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In the spirit of International Osberg, who is double Education Week—Nov. THE DAILY CARDINAL majoring in internation17 to 21—the Division of Mounting the Acropolis and gaz- al studies and economInternational Studies launched ing out over the sprawling city of ics, studied in Brussels, the Badgers Abroad Blog. Athens is etched in UW-Madison Belgium, from January Students currently abroad to May 2008 and visitsenior Mike Osberg’s memory. can make posts to the blog So is combing the beaches of ed 11 countries during and help future study-abroad Normandy, basking in the sun on his time overseas. participants prepare for Last year, approxithe Spanish Steps of Rome and wittheir own travels. nessing the Changing of the Guard mately 1,900 UWFaculty, graduate students Madison in London. students and alumni can also utilize Experiences like these are what participated in a study the space to promote and Osberg remembers of his time study- abroad program, up heighten the university’s about 14 percent from the ing abroad. presence in the “Seeing things firsthand puts year before. In fact, UWglobal society. everything you learned in school Madison ranks 10th among Check out the blog at into a real-life perspective,” Osberg U.S. research universities for www.badgersabroad. said. “You can’t drink Belgian beer or study abroad participation, eat Italian gelato from ing to the annual Open Doors report, a book.” released last week by the Institute of International Education. share The popularity of studying abroad s i m i l a r continues to grow, but as the econo- sentiments, my waivers, international travel may and the campus does Study Abroad not seem feasible to young adults not come up short on resources for Resources on and college students. prospective study abroad students. Campus “If you understand the value International Academic Programs is of going abroad, the non- the most widely used study abroad CALS Study Abroad Office monetary gain is far beyond service on campus. In 2007-’08, (608) 262-3673 what it will cost you to go it offered 106 study abroad and there,” Osberg said. exchange programs on six contiAnother UW- nents and in 46 countries. IAP Study Abroad Resource Center Madison senior, Jessica “We’re trying to help the student (608) 265-6329 Megna, already has her find a program that fits them,” said ticket to London for Claire Marcus, a senior working at the spring semester. Megna IAP office in Bascom Hall. “We ask Wisconsin School of Business: agreed that the gains them questions to get a feel for why International Programs of studying abroad far they are studying abroad and what (608) 265-5017 outweighed the costs. they want to get out of it.” “I know London is Marcus studied abroad twice, expensive. I know I’m spending a summer studying in College of Engineering: going to spend money,” Florence, Italy, before going to International Engineering she said. “But it truly is Australia for an internship. Marcus (608) 263-2191 an opportunity. I can travel said student peer advisors and when I’m older, but I will marketers make up the staff at the international never again be a student study- IAP office. ing abroad. I can’t wait.” Many UW-Madison students study abroad page 3 By Cassie Holman

Lawton pushes value of liberal education in current economy By Rebecca Autrey THE DAILY CARDINAL

Lt. Gov. Barbara Lawton spoke Friday at the Pyle Center on the importance of a liberal education in today’s economic climate. The Association of American Colleges and Universities defines “liberal education” as an approach to learning that “provides students with broad knowledge of the wider world … as well as in-depth study in a specific area of interest.” Representatives from 14 of the UW System schools met in Madison Thursday and Friday for a conference about the importance and usefulness of a liberal education.

Lawton discussed the Liberal Education and America’s Promise initiative, which advocates this type of learning. She said a liberal education leads to skilled and qualified workers and Wisconsin must retain these workers in order to keep the state economy “vibrant.” “As we all know, if we look at the outward migration of Wisconsin’s college graduates, they’re flowing to Minneapolis and Chicago at great expense to the state of Wisconsin,” she said. Lawton said bright, knowledgeable, adaptable employees with a liberal education are highly sought after in the job market. She also said one problem with


promoting liberal education in Wisconsin is the word “liberal,” because people are often scared of the weight and activism the word conveys. According to Lawton, future economic challenges are too great and surviving difficult economic times both nationally and in the state will require bright, wellrounded, educated individuals. “Education and skills slowdown is the biggest issue facing our country that is looking to drive its way out,” she said. “This is a challenge that will shape the destiny of our nation, and it certainly will as we think about what we are going to do in Wisconsin.”



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Fans reminisce at Union South’s last Badger Bash By Alyssa Connolly THE DAILY CARDINAL

UW-Madison students and alumni and members of the UW Marching Band gathered to celebrate the last Badger Bash at Union South before the Badgers faced off against Cal Poly Saturday. As has been the custom for the past 36 football seasons, Badger fans joined together to eat brats and burgers and listen to the UW Marching Band play before heading to Camp Randall. Bob and Judy Gause, who have been celebrating Badger Bash at Union South for the past six years, said they will definitely continue to attend the celebration at the new south campus union. “We enjoy the band and the enthusiasm of everybody, that’s why we come,” Judy Gause said. Corky Sischo, a participant in the construction of Union South in 1971, said he started Badger Bash the year after the union’s opening. “I wanted to get a lot of activity going here, so I talked to [UW Band Director] Mike Leckrone … and I said, ‘Would you come over

here and practice?’” Sischo said Leckrone enthusiastically accepted the request and has been performing at the tailgate ever since. As Wisconsin fans enjoyed the energy and enthusiasm of the initial event, attendees continued to be charmed by the UW Marching Band renditions of “On, Wisconsin!” and “If You Want to Be a Badger.” Sischo, who is now retired from the university, said Badger Bash has grown enormously over the years and estimated Saturday’s attendance at between three and four thousand people. Despite the cold weather, attendees said the final Badger Bash was a great success. Directors of Union South closed the event by dumping buckets of red and white confetti from the roof onto fans below. According to Hank Walter, associate director of the Wisconsin Union, Badger Bash will move to Engineering Hall for the 2009 and 2010 football seasons until the new south campus union is finished in the spring of 2011.


Badger fans celebrated with the UW Marching Band and Band Director Mike Leckrone Saturday at Union South’s last Badger Bash.

Leckrone responds to retirement rumor Contrary to weekend reports, UW Marching Band Director Mike Leckrone said Sunday he does not plan on retiring this season. The reports surfaced after the Badger football game against Cal Poly Saturday, where Leckrone and the band celebrated his 40th season as director at the Fifth Quarter. In its performance, the band made a formation that read “Mike 40 years.” “The statement [about the retirement] is not true,” Leckrone said in an interview. “I heard a few people express it to me [Sunday], and I had no idea where the idea came from.” Erica Pape, a UW-Madison senior and Marching Band member, said

Leckrone did not say anything to the band about his alleged retirement. “We figured he would have told us first,” she said. According to Pape, not many band members knew about the false report. “I heard rumors of people talking about it. I don’t think it was a widespread thing,” she said. Earlier this season, university officials suspended the band due to sexual hazing allegations, but the suspension was lifted Oct. 10. Leckrone has been the director of the UW Marching Band since 1969 and is a professor in the School of Music.

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t’s time for apartment hunting, my dears, and your old friend Megan is here for you. As one experienced with the trials and tribulations of really rundown, piece-of-crap apartment rentals, I feel I can pass on some helpful tips and tricks to my beloved readers. The first step is roommates. Even if you are living in a shack made solely of duct tape, toothpicks and Bazooka Joe gum wrappers, a good roommate can make a housing arrangement bearable. A bad one can make you want to burn your Bazooka Joe fort to the ground, no matter how funny the jokes are. There are some signs you can look for when choosing a roommate who is right for you. I personally stay away from people who collect vials of blood from past lovers, like to play with fire and your hair at the same time, and whose souls are so ultimately consumed by classes that they

have holed off a small section of their room to house the live goats they sacrifice pre-exam week. These are, of course, my opinions, so if you’re into dark magic or pyromania, to each his own. The basic lesson with roommates is to make sure you have something in common, or can at least agree on basic things, such as who has to clean up the goat’s litter box. Now that you have found someone who has promised not to murder you in your sleep, the hard part begins. Finding the perfect house or apartment can be difficult because the nice, cheap places are in high demand these days. Not everyone is content sharing a rat hole. Something all students will have to realize is this: There is not a perfect place out there. You are going to have to compromise on something, and no matter how you bitch and moan, it’s just the way things are, Skippy. To save yourself a lot of stress, you are going to have to prioritize what’s most important to you in finding a place. Whether it is your location’s proximity to a liquor store, a nook like the dream home of Cory and

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Topanga, or ample space to store your ever-expanding collection of Full House memorabilia, you are going to have to decide what you can and cannot live without. And though the leather jacket that Uncle Jesse wore in episode 132, “A Very Tanner Christmas,” may be sweet, not having heat, water or walls may detract from its sheer awesomeness. Doors, walls and windows are pretty basic expectations, so it’s the little things you have to keep in mind when beginning your apartment tours. Look for space, structural integrity and lack of feces stains on the wall. All are details that could make one apartment a better deal than the next. Another thing to keep in mind while touring the wide world of apartments is the neighbors. This is a lot harder to consider since the people living next door now may not be the same ones who would be in close quarters with you next year. Listen for heavy-footed folks upstairs and loud talkers downstairs. If you can faintly hear the delightful melody of the violinist who lives in Apartment 7 now, there is a good chance you will

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be able to hear the drunken guys playing “Rockband” for hours on end next year. Learn from my mistake; don’t subject yourself to listening to “Don’t Fear the Reaper” sung seven times in a row by the same no-talent clown who leaves pizza boxes on your porch all the time. Pay attention to the neighborhood so you at least feel safe marching over in your pajamas at 2 a.m. on a Tuesday, threatening to shove a fake drumstick up someone’s ass. With these simple pieces of advice, I send you out into the free-for-all that is the housing search in Madison. There will be backbiting, fights and under-thetable deals for that kind of shady place above that one restaurant on State Street. But if you persevere, prioritize and don’t collapse into a weeping, desperate mess, you’ll make it, kiddo. Oh, and if you sneak the place I’m looking at from under my nose, I will tell my neighbors your address, and send them and their “Rockband” set over. Hope you like Blue Oyster Cult. Still need more apartment advice? E-mail Megan at

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Group to rally before Metro bus-fare increase hearing By Abby Sears THE DAILY CARDINAL

Less than two weeks after the Madison Common Council voted to approve a 50-cent bus-fare increase, the Madison Area Bus Advocates and residents will rally and discuss the issue at a public hearing Monday. Mayor Dave Cieslewicz proposed a $682,000 increase in Madison Metro revenue through the fare increase in his 2009 operating budget. After hours of public comment and budget deliberations, the Common Council approved the fare hike from $1.50 to $2 on Nov. 13. It is now up to the city’s Transit and Parking Commission to determine how to deal with the fare increase, set to take effect in March 2009, amid high fuel costs and a tough economic situation. MABA, an organization dedicated to the city’s public transit system, is holding a rally before the hearing to generate discussion about the fare increase and other issues facing Metro. MABA member Barbara Smith

said the group is hoping to get more residents involved in the decision-making process behind one of the most controversial changes being made in the 2009 budget. “We wanted to draw more people into participation [and] to give their opinion at the hearing, and also we want to sort of comment on the city council’s decision on the bus fare,” she said. Smith said the organization has opposed the fare increase since its proposal but has not come up with a formal stance since the budget’s approval. Members and speakers will address a number of topics ranging from low-income ridership to possible service cuts at the rally, themed “The Future of Transit in Madison.” “I guess we’re just using this occasion of interest in the buses to really talk about a lot of issues even besides the fare hike,” Smith said. The MABA rally will begin at 5:30 p.m. at the Monona Terrace, where the TPC public hearing on the fare increase will take place at 6 p.m.

Athletic Department to auction off pieces of Kohl Center basketball court to public In the light of plans to install a new basketball floor at the Kohl Center, the UW Athletic Department will be auctioning off pieces of the current wooden court. Members of the public can receive pieces of the court, including those that make up the Big Ten Conference logo, the University of Wisconsin crest, the spot where Alando Tucker recorded his 2,000th career point, and the area where the clipboard thrown by legendary former Indiana men’s basketball coach Bobby Knight landed in 2000.

study abroad from page 1 The Wisconsin School of Business, College of Agricultural and Life Sciences and College of Engineering also offer programs for their students. In total, UW-Madison offers 223 short, semester-long and yearlong programs in 51 countries on every continent except Antarctica. Program costs fluctuate depending on the amount of travel included, housing accommodations and the exchange agreement between UW-Madison and the foreign university. Students are generally responsible for travel costs to their study abroad destination, but some programs will reimburse students for the cost of their flight. “Study abroad costs vary by program and country, but our pricing is done on a cost-recovery basis,” said Masarah Van Eyck, director of communications for UWMadison’s Division of International Studies. “We offer scholarships and encourage students to apply for financial aid.” Van Eyck said in the 2007-’08 school year, UW–Madison provided more than half a million dollars in study abroad scholarships to 310 students. “Because we believe that study abroad plays a pivotal role in helping students develop as global citizens

The Kohl Center court was used in 1997 in the NBA All-Star Game in Cleveland, Ohio. After the game, the court was refinished and installed in the Kohl Center. The first UWMadison team to play on the surface was the men’s basketball team in a game against Northwestern in January 1998. The last game to be played on the court was part of the final day of the 2008 WIAA State Boys High School Championships in March. Community members can visit to participate in the auction, which closes Dec. 8. and professionals, we are dedicated to making study abroad affordable for all students who are interested in participating,” she said. According to a national poll by NAFSA: Association of International Educators, more than 90 percent of Americans believe it is important to prepare future generations for a global society. Van Eyck said about 17 percent of undergraduates at UW-Madison study abroad before graduating— far above the national average. The goal, she added, is to send 50 percent of undergraduate students abroad by 2020. Osberg said he will continue to reap the benefits of study abroad when he enters the work force. “Brussels is considered the capital of the [European Union], and learning that firsthand from people there was really beneficial to me and to what I want to pursue in my career,” he said. IAP representatives agreed that the benefits of a study abroad experience will follow students into the workplace. Employers desire people who can adjust to a variety of situations and cultures and can acclimate in a global workplace. “All of our graduates, whatever their major, need the global skills, attitudes and knowledge essential to succeed in our increasingly interconnected world,” Van Eyck added.




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Members of the UW MadHatters, a campus a cappella group, perform at the Capitol Theater in the Overture Center Saturday night as part of their Fall Concert Series.

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RYAN DASHEK opinion columnist


adison is a unique city. We are fortunate enough to have access to several opportunities, artistic and musical venues, entertainment options and dining establishments. One feature in particular that you cannot find anywhere else in Wisconsin is the Overture Center, which brings world-class performance acts right here in Madison. The advantage such an institute brings to Madison is phenomenal and has the ability to provide a distinct flavor to the city. However, despite some of its high ticket-selling performances, the Overture Center—like many other entertainment institutes— is suffering because of the current economic state.

I may be mistaken, but I doubt Dane County is full of uncultured heathens who hate art.

According to a research study group led by University Research Park President Mark Bugher, it is estimated that within the next few years, the struggling performance center will require extra aid from both the private and public centers in order to

sustain itself. Although keeping the Overture Center should be important to Madisonians, asking taxpayers to help support the center is simply out of the question. Instead, the center’s focus should be on fundraising from private donors, support from corporations, endowments and other alternatives that would not drain more money from the public.

Steps need to be taken to increase private funding, and searching for potential donors is good idea for the center.

Now I would never go so far as to call the Overture Center a “worthless money pit” that should receive zero public funding. The sense of culture and art the center brings to Madison is invaluable. However, only minimal public support should and can be provided to such a center. Yes, its programs and other offerings have benefited hundreds if not thousands of community members, but expecting Madison residents to handle the bill is a bad idea. Times are hard for everyone right now. With the current economic collapse, several businesses are closing, people are losing their jobs and sacrifices are being made. The public simply does not have the extra money to go to musicals or plays anymore, and costs are continually on the rise. Allocating more tax money for the Overture

Center will likely worsen matters before making them better. Not only will you get public outcry if taxes are raised, but citizens will likely cringe as they watch thousands of taxpayer dollars being funneled away from necessary public services like the Metro, schools and community outreach programs and instead funding a performing arts center. Do not get me wrong, though. I think the Overture Center is a great addition to Madison, and while I believe we must do what we can to help keep it afloat, increasing taxes or cutting funding in other areas to support the center is just out of the question. If the public will not foot the Overture Center’s high costs, then who will? Since the performing arts center cannot rely solely on ticket sales, it should begin looking to private organizations for fiscal aid. According to a recent article by the Wisconsin State Journal, a mere 6 percent of the Overture Center’s total revenue is generated via private gifts and donations. Similarly-sized establishments rely on 20 percent for their total revenue.

The Overture Center—like many other entertainment institutes— is suffering gravely because of the current economic state.

So why isn’t the Overture Center pulling in that kind of aid? I may be mistaken, but I doubt

Dane County is full of uncultured heathens who hate art.

Although keeping the Overture Center should be important, asking taxpayers to support the center is out of the question.

Steps need to be taken now to increase private funding, and searching for potential donors would be a good idea for the Overture Center. Also, ideas such as corporate sponsorship may provide some relief, as well as endowments, which should initially be funded by some private donations and can help establish longevity in the arts center. In September, the Overture Center announced it would be forced

to dissolve its trust funds to help pay off loans and debts. However, its current loan agreement will be up in 2011. Some may hold onto the hope that with the recent turn in politics, the future may provide better economic opportunities—but no matter how good the promise, we cannot bank on tomorrow. The Overture Center should be fervently acting now to increase private funding because if it really comes down to it, public support will, as it should, be minimal. Is the center a great addition to Madison atmosphere and a bearer of entertainment and culture found nowhere else in south-central Wisconsin? The Overture Center definitely is. Is the Center a massive money pit where thousands of taxpayer dollars are funneled? Let’s hope not. Ryan Dashek is a junior majoring in biology. Please send responses to

LETTER TO THE EDITOR Global warming piece uninformed In response to Jeremy Wick’s article “Recent figures suggest greater climate debate.” The author’s understanding of global warming is at best shallow, and at most, vacuous. Please go back to read decades of scientific literature, not the pablum the Bush Administration has put out by covering up the science behind climate issues. Global warming should not be an economic or political issue, as it has become under our current administration. Global climate change is a very real issue that has severe consequences for all of us. I learned about global warming in the 1960s in my undergraduate classes; I am sorry to see it has disappeared from our curriculum in the last several decades. Scientific American had a very well-written article on the patterns in the 1960s, too. Models of global warming show more extreme variation in weather patterns than normal, meaning there will be highs, and —oh my God—lows! In addition, when northern ice sheets melt, the Gulf current, which warms Europe, will be diluted and disappear. As a result, Europe will be colder than it is now. That’s actually part of global warming, also known as the global climate change model! Global warming is not a simplistic theory about increasing temperatures, but a very complicated model of what can and will happen. Ignoring global climate change, as we have ignored the unregulated economy, will bring us to our knees, except more effectively and permanently. The changes will occur in your future. Even a few degrees of average change (not the same as changes across the seasons, but equivalent to bringing our baseline temperatures higher) can affect the natural fauna and flora (and what we can grow where),

water cycles (water will replace oil as a political, economic and social commodity) and food security. For example, the recent Great Lakes Compact is a result of growing concerns about other states depleting our waters due to worsening water shortages in the South and the West. Minor changes in wind patterns and moisture levels can result in major climatic modifications regionally and globally. The Arctic is one area that is extremely sensitive to increased average temperatures. Ice reflects sunlight. When ice melts, the sunlight is absorbed by the water, increasing the temperatures of the waters surrounding the ice sheets and hastening their melting. Thus, there is an increasing meltdown of the Arctic ice sheets due to the positive feedback. My advice to you is to avoid the simplistics of the uneducated. Read thoroughly and fully and all the time before you go advocating for the idiotic “No sky is falling!” side. Global warming is real, and has been studied for over a century. We have some of the top climatologists here on campus. Jonathan Patz was lead author on the report that shared the Nobel Prize with Al Gore. UW-Madison has some of the more brilliant scientists in the area. Go talk to them. Ask them to evaluate what is wrong with your assumptions. A good commentator is a knowledgeable reporter, someone who understands the issues from all sides. Your opinion piece revealed you have little understanding of the issues, and that your economics training is blinding you to facts important to making decent and important policy changes. —Mara McDonald, Ph.D. Academic Staff UW-Madison


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Vampire romance leaves characters, plot behind By Brandi Stone THE DAILY CARDINAL

Based on Stephenie Meyer’s bestselling book, Catherine Hardwicke’s new film “Twilight” is a love story between a vampire and a human that is guaranteed to leave teenage girls swooning. The film relies heavily on good-looking actors and book fans’ loyalty, but fearing the wrath of obsessed “Twilight” tweens everywhere, seems to have little leeway for creative changes or money for special effects. So don’t expect cinematic brilliance. Instead, expect a charming yet cheesy love story that is more about raging hormones than horror.

Expect a charming-yet-cheesy love story that is more about raging hormones than horror.

The film follows the unusual story of everyday teenage girl Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart) who moves to rainy Forks, Wash., to live with her father (Billy Burke). At school, Bella meets the mysterious and gorgeous Edward Cullen (cue screaming girls), played by Robert Pattinson. Bella knows there is something unusual about him and his family, but Edward and his many secrets quickly fascinate her. Edward is the perfect guy: gorgeous, witty, intelligent... and a vampire. But it’s OK, since Edward and his family only drink animal blood and try to leave humans off the menu. This naturally leads into a modern day “Romeo and Juliet” forbidden love story. Edward refers to Bella as his soulmate, but has to constantly fight against his own nature, otherwise he’ll have Bella for dinner. But Bella doesn’t care that Edward occasionally wants her blood and the two somehow manage to carry on a strange, awkward romance. As if struggling with this internal conflict weren’t enough, Edward

must also protect Bella from James (Cam Gigandet), a vicious vampire who hungers for Bella’s blood and will never stop hunting until he claims it. The romance between Edward and Bella is predictable and cliché. Stewart and Pattinson have great chemistry on screen but their teenage awkwardness can leave you squirming in your seat with either anticipation or discomfort. The film focuses solely on Edward and Bella’s relationship, so the rest of the characters get left behind. Without prior knowledge of the book to fill in the blanks, one might wonder why these seemingly extra characters are even there. They only show up in scarce scenes and have very few lines. Although those lines are humorous, the characters still don’t connect with each other and the relationship is lost. The plot also feels a little scattered and rushed, which is hardly a surprise since Hardwicke was trying to cram a 500-page book into two hours. The events are there but details, even major ones, are lost, once again leaving audiences in the dark about certain aspects and general significance of characters’ relationships. A lot of meaning was lost in the book-toscript translation. The only redeeming quality of the film for general audiences is Burke as Charlie, Bella’s father. Burke is likable and extremely humorous as he plays a protective dad who greets potential boyfriends with shotgun in hand. He manages to make audiences laugh in almost every scene he’s in and, whereas Pattinson is solely remembered for his good looks, Burke is remembered for his wit. It’s obvious that “Twilight” was specifically designed for its targeted fanbase of already emotionally invested teens who fantasize about seeing their favorite fictional characters on the big screen. “Twilight” book fans will be dazzled by this somewhat faithful film adaptation, while general audiences will sit in their seats, wondering what all the fuss is about. Grade: BC


Although the movie may not represent the best characters of Disney’s animated history nor the most intricate worlds of Pixar’s, the quirky characters make this adventure-flick a must-see.

Like a ‘Bolt’ of lightning Disney’s latest masterpiece introduces furry, canine hero By Lauren Fuller THE DAILY CARDINAL

In the opening sequences of the computer-animated film “Bolt,” a superhero learns the villain he is seeking has fled to Bolivia. He sets off on a harrowing chase, soaring down a highway, pursued by motorcycles and low-flying helicopters that look like dragonflies. There are explosions, slow-motion jumps, narrow escapes and heartstopping action. In fact, it’s the kind of thrilling stunt that once marked the beginning of the James Bond films, where the action hero also survives an opening chase sequence and a rescue mission in Bolivia. This coincidence is not lost on Disney writers and fits right into the culture of “Bolt,” a movie that is in many ways about the entertainment business.

There are explosions, slowmotion jumps, narrow escapes and heart-stopping action.


Characters of this dark teenage fantasy like Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson) are little more than pretty faces in an underdeveloped script.

“Bolt” is about a white German shepherd (voiced by John Travolta) who plays a superhero on his own TV show. For reasons of animal psychology and, perhaps, method acting, Bolt begins to think that his TV persona is real and that he can actually smash through walls and destroy buildings with his super bark—like his director says, “If the dog believes it, the audience believes it.” When Bolt is separated from his co-star and best friend Penny (voiced by Miley Cyrus),


Bolt’s furry sidekicks, Mittens and Rhino, steal the show, infusing memorable laughs and one-liners into the cookie-cutter plot. he winds up in New York City and has to make his way back to Hollywood as an actor lost in the delusion that his character is real. Bolt picks up Rhino the hamster (voiced by Mark Walton), as well as a skinny alley cat named Mittens (voiced by Susie Essman), in his trek back to Penny. Their adventures combine the perils of the road movie, lessons in what it means to be a real dog—watch Bolt’s look when Mittens explains about drinking out of the toilet—and the clever in-jokes of the film-within-the-TV show conceit of the script. “Bolt” doesn’t have the emotional connections of classic Disney animations—“Bambi” or “Dumbo,” say—and it doesn’t match the intricate worlds of the best Pixar films like the “Toy Story” movies. But it is technically superb and there are many good comic moments, most of them involv-

ing Rhino (“I’ll snap his neck,” he threatens, looking ferociously out of his plastic ball).

The coincidence fits right into the culture of “Bolt,” a movie that is in many ways about the entertainment business.

Walton steals the show, but Travolta also has a good mix of the intrepid and the naïve—a combination that has marked many of his film roles—and Miley Cyrus creates a believable child actress (but, of course, that’s what she is). In the movie’s meta-fictional world, it makes you wonder: If “Bolt” is a hit, can a TV show be far behind? Grade: AB

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Pass the tofurkey, please. Charles Manson and Hitler were both vegetarians.

Monday, November 24, 2008


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By Eric Wigdahl

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Men’s Hockey



Monday, November 24, 2008

Wisconsin: (5-5-2 WCHA, 5-7-2 overall) St. Cloud State: (3-4-0, 8-5-0)



Up next: Michigan State When: Friday, 7 p.m.

UW’s Connelly earns shutout against St. Cloud State By Brandon Storlie

Travis Novak, and a pair of Husky goals in the second period stretched the ST. CLOUD, Minn.—Senior lead to 3-0 more than halfway through goaltender Shane Connelly’s final the contest. moments on the ice at the National Junior forward John Mitchell cut Hockey Center this weekend were the deficit to 3-1 for Wisconsin (5-7set to a chorus of 2) late in the secboos, taunts and ond period when Analysis online8 obscenities. That, he snuck the puck and the sweet satisbetween the pads For more coverage of the of SCSU goalie Jase faction of a shutout Wisconsin and St. Cloud Weslosky. Despite victory. State series, check out: After falling outshooting the 6-2 Friday night, Huskies 24-14 Connelly and the through two periWisconsin men’s ods, Wisconsin still hockey team trailed by two going bounced back for into the third. a 1-0 win Saturday night in front of a “We didn’t do the things we talked hostile crowd in St. Cloud. about,” head coach Mike Eaves said. “I definitely wanted to go out with “We needed to go out and take care of a bang,” Connelly said. “A 1-0 win was the puck and do it as units of five, and good closure for me, and I’m hoping to we just broke down.” never come back here again.” St. Cloud State put the game on The Badger netminder has had ice soon after the second intermistrouble winning in St. Cloud through- sion, scoring a trio of goals in less out much of his career, and those than three minutes early in the third demons got the better of him and the period. Sophomore defenseman rest of the team Friday night. Brendan Smith added a power-play St. Cloud State (8-5-0) got out to goal for the Badgers with less than an early lead halfway through the first five minutes left in the game, but it period with a shorthanded goal from was too little too late, as the Huskies


recap from page 8 Wisconsin countered again as Sherer put together a four-play, 73yard drive that only took 28 seconds. The drive ended with freshman wide receiver Nick Toon hauling in his first career touchdown on a 26-yard catch. Toon had to work twice as hard for the score, as he caught the ball in between defenders and had it jarred loose by a hit. Toon was able to keep his concentration and caught the ball a second time as it fell through the air. “It wasn’t the prettiest thing, but it feels real good to get the first one and hopefully there’s many more to come,” Toon said. The second half saw more of the same, as the Mustangs were able to sustain extremely long drives of 8:49 and 7:55, scoring 10 points total. “They were executing and we had a hard time stopping that,” Schofield said. “We had to play a really fundamental game today and just read our keys, and at times they were just nickel-and-diming, getting those two or three yards and converting on third downs, and that’s what really hurt us and kept our defense out on the field.”

Wisconsin wasn’t helping its defense either, as the offense struck quickly in between Cal Poly’s timeconsuming possessions, scoring on another four-play drive that ended with junior P.J. Hill rushing for a 10-yard touchdown.

“You can’t get more of a finish than an overtime win.” Bret Bielema head coach UW Football

At the 5:45 mark of the fourth quarter with the score 29-21 in favor of Cal Poly, Wisconsin was in need of its first defensive three-and-out. The defense finally came through and forced the Mustangs to punt after just three plays. With the three-and-out, Wisconsin had finally gained some momentum when it needed it most. “When [the defense held] we were determined to score nothing but a touchdown,” Clay said.

skated to the easy 6-2 win. “In the third period, it was like we were mesmerized by the puck,” Eaves said. “I don’t know where they went or what happened.” Looking to avenge Friday’s loss, Wisconsin came out firing in the opening minutes of Saturday’s game. The Badgers outshot St. Cloud 18-7 in the first frame, but Weslosky was equal to the task, and the game remained scoreless through 40 minutes. The only goal Wisconsin would need came less than two minutes into the third period. SCSU’s Weslosky gave up a rebound in front of the net and as he attempted to cover it, freshman forward Jordy Murray flipped the puck over Weslosky’s shoulder, putting the Badgers ahead 1-0. “Jake [Gardiner] just got it on net, and I got fortunate enough that the rebound bounced right on my stick,” Murray said. The Huskies had several opportunities to tie the game in the final minutes. UW sophomore defenseman Craig Johnson took a tripping penalty with just over four minutes left, and St. Cloud held the offensive zone for the remainder of the game. Connelly steered aside a number of scoring With four minutes left, Wisconsin orchestrated an 89-yard drive that took 2:18 off the clock. The drive was capped with Hill’s second touchdown of the game, this time from three yards out. The two-point conversion was successful, as Hill rumbled in to tie the game at 29 a piece. Cal Poly had one last chance to win the game, but its special teams again faltered, this time in the form of a 46yard field goal by Jake West. The kick was incredibly short and wide right, signaling overtime at Camp Randall. Dally led both teams with 118 rushing yards. For Wisconsin, Clay had 107 and Hill had 59, and both scored two touchdowns. In the passing game, Sherer was 13-of-22 with one interception and one touchdown, throwing for 245 yards. Gilreath led both teams with 125 receiving yards on just four catches. With the win, the Badgers avoided embarrassment and finished the season on a three-game winning streak. “The part that our guys have emphasized all year, obviously because certain games turned out a certain way was to finish things, to finish things off,” Bielema said. “You can’t get more of a finish than an overtime win.”

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Wisconsin sophomore forward Keaton Nankivil had 10 points and four rebounds for the Badgers against San Diego Sunday night.

But Hughes pulled Wisconsin back into the game, converting 7-of-8 free throws over the final 10 minutes of the second half and overtime. Hughes finished with 21 points, including the game-winning field goal with just 58 seconds to play in overtime, resulting in a 60-58 win. In this game, the Badgers needed Hughes’ offensive efforts. Wisconsin shot just 31 percent from the field but was able to overcome it, due in part to Hughes’ attack of the Gaels’ defense. He converted 11-of-12 free throws for the game. After Hughes’ performance against Iona, assistant coach Greg Gard said he was proud of Hughes’s growth in maturity from last season. “I think somebody who really grew was Trévon,” Gard said. “A year ago if he gets into that kind of game, he melts a little bit when people start coming after him. But down the stretch he was the aggressor. That was great to see. He was pushing the envelope and made

chances and hung tough, making 26 saves in the shutout. “I was just hoping to take up as much net [as I could] and let [the puck] hit me,” Connelly said.

The Badgers return home next weekend to face Michigan and Michigan State in the College Hockey Showcase. Faceoff is set for 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday.


Wisconsin senior goalkeeper Shane Connelly and the Badgers bounced back by winning 1-0 Saturday after losing to St. Cloud State 6-2 Friday.

analysis from page 8 a hard time stopping that,” junior defensive end O’Brien Schofield said. “They kept driving the ball, which didn’t give our offense a chance to be successful.” Wisconsin’s offense, in contrast, was hit-or-miss, either going three-and-out or putting together big passes and breakaway runs to score a touchdown within two minutes. Either way, the offense didn’t get much playing time. None of Wisconsin’s four touchdown drives lasted more than twoand-a-half minutes. Running the ball with tailbacks P.J. Hill and John Clay got a bit stale after the first quarter, so junior quarterback Dustin Sherer took to the air, completing 13-of-22 passes for 245 yards. Sherer connected with wide receivers David Gilreath and Isaac Anderson four times each in what always seemed like a hurryup offense. “We came in and found a way to make plays,” Sherer said. “We knew we weren’t going to have a lot of possessions, so we had to capitalize on the ones things happen.” Despite Hughes’ superb play, the game was especially sloppy, as UW and Iona combined for 37 turnovers and 55 fouls. Still, the Badgers converted 25 of 34 free throw attempts and head coach Bo Ryan was pleased with his team’s ability to stay focused. “I’m extremely happy with the win,” Ryan said. “We didn’t get scatterbrained. [The players] stuck with what they needed to do. You’ve got to get to the line, and we did. When you get into these types of games, that’s what you’ve got to do.” UW also benefited from strong play by its upperclassmen, including junior guard Jason Bohannon, who finished with 13 points and six rebounds. Hughes says it was important for the upperclassmen to establish themselves early in the season. “Everybody at every position was looking at the upperclassmen in that game to see what we were going to do,” said Hughes. “We have to lead by example. We have to gain the trust of our freshmen. A game like that will get

that we got.” Wisconsin’s running game picked up momentum toward the end of the game, especially since Clay, a freshman, wound up with 107 yards on 11 carries. Ultimately, Clay’s ability to exploit his size and strength to break tackles and pummel through Cal Poly defenders, sometimes leveling them to the ground, got Wisconsin its game-winning touchdown in overtime. Thankfully for the Badgers, freshman placekicker Philip Welch was used to kicking the ball in cold Wisconsin weather, unlike his Cal Poly counterpart. It wasn’t pretty, but the Badgers squeaked out a 36-35 victory and are likely to make it into a bowl. Even though better fortune on three extra point attempts for Cal Poly could have knocked UW out of bowl contention, head coach Bret Bielema said putting another tally in the “W” column is all that matters for his 7-5 squad and the committee that determines bowl placement. “It was a win,” Bielema said. “That’s how it’s going to be perceived.” us closer as a team.” Next up for the Badgers will be a Monday matchup with UConn. The Huskies have lived up to high expectations so far this season. They beat La Salle 89-81 in the first round of the Paradise Jam before taking down the No. 16 Miami Hurricanes on Sunday with a 76-63 win. After a sub-par game against La Salle, 7'3" junior center Hasheem Thabeet made his presence known in Sunday’s win over Miami, finishing with 19 points, 14 rebounds and seven blocked shots. Senior guard A.J. Price also showed his versatility at the guard position, grabbing 11 rebounds to go along with 13 points and five assists. To limit the Huskies, the Badgers will have to try and contain these two players while cooling off a scorching Huskie offense that has shot 54.7 and 47.5 percent respectively in the tournament’s first two games. Monday’s Paradise Jam Final tip-off is set for 7:30 p.m. central time. — contributed to this report.

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Monday, November 24, 2008




Wisconsin: (3-5 Big Ten, 7-5 overall) Cal Poly: (3-0 Great West, 8-2)

Badgers squeak by Mustangs in overtime RECAP


No picture better exemplifies the Wisconsin football team’s season than that of senior tight end Travis Beckum. Beckum, who missed the first two games of the season with a hamstring injury and later fractured his fibula against Illinois, had to be carted onto the field during Senior Day introductions. Much like Beckum, the Badgers never lived up to the high expectations that were placed on them at the start of the season. But it’s not the start that matters; it is how a team finishes. Finishing is exactly what Wisconsin (3-5 Big Ten, 7-5 overall) did Saturday in its season finale against Cal Poly (3-0 Great West, 8-2), winning in a comefrom-behind battle in overtime 36-35. It was UW's first overtime since the team defeated Colorado in the 2002 Alamo Bowl 31-28. Wisconsin freshman kicker Philip Welch was the star for the Badgers, going 4-for-4 on extra points, including the game-winning kick in overtime. After giving up an easy touchdown to Cal Poly on the first play of overtime—a 25-yard pass from senior quarterback Jonathan Dally to senior wide receiver Ramses Barden—junior Andrew Gardiner jogged onto the field for the extra point. Gardiner—who had already missed two extra points in regulation—missed a third time as the 80,709 fans in attendance at Camp Randall erupted. “I almost fell to my knees because I was just so happy,” junior defensive end O’Brien Schofield said. It was then UW’s turn on offense, and the smash-mouth football style that Wisconsin head coach Bret Bielema has talked about all season came through full force. Freshman running back John Clay needed only three carries to break into the end zone, on runs of 16, three and six yards. Welch then came on and sent the crowd home happy with a Wisconsin victory.

Men’s Basketball


Wisconsin freshman wide receiver Nick Toon picked up 40 yards and scored a touchdown for the Badgers Saturday in their overtime win against Cal Poly at Camp Randall in front of a crowd of 80,709. “We probably would have taken him to Lake Mendota at night, throw him in with their kicker,” senior linebacker and team captain DeAndre Levy said jokingly, as to what his teammates would have done had Welch missed the extra point. UW may have earned the win, but the team had to overcome a tough Mustang offense to avoid an upset. The Wisconsin offense struggled early and Cal Poly took advantage. Mustang senior wing back Ryan Mole recorded the first touchdown of the game with 6:13 left in the first quarter on a two-yard run. Cal Poly extended its lead to 13-0 as senior wide receiver Tre’dale Tolver returned a punt by UW freshman Brad Nortman 40 yards for a touchdown at the 8:42 mark of the second.



Unable to establish any type of rushing attack, the Badgers turned to junior quarterback Dustin Sherer’s arm. Wisconsin quickly moved down the field, with the help of a 39-yard pass from Sherer to sophomore wideout David Gilreath, and cut the Mustangs’ lead to six with a 17-yard touchdown run from Clay. “They just came at us at some strange slants and angles and just sent in guys from strange places, and we were just kind of getting confused up front I think,” said senior right tackle Eric Vanden Heuvel on UW’s early troubles offensively. Cal Poly responded and scored on a two-yard run by Dally to make the score 20-7 on the very next drive. recap page 7

Wisconsin: (4-0 overall) San Diego: (2-2)

Up next: Connecticut When: Monday at 7:30 p.m.

Hughes leads UW past San Diego By Matt Fox THE DAILY CARDINAL


Wisconsin junior guard Trévon Hughes led his team with 22 points as the Badgers defeated San Diego Sunday in the Paradise Jam Semifinals.

After victories over Iona College and San Diego University, the Wisconsin men’s basketball team will advance to the Paradise Jam Tournament title game for a matchup with the No. 2 University of Connecticut Huskies. In Sunday night’s semifinal action, the Badgers defeated the San Diego Toreros by a score of 64-49 to secure a spot in the finals. Wisconsin shot 48.8 percent from the field and tightened up on defense, holding the Toreros to just 34.5 percent shooting. The Badgers also had a big advantage at the free-throw line, with 23 attempts compared to the Toreros’ seven. Junior guard Trévon Hughes led all scorers with 22 points on 8-of-11 shooting. This was not the first game of the weekend where Hughes was able to lead the Badgers to victory. In Friday’s first-round matchup against Iona, the Badgers trailed the Gaels 3529 midway through the second half. basketball page 7


In Wisconsin’s final regular season game against Cal Poly—a “Champion Subdivision” and former division I-AA school— fans got to see some old-fashioned Badger football Saturday. Only it was the Mustangs, not the Badgers, who were running the ball and controlling the clock, reminiscent of how Wisconsin played in its heyday. Utilizing its triple option, Cal Poly laid out a barrage of handoffs and quarterback runs with an occasional pass to slowly move downfield and keep the Badger defense on its heels in

the cold. Sometimes Cal Poly would make it all the way to the end zone, but the offense almost always got at least a couple first downs to eat up plenty of time. The Mustangs were on offense for 39 minutes, 59 seconds to Wisconsin’s 20:01, one second short of a perfect 2:1 margin. They ran the ball for 276 total yards, with quarterback Jonathan Dally gaining 124 on 23 carries. When he didn’t give the ball to one of five different rushers, Dally would frequently fake a handoff before charging up himself. “It’s very difficult because you’re getting a lot of the same looks but you never know who has the ball,” senior linebacker DeAndre Levy said. “You try to focus on your keys and the next thing you know, somebody is running up field with the ball. It’s a complicated offense, one of the more challenging ones we faced.” One sign that Wisconsin’s defense couldn’t figure out Cal Poly’s uncommon three-back formation was that strong safety Aubrey Pleasant, not a linebacker, wound up with the most tackles. If the Mustangs got significant yardage on first down, the Badgers had a difficult time stopping Dally, the quick and versatile quarterback who managed to turn near-sacks into first downs again and again. “We knew we weren’t going to have a lot of possessions, so we had to capitalize on the ones we got.” Dustin Sherer junior quarterback UW Football

“They were doing the same thing over and over again, but they were executing it and we had analysis page 7


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