. There is no basis of comparison. To compare it to Miller Chill would be like comparing tap water to toilet water post-use. All that being said, Bud Light Lime is good; It tastes good, goes down pretty easy and doesn’t have a nasty aftertaste. It is absolutely better than plain old Bud Light, albeit slightly more expensive. While the winter may not be the best time to drink a beer reminiscent of summer, this beer may get your mind off of the bitter cold for the time being. Bud Light Lime takes the advantage over the two lime beers, and it’s not even close.


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Democrats elect new Assembly leadership By Amanda Hoffstrom THE DAILY CARDINAL

After gaining the majority for the first time in 14 years in Nov. 4’s general election, state Assembly Democrats voted for new leadership Wednesday. Assembly Democrats elected Rep. Mike Sheridan of Janesville the new speaker, and Rep. Tom Nelson of Kaukauna the new majority leader. “We have all worked very hard over the last several years to take back the majority and we have reason to be proud of our success,” Sheridan said in a statement. “I believe that we need to hit the ground running to accomplish our mission of getting Wisconsin back on track.” Both Sheridan and Nelson were reelected to their third Assembly terms this year, having served since 2004. Sheridan described his leadership style as one of teamwork, problemsolving and cooperation, adding he will “lead with an open mind and an open door.” Sheridan will takeover the position currently held by Rep. Mike Huebsch, R-West Salem, at the beginning of the next legislative session in January. An essential responsibility of leaders in the state Legislature is to work with the UW System, balancing needs

of the state’s public institutions with resources available. “Our relationship with Speaker Mike Huebsch was terrific, so I would hope for a continuation of what’s been a very, very productive dialogue,” UW System spokesperson David Giroux said. Giroux said a positive relationship also exists between state Senate leaders, where Democrats also hold the majority. “Senator [Russ] Decker has been very welcoming to our leadership and has engaged in an equally productive dialogue.” Decker, D-Weston, was re-elected as the Senate majority leader Tuesday. Republicans also voted Jeff Fitzgerald of Horicon Assembly minority leader Tuesday. Rep. Scott Fitzgerald, RJuneau, will continue to serve as the Senate minority leader. Although passing legislation can be limited for the party in the minority, Jim Bender, spokesperson for Jeff Fitzgerald, said the Democrats hold a slim majority over the Republicans. “Most sessions, regardless of who’s in control … 85 percent of the bills pass with bipartisan support,” Bender said. —Megan Orear contributed to this report

Nass loses committee chair role, wants to downsize UW By Megan Orear THE DAILY CARDINAL

Although his role as chair of the Committee on Colleges and Universities will end in January, state Rep. Steve Nass, R-Whitewater, plans to continue to be active in education policymaking. Nass, who is an outspoken critic of the UW System, has served as chair of the committee since 2006, but after Democrats gained the majorNASS ity in the Assembly last week, Nass will lose his influential position to an Assembly Democrat. According to Nass spokesperson Mike Mikalsen, Wisconsin’s budget shortfall will be the first item on the committee’s agenda, and Nasas wants to cut spending by decreasing the number of UW campuses in the state. “Our problem is we operate too many campuses and that has become a huge drain on the system,” Mikalsen said. He said closing some of the smaller campuses would save building costs, and increasing the enrollment at larger campuses would make room for more students. According to Mikalsen, Nass is hopeful Assembly Democrats will be

open to this idea. UW System spokesperson David Giroux said he never heard of the plan Mikalsen mentioned, but added all UW campuses are already at peak enrollment and it would be difficult to increase capacity at any particular campus. “It’s a very interesting idea, and if folks are convinced that would be a good way to serve the state’s educational needs then let’s look at it, but it’s certainly not anything we’ve discussed previously,” Giroux said. Giroux said higher education is not a partisan issue and he will focus on improving communication with the capital, including listening to criticism regarding what needs to improve. State Rep. Spencer Black, DMadison, who is also on the Committee on Colleges and Universities, said he believes Democratic leadership in the committee will improve relations between the university and the Legislature, adding Nass “was not a supporter of the university.” According to Mike McCabe, executive director of the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign, Democratic control of the Legislature may fix “strained” relations with the university. “I think there’s an opening here for some improved relations, but it remains to be seen whether or not that’s going to happen,” he said.

Teen reports being hit with bottle, punched in face over stolen boyfriend A 16-year-old girl reported being punched and struck in the face with a glass bottle on campus Monday over accusations of stealing someone’s boyfriend. According to a police report, the incident took place around 4 p.m. at the intersection of University Avenue and Park Street when three teenage girls and a teenage boy approached the victim. The victim told police one girl,

described as a black female, 16 to 18 years old, with a slender build and braided hair, first punched her in the face. The second perpetrator, described only as a black female teen, then struck her with the bottle. The victim reported that the bottle did not break upon impact but the girl did smash it on the ground. The victim claims the broken bottle was waved at her and it cut her finger.




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Members of the UW-Madison Kendo club demonstrate fighting techniques Wednesday in Memorial Union’s Great Hall. Kendo is a Japanese form of martial arts using swords made of bamboo and wood.

Parents’ weekend expected to generate large revenue By Erin Banco THE DAILY CARDINAL

First-Year Parents weekend brings an influx of parents dining out, shopping on State Street and sleeping at hotels—all activities that flood Madison’s economy with over a million dollars each year. According to a recent survey conducted by the Wisconsin Alumni Association, parents’ weekend brought in $1.25 million last year and officials plan for a similar amount to arise over this year’s event, which should attract over 700 families to the area this weekend. According to Kate Dixon, director of communications for WAA, families spend an average of $1,172 during the weekend in several areas of the economy. “We know many families take advantage of State Street and go

out to eat and do some local shopping,” Dixon said. “People from out of state or who are from further away in Wisconsin need a place to stay, so they are booking hotel rooms … it is a multi-pillar of all those different expenses.” Mary Carbine, executive director of Madison’s Central Business Improvement District, said UWMadison has a great economic impact on the central downtown area, especially in the areas of dining, lodging and shopping. Carbine cited a recent downtown market analysis, in which parents and friends spend $8.4 million annually on various types of expenses. Members from the Business Improvement District will be present at events throughout the weekend to hand out maps and

direct families to Madison’s finest attractions. “Any weekend that brings lot of parents and alumni to the university and downtown is one that our businesses look forward to,” Carbine said. According to Carbine, the UWMadison alumni base is among the top 10 in the nation in terms of size with 175,000 alums living within a five-hour driving distance from the university. “The alumni sector is also an important base that serves the downtown area,” she said. In 2007, First-Year Parents’ Weekend attracted 2,790 visitors to the university from 22 states. Dixon said WAA conducted the survey for the first time in 2007, but the organization plans to continue it in the future.

Slain UW student Zimmermann’s reward fund increases Days before what would have been slain UW-Madison student Brittany Zimmermann’s 22nd birthday Nov. 15, Madison police announced that a private reward fund for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for her death last April has been now $14,000. Zimmermann, who was found slain April 2 in her Doty Street apartment, planned to major in medical microbiology and immunology.

Kim Heeg, Zimmermann’s aunt, thanked those who have contributed to the search for Zimmermann’s killer in a statement released Wednesday. “Last year at this time Brittany was looking forward to celebrating her 21st birthday,” Heeg said. “We thank you for your ongoing support with the Brittany Zimmermann Reward Fund and we ask that you contact the Madison Area Crime Stoppers with any information that may be

helpful in solving this case.” Madison police urge anyone with information to call Crime Stoppers at (608) 266-6014. In addition to the private fund, there is also a $1,000 reward available through Crime Stoppers. Contributions to the private fund can be sent to: Brittany Zimmermann Reward Fund, c/o Marshfield Medical Center Credit Union, 302 W. Upham St., Marshfield, WI 54449.

Professor garners $100K award from Bill Gates’ foundation A UW-Madison biochemist’s proposal to invent a drug that remains hidden inside a cell until activated by a pathogen has received a $100,000 award from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Ron Raines, a professor in the UW-Madison Biochemistry Department, and a team of researchers were granted the award

administration from page 1 but are not needed for the style in which Martin operates. “[Nagy and Lauder] were key people in the way I operated, [but] they will be fine … they will make great contributions to the university in other roles,” Wiley said. Representatives from the Martin’s office said they are unable

through the Gates Foundation’s Grand Challenges in Global Health initiative. According to a university release, the proposal beat 40-to-1 funding odds and aims to broadly develop therapeutic agents to limit drug resistance. The idea would create a way to prevent viruses, such as HIV, from entering cells.

Raines and his research team is one of 104 recipients of the $100,000 grant from the foundation this year. According to its website, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation aims to help individuals lead healthy, productive lives through support in the United States and around the world.

to comment about the assistants leaving their positions. “Everyone understood and expected a number of changes to be made over time and this is probably the first of many over the years,” Wiley said. Martin announced a new vice chancellor for university relations position last week. Once appointed, the vice chancellor will handle

the university’s strategies in dealing with communication, state relations and economic development. According to the AP, Martin also plans to commence other changes such as raising salaries for underpaid faculty and money for need-based student financial aid. Calls to Nagy, Lauder and University Communications staff were not returned as of press time.


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Question Answered

Our science gurus take on life’s mysteries


Q: Is glass a liquid or a solid?

Your haunted house Phantom electricity could be draining both your bank account and the environment By Kaylee DeGrace THE DAILY CARDINAL

They creep into your home silently. You can’t see them, you can’t smell them, but phantoms are haunting your house. Every time you turn your back, they surge into your home with stealth and power. These phantoms, however, only have one way into your home—through your electrical outlets. If you leave appliances plugged in when you’re not using them, they’re using phantom power, which is slowly racking up both your electricity bill and the carbon-dioxide emissions in Dane County. Almost all appliances without a genuine off switch use phantom power, so although your lamps are in the clear, your TV and your computer could be serious culprits. But those have off switches, right? Wrong. Sort of. There is a difference between standby (or sleep) mode and OFF. It’s a luxury to sit down on the couch and curl up in a blanket with a pint of Ben & Jerry’s (Half Baked is my favorite), grab the remote, turn the TV on and settle in for a movie night. Except, if the remote can turn the TV on, something is powering the remote-control sensor. So when the TV is “off,” it’s using less energy than when it’s on, but it’s still using energy. To turn it “off off,” you have to unplug it. Other types of appliances use phantom power, too. Think of your cell-phone charger. It’s pretty cool that as soon as you hook the charger to the phone it starts charging. In other words, electricity flows continuously through the charger so it’s always ready to supply your phone with power. And then, of course, there’s anything that lights up: your microwave, your digital alarm clock, your light-sensor

night light (if you’re afraid of the dark, like me). So the other day I looked around my house at all the appliances I have. I’m too cheap to buy a TV or cable, but I have three lamps, my laptop, a printer, an air cleaner, my sound system, two night lights (afraid of the dark, remember), a toaster oven, a microwave, an alarm clock, a cell phone, a refrigerator and a stove/oven. I started to wonder just how much phantom power these appliances use. Madison Gas & Electric charges $0.12 per kilowatt-hour for residential electrical service. Most appliances use between zero and five watts of standby power. Five watts is only 0.005 kilowatts, but multiplied by the 11 appliances that I own multiplied by the 24 hours a day they run—I don’t need to do the math to know that cutting my standby power use will save me money. It may not be a lot of money for, say, Bill Gates, but just $0.10 is a lot on my measly college-student budget. Financial savings aren’t the only reason you should reduce your phantom energy load. If you take the standby power that you and I and your neighbor and my neighbor and their neighbors all use, you’ve got global warming! Well, it’s a contributing factor, at least. There are more than 200,000 homes in Dane County, according to U.S. Census 2007 estimates. Every kilowatt-hour of electricity releases 2.2 pounds of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, according to Robert Stoffs, community services manager of MG&E. Obviously it is great to reduce carbon emissions simply by unplugging stuff at home, but reducing carbon emissions in your hometown makes it even better. Whether cutting down on your phantom load is something you have

to do for the preservation of your planet or your expense accounts, there are different ways to do it, so whichever way works for you, go for it. The most obvious method is the unplugging method. Great if your worst phantom-load offender is your cell-phone charger, not so great if your worst offender is your HD cable box plugged in behind your five-by-five foot (not to mention five-ton) entertainment center. There’s also the power strip method and the prevention method. Power strips with a switch make it easy to cut power to many appliances all at once. They even make “smart” power strips now, which recognize when a primary appliance is turned off and shut off other peripheral devices as well. Basically, if I shut off my CD player, the power strip will shut off my surround sound as well. You can also limit the phantom load by buying EnergyStar appliances. Manufacturers must limit the phantom load in order to meet EnergyStar requirements for certification. Although phantom power is not a major dent in your wallet now, that might change in the years to come. The energy industry is changing and moving toward wind and nuclear power, according to Willis Long of the Department of Engineering Professional Development at UWMadison. That’s all very expensive to build, he said. Energy is costly, and it’s projected to get more and more expensive. So phantom power might not be a big deal yet, but you might want to get in the habit of unplugging now, before pennies become dollars, before global warming becomes global warmed and before phantom power starts haunting you.

A: The answer seems obvious to anyone with a practical definition: Glass is a solid. It’s rigid, and it doesn’t appear to flow, so why would we possibly think it’s a liquid? Well, the question stems from an urban myth. If we look at antique windows in cathedrals, for example, the thickness at the bottom of the window appears greater than at the top, as if the glass at the top had flowed to the bottom after hundreds of years. Professor Mark Ediger of the UW-Madison chemistry department explained this phenomenon. Depending on your time frame, glass does “flow,” in that it has a viscosity of around 1013 Poise. Viscosity is a measure of a fluid’s resistance to flow. For example, honey (about 100 Poise) is more viscous than water (0.01 Poise). So, is glass’ viscosity low enough to cause a window to bulge over centuries? Ediger referenced a 1998 article published in the American Journal of Physics stating it would take antique glass at least 1032 years to noticeably flow, an amount of time greater than the age of the universe (around 14 billion, or 14x109 years). It turns out the thickness difference in the antique glass is merely a result of the manufacturing process of windows hundreds of years ago that led to uneven thicknesses in the glass pane. The reason why this myth persists, though, is because of the nature of glass. As a liquid transitions into a glass, it doesn’t go through the same phase change we traditionally think of as freezing. For example, as water is cooled to a temperature below its melting point, it sharply transitions from a flowing liquid to a solid with a regular crystalline structure.

An amorphous solid (e.g. glass), on the other hand, is formed from a liquid that is cooled below its melting point without becoming a solid (a process called supercooling) and then further cooled until it becomes a disordered, non-crystalline, glassy solid. Interestingly, according to Ediger, “Anything can become a glass.” In principle, if you cool any liquid fast enough, it can reach its glassy, amorphous, solid state. Ediger’s research includes modifying and improving the properties of glass. Glass made using the traditional method is thermodynamically unstable. However, Ediger’s lab found that through the use of a technique called vapor deposition, they could produce glass with greatly improved thermodynamic and kinetic stability. Ediger and his lab found that in changing the temperature of the material on which he deposited the glass (called the substrate), the glass is more durable and has a higher density than if deposited on a substrate held at room temperature. Furthermore, in using vapor deposition, these glasses can be produced in hours as opposed to the months it would take to make ordinary glass as stable. Prof. Ediger said modifying the temperature of the substrate during vapor deposition gives manufacturers a “giant knob” that can change the properties of the glass to whatever is desired for their product. As a result, his research could be used in anything from more durable LED screens on your camera to more stable pharmaceutical materials. From everyday experience we all know glasses are solid. They just aren’t technically crystalline, but that’s what makes glasses so interesting, their amorphous nature! Have any questions you’d like answered? Send them to


Stained glass may be nice to look at, but it’s not so great for judging if glass flows noticeably over time.

featuresfood Hot chocolate steams up Madison winter


You might be embarrassed to admit it, but nearly everyone loves a steaming mug of hot cocoa in the winter to bring back childhood memories. On one typical snowy winter day in Madison, four brave Cardinalistas decided to take on the challenge to seek out the best hot chocolate on State Street. Everyone has their favorite place for a non-fat sugar-free white mocha or just a standard cup of coffee, but where can you find a flawless hot chocolate to sip on walking to class? We tried it all, from an overpriced, watery mess to heavenly chocolate perfection. Check out our ratings on a scale from one to 10 of the best and worst hot chocolate Madison has to offer. Starbucks We began our chocolatey journey here with high hopes and empty stomachs. Starbucks is a world-renowned coffee chain, so we expected nothing less than mass-produced excellence. After our first sip of the regular hot chocolate, we all knew we had been proven wrong. Bill threw away his scientific expertise and went with his gut reaction. With a sour look on his face he proclaimed it was among the worst hot chocolate he had ever had. The rest of us were quick to agree. Emily thought it was way too sweet and said she could have made it herself at home. She even claimed her grandma could do better. Although Starbucks still received the lowest overall score, the only thing that saved it from really tanking was the festive holiday cups. Overall: 4.5 Einstein Bros. Bagels As a popular campus spot for coffee, we were interested to see if Einstein’s could live up to its reputation. We all agreed the flavor was more robust than Starbucks. Ariel thought it had a more specific flavor, like Hershey’s chocolate. It had an almost marshmallowy taste we enjoyed but still had a grainy texture, putting it in our top three favorites. Overall: 7.5

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Espresso Royale After getting over our immediate reaction to the tiny size of the cup, we realized Espresso’s hot chocolate had a nice, chocolatey flavor. Although we all enjoyed this stronger flavor, Emily was not a fan, pushing it to a close fourth place. Overall: 7.3



had real chocolate syrup inside. We decided this was an indulgence we couldn’t have made ourselves, making S and B’s hot chocolate our number two pick. Overall: 8.4 Fair Trade Coffee While Fair Trade’s offering was clearly better than Starbucks, it was a big disappointment. We agreed it tasted like rich, warm, 2% milk. The chocolately flavor all fell to the bottom. Despite the bland flavor, Emily said when she’s old she will come here to get her warm milk. Overall: 6.25

Meet the hot chocolate experts

Paciugo We went off our Bill- “The Scientific Opinion” normal coffee house Emily- “The Comedic Relief” path to find the spot of Ariel- “The Pickiest Palette” our favorite hot chocoMarly- “The Hungry” late. Paciugo specializes in gelato and offers a few coffee drinks, so you wouldn’t necessarily think of coming here to warm up on a winter day. Even though it cost at least a dollar more than the others we tasted, it was well worth it. It was extremely rich and chocolatey, and Sunroom it packed the chocolate Café intensity we were waiting The three for. If you want to give it a try, foodies who know and your best bet might be to order the love Sunroom had expectations that hot chocolate with a milder flavor of the hot chocolate might hold a candle gelato in it and share with friends. to the delectable Sunday brunch. We Overall: 9.2 were immediately disappointment when we saw there was no whipped Chocolate Shoppe Ice Cream After our luck at Paciugo, we cream to top off this lackluster treat. Although it had a rich flavor, it was a figured we could give another dessert spot a chance. While it was the bit watery for our taste. Overall: 6.5 cheapest option at only $1.50, you could have made this bland hot Steep and Brew chocolate at home with some Swiss If you are looking to show off Miss. If you are on State Street and your hot chocolate, Steep and Brew are desperate for a hot chocolate fix, can definitely help you out. Not only just take a few extra steps over to was it topped with whipped cream Steep and Brew. and cocoa powder, but this drink Overall: 5.75


If you are looking for a chocolatey treat on your way to class, stop in to Steep & Brew for a sophisticated twist on this childhood classic.

A Bite of Madison By Jia Luo and Lena Seeger Chocolate Shoppe Jia: As a Madison native, I can assure you that the emblematic Chocolate Shoppe logo complete with cow happily licking away at an ice cream cone, has been permanently linked to the dopamine/happiness pathway of my brain. The Chocolate Shoppe has no competition when it comes to serving delicious, traditional ice cream. When you walk into the triangle-shaped corner store on State Street, more than two dozen interesting flavors greet you. There is everything from the simple Strawberry to more inventive flavors like Superman (crazy rainbow-colored, fruity ice cream). The flavors live up to the hype. Each flavor I have tried there has been rich, creamy and smooth, and the servers generally give you a generous helping. I urge you to try my all time favorite, Zanzibar Chocolate. Lena: A lot of people probably don’t believe there are vegan flavors at the Chocolate Shoppe, including gelato flavors (Lemon, Nectarine and Raspberry Lemon) and some soy-based flavors (Espresso Oreo and Vanilla Chocolate Chip). However the “veganness” rating is difficult to gauge here. Although Paciugo has better gelato, it doesn’t carry Nectarine gelato, one of my favorite flavors. At Chocolate Shoppe the vegan flavors are unfortunately located in the back of the café, along with the vain-attempt-at-somethinghealthy frozen yogurt and sugarless gunk for wimps. Vegans get pretty sick of being singled out after a while. Overall: 3/4 For more information, check out

Emily protects internal organs, avoids old Grainger microwave EMILY BISEK ‘em, ‘em good


try not to join many new crazes, avoiding bandwagons all together. During the boy band music craze of the ’90s, I stuck with my Billy Ray Cyrus and “Rocking Hits of the ’60s” tapes, avoiding Britney and Christina at all costs. I prefer old, classic and astute qualities in my decisions in life, mostly regarding men, music, movies and buildings. Science Hall is by far my favorite building on campus, in all its ancient historic glory. Grainger, on the other hand, continually lets me down, especially when it comes to food. Perhaps I just expected too much from the prestigious business school. It may be the waterfall spanning the entire lobby wall next to the flat screen television and modern red

ottomans that led me astray. Maybe it’s the impressively high percentage of frat boys milling about in their Polos and backwards caps leading me to believe Grainger exceeds all others. Either way, the microwave in Grainger’s café is the oldest and scariest appliance I have ever seen. Surrounded by brand new tables, chairs and plastic utensil holders sits this hideous machine. It took a roommate guiding me to its location in the very corner of the café to find this ancient apparatus. At first glance, this microwave scared me. It looks like a cross between a time machine and a black Trans Am forced into a small box shape. I crinkled my face in a quizzical manner, asking myself if this really could be the best the business school could offer. It took a few minutes to decipher how to use it. It has a handle, window on the door and only a few time options. It only offers a hand-

ful of exact cooking times, ranging from 10 seconds to four minutes. It does not have a start or stop button. It does not have any options for cooking level, pausing or popcorn. A simple row of a few choices are the only options available. Users are merely expected to open the door and press the desired time to start cooking, which is when things start to get really scary. Tentatively opening the door, I noticed the inside of the machine. Not only is this machine scary from the outside, but it is terrifying on the inside as well. This box contains no rotating tray. However, someone graciously placed half a paper towel over the scorched bottom of the machine, leading me to believe the microwave has ruined many desired items. Should I chance my potentially delicious bag of popcorn on this ancient antique? My stomach grumbled, and I decided to go for it. It was the point of no return.

The microwave revs up like a NASCAR fan’s RV on race day. It never actually starts or stops cooking, or at least it sounds like it never stops. The waves of continuous radiation never cease once you press a button. It’s scary not only because you have no idea what the machine is doing, but because you feel like you will die from radiation if you stand near it for more than two minutes. Once I pressed the three minute button, all I could do was wait. Resisting the urge to duck behind the nearest table to protect my internal organs, I glanced down at the table holding the microwave. This ancient machine rests on a very nice table matching every other new thing in the million dollar café, creating a very entertaining juxtaposition where ancient machine meets brand new table. The table obviously cost at least three times as much as the

microwave it held. This confuses me. The microwave used by students, faculty and staff should outperform the table holding it, leading me to my next point. The brand new section of Grainger cost millions upon millions of dollars, and yet no one could find the extra $20 to buzz over to Target and purchase a new microwave. I want to know who decided to save money by keeping this prehistoric tool around. In this microwave’s defense, it works fine. It popped my popcorn in the standard amount of time, and it tasted normal. I am a little worried about possibly dying in the next decade because of it, but that is a minor detail. It’s time to update, Grainger. Get someone on that. If you have an extra $20 to spend on making Grainger all it can be, go to 975 University Avenue to replace the microwave. Or send all complaints to

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Solving the Internet gridlock

Story by Nick Dmytrenko GRAPHIC BY MATT RILEY

How the Grid works The Grid is composed of multiple systems in which each system shares all of its information with a dozen more systems in a descending hierarchy. It’s similar to the structure of a family tree where each system can connect back to a common ancestor, Tier 0, which contains all the information. Grids can link up with other grids to increase the size of this “family tree,” too.


uring high school, my home computer was so mind-numbingly slow that I would click on AOL, go downstairs, make a sandwich, eat it and return just as it asked me to log in. I did this until I could no longer stomach the thought of using it again and bought a Mac. Less than two years later, my new computer feels just as slow. The problem isn’t my computer though; it’s me. As computer programs evolve and students carry out more complicated tasks like editing movies, burning CDs and producing music, computers are struggling to run these operations without slowing down. This dilemma especially affects scientists who rely heavily on computing. The Large Hadron Collider (LHC), for example, as the world’s largest particle accelerator, will require billions of calculations in order to effectively interpret and store its results next year. However, to perform these types of experiments, scientists need computers to process, record and analyze astronomical amounts of data. Without purchasing millions of dollars worth of computer equipment, this would require more than what modern technology has to offer. Enter “The Grid,” an experimental form of computer technology over 30 years in the making. “Grid computing” employs the Internet to link computers together and share the work, accomplishing more tasks faster. With software developed by UW-Madison scientists, the Grid not only promises to solve the data crisis but revolutionize the way we conduct science.

What is the Grid? “What people call the Grid, I view as more of a movement than a technology or a thing,” said Miron Livny, UW-Madison professor of computer sciences. “What we’re doing is using the Internet to create more sophisticated services,” Livny said. “You submit your jobs here and through the Internet we can find other places to run your jobs.” The Grid is not a computer, but an avenue through which scientists connect computers together to form a web, or a “grid.” Once these computers are connected, they share resources which improves speed and processing power. This connection allows information to be more readily accessible and increases the amount of tasks that can be performed. It’s a lot like building a house. The more people who lend a hand, the faster it gets done. By not linking computers together, they sit idle, wasting energy and not contributing to anything. “Some might argue, ‘You should turn off that computer if you’re not using it.’ I say you got a lot of energy that was spent making that machine, you want to use it for all it’s worth,” said Ken Hahn, systems administrator of the Grid. UW involvement With many projects hungry to utilize the processing power of the Grid, it can be a hassle to figure out which ones have the greatest priority. To decide who has precedence, UW programmers have developed a pro-

gram called CONDOR that serves to allocate tasks. The CONDOR Project, led by Livny, has been in development for 25 years on campus and employs 20 programmers to help update and maintain the software. All of the money to run CONDOR comes from federal funding, just like the Internet when it was being developed. “Wisconsin is in the spotlight for science and computers, and I think the University gets a lot of points for it,” UW-Madison physics professor Bruce Mellado said. “Our participation in this project helps establish the department and creates higher standards.” CONDOR is an open-source program, meaning anyone can download it for free and implement it however they choose. All this data is sent back to UW programmers who look at how their program is being put into action.

“What we’re doing is using the Internet to create more sophisticated services.” Miron Livny professor of computer sciences UW-Madison

“Everyone wants to know how other people are using CONDOR for their project, and we want to hear what they need that we don’t do,” Hahn said. Scientists working on the Grid also provide students with the opportunity to get involved with the project. “Besides just professors, we have a number of graduate students who come up with small projects through their own research, and we apply it to CONDOR; so there’s research as well as development,” Hahn said. Because CONDOR is a UWMadison based program, students involved with the project are on the cutting-edge of technological development. Mengmeng Chen is one of these graduate students and assists Hahn in monitoring the Grid. “Working here is great because you’re doing something no one else in the world is doing,” Chen said.

Who is using it? Currently, the new particle accelerator—the LHC—is operating under a section of the Grid, located in the Computer Sciences building on Dayton Street, to calculate and store data from the particle collisions. The UW physics department has strong involvement in the particle accelerator’s two main experiments: CMS and ATLAS. Both experiments have developed large Grid facilities on campus. When CMS and ATLAS aren’t taking up all the Grid’s resources, other departments on campus can utilize their section of it or use the UW’s own version of the Grid. The main departments whose projects run on the Grid are computer science, physics, chemical engineering, medical physics and biotechnology. “Physics has become very needy in terms of computer resource,” Mellado said. “We basically have to harness huge amounts of CPU on disks.” Businesses are also jumping at the prospect of grid computing. Many have begun building grids for their own advanced computations or to rent them out to businesses whose computing needs have exceeded their means. “Now Microsoft and IBM are saying, ‘We will create, for you, computing capacity where you can come use our computers to run your projects,’” Livny said. “If you think of the services you’re getting, such as Google running your calendar, they run it in a distribut-

ed environment. Amazon already has a service where you can run computing data there for you, too.” According to Oracle, a database company, major companies such as Hewlett-Packard and insurance giant Hartford Life have gotten into grid computing as well. “Businesses are using it internally,” Livny said. “If you’re looking at what we have on the campus, we have 5,000 computers that we share between different groups. There are a lot of companies out there that are now doing it within their own company.” Where to next? As our personal computing needs increase, grid computing may work its way from strictly businesses and universities into our home. “If you wake up in the morning and need to run a complex simulation or you need to do risk analysis of your portfolio ... your computing needs are more than what you have on your desk,” Livny said. The future of home grid computing seems hazy, however, as the average family does not need to run complex calculations like many physicists and companies do. “Will people need more computing? I don’t know,” Livny said. “Science definitely needs it today and I would say that science has been a very good predictor of what people and businesses need.”

A hacker free-for-all? Even though sharing resources is a generous idea when it comes to computing, your computer may be more susceptible to hacker infiltration when you join a grid because you’re giving someone access to your computer. Although this may seem risky, Livny points out, there is also a risk in opening your email. “By allowing people to run things on your computer there is more risk,” Livny said. “Is the risk worthwhile? That is your decision.” To prevent invasion, programmers working on CONDOR have included a number of security measures that monitor any foul play in the system. Besides the security in place, it is recommended that people form grids with only those they know and trust to prevent outsider intrusion.


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uesday night, the common council agreed to increase Madison Metro bus fares to $2 per ride in 2009. The increase is 50 cents higher than the current fare. In the current, bleak state of the economy, money is extremely scarce—but if the city is looking for revenue, they must look in other places than the already thin pockets of Madison’s students and working class. To increase the cost of service without an immediate benefit to those who ride the bus will only hurt the Metro service overall. Although a variety of people tend to ride the Metro on a daily basis, those most common are students, handicapped and the working class, who are either incapable of driving an automobile or cannot afford the cost of commuting and maintaining one. Taking an extra dollar per day five times a week—close to a week’s worth of a minimum wage salary—will simply drive them away from the service. Although Mayor Dave Cieslewicz claims the increase will create a reserve fund in the case of rising gas prices. According to AAA, current diesel gas prices in Wisconsin are under $3 per gallon, over a dollar less than the Metro’s budgeted cost of $4 per gallon

they reported last May. Low gas prices, coupled with a reported 5.3 percent increase in overall ridership from 2006 to 2007— approximately 500,000 people, the highest since 1982—wrongly raises the rates on a service that should be producing above and beyond projections. If increased bus fares drive riders away, this will only prove to congest roads with more automobiles. Madison officials should be encouraging mass transit, not the opposite. Raising fares by 50 cents per ride is definitely not the way to do this. According to SSFC chair Kurt Gosselin, if ASM bus passes are affected by increased fares, it will not occur until their current contract with Madison Metro expires in June 2010. However, Margaret Bergamini of the ASM bus pass committee speculates that raising fares might rob MATC students of their bus pass program, crippling an entire group heavily reliant on the bus to commute to and from class. With expected budget deficits across the country, all state offices are in dire need of revenue. To charge individuals with little money who utilize a dependable and environmentally-friendly mode of transportation is unfair and unnecessary.

Students for Obama will leave legacy on campus By Ami ElShareif and Shaun Hundle COLLEGE DEMOCRATS

UW-Madison Students for Obama began in February 2007, shortly after Barack Obama announced his candidacy in Springfield, Ill. What started as a meeting of a few idealistic students at the Rathskellar quickly grew into one of the largest and most active chapters in the country. Over the past 20 months, hundreds of students have worked tirelessly to spread Obama’s message, both here on campus and throughout the Midwest.

Our operation would not have been possible without student dedication.

UW-Madison Students for Obama had the opportunity to charter three trips to Iowa to talk with voters during fall semester 2007. Our excitement and dedication intensified on the night of Jan. 3, 2008, when voters of every age group, race and gender across Iowa caucused for Obama, a win that secured his place as a serious candidate for the presidency. Remember, up until that point, Obama was 20 points behind Hillary Clinton in the national polls. Of the five counties in Iowa our organization canvassed, Obama overwhelmingly won all of them.

In February 2008, over 20,000 people came to the Kohl Center to hear Obama speak, and the following Tuesday primary he won campus with 80 percent of the vote. Students turned out in record numbers to ensure that their voices were heard, despite the frigid temperatures on Election Day. This fall we were met with more excitement and enthusiasm on campus. Michelle Obama drew 4,000 people in September, and other celebrities, like Adam Brody, Penn Badgley and Bradley Whitford, who visited campus, were greeted enthusiastically. Over the past few weeks, countless numbers of students worked tirelessly—making phone calls, knocking on doors and registering a record number of voters on campus. On Nov. 4, we shattered records once again when 22,000 students on the UW-Madison campus voted—80 percent of them in favor of Obama. Although we saw a momentous victory last Tuesday, now the real work begins. We are excited for the new administration, but our work as Democrats starts locally. Even in Madison, we can channel the energy we saw Tuesday night on the streets of Madison to enact real change. There will be important bills in the state legislature in 2009 on health care, a statewide smoking ban and the UW system. We encourage all students to attend the College Democrats of Madison meetings, specifically next Wednesday Nov. 19, 7 p.m. TITU, where we will discuss the

future of our political movement here on campus. To everyone who knocked on a door, made a phone call, registered a voter, attended a meeting, held up a sign or put their sleep and homework aside, we thank you sincerely. Our operation would not have been possible over the past year and a half without student dedication. What many of our events, like tabling or canvassing, may have seemed like trivial tasks at the time, they not only helped us win UW-Madison, but also Wisconsin and the entire country. We made history last Tuesday, and you were a part of it. Thank you.

Although we saw a momentous victory last Tuesday, now the real work begins.

Sitting at Memorial Union, a year and a half later, our vision and dreams have become a reality, and our organization has come full circle. Writing this column is our last official duty as Students for Obama. But, watch out UWMadison. We will be back in four years to ensure another victory! Ami ElShareif is the chair of students for Obama. Shaun Hundle is the volunteer coordinator for College Democrats and Students for Obama. Please send responses to

Developing more nuclear plants in U.S. necessary, overdue JOSEPH KOSS opinion columnist


his past Friday the University played host to the first ever Energy Hub conference. Energy Hub’s mission is “to foster an environment at Wisconsin that encourages collaboration, communication and innovation on modern energy technology and policy.” Friday’s conference focused on issues concerning the energy industry and our energy needs for today and in the future. This unique venue gathered internationally recognized speakers, industry representatives and students and gave each other opportunities to learn, interact and make contacts with each other. Dr. Patrick Moore, of Greenpeace International fame, gave an informative, provocative and entertaining talk on the need to support nuclear power. This issue has particular resonance in Wisconsin because of (1) our current state moratorium on new nuclear power projects and (2) Presidentelect Barack Obama’s support of nuclear power as “one component of our energy mix”. Recently, the Wisconsin State Journal ran an oped piece in support of lifting the ban. However, there is still pub-

lic opposition to nuclear power, mainly from pro-environmental groups, like Greenpeace and The Sierra Club—providing an interesting backdrop for the talk of Dr. Moore, who is considered a ‘sensible environmentalist’.

One thing is clear: Wisconsin’s nuclear moratorium makes no rational sense.

It is difficult to deconstruct the whole nuclear debate. For one, I am neither a qualified scientist nor an ardent environmentalist. However, maybe even more importantly, the debate seems to be coupled with other sentiments that aren’t as easily defined. Mere mention of the word “nuclear” evokes connotations and feelings not easily objectified, and half the struggle when talking sensibly about nuclear energy seems to be the need to de-couple the facts from the fiction, or as Dr. Moore called for, ‘separating fantasy from reality.’ Here are a few facts to clear up misconceptions: Nuclear power plants cost anywhere from $5 to $10 million from start-up. Their construction can employ up to 4,000 people, and permanently employ between 400-600. They have a 60-year life span. Very

often better roads and schools come along with nuclear plants because of the investment in new infrastructure and because of the need for an educated work force. A 2005 Columbia University study found that plant employees have less cancer and live longer than their general public counterparts. And we have over 100 years of current uranium reserves that can equal over a 1,000 years of usage with recycling, so running out isn’t in the foreseeable future. Finally, France’s nuclear power capabilities provide it with over 80 percent of its energy needs, and Japan’s with over 60 percent. The big debate in the United States regarding nuclear power has always been the waste, yet after Dr. Moore’s talk and after the interview he graciously obliged me with afterward, it isn’t entirely clear to me that this is the end all issue it is made out to be. A nuclear reaction makes two byproducts that are recyclable, uranium and plutonium, which account for 95 percent of the ‘waste,’ and can be used for future fuel in nuclear plants. The other 5 percent are fission byproducts, and can be contained by a process called vitrification, where one converts the waste into a glass-like solid safe enough to store for thousands of years. Although some claim that the waste is a threat to nuclear nonproliferation, this is more of a redherring than anything. True, honest concerns over nuclear non-prolif-

eration ought to first and foremost concentrate on controlling the current stock of nuclear arms and preventing further nations from seeking enrichment, not on pusillanimous concerns over the nuclear waste of a power plant reactors. A bigger obstacle to nuclear waste is not the waste itself, rather building recycling plants themselves—which can cost over $30 million. But is this cost prohibitive? The economic outlook of the United States and the world grows increasingly bleak, and to change the energy paradigm would call for the investment in hundreds of billions of dollars in infrastructure, building and reprocessing. However, in the absence of a true, federal energy policy, there are no rules to the energy game right now.

The government will almost certainly have to take on some of the risk by guaranteeing loans for new nuclear construction.

Companies will naturally wait until the government outlines a master energy plan (which will hopefully be coming in three or so short months, when reason reenters the White House) before they start to invest in new plants, whatever type they may be. Even

with a comprehensive policy, the government will almost certainly have to take on some of the risk by guaranteeing loans made to new nuclear construction. Where will we find the money, with schools failing, bridges collapsing, unemployment roles growing and financial institutions crashing? One thing is clear though: Wisconsin’s nuclear moratorium makes no rational sense. We are entering a time when we need to have all options on the table that will better enable us to ensure a long-lasting, inexpensive and independent energy future. We need to grow industrial jobs and sustain our economy and this is dependent on providing reliable and cheap energy. Nuclear power is seems to be the best option on the table. Should we continue to have honest debates about waste management and environmental impact? The answer is yes, absolutely, because our quality of life depends not only on our ability to live in the now but also on our recognition that tomorrow is not that far away. Should we carelessly deny a viable energy option because we harbor ill-informed sentiments about a technology that offers untapped potential? I find that hard to argue, especially after Friday’s most excellent conference. Joseph Koss is a junior majoring in secondary education in social studies. Please send responses to

arts Mac’s spirit can’t lift ‘Soul’ from trite mess

Thursday, November 13, 2008





The trailer for “Soul Men” reads “Out of sync. Never out of style.” Sadly, it will more likely be remembered for sinking Bernie Mac’s memory, forever associated with this quagmire of clichés. By Ryan Hebel THE DAILY CARDINAL

There’s something morbidly fascinating about watching someone who has recently died on the silver screen. From James Dean’s steely blue gaze in “Rebel Without a Cause,” to Heath Ledger’s wicked cackling in “The Dark Knight,” movie audiences have almost come to expect iconic performances from tragically fueled, posthumous releases. Unfortunately, not all actors can bow out with Mozart-like “Requiems.” Most wind up wasting their last gasp on forgettable duds like Malcolm D. Lee’s new film “Soul Men”—a stale, crass and stupid buddy comedy starring the late-Bernie Mac and the lately laughable Samuel L. Jackson. Co-written by Robert Ramsey and Matthew Stone (the one responsible for “Man of the House,” not “South Park”), the film’s “soul,” if

it has one, is a conglomeration of Viagra jokes, bad music and spontaneous shots to the groin. The plot centers on Floyd Henderson (Mac) and Louis Hinds (Jackson), two former members of a fictitious 1960s trio called the Real Deal whose R&B stardom was cut short when their lead singer, Marcus Hooks (John Legend), traded in his shimmy steps for a solo career. When Hooks dies several decades later, the band’s major record label—driven by gluttonous capitalism—asks Henderson and Hinds to reunite one last time for Hooks’ televised funeral at The Apollo. From there, the film launches into an unimpressive spray of genre clichés as the pair of decrepit crooners—both whiling away retirement on the West Coast—agree to make the transatlantic journey in their lime green El Dorado. Their constant scuffles—

stemming from Hinds’ inability to match Henderson’s giddy enthusiasm, as well as their deep-seated rivalry over a certain woman—ensures plenty of geriatric tomfoolery along the way. In one scene, Hinds meditatively quotes Pablo Picasso, pointing out that “good artists borrow” while “great artists steal.” If that’s true, consider “Soul Men” a virtuoso’s masterpiece.

The film’s “soul,” if it has one, is a conglomeration of Viagra jokes, bad music and spontaneous shots to the groin.

As far as ripping things off goes, “Soul Men” has the stereotypical “Shaking Off the Rust Scene” of Hinds and Henderson bombing in

a dive bar, as well as a soap opera twist when the duo runs into their former (and recently deceased) lover’s daughter, Cleo (Sharon Leal). Could Hinds or Henderson be her father? Can they rescue her from the clutches of her drug-dealing, abusive boyfriend? Is Jackson’s Brillo Pad goatee the ugliest in cinematic history? The tension is riveting. Even the most lackadaisical creative efforts were apparently too demanding for the filmmakers, who shamelessly use James & Bobby Purify’s 1966 single “I’m Your Puppet” as the Real Deal’s supposed “hit single.” Leal’s singing voice (last heard on “Dreamgirls”) provides some of the film’s rare high points—especially when unaccompanied by her aging co-stars croaking discords—and even the film’s horrible script can’t keep Mac and Jackson’s comedic

timing and improvisational skills completely in check. Some of the films most memorable scenes combine ominous, real foreshadowing with uncomfortable comedy. In one scene Mac’s character bumps fists with the great Isaac Hayes—who just happened to die the day after Mac. Then, near the end of the film, Mac’s character— hiding in a piano-shaped coffin with Hinds—comically chokes his old bandmate’s corpse in Homer-Bart Simpson fashion. Seriously. Unless your idea of entertainment is sadistically watching Mac cap off his career by singing “Sitting on the Dock of the Bay” during a prostate exam, receive a “velveteen rub” from Jennifer Connelly (read: Stiffler’s mom) or swear every dozen words, “Soul Men” probably isn’t for you. Bernie Mac deserved better. So do we. Grade: D

Witmer’s latest doesn’t ‘Carry’ lofty comparisons on latest folk release By Justin Stephani THE DAILY CARDINAL

Denison Witmer is a singer/songwriter from Lancaster, Penn., who has attracted attention for his acoustically focused, neo-folk songwriting ability, which has garnered lofty comparisons to Nick Drake, Sufjan Stevens and even Elliott Smith. Although there is no way Witmer can live up to any of those folk icons on his ironically named release Carry the Weight, he is still refining his songwriting ability and is nearly ready to establish a distinct sound and name for himself in the folk world, just not yet. The album’s second song, “Life Before Aesthetics,” is a good example of the album’s overall makeup. It is immediately reminiscent of a Shins/ Guster combination, utilizing the soft, poppy acoustic arrangements that made both of those bands flourish. From the simple, repetitive song structure to the consistently relaxed vocal delivery of Witmer, this song

screams simplicity so much that it begins to bore by the end.


Carry the Weight Denison Witmer Although some of the tracks suffer from undeveloped pop structures, a few of the better tracks are stretched out and broken down, making the comparisons to Sufjan Stevens and Elliott Smith more warranted. However, these lofty associations are a bit exaggerated because Witmer’s music does not do enough to stand up on its own and create its own identity. Instead, Carry the Weight is merely a toned down, more accessible and generic presentation of several of the strong songwriters

Witmer is compared to. Still, Witmer comes close to providing his own sound at times, most prominently on the title track, “Carry the Weight.” This song has a natural and free-flowing sound, painting Witmer as an artist writing for the sake of expression. “Song of Songs,” similarly, stands out as a unique track and displays a side of Witmer’s songwriting that is not seen enough on this album. It draws on Nick Drake, not only because it is the only fully acoustic song on the album, but also because of its rhythmically disjointed nature that does not feel anything like a basic, produced pop song, as some of the other tracks do. The other song with this same, natural feel is “Catholic Girl.” Although the lyrics are a bit repetitive, the mixed rhythms and tones of the piano and acoustic strike a perfect match with Witmer’s solemn delivery. Standing proud as the only song on the album that causes your head to nod with the beat in agreement, “Catholic Girl” is


Since breaking into the folk music scene in 1995, Denison Witmer has released five LPs, including his latest, much-hyped, Carry the Weight. the album’s standout. Even though these few songs display potential, they provide even more frustration, reminding listeners that Witmer has not yet figured out how to consistently display the smart, intellectuality of Sufjan Stevens that makes listeners think about the music, nor

the ability to cut to the bone and force listeners to engage in his music emotionally as Elliott Smith does. Yet, he has shown the potential to write songs engaging enough to attract that type of attention, all he needs to do now is figure out how to tap into that ability over the course of an entire album.

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The country that trashes together, stays together? Americans are responsible for about 1/5 of the world’s garbage annually.

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1 Like a neat yard 5 Many a housewarming gift 10 Neighbor of Tenn. 14 Song that’s often in a foreign language 15 Stranger than strange 16 Payment means 17 A famous Silver 20 Stick like glue 21 Software prototype 22 Fried rice tidbit, perhaps 23 Cook’s smidgen 25 Brief turndown to an invitation 27 Calendar mo. 30 Banner spangler 32 “Ghostbusters” character 33 Neeson of “Schindler’s List” 35 “... and carry ___ stick” 37 Yoga position 40 Silver 43 Chevy minivan, once 44 Author Morrison 45 Mlle. in Mexico 46 Animal with a cub 48 “Bonanza” brother 50 More than a whimper 51 Made some small

changes to 54 Nuclear energy source 56 “How Great Thou ___” 57 Dumbfounds 59 Establishes as law 63 Literary Silver 66 And others, for short 67 “... sugar is sweet and ___ you” 68 Eminently draftable 69 “Edward Scissorhands” portrayer 70 Promoted to excess 71 Gather, as the rewards of labor DOWN

1 She “told me not to come” 2 Toward the mouth 3 Candle blower’s secret 4 “___ Lunch” (William S. Burroughs novel) 5 Place for an idol 6 Apollo’s moon lander 7 Bedouin, ethnically 8 Frisco footballer 9 Blue book filler 10 Sarge, e.g. 11 “(They Long to Be) Close to You” duo 12 Balance sheet item 13 Birds of the pampas 18 “-zoic” things 19 Dicker

24 Tendency 26 Many have views 27 Mrs. Colin Powell 28 They’re thrown for laughs 29 Jalopy 31 Minolta competitor 34 “The Sound of Music” heroine 36 Columbus’ hometown 38 “Render ___ Caesar ...” 39 It’s sometimes made in the dark 41 Examine 42 Got an earful 47 Fairly recent 49 What any man, woman or child may break into 51 Recorded, in a way 52 Parting request 53 Duck hunter’s ploy 55 Collegian’s declaration 58 Response on the cheek to cheekiness, perhaps 60 Volcano shape 61 “Take ___ Train” 62 Cake-walk 64 Continental peak 65 Get a lode of this!

Awkward Turtle

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Thursday, November 13, 2008



UW volleyball hosts Minnesota and Iowa over weekend By Andy Van Sistine THE DAILY CARDINAL

Down but far from out, the Wisconsin volleyball team (6-8 Big Ten, 16-6 overall) will work on evening out its conference record this weekend, as they play host to No. 15 Minnesota (104, 20-6) Friday and Iowa (5-9, 13-13) Sunday at the UW Field House. Picking up two wins against opponents that beat them on the road would not only boost the Badgers’ hopes of earning a berth in the NCAA tournament in December, but would also give them some much-needed momentum heading into the final stretch of the regular season. “[This weekend’s matches] are important and they would certainly help us to get in [the NCAA tournament],” UW head coach Pete Waite said. “We’ve got two other weekends after that where we have opportunities, but every opportunity we get, we really want. The team is working really hard to improve every part of their game and to keep their error percentages down.” Without question, Wisconsin’s errors have been a major factor in the six losses suffered in the last four weeks. However, with five teams in the top-25 national rankings—including No. 1 Penn State,

who has yet to lose a single set this year—the Badgers’ struggle to tally wins in recent weeks is due just as much to the quality of their oppo-

nents as it is to the problems on their side of the net. “The quality of play is definitely up in the Big Ten,” Waite said.


Wisconsin senior outside hitter/middle blocker Audra Jeffers and the Badgers look to pick up wins against Minnesota and Iowa this weekend.

“Coaches say that every year, and sometimes I just don’t agree with them, because there have always been two, three, four teams in the conference that just were not that good. You could go in and not play a good game, and you could beat them. It’s not that way anymore … there are a lot better teams in here right now than I have ever seen in 10 years.” Iowa is one of the teams that has sat in the Big Ten cellar for much of the past decade, but under the direction of first-year head coach Sharon Dingman, Iowa has improved dramatically. The Hawkeyes’ victory over then No. 18 Wisconsin in the first weekend of conference play proved that they were turning a new leaf in the program. Minnesota, on the other hand, has been a perennial power in the Big Ten and has continued to show prowess on the court this season. Sophomore outside hitter Brook Dieter and sophomore middle blocker Lauren Gibbemeyer have been stellar on the net, racking up a combined 635 kills on the year. They currently hold the sixth and 10th place rankings, respectively, on the conference kill list. Defensively, junior libero Christine Tan leads the Big Ten in digs with 5.11 per game, while Gibbemeyer has been putting up a

remarkable 1.42 blocks per game. But the Badgers have changed their mentality at practice in recent weeks and is prepared to avenge their earlier losses to their border rivals. “We all have [had] a new focus every day, a new sense of urgency, and a new commitment to getting better every day,” sophomore setter Nikki Klingsporn said. “We’re trying to add new things every day into practice to help get us to that next level.” Junior outside hitter Brittney Dolgner still ranks among the best in the Big Ten in kills per game with 3.35 per game, and sophomore libero Kim Kuzma has been crucial to the Badgers’ defense in conference play, averaging 4.43 digs per game since Wisconsin last played Minnesota in late September. And despite being on a downslide in recent weeks, the Badgers still believe they have enough fight in them to pull out a pair of wins this weekend. “We know what our record is, and we’re not trying to dwell on it, but we have [had] a couple of pretty tough matches we battled really hard [in],” Dolgner said. “Personally, I think that we’d rather lose in four playing really well than beating a team in three playing like crap. We’ve been battling and fighting really well and things are starting to click.”

Peacock steps up for Badgers cross country team, earns Big Ten honors By Scott Allen THE DAILY CARDINAL

Wisconsin cross country runner Landon Peacock thought that if the Badgers’ Big Ten title streak was ever going to end while he was on the team, it would have happened this year. Since Wisconsin had its two top returners struggling with injuries early in the season, two good runners transferring out and a new head coach, it appeared Michigan had a decent shot at upsetting the Badger dynasty, especially at the Wolverines’ home course. “We took the race very seriously, like they had a chance to beat us,” Peacock, a sophomore, said. “I was still confident we would pull it together, though. Me and a couple other guys on the team are running better than we ever have.” After crossing the finish line in second place, Peacock looked back and instantly knew his teammates would finish high enough for Wisconsin to take home its 10th straight Big Ten title, a record for the sport. “When I turned around there were a bunch of Wisconsin guys coming in, so I felt really good,” Peacock said to a FloTrack interviewer after the race. “Wisconsin

[cross country] is an awesome tradition to be a part of.” The Badgers put six runners in the top 20 with two others—junior Christian Wagner and sophomore Jack Bolas—in the top 10. Five runners and head coach Mick Byrne earned Big Ten honors. After surging around the twomile mark—the race was roughly five miles—to gap the 86 other athletes competing in the meet, Peacock put himself in contention for the individual title but had Minnesota sophomore Hassan Mead in the back of his mind. Peacock had enough of a gap on the field that he couldn’t hear the fans cheering for anyone behind him for a while. “I knew that if [Mead] came back it would be difficult to beat him,” Peacock said about his tactic to take over the race early. About 20 minutes into the race, near the four-mile mark, Peacock’s fears unfolded as Mead tried to blow right past him. Peacock wouldn’t go down without a fight though, as he picked up his stride for about a quarter mile in an attempt to hang on, but Mead, the favorite to win, pulled away on a series of hills and ultimately had a lot left in the tank.

Player of the week: BRENDAN SMITH


Sport: Hockey Position: D Year: Sophomore Assists: 6 Goals: 3

Smith recorded six assists for the Badgers over their two-game series against Michigan Tech. The Badgers won both games, giving them a three-game win streak.

Player of the week: JANELLE GABRIELSEN


Sport: Volleyball Position: OH/S Year: Freshman Assists: 469 Digs: 183

Gabrielsen registered the first triple-double for Wisconsin in 20 years, earning 13 kills, 15 assists and 10 digs against Michigan Saturday.

Mead kicked it in hard over the last mile to finish the 8,000-meter course in 24 minutes, 26 seconds and gap Peacock, who clocked in at 24:35, by nine seconds. The continuous rolling hills put Peacock nearly a minute behind his personal best of 23:46, which he recorded at the Paul Short Invitational earlier this season.

“Me and a couple other guys on the team are running better than we ever have.” Landon Peacock sophomore UW Men’s Cross Country

“Usually the slower the course is, the better I can do on it,” Peacock said, adding that the hilly course benefited him. Peacock was fast a year ago, usually winding up around fourth or fifth on the team. But this season he emerged as the best runner on one of the best collegiate squads in the nation. With seniors Matt Withrow and Stuart Eagon, both former NCAA All-Americans, out of

anderson from page 12 For Anderson, sitting out last year has allowed him to contribute this season. “Just going against the No. 1 defense every day gave me the confidence of going to block some of those bigger guys … being on scout team everyday, just going to block those guys and running some routes against them,” he said. “I think that really gave me confidence.” This season has seen much the same, as injuries have surfaced again at the wide receiver position. Sophomore Kyle Jefferson, who was expected to be the

top shape after recovering from injuries earlier this fall, Peacock felt he had to step it up. Withrow, last year’s Big Ten champ ended up 23rd, while Eagon managed to finish 13th after not running the five days preceding the meet due to an aggravated knee. Peacock said higher mileage, faster workouts and a consistent offseason helped catapult him to the front of the pack. His freshman year, which he redshirted, was hindered by injuries, and he characterized last year as a recovery from his injury laden first year. Peacock ran a bit over 100 miles for his peak week of training this year. “This year I finally got some consistent running under my belt,” Peacock said. “I think each year I’m just going to continue getting stronger.” Peacock said he’s shooting for at least an All-American finish at the NCAA championships, which typically requires placing in the top 25. Team-wise, he said winning looks tough at this point with Oregon racing very well, but everybody is hoping to at least improve on last year’s fifth-place finish. The Badgers are in tapering phase, which involves easing up workouts and reducing mileage to peak for the final meets of the year. Wisconsin will team’s top receiver entering the season, has battled an injured hand and has seen Anderson step up and take control, especially in the blocking department. “He just stays focused, no let down,” Jefferson said. “He just continues to get better and continues to block hard and he encourages all of us. If he is out there knocking people out, I want to knock people out with him.” When Wisconsin takes on Minnesota Saturday in the Battle for Paul Bunyan’s Axe, Anderson will have extra incentive to defeat the Golden Gophers. Hailing from Minneapolis, Anderson is one of six Badgers from the Land of

race at the NCAA Midwest Regional championships hosted by Purdue Saturday. The top two teams will automatically qualify for the national championships nine days later.


Sophomore Landon Peacock led UW to a 10th-straight Big Ten Title. 10,000 Lakes. “It’s going to be good to go show Minnesota that we got some Minnesota guys over here that can play definitely,” he said. Even with the high-energy environment that comes when Paul Bunyan’s Axe is on the line, Anderson remains focused on his goals come Saturday. “If we need someone to go in there and hit the safety, I’ll go in and hit the safety,” he said. It is that kind of attention to detail which Wisconsin will have to rely on against Minnesota, and if Anderson is any indication, the axe will probably be in Madison for at least another year.

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Split time at goalie is a possibility for Badgers NATE CAREY sports magnate


fter last weekend’s sweep of Michigan Tech, the Wisconsin men’s hockey team sits fourth in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association standings. After starting off the season 0-6-1, the Badgers have rattled off three straight wins and seem poised to make an impact once again in arguably the best conference in college hockey. There are many reasons to the sudden success of UW head coach Mike Eaves’ squad. The upperclassmen—mainly junior forwards Blake Geoffrion and John Mitchell, as well as junior defenseman and co-assistant captain Jamie McBain—have started to come through and play at the high level fans have come to expect. The defense has started to pull together, as it gave up only five total goals last weekend, as opposed to the 13 goals given up three weekends ago at Denver. Oh, and going five-for-seven on the power play doesn’t hurt either. One of the smaller reasons for the team’s success, which could play a huge role further in the season, is the play of sophomore goaltender Scott Gudmandson. Getting the start Saturday, Gudmandson recorded his first career shutout against the Huskies, stopping all 34 shots on goal. During the offseason, Eaves commented on Gudmandson’s play, saying many scouts saw him competing with senior starter Shane Connelly for ice time. But after a terrible start to the season—Gudmandson gave up 12 goals in his first two starts—it seemed like the sophomore from Sherwood Park, Alberta, would have to wait until next season for his next opportunity. But with his play Saturday, Gudmandson has opened up talk of a two-goalie system, something Eaves has not ruled out. “There’s always that possibility.

It’s a funny thing with goaltenders. In our sport, even more so than baseball, where it’s kind of like that it’s an individual sport within a team sport,” Eaves said. “Although pitchers can’t go back to back nights, goaltenders can. The basic philosophy is to let the young man play, see how he plays, and then go from there.” Eaves’ philosophy has been consistent during his time at UW. Three seasons ago, when Brian Elliott was the main netminder, Connelly played sparingly as a sophomore, with Eaves knowing that the next season would be his. Now Connelly is the senior, and it is Gudmandson who will be counted on next season and perhaps beyond. The Badgers did not bring in a goaltender in the last recruiting class, signaling Gudmandson as the future Badger goalie. However, nothing will be handed to Gudmandson, who will have to continue to earn ice time during the week in practice. “I think for Guddy [Gudmandson], he’s got to really practice again like he did last week,” Eaves said. “That was the reason that he got the start, and it was one of those opportunities that we felt during the season that we could give him a start, because he needs to get some of those before Shane graduates.” The next few weeks will show how far Guddy has truly come. After a series at Minnesota Duluth and St. Cloud State, the Badgers return to the Kohl Center for the College Hockey Showcase against Michigan and Michigan State. Eaves has always liked to use his backup in one of these games, as well as the Badger Hockey Showdown after the Holiday season. These are the next best chances to see who the true Gudmandson is, and whether he and Connelly will split time the rest of the season or Connelly will resume the No. 1 goaltender spot on the line chart. Either way, the Badgers have a bright future—if not a bright present—in front of the net. Will Gudmandson continue to play strong for UW? E-mail your thoughts to Nate at


Wisconsin sophomore wide receiver Isaac Anderson does the little things to earn praise from his coaches.

UW’s Anderson spices up offensive rushing attack By Nate Carey THE DAILY CARDINAL

After the Badger football team ran for 441 yards against Indiana last Saturday, it seemed obvious where the praise would be handed out. Sophomore wide receiver David Gilreath, junior running back P.J. Hill and freshman running back John Clay—having all rushed for over 100 yards—were the apparent choices, but only Gilreath received co-MVP honors. The other was sophomore wide receiver Isaac Anderson, who, despite not making a catch against Indiana, has proven to be a valuable member of Wisconsin’s rushing attack. “It definitely made me feel a lot better, making a lot of blocks but not catching many balls,” Anderson said laughing. “I’m just doing what

I’m asked to do right now. Just doing my job and not letting my guy make the tackle.” Anderson has stepped in and contributed solidly during his sophomore campaign. Despite only having nine catches for 99 yards, Anderson has been physical enough downfield to warrant a start in the last five games. “Isaac didn’t have one catch on Saturday but probably played as an important of a role as anybody in several of the big plays offensively,” Wisconsin head coach Bret Bielema said at his Monday press conference. Landing in Madison in 2006, Anderson didn’t do anything special as a freshman. Buried on the depth chart behind starters Brandon Williams and Jonathan Orr, Anderson only had five

catches for 49 yards and four rushes for 14 yards. Entering the 2007 season, Anderson chose to redshirt and completely heal from a hamstring injury, instead of only being able to play for half a season. Hindsight is 20/20, and Bielema mentioned how being redshirted while injuries piled up in the receiving corps helped Anderson this season. “Isaac came in and played for us as a freshman, and last year was a little bit banged up and asked if he could redshirt,” he said. “But then with all the injuries that happened last year I think Isaac, about five games into it, realized, ‘I could have been a starter,’ and opened his eyes to maybe that the bigger picture is more important.” anderson page 11

Wisconsin men’s soccer team gears up for first-round game against Michigan By Rebecca Autrey THE DAILY CARDINAL


Wisconsin junior forward Brandon Miller has registered the second highest amount of points for the Badgers this season with 11.

The Wisconsin men’s soccer team takes on Michigan Thursday in the first round of the Big Ten Men’s Soccer Championship. The No. 7 seed Badgers last played the No. 2 seed Wolverines on Sept. 27. The game ended in a tie after Michigan’s Michael Holoday scored on a penalty kick in the 90th minute. Badger junior goalkeeper Alex Horwath said the key this time is Wisconsin has to play a full 90 minutes. “I mean, last game we weren’t smart at the end of the game and we kind of panicked a little bit, showed a little bit of immaturity,” he said. Wisconsin head coach Jeff Rohrman said the Badgers must “take a page out of closing a game out.” “Like I said the other day, for 85 minutes we did enough to win the game and for five minutes we did enough to lose or tie it,” he said. Although Wisconsin tied the game, Rohrman said the it was one

of the team’s best offensive performances all year, with 22 shots on goal. Wisconsin junior forward Scott Lorenz is a major part of the team’s offensive production this year. Lorenz said he thinks offensive production from both teams could lead to an exciting game for fans to watch. “They’ve scored a lot of goals this season, but they also have the potential to give up a lot of goals, so it could be a high-scoring affair on Thursday,” Lorenz said. “We’re really excited about it.” One reason the Badgers are so excited about the Big Ten Championship this year is the games take place at McClimon Soccer Complex. Head coach Jeff Rohrman said playing at home comes with “inherent advantages” such as knowing all the “little nuances of the field.” “Hopefully the weather will cooperate and we can get some people out there, but it is nice to be able to host and play on your home field,” he said. Lorenz said some confer-

ence teams go their entire college careers without hosting the Big Ten Championship and he is excited for the experience. Plus, he said it’s also nice just to be at home. “It’s relaxing that we don’t have to go on the road,” he said. “You get to sleep in your own bed, so hopefully that bodes well for us.” The main threat for the Badgers Thursday is Michigan’s explosive offensive attack. Rohrman said Wisconsin needs to play good defense if it wants to win this game. Horwath agreed and said the Badgers must outwork Michigan if they want to win. “They’re skilled,” he said. “I mean, they’re forwards are great, like awesome, and they have a couple good backs so we’re really going to have to outwork them and really finish the game out and put it away.” If the Badgers win Thursday, they will play the winner of Ohio State and Indiana Friday. Kickoff for today’s game is 3:30 p.m. at the McClimon Complex.

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Catches: 131

Yards: 2,103



Height: 6-4

Years at UW: 1982-’84


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Born: 4/30/1963

Who’s got the edge?

Weight: 200

Born: 11/4/1988

Position: WR

Height: 6-3

Years at UW: 2007-’08

Touchdowns: 19

Catches: 9

Yards: 146

Weight: 214

Position: WR Touchdowns: 0

FAMILY RE-TOON-ION Son of former Badger and New York Jet shows promise in his first year playing for Wisconsin Story by Dave Heller


adger faithful may not have a hard time comparing this year’s disappointing season to that of the 1984 squad that started the season a disappointing 3-3. It was only until then-Coach Dave McClain concentrated on the passing game, featuring team MVP Al Toon, that the victories started piling on. The Badgers finished the season a palatable 7-4-1. The similarities don’t stop there: On Parents’ Day in 1984, McClain said, “Young men like to do well when the parents are sitting there and being honored. It’s quite an emotional thing here for Wisconsin.” Those words still ring true, and this year there is a special

father-son relationship with particular significance to Badger fans. It has been 24 years since Al Toon finished his record settingcareer at Wisconsin. Carrying out his legacy is his son, freshman wide receiver Nick Toon. In the spirit of Parents’ Day, Nick and Al delve into how their relationship manifests itself on the football field and in life. Nick has the physical pedigree that football coaches drool over: Al was a lean 6’4’’ and 200 pounds as a New York Jet, while Nick is a stout 6’3’’ and 214 pounds. Despite the marginal size differences, Nick thinks his game doesn’t stray too far from his dad’s style. “I think our games are pretty similar,” he said. “He was a little bit taller,

and a little bit skinnier than me. He was a little bit quicker, and probably a little bit faster. I’m more of a possession receiver, and he was too.” As a product of nearby Middleton High School, Nick Toon was a highly touted recruit. ranked him third in Wisconsin behind two guys named John Clay and Josh Oglesby, both of whom received invitations to the prestigious Army All-American game. Nick redshirted his true freshman season, and has begun to make an offensive mark in his second year, ranking second on the team in yards per catch—a stat that thrills more than just standard Badger fans. “It is obviously a thrill to watch Nick out on the same field I once graced as a student athlete. I don’t

feel it takes me back in time, however I try to enjoy every moment and tell him the same because athletic careers fly by so quickly,” Al said. Badger fans sure hope they will be taken back in time to see a Toon picking apart opposing secondaries, as Al did 24 years ago as a two-time team MVP and two-time first team all-Big Ten honoree. He set what was at the time a record for singlegame receiving yards and set thenschool career records for receptions, touchdown receptions and receiving yards; at the time he was the most productive wide receiver Badger fans had seen. While one would think there is some pressure to live up to the standards set by his all-star father, Nick is just trying to soak in all the

information he can get. “[Dad] has a whole bunch of film from when he played in the league,” he said. “I’ve watched a little bit of it. I’d like to watch a little bit more, but you know I’m pretty busy with our film right now. Hopefully in the offseason I’ll get to watch some.” As for imparting knowledge on his son, Al has only coached his son in an assistant capacity. “You still are ‘Dad’ and there is a different wavelength you must operate on when one is coaching his or her own child,” he said. “I can be very difficult at times, but it is the best when things are going well ... Just like at home.” toons page 3




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the matchup/series




Wisconsin Badgers (2-5 Big Ten, 5-5 overall) vs. Minnesota Golden Gophers (3-3 Big Ten, 7-3 overall) series: Minnesota leads the series 59 to 50 with eight ties.

Time: 2:30 p.m. TV: ABC Radio: Wisconsin Radio Network (with Matt Lepay and Mike Lucas).

Wisconsin’s Bret Bielema (Third year as head coach: 26-10 career) and Minnesota’s Tim Brewster (Second year as head coach: 8-14 career).

Wisconsin has claimed Paul Bunyan’s Axe in 11 of the last 13 games between Wisconsin and Minnesota.

Minnesota Golden Gophers

Wisconsin Badgers

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Brock, Tramaine Smith, Brodrick Collado, Ryan Royston, Kim Cooper, Keanon Johnson, Johnny Whaley, Kevin Decker, Eric Weber, Adam Pittman, David Tinsley, Gary Lueck, Adam Stoudermire, Troy Ogundipe, Damola McKelton, Michael Nance, John Simmons, Jack Simmons, Traye Kuznia, Ben Mortensen, Tony Buckner, R.J. Allison, Andrew Maciejowski, Mke Thomas, Jay Lawrence, Simoni Bennett, Duane Eskridge, DeLeon Sherels, Marcus Dandridge, Tim Rallis, Mike Theret, Kyle Mannion, Kevin Salamon, Shady Campbell, Lee Combs, Terrell Triplett, Nate Sharpe, Rex Tate’. Andre Johnson, Tyler Hoese, Jon Monroe, Joel Ellestad, Eric Horton, Tim Haudan, Blake Schwerman, David Singletary, Marcus Stommes, Nicholas Two-Arnett, Nathan Kucek, Justin U’u, Logan Grant, Ryan Hightower, Deon Hennessey, Thomas Ferris, Jake Coleman, Ryan Klitzke, Bryan Tow-Arnett, Nick Jilek, Scott Sveum, Patrick


5-10 6-3 5-9 5-11 6-0 5-9 5-9 6-2 6-3 5-11 6-1 6-0 5-10 5-7 5-10 6-4 6-4 5-11 6-0 6-3 5-11 6-0 6-3 6-0 6-1 5-9 5-11 5-11 6-1 6-2 5-11 6-2 5-10 6-3 6-3 6-3 6-1 6-2 5-9 6-2 5-11 6-2 5-9 6-0 6-0 5-11 5-11 6-0 6-0 5-10 6-2 6-3 5-11 5-11 6-1 6-1 6-2 5-11 6-1

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Small, Eric Tow-Arnett, Jeff Burris, D.J. McKinley, Cedric Davis, Steve Strouth, Tony Moore, Steve Wynn, Ryan Davis, Trey Curtis, James Brinkhaus, Andy Hahn, Austin Tavale, Nedward Weber, Nick Bunders, Chris Edwards, Jewhan Glickstein, Jacob Mensen, Chris Meinke, Jason Ruckdashel, Ryan Brasch, Tyler Alford, Dominic Carufel, Matt Orton, Ryan Stommes, Matt Xzavian, Brandon Spry, Ralph McKnight, Da’Jon Thompson, Jimmy Lair, Eric Moore, Kyle McGarry, Collin Moen, Barrett Henderson, Raymond VanDeSteeg, William Brody, William Onwuachi, Derrick Platch, Michael Hughes, Curtis Kirksey, Brandon Jacobs, Anthony Wilhite, D.L. Brown, Garrett


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01 Toon, Nick 02 Casillas, Jonathan 02 Harris, Xavier 03 Moore, Maurice 04 Evridge, Allan 04 Merill, Otis 05 Lukasko, Andrew 06 Anderson, Isaac 07 Henry, Aaron 07 Jefferson, Kyle 08 Pleasant, Aubrey 09 Beckum, Travis 10 Smith, Devin 10 Phillips, Curt 11 Levy, DeAndre 12 Valai, Jay 13 Jones, Daven 14 Cromartie, Marcus 14 Stallons, James 15 St. Jean, Culmer 16 Offor, Chukwuma 16 Tolzien, Scott 17 Langford, Allen 17 Preisler, Mike 18 Welch, Philip 18 Sherer, Dustin 19 Hartmann, William 19 Claxton, Kevin 20 Ewing, Brady 20 Williams, T.J. 21 Maragos, Chris 22 Smith, Erik 22 Hampton, Adam 23 Goins, Mario 24 Johnson, Shelton 25 Carter, Shane 26 Fenelus, Antonio 27 Emanuel, Nate 27 Sorensen, Blake 28 Ring-Noonan, Coddye 28 Jones, Dex 29 Brinkley, Niles 30 Brown, Zach 31 Moody, Prince 32 Clay, John 32 Kossoris, Eric 34 Rentmeester, Bill 36 Turner, Mickey 37 Clayton, Kevin 38 Holland, Tyler 39 Hill, P.J. 41 Rouse, Kevin 42 Prather, Erik 42 Spitz, Sam 43 Hubbard, Leonard 43 Korslin, Rob 44 Pressley, Chris 45 Moore, Dan 46 Davison, Zach


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46 Rosemeyer, Tyrell 47 McFadden, Jaevery 48 Neal, Joshua 49 Flasch, Ryan 50 Schofield, O’Brien 51 Grimes, Jasper 52 Hodge, Elijah 53 Taylor, Mike 54 Newkirk, Mike 55 Briedis, Eriks 56 Groff, Matthew 57 Woodward, Drew 59 Megna, Tony 60 Current, Jake 60 Opsal, Zach 61 Cromwell, Chris 62 Wojta, Kyle 63 Urbik, Kraig 64 Hein, Jordan 64 Burge, Robert 65 Schafer, Joe 66 Konz, Peter 67 Oglesby, Josh 68 Carimi, Gabe 69 Jones, Kenny 70 Zeitler, Kevin 71 VandenHeuvel, Eric 73 Bergmann, Jordan 74 Moffitt, John 75 Kemp, Andy 76 Nagy, Bill 77 Cascone, Dan 78 Bscherer, Jake 79 Stehle, Jeff 81 Peck, Dave 81 Wagner, Ricky 82 Byrne, Jake 84 Kendricks, Lance 85 Gilreath, David 86 Theus, Elijah 87 Kirtley, Richard 87 Watt, J.J. 89 Graham, Garrett 90 Wickesburg, Ryan 90 Mains, Anthony 91 Chapman, Jason 92 Shaughnessy, Matthew 93 Nzegwu, Louis 94 Westphal, Tyler 95 Butrym, Patrick 95 Debauche, Brad 96 Fischer, Matt 97 Kelly, Brandon 98 Garner, Ricky 98 Nortman, Brad 99 DeCremer, Kirk


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Gilreath develops as rusher, plans to improve By Drew Simon GAMEDAY

Who is David Gilreath? A kick returner, punt returner, wide receiver, maybe even a running back? The answer is all of the above, as the speedy sophomore has registered yards in all four categories this year. Gilreath, a Minnesota native, doesn’t have the typical football frame. At 5'11" and 165 pounds, one may confuse Gilreath for an average student, but once he laces up his cleats, it’s clear that his speed sets him apart from not only the student body, but the rest of the football field. “[Gilreath] likes to run the ball,” quarterback Dustin Sherer said. “He’s one of the fastest kids on our team.” I haven’t really mastered [the end-around] yet. It might look good, but I’m missing a couple things. David Gilreath wide receiver UW football

Badger fans first heard of David Gilreath last year when he made his start as a kick returner, but he has quickly emerged as a go-to player on the offense. He ranks second on the team in receiving yards and receiving touchdowns, only behind

toons from page 1 Nick got a head start as a football player, while only dabbling in other sports before focusing on football. His father’s “first love” was track, something he won three Big Ten triple jump titles doing. He would have gone to the Olympic trials in 1984 if he had not incurred a football-related injury that hampered him. Nick likes track, but not quite as much as football. “I’ve always wanted to play football. I actually really like track, but football was kind of always my sport,” he said. But perhaps the most important knowledge Al imparts to his son has to do with life off the field. Al Toon has a set of virtues he wants his son to never forget, “Four orderly F’s are important: Faith, Family, Friends, Finances—in

junior tight end Garrett Graham in both categories. Incredibly enough, he also ranks third on the Badgers' rushing chart with 290 yards, behind junior P.J. Hill and freshman John Clay. 168 of those yards came off a big game last Saturday as Gilreath recorded two rushing touchdowns, one of them on a 90-yard end-around. “I haven’t really mastered [the endaround] yet,” Gilreath said. “It might look good, but I’m missing a couple things. Going inside instead of outside or outside instead of inside.” It was a stellar performance last week versus Indiana and it was enough to earn the talented sophomore Co-Big Ten Player of the Week. His performance also put him into the record books at Wisconsin, registering the second longest touchdown in school history. Gilreath, along with Hill and Clay, also broke a school record for most 100-yard rushers in one game as well as tying the school record of seven rushing touchdowns in one game. Inside or outside, Gilreath certainly has found his way into the end zone. Along with his Indiana performance, he recorded two touchdowns of the receiving variety against Illinois that sparked the 27-17 Badger win on Homecoming. Although he may have cleared the hump by registering a touchdown on offense, it is his first touchdown as a returner that the Cardinal-clad fans wait for. With the amount of opporthat order,” Al said. “These four F’s embody the spirit of what we believe to be necessary to drive home what really is important in life. We believe that when any of these building blocks of character are missing (or one changes the order of importance), it is very difficult to navigate the minefield of life.” And if he could break it down further: “Character, character, character. There are no short cuts in life, and God has a plan and purpose for all of us.” “I am able to impart some wisdom about the game to him, which may help give his experience as a football player a little more clarity as he travels the road of the student and athlete,” Al said. It seems as though Nick Toon couldn’t have a better guide down his path as a Badger student-athlete.


Sophomore wide receiver David Gilreath broke out against Indiana last week by having tremendous success carrying the football. Minnesota will have to account for Gilreath’s speed on Saturday. tunities that he has had, including a near kickoff return in the first game of the season against Akron, Gilreath is poised to find the end zone as a special teamer. What does the future hold in store for Mr. Gilreath? First he must face his home state, Minnesota, in the battle for Paul Bunyan’s Axe. Gilreath was heavily recruited by the Gophers but ended up siding with the Badgers after a long debate. In last year's meeting with Minnesota, Gilreath was very close to returning a

punt for a touchdown, as he got just inside the red zone but was pushed out of bounds. Gilreath and the rest of the football team will be ready for a physical and vicious battle, as both sides know what is at stake. The last time Wisconsin failed to capture the Axe was in 2003. “When you get a nasty rivalry... scratching, clawing, punching, grabbing,” Gilreath said. “Things like that happen to try and get the win.” As for the distant future, Gilreath sees this season as a learning tool and

still hopes to make a bowl game. “You don’t want the season to go down the drain,” Gilreath said. “You want something good to come out of it. I guess a bowl game would do that.” Although the Badgers won't be in a prominent bowl this year, they have the talent to make pushes for greener pastures in the coming years. That talent may be centered around Wisconsin’s new Renaissance man, David Gilreath.




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Fired-Up Seniors With this being the last Big Ten home game for the Badgers this season, keep a close eye on the Wisconsin seniors who take the field against Minnesota. On the defensive side of the ball, linebackers Jonathan Casillas and DeAndre Levy, defensive linemen Jason Chapman, Mike Newkirk and Matt Shaughnessy and defensive back Allen Langford will all be suiting up in Badger red for the last time against a Big Ten opponent. Look for their tackling to be that much harder, their speed to be that much faster and their intensity to be that much higher. Watch for senior offensive linemen Kraig Urbik, Eric Vandenheuvel and Andy Kemp to propel the running game past the Gopher defense. These seniors will have another game after this week, but it is against FCS opponent Cal Poly. This week is their last chance to impact a game against a bitter conference rival.


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Minnesota’s Turnaround In his second year as head coach of the Gophers, Tim Brewster has engineered a remarkable turnaround for the once-struggling Minnesota football program. In his first season in charge, the Gophers experienced one of their worst records in program history, going 1-11 and 0-8 in Big Ten play. This season could not be any different. Thus far, Brewster has led the Gophers to a 7-3 record and bowl eligibility. However, two of those three losses have come in the past two weeks, and at home. Brewster is sure to have his team more than prepared for their trip to Madison this weekend, as a win would do wonders for that sour taste that is surely in their mouths. This game also has major recruiting ramifications. Whoever proves to be the better squad out of the two states will have a slightly sweeter sales pitch. If Minnesota puts an end to this streak they may begin to steal some Wisconsin in-state recruits.

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Speed Kills At just 5'11", sophomore wide receiver David Gilreath may be a bit difficult to spot on the football field. That is, until he breaks away from the pack and makes his way into the end zone. Gilreath has taken the role of a jack-of-all-trades for Wisconsin this season. Whether it is returning kickoffs or punts, taking handoffs or catching the ball, Gilreath has the skill and speed to make something happen. He brings a homerun threat to an offense that badly struggles to stretch the field. Gilreath’s performances have experienced a heightened importance in the passing game with the absence of Travis Beckum. Recently, Gilreath has also shown off his talents in the run game. He has a total of 290 yards and two touchdowns rushing this year. Keep an eye on Gilreath against Minnesota, as the little guy is sure to make a tremendous difference on Saturday.

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Badgers look to axe Gophers fifth consecutive time WISCONSIN OFFENSE VS. MINNESOTA DEFENSE


After a hard fought and high scoring first half last weekend against Indiana, Wisconsin’s offense exploded in the second half to ultimately rack up 55 points with 601 yards of total offense. Running backs junior P.J. Hill and freshman John Clay and sophomore wide receiver David Gilreath each had over 100 yards rushing in that game with at least one touchdown. The passing game, however, was ineffective, as Dustin Sherer went 10 for 19 with a total of 143 yards and no touchdowns. Wisconsin’s running game was once again the heart and soul of their offense, and the Badgers will look to pound the ball as much as possible against the Golden Gophers. The Gophers’ defense has been inconsistent in stopping the run, especially against big time backs, so they will have their hands full with the Badgers rush attack. They have also been susceptible to the pass occasionally but tend to make big stands in the red zone by holding teams to field goals. Expect a hard fight on the line of scrimmage as Minnesota will concentrate on stopping the run.

Wisconsin’s defense labored through the first half last week against Indiana, giving up 20 points off of two touchdowns and two field goals. They came back in the second half, however, to shut out Indiana and hold the Hoosiers to 58 total yards of offense. On the season, Wisconsin has struggled to defend the pass, but the Badgers do have the ability to make big plays, averaging one interception per game. Wisconsin will have to keep their eyes on Minnesota’s offense moving the ball on the ground as often as they put it in the air. Minnesota has one of the more balanced offenses in the Big Ten. The Golden Gophers rely heavily on their offense to outscore their opponents rather than holding down the opposition with sound defense. Sophomore quarterback Adam Weber can hurt the opposition through air as well as with his feet. Unfortunately his best receiver, junior Eric Decker will not play this week.

Advantage: Wisconsin

Advantage: Minnesota



Wisconsin’s special teams gets the job done, whether it is getting the ball to a good starting field position or putting the opponent close to their own end zone. If last week’s game against Indiana proved anything, it is the big play ability that kick/punt returner David Gilreath has. Wisconsin’s return teams have struggled to give Gilreath many opportunities to make big returns, but one big block for Gilreath could be the difference between a 20-yard return and a 90-yard return for a touchdown. Freshman kicker Philip Welch has filled in nicely this season. He is 85 percent on field goals, which is tied for second in the Big Ten. Welch’s only weakness has been the occasional line drive on kickoffs, which gives the return team greater potential for a big run-back. Minnesota’s special teams show many parallels to Wisconsin’s in terms of stats. Like the Badgers, Minnesota has yet to return a kick or punt for a touchdown and averages similar yardage in returners junior Marcus Sherels and freshman Troy Stoudermire. With less opportunities, senior kicker Joel Monroe isn’t quite as accurate as Welch but does tend to give his defense more field to work with when kicking to the opposition.

Although it may sound bitter for Badger fans to say their team is better than their record, Wisconsin has lost a few close games this year, and probably a couple should have been won. However, the mark of a good team is the ability to win games no matter what it takes. That being said, the Badgers have been slowly declining over time and have stumbled quite a bit through the 2008 season. Whether it can be blamed on the coaching is hard to say, but one gets the sense the team as a whole is underachieving. On the other hand, Minnesota has risen from the ashes of a one-win season in 2007 and is currently running strong with a 7-3 record under head coach Tim Brewster. The Gophers have recruited well and currently stand tied for fourth in the Big Ten. Some of the success of Minnesota can be credited to a softer schedule this year, as two of its three losses have come to teams who are or were at one point ranked. Still, it is clear that regardless of their schedule, the Gophers are a much better team than they were last year, and Brewster has put together a group of guys who can compete at a high level.

Advantage: Wisconsin

Advantage: Wisconsin —Compiled by Tom Stadler

gameday projected winner: The last time they played... Wisconsin entered their final regular season game of 2007 coming off a solid home win against No. 12 Michigan that pulled the Badgers back into the top 25. Minnesota entered the contest 1-10 on the season with first-year head coach Tim Brewster still seeking his first Big Ten win. Brewster would have to wait until next year, though, as Wisconsin beat the Golden Gophers on the road, 41-34.


The teams entered the fourth quarter tied at 20, but a Bill Rentmeester touchdown run and a Travis Beckum touchdown reception put Minnesota in a 14-point hole, a deficit they would not be able to overcome. The Badgers were without running back P.J. Hill due to injury, but that did not stop them from sticking with the running game. Running back Zach Brown, then a true freshman, took 29 carries for 250 yards and two touchdowns.





Saturday, November 15, 2008

Red Raiders, Crimson Tide flying toward national title game MATT FOX the fox hole


he hype surrounding college football is always at an alltime high at the beginning of the season. Preseason rankings come in and experts are quick to pick their favorites for BCS Bowls and the National Championship. In the end, it is all meaningless until the season is actually played. After all, that’s what the excitement is really all about. This season has been nothing short of spectacular, as we’ve seen powerhouses fall in upsets and primetime games that did not disappoint. With about three weeks remaining in the regular season, Alabama and Texas Tech are the only two unbeaten programs remaining—unlikely candidates to the say the least.

Perhaps the best thing about college football is its complete parity and unpredictability.

Perhaps the best thing about college football is its complete parity and unpredictability as the season continues. In the preseason rankings, Alabama was ranked No. 24 in the AP Top 25, while failing to receive a ranking in the USA Today Poll. Texas Tech was ranked No. 12 and No. 14 in the AP Top 25 and USA Today Poll, respectively. Eleven weeks later, both teams have their sights set on the ultimate goal in college football: an appearance in

the BCS National Championship Game. But as spirits are high on both campuses at this moment, they can be shot down just as easily. Although both teams should be extremely proud of their accomplishments whether they stay undefeated or not, the surprising performance of Red Raider football has been particularly exciting to watch.

Texas Tech has been overshadowed throughout the year because of historically rich programs.

Texas Tech’s sophomore Michael Crabtree has once again established himself as one of the premiere wide receivers in the nation. After a freshman year in which he amassed 134 receptions for 1,962 yards and 22 touchdowns, Crabtree was awarded the Fred Biletnikoff Award, a distinction given to the best wide receiver in the country. He promises to be a top candidate for the award once again this year, already accumulating more than 1,000 yards receiving and 18 touchdowns. But it’s not just Crabtree’s stats that have been so impressive. Watch a Texas Tech game and you’ll see His clutch performances firsthand. Every team knows it’s coming, yet Crabtree performs time and time again, dominating whoever he’s matched up against. Crabtree is also immensely fortunate to be paired with one of the nation’s best quarterbacks, senior Graham Harrell, one of the top candidates for this year’s Heisman Trophy. Harrell’s stats were staggering last year, total-

ing 5,705 yards, 48 touchdowns and 14 interceptions. This season, Harrell has been outstanding once again, throwing for more than 4,000 yards to go along with 36 touchdowns. Throughout his senior season, Harrell has also been a much smarter quarterback, throwing just five interceptions in 463 attempts. He has thrown for more than 250 yards in every game, while surpassing more than 400 yards in five of the Red Raiders’ contests. As expected, Texas Tech’s tremendous offensive scheme has raised plenty of questions about whether the Red Raiders are really a complete team. In reality, their defense has significantly improved. The Red Raiders have responded to critics who questioned the team’s inability to contain opponents. Just last weekend, Texas Tech challenged a highpowered Oklahoma State offense that is also among the best in the nation, averaging almost 43 points a game. The Red Raider defense held Oklahoma State to just 20 points. Texas Tech has been overshadowed throughout the year by other Big 12 teams because of historically rich programs like Texas, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State. But if Texas Tech is able to defeat Oklahoma next weekend, it will likely defy all the odds and establish itself as a highcaliber program that can pose a threat to teams of this elevated status. The Red Raiders are a great story about a team that has vastly improved while entertaining college football fans around the country. On the other side, Alabama has made a serious comeback as well, but the Crimson Tide already possess a rich football tradition that towers over Texas


Sophomore wide receiver Michael Crabtree has 1,010 yards receiving this season, good for second in the Big 12 and fifth in the nation. Tech’s accomplishments. Under legendary coach Paul “Bear” Bryant, the Alabama Crimson Tide contended for a National Championship practically every season. It’s only appropriate for Texas Tech, a team with less glamour and fewer opportunities, to make a name for itself in the record books. Alabama will always have

its long-standing tradition and decades of dominance during the Bear Bryant era to its credit. On the other hand, for the Red Raiders, the recent success has been building and their time for dominance is just starting. Think someone else besides Texas Tech and Alabama is in the mix for the title? E-mail Matt at

Hot and Cold returns: Big 12 quarterbacks steal the show while Pac-10 wallows in mediocrity WHO’S HOT


Big 12 Quarterbacks

The Pac-10

The entire Big 12 is red-hot this season, and its quarterbacks have a lot to do with it. It starts with senior quarterback Graham Harrell, who has led his Texas Tech squad to a 10-0 record and a legitimate shot to play for the National Championship. Harrell leads the conference and the nation in passing yards, and is completing over 70 percent of his attempts. Oklahoma sophomore Sam Bradford isn’t far behind. His 3,406 yards through the air are second in the conference and the nation. And Missouri senior Chase Daniel, Kansas junior Todd Reesing and Texas junior Colt McCoy rank fourth, ninth and 10th in passing yards in the country, respectively. USC The Trojans’ early loss to Oregon State back in September may hold them back from a National Championship, but since their loss USC has been on fire. In the six victories since the Trojans’ defeat, USC is outscoring opponents by 34.7 points per game. Their victories include two wins over top-25 teams and three shutouts. USC also trampled both Washington schools by a combined score of 125-0. Their defense is like a brick wall, allowing just 3.8 points per contest since their downfall at Oregon State. The Trojans may not make the trip to the National Title game, but no one would want to play them if they did. The Mountain West Conference No one ever talks about the Mountain West in College football, but the top of the conference is playing as well as the best in some other major conferences this season. The Mountain West has three teams in the top 25 in the BCS Standings. For those who are counting, that’s just as many as the ACC and the Big Ten, one more than the Big East and two more than the Pac-10. No. 7 Utah sits atop the league with a 10-0 record and a chance to play in a BCS Bowl. And No. 17 BYU and No. 18 TCU have just one and two losses, respectively.

Besides USC, no one in this league really scares anyone. The Trojans are the only team to crack the top 25 in the BCS. Oregon State sits in second, but an early loss to 5-5 Stanford prevents them from gaining anyone’s respect. At the bottom of the conference sits the only school in the FBS without a victory, Washington. Washington State is 1-9 overall and 0-7 in the conference. UCLA, who caught the nation’s attention with an opening weekend win over Tennessee on national television, has sputtered out. The Bruins are now 3-6. Clemson The Clemson Tigers entered the season as the favorite to win the ACC and a possible national title contender. Now they sit near the bottom of a weak ACC with a 2-4 conference record. Head coach Tommy Bowden was fired earlier this year for failure to meet expectations once again. Senior quarterback Cullen Harper has been a huge disappointment this season with a 9-12 touchdown to interception ratio. With a 4-5 overall record, Clemson is questionable to make it into any bowl game. Tennessee The Volunteers are another team that will let its head coach go after a poor season. Things started off on the wrong foot when Tennessee fell to what turned out to be a mediocre UCLA team in the Volunteers’ first game. Then Tennessee got embarrassed at home to rival Florida in a 30-6 drubbing. Tennessee did not get its first SEC win until Oct. 18 against Mississippi State. Now the Volunteers are muddled in a three game losing streak. And last week they hit rock bottom with a home loss to Wyoming, which entered the game 3-6. —Compiled by Scott Kellogg


SATURDAY’S BIG GAMES (3) Texas vs. Kansas, 11:30 a.m.

By Mario Puig GAMEDAY

(13) Oklahoma State vs. Colorado, 7 p.m.

1. Sam Bradford, QB Oklahoma (Sophomore)

Boston College vs. (19) Florida State, 7 p.m.

Bradford came out of nowhere as a freshman to throw for 36 touchdowns with only eight interceptions, and he has been even better this year. He already has a nation-leading 38 touchdown passes through just 10 games, and he has a throughthe-roof passing efficiency rating of 188.9. In five of Oklahoma’s 10 contests, Bradford has thrown for at least four touchdowns. If it weren’t for a loss to No. 5 Texas in October, Bradford’s squad would still be ranked No. 1. Even that loss was not Bradford’s fault, as he posted a passing efficiency rating of 187.2 in the game. Although the Sooners are ranked three spots behind Graham Harrell’s Red Raiders, Gameday is banking on an Oklahoma victory in week 13’s showdown between the two teams. Plus, Bradford doesn’t carry the stigma that comes with being a Texas Tech quarterback. The bad news for Bradford is that he has the toughest remaining schedule of the Heisman contenders. Even if the Sooners get past Texas Tech next weekend, the game after is on the road against their dangerous in-state rivals, the No. 13-ranked Oklahoma State Cowboys. If Bradford’s team wins those two games, they will still likely have to face a tough Missouri in the Big 12 Championship Game.

(25) South Carolina vs. (4) Florida, 2:30 p.m.


1. Alabama 2. Texas Tech 3. Texas 4. Florida 5. Oklahoma 6. USC 7. Utah 8. Penn State 9. Boise State 10. Georgia 11. Ohio State 12. Missouri 13. Oklahoma State 14. Ball State 15. Michigan State 16. North Carolina 17. Brigham Young 18. TCU 19. Florida State 20. LSU 21. Pittsburgh 22. Cincinnati 23. Tulsa 24. Wake Forest 25. South Carolina


1. Alabama (44) 1,604 2. Texas Tech (21) 1,574 3. Florida 1,467 4. Texas 1,437 5. Oklahoma 1,475 6. USC 1,311 7. Penn State 1,161 8. Utah 1,157 9. Boise State 1,110 10. Ohio State 1,009 11. Oklahoma State 963 12. Missouri 913 13. Georgia 880 14. Ball State 677 15. TCU 623 16. Brigham Young 602 17. North Carolina 597 18. Michigan State 584 19. LSU 552 20. Florida State 380 21. Pittsburgh 318 22. Cincinnati 269 23. Oregon State 124 24. South Carolina 117 25. Tulsa 84 Others Receiving Votes: California 73, Virginia Tech 44, Air Force 40, Georgia Tech 29, Arizona 7, Oregon 6, Western Michigan 6, West Virginia 5, Central Michigan 5, Iowa 5, Miami (FL) 5, Northwestern 3, Boston College 3, Maryland 3, South Florida 1, Wake Forest 1, Kansas 1


Big 12 QBs headline Heisman contenders

(6) USC vs. Stanford, 6 p.m.

(16) North Carolina vs. Maryland, 2:30 p.m.



As the regular season comes to a close, so does the Gameday season. With just one more home game following Saturday’s, it’s time for National Outlook, the unquestionable authority on matters of college football forecasting, to tackle the two most anticipated issues of college football: the Heisman Trophy and the National Championship. Check back next week to find out which school will win it all. In the meantime, keep reading to see who will capture the Heisman Trophy.

(10) Georgia vs. Auburn, 11:30 a.m.

Saturday, November 15, 2008

2. Graham Harrell, QB Texas Tech (Senior) Before the season started, Harrell was considered a long-shot for the Heisman Trophy. This isn’t because anyone doubted his ability to put up astounding numbers, but because the accolades of Texas Tech quarterbacks are invariably marginalized thanks to the “product of the system” tag. At almost any other time, Harrell’s 4,070 yards, 42 total touchdowns and five interceptions still wouldn’t have gotten him anywhere near Heisman discussions. Harrell is an exception to this rule because he has led his team to victory over the best teams in the country. Heading into their eighth game of the season, Tech was written off as the same old pass-happy circus doomed to be outdone by the “real” teams, a recurring theme in recent Texas Tech history. They then beat No. 19 Kansas 63-21. Then they shocked No. 1 ranked Texas in a 38-33 victory, the result of a game-winning touchdown pass by Harrell to sophomore wide receiver Michael Crabtree on


Texas Tech quarterbacks like Kliff Kingsbury, BJ Symons and Sonny Cumbie put up huge numbers but never got close to the Heisman Trophy. Graham Harrell realistically could break this trend. the last offensive play of the game. Most recently, they crushed No. 8 Oklahoma State 56-20. Although no one is smirking at Texas Tech at this point, Harrell still faces at least one more monumental test in his next game as the Red Raiders travel to Sooner-land to face Sam Bradford and the No. 6 Oklahoma team. 3. Colt McCoy, QB Texas (Junior) McCoy is different from Bradford and Harrell in that he’s a dual threat, leading his team on the ground with 449 yards and seven touchdowns while completing 78 percent of his passes and throwing for 28 touchdowns. Like Bradford, McCoy currently has a passer efficiency rating over 180. Both quarterbacks have passing efficiencies exceeding that of Graham Harrell (169.2). The problem for McCoy is his team will be remembered not for his accomplishments, but for their heartbreaking loss to Texas Tech on the last offensive play of the game. Although McCoy performed well enough for the Longhorns to win that game, he still failed to post numbers that were up to his usual standard. There still may be a silver lining for McCoy, however. Bradford’s Sooners may need to face as many as three top-10 teams before the end of the season, and the combination of being a non-Texas Tech quarterback and a threat on the ground may give him an edge over Harrell. The last two games in Texas’ regular season schedule are very manageable contests against Kansas and Texas A&M. 4. Michael Crabtree, WR Texas Tech (Sophomore) The sophomore sensation set the college football world on fire as a freshman, catching a shocking 134 passes for 1,962 yards and 22 touchdowns. His numbers this year have not been as impressive, most likely

because of increased attention from defenses, but his presence makes the Texas Tech offense as a whole nearly impossible to contain, let alone stop. Crabtree has 1,010 yards and 18 touchdowns through 10 games, and his game-winning catch in Tech’s upset over Texas will resonate in the memories of college football fans for years. He is almost certainly the mostfeared receiver in the nation. Despite all this, Crabtree is still a wide receiver. Receivers almost always take a backseat to quarterbacks, and

this season has been loaded as far as great quarterback performances go. For Crabtree to get anywhere near the Heisman Trophy, he’ll need to post mammoth numbers until the season’s end, maybe with another game-winner or two. Even if he does, his candidacy for the Heisman is complicated by the fact that any of his success will be traced to his quarterback, Graham Harrell. The likelihood of Crabtree winning is also hurt by the fact that he’s a sophomore.

Ron Dayne’s Heisman Trophy season Ron Dayne was awarded the 1999 Heisman Trophy. Dayne was the 65th recipient of the award, given to the player voted as the best in college football, the same season he broke Ricky Williams’ all-time NCAA rushing total record.


Big Ten Heisman Trophy winners 1939: Nile Kinnick, RB Iowa (Senior) 1940: Tom Harmon, RB Michigan (Senior) 1941: Bruce Smith, RB Minnesota (Senior) 1944: Les Horvath, QB Ohio State (Senior) 1950: Vic Janowicz, RB Ohio State (Junior) 1954: Alan Ameche, FB Wisconsin (Senior) 1955: Howard Cassady, RB Ohio State (Senior) 1974: Archie Griffin, RB Ohio State (Junior) 1975: Archie Griffin, RB Ohio State (Senior) 1991: Desmond Howard, WR Michigan (Senior) 1995: Eddie George, RB Ohio State (Senior) 1997: Charles Woodson, CB Michigan (Junior) 1999: Ron Dayne, RB Wisconsin (Senior) 2006: Troy Smith, QB Ohio State (Senior)



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