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ACC/BIG TEN CHALLENGE: Badgers prevail in thriller against Va. Tech with Trevon Hughes’ last-second shot



Badger fans at State Street Brats celebrate as they watch the Wisconsin men’s basketball team defeat Virginia Tech 74-72 as part of the ACC-Big Ten Challenge. See Sports for full coverage of the game.

Ald. Eli Judge, District 8, announced Monday he will not seek re-election for a second term as a member of the Madison Common Council, and others are already preparing to campaign for his spot. A UW-Madison senior, the 21year-old Judge is the youngest member of the council, and his plan to attend law school was “one of the biggest factors in not running,” he said. Over the course of his term, Judge has accumulated a number of policy achievements. His first item passed through the Common Council was the Textbook Ordinance, which has resulted in almost a 100 percent drop in textbook thefts on the UW-Madison campus, according to the UW Police Department. He also worked with

U.S. officially in state of recession since Dec. 2007 The National Bureau of Economic Research officially announced Friday the United States has been experiencing an economic recession since December 2007. “By the time we get the official recognition, we are already pretty well aware of the state of the economy.” Donald Moynihan associate professor of public affairs UW-Madison

UW-Madison associate professor of public affairs Donald Moynihan said the announcement only confirms what the public already realizes about the state of the economy. According to Moynihan, the announcement from the bureau took a year because it takes time to gather all the data that officially signifies a recession, including growing unemployment and at least two successive quarters of negative economic growth. “By the time we get the official recognition, we are already pretty well aware of the state of the economy,” Moynihan said. As to how the recession has been seen in Wisconsin, Moynihan said the state has experienced a large loss of manufacturing jobs. He said Wisconsin is not among the states feeling the worst of the recession,

but is far from being one of the states faring the best. UW-Madison assistant professor of consumer science J. Michael Collins said Wisconsin is a “mixed story.” Although the state has not had the same housing slump or amount of job losses as other states, such as California, there have been large layoffs. Collins said he expects unemployment to continue to increase in Wisconsin into 2009. According to Collins, there is no way to forecast when the recession will end for the state or country, and it is possible the announcement of the recession from the National Bureau of Economic Research will negatively affect consumer sentiment and make things worse in the near future.

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“People, while they might have known the economy is on a downturn, may have been uncertain as to how much so,” Collins said. “With the official announcement, people might be less likely to start businesses or take other risks that would work to help us out of the recession.”

local business groups and tenantrights organizations to pass the Photo Ordinance, which adds protection for renters from dishonest landlords. “It’s sad that he’s not serving on the council with us,” said Ald. Brenda Konkel, District 2, who worked with Judge as an advocate for tenants. “I think he was a good representative for the students and brought a balanced perspective to the council. I really appreciate all the hard work he did on behalf of tenants.” Throughout his term, Judge helped the Rape Crisis Center by securing $10,000 of new funding. Most recently, he drafted the Downtown Residential Lighting Initiative to place strategic lighting fixtures in the downtown area and improve safety. judge page 3

Ex-player made death-threat calls to Alvarez By Amanda Hoffstrom THE DAILY CARDINAL

lion dollars by moving one or two months ahead of schedule. Wisconsin Union Initiative leader Dan Cornelius said the project has utilized student input throughout the design process and parts of the building, such as a green roof, could be used for curriculum and faculty research. “I think this is just an incredible building, and I think it’s going to be a great resource, not only for campus but for the community as a whole,” Cornelius said. One portion of the development that commission members questioned was the logistics of platforms in the design to account

In a series of voice mails to the Athletic Department last week, former Badger football player Leonard J. Taylor Jr., who has been diagnosed as a paranoid schizophrenic, threatened the lives of UW Athletic Director Barry Alvarez and professional tennis player Maria Sharapova, according to a criminal complaint. According to the complaint, Taylor, 32, of Indianapolis had been calling Alvarez’s work phone and leaving “disturbing messages” since the beginning of the football season. The complaint states the calls were not threatening, but “bizarre,” and had been made during the 2007-’08 season as well about money supposedly owed to him. During a telephone conversation with UW Police Detective Bruce Carroll Sept. 16, Taylor vowed to stop calling Alvarez and was told he was not allowed at any Athletic Department facilities. A university employee told UWPD detectives the calls had stopped after police intervened but resumed in November with “excessive profanity, threats against Alvarez and references to how professional tennis player Maria Sharapova [had] done [him] injustices in various ways.” The complaint states 29 messages were left on Alvarez’s voice mail Nov. 24 and Nov. 25, in which Taylor said he wanted to marry Sharapova, but also kill her and her family.

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The existing Union South is scheduled to be demolished in January of next year to make way for a new union in 2011.

UW reps present plan for new south campus union to city commission By Abby Sears

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Plans to create a pedestrian mall as a part of the design for the new south campus union made their way to Madison’s Plan Commission at a public hearing Monday night. Representatives from UWMadison and the Wisconsin Union Initiative and architects unveiled their design plans to the commission in an effort to gain approval for demolition of Union South, which occupies the location for the project. Gary Brown, director of planning and landscape architecture for the Campus Master Plan, said the plan is moving forward at a brisk pace, saving upwards of half a mil-

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KIERA WIATRAK taking kiera business As I settled into my seat on the Van Galder that would take me from O’Hare to Madison at the end of Thanksgiving Break, I made myself as unattractive as possible in the hopes of getting both seats to myself. With water stains over my crotch, mysterious green stains on my neck and face and a pungent odor making its way along the aisle, I was the last person to get a seatmate. I considered it a small victory. Once the cramped express bus to Madison left—we had clubbed to death the one patron headed for Clock Tower Resort—I decided to use the time to reflect on the past week. Graduating at a time when the economy looks worse than my quirky cousin’s “Thanksgiving Surprise” dinner contribution is a scary thing. One of the only solaces we have is our connections—namely, our parents’ connections—which I worked to exploit to my full advantage over the break. “So where is Jeff applying to law school?” my dad asked over lunch one afternoon. Jeff, my boyfriend, and I have decided to stay together after graduation, adding the difficult task

of finding that one magical city—that probably doesn’t exist—where I can get a job and Jeff can get into law school. “Oh, you know, all over,” I replied. “Well, you know that we know the dean of the law school at Vanderbilt.” “Really?” The wheels began turning. I mentally prepared my usual tactics I had used on various editors around the country. Shower them with gifts, e-mail them daily compliments and honor them with animal sacrifices to the gods of journalism. “Yeah,” my mom chimed in. “His son is in your brother’s Hebrew school class.” Suddenly, I changed my train of thought. Maybe it was time to do something different. None of the editors had called me back, anyway. The daily e-mails were probably too much. But this was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, and I wasn’t about to miss it. I excused myself from the table. “Where are you going?” my dad asked. “I have a letter to write.” I sat down on my bed, propping my laptop on my lap, and took a deep breath to get the creative juices flowing. Then I began. Dear Mr. Dean, It has come to my attention that your son is enrolled in Bryce Wiatrak’s Hebrew school class. I should let you know that I have an in with Mr. Wiatrak, and that

he is somewhat under my control. The term “hostage” may be appropriate in this particular situation. Anyway, as much as it pains me to bring family into matters such as these, I am afraid your son will fail Hebrew school if you don’t let my boyfriend into law school. I will give you 24 hours to think over my proposition. Sincerely, K.E. Danger Exactly one day later, I had one new message in my Inbox from the dean. Dear Kiera, Hebrew school is not graded. Next time you want to blackmail someone, at least set up an e-mail account that isn’t registered to your full name. Try Gmail, it’s free. Sincerely, Mr. Dean P.S. Please tell your brother I say hello. He is an upstanding boy. I released my brother from the bed sheets I had used to bound him and hold him in the utility closet. “How’d it go?” he asked, coughing from his diet of Windex and Pine Sol. “Not well. Why didn’t you tell me you don’t give out grades in Hebrew school?” “It was kind of hard to talk with the gag.” “Oh. Sorry.” “Well you do know that I have access to the records, right?” he asked.

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“Yeah, so?” “So, I can change his Bar Mitzvah year to 2050 if I wanted to.” “Sweeet!” I yelled. “OK, back in the closet.” “What? Why?” “I don’t know. It’s just better that way.” Dear Mr. Dean, I have switched your son’s Bar Mitzvah year to 2051. If you don’t let my boyfriend into law school, your son will not become a man in Jewish law until he is a grandpa. How embarrassing. Sincerely, IMTrouble09 Dear Kiera, There really was no point in starting a Gmail account after we’ve already been in contact. I called the synagogue administration, and they corrected the error. I will only consider letting your boyfriend into Vanderbilt if you promise me he was not involved in any of your antics. I don’t think anyone that stupid would do well here. Sincerely, Mr. Dean P.S. If your brother ever considers law school, please send him my way. It took courage and ingenuity to change my son’s Bar Mitzvah date, and I have a feeling it wasn’t your idea. If you have any connections to exploit, e-mail Kiera at She is available for hire.


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Martin addresses faculty’s concern over budget deficit

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Members of UW-Madison’s Faculty Senate discussed the implications of the state’s $5.4 billion budget shortfall on the university Monday, with Chancellor Biddy Martin stressing innovation to overcome rough period. When faced with the difficult task of comprehending how to deal with the deficit, Martin recalled UW-Madison’s core principles. Martin said despite the hardship, the university needs to continue to be an accessible and affordable institution while also retaining top-notch faculty. Other core principles include sustaining the university’s world-class research, the Wisconsin Idea and communication with external constituents. According to Martin, the university is planning to implement a series of forums for faculty members to collaborate in thinking about innovative ways to deal with the budget shortfall. The forums will take place Jan. 15 through 17. “We need to be more innovative with things we are already doing,” Martin said. In response to the overall budget concern, Martin said the university will be implementing 2.5-

percent pay increases for faculty members, instead of a 5.2-percent plan originally approved by the UW System Board of Regents. Members of the senate expressed concern about the decrease in faculty salaries because of the shortfall. A member of the zoology department said he was concerned about the decreasing retirement fund facing university professors, citing that up to 10 percent of the department’s staff could retire because of the deficit. He said the retirement fund will most likely start to decline after Dec. 30. “The retirement fund will decrease after that time and will rise at some point after that … but I do not plan on working here much longer,” he said. Martin said despite the budget deficit, she is optimistic about the implementation of items like domestic-partner benefits, graduate funding and a faculty-retention fund. She said she is not sorry for coming to UW-Madison in a time of economic difficulties. “This is a place full of many people who can think outside the box,” Martin said. “This is a great place, and I am delighted to be here.”

Two Milwaukee men beaten in Lake Street parking ramp in drunken brawl Madison police responded to a drunken fight that broke out early Sunday morning at a downtown parking ramp after two men were discovered on the second floor of the parking structure. According to a police report, officers arrived at 421 N. Lake St. just before 2 a.m. to find one man unconscious with a second man next to him. The first victim, a 21-yearold from Milwaukee, quickly recovered but was taken to a local hospital, treated and

released. His 19-year-old friend, also of Milwaukee, did not sustain serious injuries. Neither victim was able to tell police officers what happened. They could only say the fight began with a group of four to five men and a verbal altercation. Police said both men were seemingly intoxicated. According to a witness, there were originally two groups of four to five men, but the scuffle came to an end when a private security guard arrived at the scene.


Members of the Wisconsin Union covered the Lakefront on Langdon Gallery with black cloth to raise awareness of the ongoing AIDS crisis.

Campus Women’s Center recognizes World AIDS Day By Grace Kim THE DAILY CARDINAL

The Campus Women’s Center presented a spoken-word presentation titled “A Closer Walk” and offered free HIV testing in recognition of World AIDS Day at the Memorial Union Monday. According to Kelsey Gernert, Campus Women’s Center programming coordinator, World AIDS Day is an international, annual event dedicated to increasing awareness about HIV and AIDS and how they affect various people from different countries around the world.

“[AIDS] is an issue that affects all communities.”

Wisconsin voter turnout at 69 percent The state’s Government Accountability Board released official numbers Monday regarding voter turnout in Wisconsin for the Nov. 4 election. According to a statement from the GAB, 69 percent of the Wisconsin voting-age population cast a ballot in the recent election, adding up to 2,983,417 voters. The 2004 general election saw a larger turnout of 73 percent. Days after the election, officials speculated a turnout of around 70 percent but could not confirm it until data was col-

lected and results were finalized. “Most voters likely believe the election is finished on Election Day, but some of the most important work takes place afterward,” GAB Director Kevin Kennedy said in a statement. Judge William Eich of the GAB certified the election results Monday, which involved the results of recounts for two state Legislative races. According to Nat Robinson, administrator of the elections division, finalizing results has been “a relatively smooth process.”

Birthday celebrant shot with BB gun in stomach outside downtown restaurant A Madison woman celebrated her birthday in downtown Madison Friday night with the bang of a BB gun. Madison Police Department public information officer Joel DeSpain said the woman was celebrating her 21st birthday at the Nitty Gritty and was standing outside the restaurant when a red pickup truck drove past her on West Johnson Street around 9:50 p.m. According to a police report, the woman told police she saw

a silver handgun sticking out of the vehicle’s window, heard several quiet “popping” noises and felt something hit her stomach. When she looked down, the woman saw several BBs on the ground and realized she had been shot with a BB gun. Initially, the woman did not think the event was worth reporting, but she eventually alerted police about half an hour later around 10:20 p.m. She suffered a welt to her stomach in the incident.

Kelsey Gernert programming coordinator Campus Women’s Center

“[AIDS] is an issue that affects all communities,” Gernert said. “There are students at UW who are living with HIV and AIDS, and it’s really important for us to know if we are HIV-positive so that we can check ourselves and protect our partners.” Amber Hargrove, a UWMadison sophomore and member

of the Campus Women’s Center, said it is important to be educated about AIDS and HIV and to learn how to use campus resources to prevent the disease. “I know that a lot of people in the U.S. think it is just in Africa or just a gay man’s disease,” she said. “But it really affects everyone and everywhere ... That’s what people need to keep caught up on: that it really is everyone.” Student organizations including Project 40/40, Student Global AIDS Campaign, Sex Out Loud and the Ten Percent Society will hold events through Friday to promote awareness of the spread of AIDS around the world. Events for World AIDS Week include a screening of the movie “Miss HIV” at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in Memorial Union’s Play Circle Theater and the “AIDS Culture: Global Perspectives and Cultural Implications” panel discussion Wednesday at 7 p.m. in 2650 Humanities. “Some of the critical issues really are getting health resources and safe-sex resources and education to people around the world,” Gernert said. “We have a lot of resources and a lot of information that really is not getting out to a lot of people that need it. There is really no excuse for that.”

Obama names national security team, selects Clinton for secretary of state President-elect Barack Obama announced his national security team Monday, which will include U.S. Sen. Hillary Clinton, DN.Y., as secretary of state. “If confirmed, I will give this assignment, your administration and our country my all,” Clinton said in Chicago after Obama’s announcement. With the country currently engaged in two wars, Obama said foreign policy is “just as urgent” as the current economic crisis. “Hillary’s appointment is a sign to friend and foe of the seriousness of my commitment to renew

American diplomacy and restore our alliances,” Obama said. Obama also introduced former Deputy Attorney General Eric Holder as attorney general, Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano as secretary of homeland security, Obama advisor Susan Rice as ambassador to the United Nations and General Jim Jones as national security advisor. Obama has asked Robert Gates to continue his role as secretary of defense. Monday’s announcements mark the appointment of almost half of Obama’s cabinet.



“Eli has been a thoughtful, productive member of the council and an effective advocate for students,” Mayor Dave Cieslewicz said in a statement. “He has a bright future ahead of him, and I wish him well in all his endeavors.” Judge worked toward the creation of a student-centered neighborhood association and opposed alcohol taxes on local businesses and students. He remains involved in helping students keep their community safe by constructing campus-area watch programs. “I am really proud of my accomplishments over the last two years,” Judge said. Judge’s term expires in April 2009, and he is encouraging District 8 residents to run for election. “I think it’s really important to have a healthy debate, and to have qualified people running for the job and discussing the issues important to the district,” Judge said. Contenders for Judge’s seat include Bryon Eagon, former state coordinator of Wisconsin Students for Obama, and Madison Area Technical College student Michael Johnson. “I think that the 8th District, arguably one of the most progressive in the city, requires an aggressive and progressive advocate,” Johnson said. A co-founder of Student Progressive Dane, Johnson says he will work to ensure students are treated fairly, as well as those marginalized within the community, such as minorities and immigrants. “They need to know that their needs are not pushed aside,” he said.

taylor from page 1 In a message left Nov. 24, Taylor also said he planned to come to Madison and kill Alvarez and his family if unspecified demands were not met within 24 hours. “I just want to look at you one [expletive] last time before I pull the [expletive] trigger, Barry,” he said. Taylor played for the Badgers from 1995 to 1998, while Alvarez was the head football coach. Taylor’s father, Leonard Taylor Sr., told police Wednesday his son has been diagnosed as a paranoid schizophrenic, has been off medication for three months and has not been seeing his therapist. Taylor was arrested Friday in Indiana and has been charged with stalking and telephone harassment for the calls he made.

union from page 1 for a possible commuter rail line in the future. Robert Kennedy of UWMadison Transportation Services said the plans incorporate two platforms and room for two tracks to serve as one of three campus stations if the city implements a rail system. The commission expressed approval of demolishing Union South to make way for the new design. Plan Commission member Ald. Tim Gruber, District 11, said the project comprises a variety of important factors in creating an attractive and functional building. “It sounds like there’s been a lot of input from the students and a great design process, and I think it’s a really nice looking building, and the sustainability features are very much appreciated,” he said. Union South is scheduled for demolition in January, and the new union is slated for completion in the spring of 2011.

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isconsin residents like to drink: That shouldn’t surprise anyone. However, the well-documented drinking culture in Wisconsin is creating a much larger problem: Wisconsinites are drinking and driving in dangerous numbers. According to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, those who drive above the legal limit of .08 comprise 41 percent of all fatal traffic accidents in Wisconsin, the third worst in the country. The drunken driving debate is multifaceted and met with a number of criticisms. Arguments range from concerns regarding Wisconsin’s lenient legislature, which doesn’t charge a felony until the fifth offense, to the need for sobriety checkpoints in Wisconsin. The state direly needs to change policies sooner rather than later, and a recent proposal by state Rep. Tony Staskunas, D-West Allis—while not a silver bullet solving the problem altogether—will prove extremely useful in actively combating Wisconsin’s problem. Next year, Staskunas will present a bill to mandate the installation of ignition interlocks for firsttime offenders with a blood alcohol level above .16 and all repeat offenders. The proposal also aims to create a state department that funds and monitors the mandate. The interlock itself is essentially a Breathalyzer that prevents drivers from starting their cars unless their blood alcohol level is below .02. This technology would prove

extremely successful in keeping drunken drivers off the road. Interlock technology has been mandated by several states with very positive results. New Mexico, the first state to mandate installation of ignition interlocks for drunk drivers, reported a 30 percent decrease in repeat offenders and a 10 percent decrease in alcohol-related accidents and fatalities, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s “Wasted in Wisconsin” series. The main problem regarding interlock technology lies in low compliance rates and inability to enforce the technology. If Staskunas’ proposal were to become an actual law, a $75 dollar surcharge for all drunk driving offenses would be used to fund a department that monitors offenders sentenced to install an interlock, thus eliminating both problems. The increased fine brought by the surcharge may even keep a few potential offenders off the road. Wisconsin’s drunken driving problem demands immediate attention. Mandating technology that effectively combats the problem with proven results is more than necessary. Mandating interlocks would prove a creative attempt to address a growing problem for Wisconsin by proactively preventing the behavior altogether. Several other states have already passed a similar mandate, and four more will pass it in 2009. When this bill is presented, Wisconsin lawmakers must follow suit and prove they’re serious about curbing the state’s drunkdriving problem.

GAB reveals Van Hollen wrongly pursued fraud By Christa Dankert ONE WISCONSIN NOW

Fears regarding voter fraud were one of the greatest plagues upon the 2008 presidential election. The tension of the months preceding the election intensified when the national attempt to exterminate the non-existent voter fraud problem began to stir up frenzy. I wonder, is all of this chaotic fear justly precautionary or cynically foolish? Wisconsin’s Attorney General, J.B. Van Hollen, vehemently sides with the former. On Sept. 10, Van Hollen filed a suit against the Government Accountability Board requesting that all registered voters in Wisconsin as far aback as January 2006 be cross-listed with other databases to protect the electorate rights and “have your vote matter”. Who’s vote is this exactly? It definitely won’t protect my vote. I am a 22-year old female college student who voted in every state and national election since I was 18. I also moved within the Madison area six different times during my college career while formally retaining residence in my hometown, according to my driver’s license. So what does that mean? Not only would my change of address result in a failing grade on Van Hollen’s exam, but there is also a chance that my middle initial may or may not have been included in registration for any one of those elections, yet another red flag for the inquisition. Here is another wild thought: Women often change their surnames when married. Oh what trouble I would be in if someone had put a ring on my finger in the last two and a half years, or worse yet, if I had married and then hyphenated said name. This is of course nothing to say of American soldiers stationed overseas, study abroad students, or other clerical error victims, which,

little-known fact, would include four of the six GAB judges. Had Van Hollen’s cause been endorsed I am sure there would have been a knock on my door. But I am only one of some 40,000 UW-Madison students, 3,000,000 Wisconsin women, 5 to 6,000,000 Wisconsinites total; one million of who GAB estimated would be checked. Could you imagine, if nothing else, the cost of not only performing these cross checks, but the follow up, investigation, and manpower required for every person whose name and address showed any sign of incompatibility?

Van Hollen’s tactics aimed to disenfranchise largely Deomcratic strongholds.

The real deal-breaker, however, is that it would be our taxes paying for this. Essentially I would pay someone to unnecessarily re-verify that I am the same person should I utilize my middle initial as well as a college student who didn’t want to live in the same dorm room for five years. I must pay to prove that I am not a criminal, that I am not potentially and willingly voting fraudulently. I know I’m not the one who went to law school, but that sounds a little backward, no? Thankfully, Van Hollen’s case was thrown out of court Oct. 23 on the grounds that his suit was outside of both his authority as well as the court’s, considering the Help America Vote Act does not require this data match and that the U.S. Attorney General is charged with enforcing these parameters, not Van Hollen.

Nonetheless, his crusade is relentless. Upon dismissal of his lawsuit Van Hollen sent 50 assistant attorneys to state polling locations to ensure (syn: intimidate) the electorates, guaranteeing “fair and just elections.” The brain is tempted to freeze-dry itself when contemplating all the problems this situation encompasses, crumbling at the feet of powerful men like John Doe’s civil rights and voters’ ballots when shredded by the scrupulous deliberation over his middle initial. The mind thaws and the wheels of suspicion begin to turn when we remember that Van Hollen was also McCain’s campaign co-chair in Wisconsin. Why? Here are some facts: 23 percent of the elderly population is without valid driver’s licenses. Minorities would suffer the most with 53 percent of AfricanAmericans without IDs and 47 percent of Hispanics compared to the less staggering 15 percent of white adults. America’s youth demonstrates greater risk with 29 percent of young adults lacking valid identification. Thus, Van Hollen’s tactics aimed to disenfranchise primarily minorities and the poor, largely Democrat strongholds. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel recently reported on the current Milwaukee County investigation regarding 10 cases of potential fraud, unleashing the true voter fraud myth challenger. With five cases already dismissed, even if the remaining five prove exceptional cases of voter fraud, five votes of nearly one million, .0005 percent, are not nearly enough to throw an entire election. Perhaps facts, not fear, will return the minds of the American voting population to their normal, less hysterical, state of pandemonium. Christa Dankert is a senior majoring in English and Italian. Please send responses to

Obama assembling a team of experts, not rivals for cabinet By Tom Hart THE DAILY CARDINAL

The political tides have shifted their focus from the longest presidential race in history to the assembly of the next administration’s Cabinet. Three words have rung louder than the rest: “team of rivals.” This phrase may be catchy, but President-elect Obama seems to be building a team of experts, first and foremost. The phrase “team of rivals” comes from historian Doris Kearns Goodwin’s book of the same name. Obama lists the book as one of his favorites, claiming it would be his choice if allowed only one book in the White House library. A slew of historians came out to question Obama’s strategy of assembling a modern-day team of rivals, citing the dysfunctional nature of Abraham Lincoln’s cabinet. Historian Douglas Brinkley questioned the reliance upon Lincoln’s choices in an article in last week’s Boston Globe. “I question the entire concept of ‘Team of Rivals’ being sound,” Brinkley said. “It’s not organic, and it’s not realistic. It’s a very ethereal idea being played on a high level, and it’s based on a false historical analogy.”

Lincoln struggled to control the actions of his Cabinet members, many who carried considerable political clout. Treasury Secretary Salmon Chase was the most vocal in his opposition to Lincoln and ran a campaign to bar Lincoln’s re-nomination for the presidency during his first term. Obama may have followed Lincoln’s lead by nominating several candidates who ran against him in the primaries, but these candidates were nominated due to their expertise and not solely because they were Obama’s rivals.

The roster Obama has assembled so far looks like a proverbial dream team.

“The lesson is to not let your ego or grudges get in the way of hiring absolutely the best people,” Obama said in an interview with Time Magazine’s Joe Klein. “I don’t want to have people who just agree with me. I want people who are continually pushing me out of my

comfort zone.” It is refreshing to hear those words from the 44th president. The streamlined views of the current administration will be no more and enlightened argument will return to the oval office. Differing views may emit a scent of dysfunction, but each candidate underwent a thorough vetting process and Obama has repeatedly stated that the buck will stop with him. It is highly unlikely that a candidate would have secured a Cabinet nomination if they had any intent on setting their own agenda. Monday morning’s press conference revealed an all-star cast of experienced scholars who are poised to combine their skills in building a formidable national security team. U.S. Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-NY, was nominated as Secretary of State. Obama and Clinton will form a powerful onetwo punch when deliberating with foreign countries. It will be tough to go against foreign policy objectives that are delivered by two of the most recognizable and well-liked American faces on the international stage. Susan Rice’s nomination as Ambassador to the United Nations brings a wealth of experience to the Cabinet, as well. Rice worked

for the State Department under Clinton and is an expert in African affairs. Although Rice has faced criticism for her connection to the lack of response in the 1994 Rwanda genocide, she responded in a 2001 interview with the Atlantic Monthly. “I swore to myself that if I ever faced such a crisis again, I would come down on the side of dramatic action—going down in flames if that was required,” she said.

The streamlined views of the current administration will be no more, and enlightened argument will return to the oval office.

Attorney General nominee Eric Holder is known for his tough stances on government misconduct and opposition to the expansion of executive powers during the Bush administration. The continued service of Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates will bring stability and experience to the war department. The nominations of General James Jones as national security adviser and Gov. Janet Napolitano, D-

Ariz., as secretary of homeland security also infuse a wealth of experience in the foreign policy and immigration sectors. The economic team that Obama has assembled brings a great deal of knowledge to his side, and if Gov. Bill Richardson, D-N.M., were to secure a spot as secretary of commerce, the United States would have one of the most skilled Cabinets in history. Richardson’s success in rebuilding New Mexico’s infrastructure and familiarity in negotiating with North Korea, Sudan, Iraq and Cuba would be the icing on the cake. Has Obama assembled his Cabinet based on the concept of building a team of rivals or a team of experts? Arguments can be made for both sides, but the roster that has been assembled so far looks like a proverbial dream team. One can only hope that this next administration will be as successful on the international stage as NBA rivals Michael Jordan, Larry Bird, and Magic Johnson were when they played together under the same banner in the early 90s. Tom Hart is a senior majoring in political science and history. Please send responses to


Tuesday, December 2, 2008


West’s latest adapts sound, upsets fans By Justin Stephani

West is attempting to express. But he also changes things up creOn Kanye West’s latest atively, utilizing a simplified prorelease, 808’s & Heartbreak, the duction style and songwriting by album’s title says it all. It is a exploring space within the music. complete break from the stu- This style allows West to break dent motif on all of his previ- down song-structure barriers ous album titles. that led listeners Furthermore, by the hand from CD REVIEW 808’s references hit to hit on previous albums. the influential The most obvitechnology used ous separation is throughout the not the album’s new album, a technical aspects, voice box autothough—it is the tuner and 808 new musical idenbeat machine. 808’s & tity the emotional Lastly, the recent Heartbreak West has credrama in West’s Kanye West ated. “RoboCop” life, including a directly refers to breakup with his fiancée and his mother’s death, one of the causes of the breakup, seeps into every corner of this alluding to his ex as a ‘robocop,’ album, from the often heart- with orchestration that is ironiaching lyrics to the wide-open, cally beautiful and elegant for the longing spaces that have not subject material. This is followed by “Street Lights,” another raw crossed West’s music before. piece displaying West in a desperate state and asking for hope. With all of its heartbroken stories of lost hope and crashWith all of its heartbroken ing emotions, 808’s is downright stories of lost hope and dark. The prime example comes crashing emotions, 808 is at the back-half of the album on downright dark. “See You In My Nightmares,” when West exclaims to his ex that she can be sure he doesn’t love her anymore. These themes are even But this is a new Mr. West. prevalent on the lighter, more He is not afraid to defend 808’s accessible tracks, “Heartless” and as pop music, as opposed to rap, “Amazing,” which impressively or its robotic sound. Many have show West’s ability to create a criticized the album’s auto-tune— new, yet clear, identity through used on all the vocals—as a crutch the album’s highs and lows. The bold and brash Kanye that ruins the genuine emotion THE DAILY CARDINAL

It’s the most wonderful time of the year... to release a bad cover DALE MUNDT croco-dale rock


he holiday season is a time compulsive shoppers relish, indulging in great bargains, teeming shopping malls and the excuse to buy mountains of meaningless crap. But, for the music fan, the holidays represent a minefield of problematic traditions. One of the holiday season’s greatest dangers is the inevitable end-of-theyear lists. These lists can be wonderful compilations of the year’s best albums, songs or live performances, or just bizarre, ridiculous platforms for people to hype their favorite flop. For instance, although most reviewers and many fans thought the Kings of Leon’s latest, Only by the Night, was average at best, Q magazine puts it atop their “50 Best Albums.” I am a huge KoL fan, but Only by the Night, though enjoyable, was nowhere near 2008’s best by any stretch of the imagination. On the other hand, four of the five top lists I have seen put the Fleet Foxes self-titled album in the top six. This consensus adds legitimacy to my own love affair with this album. At best, top lists reinforce personal favorites and highlight albums that may have been overlooked. At worst, these lists insult great works by placing them in the same conversation as the new Mariah Carey. The Christmas release

is another one of the holiday’s problematic traditions. Every year, artists choose to release some original holiday songs. This year, two recent releases exemplify this stereotypical mediocrity: Low’s “Santa’s Coming Over” and George Michael’s “December Song.” However, both represent a break from the bubbly, happy Christmas song. Low turns the lovable St. Nick into a creepy home invader, while George Michael sings clichéd, reminiscing lyrics over depressing, repetitive keyboards. Neither song is being hailed as the new “Silent Night”—or even the new “Mele Kalikimaka,” for that matter—but both are tolerable. The real danger, though, lies in that more subtle holiday beast: the Christmas cover. I can forgive George Michael for his 1984 Wham! holiday release, “Last Christmas,” but I don’t know if he can ever be forgiven for the endless parade of modern pop stars who have felt the need to cover that song. Carrie Underwood, Dexter Freebish, Hilary Duff, the Backstreet Boys and Ashley Tisdale are just a few that have felt the need to reinterpret “Last Christmas.” Although research is still required, there seems to be a loose correlation between how many times a Christmas song has been covered and how likely a new version is to suck. So this holiday season, as you participate in, or inoculate yourself from, the annual orgy of goodwill and consumerism, keep in mind the dangers inherent in your musical choices. Send your shower-sung Christmas covers to Dale at


West’s latest is a radical departure from his vintage canon, focusing on studio effects and emotive themes, but that hasn’t stopped its first single, “Love Lockdown,” from debuting at No. 3 on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart. West of old who strove to make every song an infectious hit will always be a more beloved figure, but he seems to have graduated to a new class of music. Still, there

is something just as charming, intriguing and stunningly more intense on 808’s and Heartbreak that makes at least half of it just as infectious. As a whole, the album

says a lot about West’s ability to evolve as a songwriter/producer, which should allow him to succeed where most other rappers fail: long-term success.


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Holy Neighborhood. Mr. Rogers is an ordained minister.

Tuesday, December 2, 2008


Today’s Sudoku


By Eric Wigdahl

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Sid and Phil

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The Graph Giraffe

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“Mfrgzwljwx! Ymj htwsjwxytsj tk fsd szywnyntzx gwjfpkfxy.” Quote from “Pulp Fiction” Yesterday’s Code:

“I haven’t got the slightest idea how to change people, but still I keep a long list of prospective candidates just in case I should ever figure it out.”

Today’s Crossword Puzzle

Evil Bird

By Caitlin Kirihara

Answer key available at STOCK IN TRADE ACROSS

1 Where some get their kicks? 5 Imitate a donkey 9 Pizza feature 14 Canvas carrier 15 Act the femme fatale 16 It may exist among thieves 17 Having the necessary skill 18 Life sentences? 19 Confuse 20 Some bars 23 “Uncle Tom’s Cabin” girl 24 “What’s the ___?” (quitter’s comment) 25 Went off at an angle 27 Vampire feature 31 Much of boot camp 33 Lengthwise 34 Bearing 35 State number 45 38 Arthur Murray teaching 39 Badminton opener 40 Sub assembler 41 Unescorted 42 Walk-on parts? 43 Source of irritation 44 Manage a museum 46 Light, patterned cloth 47 Causes of rude

awakenings 49 Fictional Archer 50 Breadbasket 51 Elia the essayist 58 “Measure twice, cut once,” e.g. 60 News source, sometimes 61 “___ Under the Sun” 62 Warning wailer 63 Equivalent 64 Charity distribution 65 Somewhat common contraction 66 Barbra’s costar in 1968 67 Turn over ___ leaf DOWN

1 Deer fellow 2 “I Am a Lonesome ___” (Bob Dylan song) 3 “___ put hair on your chest” 4 Can’t be without 5 Women’s wear daily? 6 100 kopecks 7 Bittersweet covering 8 Himalayan humanoid 9 Coco of fashion 10 Angler’s item 11 Automotive handling problem 12 What you’re trying to do 13 Sneaker surface

21 Cask’s stopper 22 Just like ewe? 26 Slipped through one’s hands 27 Mama with a strong voice 28 Doo-wop group member 29 playwright who’s afraid of Christmas? 30 Move like a rushing wind 31 Mournful tune 32 Guns, Indy-style 34 Be introduced to 36 Menlo park middle name 37 Goes quickly 39 Partner of burn 43 Feet in a pound 45 Not long past 46 More submissive 47 Destroy, as a pumpkin 48 Olga’s peer 49 Camel’s cousin 52 Too 53 Stationer’s order 54 “___ and the Swan” (Yeats) 55 Cosmetics name 56 Marathon unit 57 Overloaded, as a fuse 59 Robt. E. Lee, for one

Awkward Turtle

By Meg Anderson


Tuesday, December 2, 2008



Women’s Basketball

Badgers to host in-state rivals By Jay Messar THE DAILY CARDINAL

The Wisconsin women’s basketball team will bring its five-game winning streak back to the Kohl Center Tuesday night as it hosts instate rival Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Although Wisconsin (5-1) owns the series record 18-3, UWMilwaukee (3-2) is riding a win streak of its own with three consecutive victories over Air Force, SIU-Edwardsville and Northern Illinois University. “They’re going to come after us,” Stone said. “They’re a nice team. They’ve got a lot of seniors. They know what to expect. They’re well-coached, and they’ll be athletic on the perimeter and they’ve got a big post inside. We’ve got to be ready to play and lace it up.” Senior center Traci Edwards has dominated on the inside for the Panthers, averaging 19.6 points and 7.6 rebounds per game this season. A preseason All-Horizon League selection, Edwards needs just 15 points to break the career points record at UWM. Edwards is also receiving some attention on a national scale as an

All-American candidate. “Traci Edwards is the real deal,” Stone said. “She really can play inside … They’re going to run a four-out, one-in offense. The ball’s going to touch her hands.” The Badgers, last weekend’s Paradise Jam Tournament champions, are looking to keep up the momentum after eking out a 5958 upset win over No. 6 Baylor in the tournament final. “It tells us what we can play with the best in the country,” Stone said of the upset win. “You stick to the game plan, stay solid, stay together, do what we do. That’s really STONE what we try to tell our players as well, is let’s not get too wrapped up in what the other team is doing.” Wisconsin is led by sophomore guard Alyssa Karel, who averages 12.7 points and 5.3 rebounds per game. Leading the Badgers with 44 points in the tournament, Karel was also named the Paradise Jam’s Most

Valuable Player after hitting the game-winning shot against Baylor. “I think Alyssa’s got certainly a lot to her game,” Stone said. “She can get to the basket, she can go mid-range, she can extend it; she’s a good ball handler, a really nice passer.” Although Karel is the only Badger averaging double figures this season, Stone has seen how this year’s squad is able to produce from any position. “Alyssa has capabilities, certainly, of doing some great things for us, but she knows she doesn’t have to,” Stone said. “If a team wants to take Alyssa away, somebody else will step up and that’s what’s exciting about our team without any superstars … I saw the stat sheet over these last three games and that’s real encouraging.” Three different Badgers have led the team in scoring in the first six games of the season, and seven have already scored in double figures at least once. “I think what you’re looking at is a complete team, really, truly,” Stone said. “Offensively, we’re moving the ball very, very well in the games that we played


Sophomore guard Alyssa Karel leads Wisconsin in scoring with 12.7 points per game and hit the game-winning shot against No. 6 Baylor. in the Virgin Islands. “We have the ability to score, it’s just that we don’t have any superstars and we don’t need that. The identity on a defensive end certainly is that we are working together as a team and playing

very solid defensively, which is then carrying over, the same mentality on the offensive end.” Tuesday night’s matchup will tip off at 6 p.m. and will be broadcast live on the Big Ten Network.

Women’s Hockey

Lady icers pepper Minnesota-State netminders, remain unbeaten on the season By Brandon Storlie THE DAILY CARDINAL

The Wisconsin women’s hockey team showed it has a lot to be thankful for after a sweep of Minnesota State over the weekend. After senior goaltender Jessie Vetter recorded the 32nd shutout of her career in an 8-0 win Friday after-

noon, the Badgers returned to the ice with a 7-2 victory Sunday. Wisconsin started the series conservatively as sophomore forward Hilary Knight netted the only goal of Friday’s first period. As both skaters entered the offensive zone on a breakaway, freshman forward Carolyne Prevost put a cross-ice pass

on Knight’s stick, giving the Badgers a 1-0 lead. Wisconsin put the game out of reach soon after the first intermission, scoring six goals in a dominant second-period effort. Sophomore forward Mallory Deluce was first to light the lamp just over three minutes in, and senior forward Erika Lawler


Senior center Erika Lawler scored two goals and assisted on two more in Friday’s 8-0 win over Minnesota State. Nine Badgers collected three or more points during the two-game weekend series.

sabathia from page 8 The fact that a player like Sabathia has not sold out to the Yankees’ first offer is a sign that he’s looking for something else and leaves hope in the hearts of the Brewer faithful who would gladly spend the season blindfolded with Bob Uecker buzzing in their ears if they could just keep the star pitcher on their roster. Just as good, this means that the Yankees take a slap in the face for thinking the infinitely deep pockets of the Steinbrenner family won’t

guarantee the Tickle-Me Elmo of this year’s MLB holiday shopping season. Every year, it seems like the Yankees just throw down a contract offer laden with cash and incentives and get the guy they want with practically no competition in terms of financial capability—Mike Mussina, Hideki Matsui, Alex Rodriguez. I mean, really, the Yankees paid Rodriguez $22 million in 2004, which was just $5.5 million less than the entire payroll in Milwaukee at the time. Just last year, the Marlins did not even have enough money on their

2008 payroll to fulfill what the Yankees were paying one player for one season.

The deep pockets of the Steinbrenner family won’t guarantee the Tickle-Me-Elmo of this year’s MLB holiday shopping season.

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followed suit 11 seconds later on a breakaway from the faceoff circle. Knight added another in the second, as did freshman forward Brooke Ammerman and senior forward Angie Keseley. Lawler put in her second goal of the night with just over a minute left in the second frame, propelling the Badgers to a 7-0 advantage. “We skated the turkey out of us,” head coach Mark Johnson said. “We talked after the first period about getting the puck into the scoring area [and] trying to create opportunities. The end result is, we scored some goals.” Keseley’s second goal of the afternoon closed out the scoring late in the third period. Off a centering pass from Lawler, the Minnesota native snuck the puck past Maverick goalie Alli Altmann to finalize the 8-0 win. Wisconsin’s start in the second game of the series was anything but slow. After freshman defender Brittany Haverstock was sent to the box for a holding penalty, junior forward Jasmine Giles forced a turnover in the neutral zone and sent the puck in the direction of junior forward Kyla Sanders. Sanders flew toward the red line and tucked a shot into the far side of the net, putting the Badgers ahead 1-0. “I was just giving [Sanders the puck] so she could cycle it back into the corner,” Giles said. “She just made an amazing shot.” After another goal from Keseley

and a pair from Ammerman, Wisconsin took a 4-0 lead into the first intermission. Minnesota State finally got on the board near the end of the second period, but not before shots from Sanders and junior forward Meghan Duggan found the net, giving the UW a 6-1 advantage after two. Junior goaltender Alannah McCready replaced Jessie Vetter for the final 20 minutes and, after giving up an early goal, made 13 saves to secure the win for her teammate. Although the Badgers added one more goal en route to a 7-2 win, the team realized it might have relaxed too much in the third period.

player like Sabathia is even thinking, “Meh, maybe I’ll take less pay to enjoy myself somewhere else.” It’s a pretty feasible notion. After all, Sabathia is from California, and gosh, wouldn’t it be nice to be pitching so close to home for a team like the Angels or the Giants? Both are rumored to have some interest in the lefty and Los Angeles could probably squeeze him into the budget for a salary somewhere near $23 million a year, give or take some change. Maybe all this speculation is for naught. The bidding on the free agent market is early going right

now. As of Sunday afternoon, about two of the 180 or so players on the market had signed with teams. But the hands-down largest offer ever made to a pitcher in MLB history has been sitting idly on the table for a couple of weeks now, and the longer it sits, the more hope there is for the rest of the league that maybe the big man doesn’t want to sit in the dugout with the other Steinbrenner sellouts. Wishing that someone would offer you $140 million to do anything, anything at all? Tell Andy about it at

“We skated the turkey out of us.” Mark Johnson head coach UW women’s hockey

“Toward the end of the third period, we let down a little bit,” Sanders said. “We just need to keep our game on and keep competing and battling.” The battle continues for Wisconsin as it plays host to the St. Cloud State Huskies next weekend at the Kohl Center. Faceoff is scheduled for 2 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

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Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Men’s Basketball



Badgers: 6-1 Hokies: 4-3

Up next: Saturday at Marquette TV: ESPNU

Hughes your daddy?

Despite blown lead, foul-line jumper gives Badgers ACC-Big Ten Challenge victory By Matt Fox THE DAILY CARDINAL

From last year’s blowout loss at Duke, the No. 22 Wisconsin men’s basketball team learned road wins are not easy to come by in the Big Ten-ACC Challenge. The Badgers experienced this again on Monday night, when they defeated the Virginia Tech Hokies in Blacksburg in a 74-72 thriller. Junior guard Trevon Hughes hit the gamewining shot with just 0.9 seconds left, leading the Badgers to victory. “[Hughes is] a lead guard and that’s what he’s supposed to do,” Wisconsin head coach Bo Ryan said. “He gets [the ball] and he pushes it. He can make a play. That’s his job.” The game was close midway through the first half, as Wisconsin led 13-12. But a 10-0 Badgers’ run, capped off by two 3-pointers from senior forward Marcus Landry. extended Wisconsin’s lead to 11. The Hokies fought back as they would continue to do the entire game, cutting the deficit to three with two minutes to go in the frame. Wisconsin entered halftime with a 38-30 lead. In the second half, the Badgers took an early 13-point advantage, but then the Hokies scored nine unanswered and Wisconsin led by only four, 43-39. Timely 3-point shooting by Wisconsin gave the Badgers a 10-point lead with seven minutes to go, but once again

the Hokies showed they would not go down without a fight. Senior swingman A.D. Vassallo took over, scoring seven straight points to bring Virginia Tech within one point with just three and a half minutes to play. Then Wisconsin extended its lead to seven with just a minute to go. To some the game appeared to be out of reach, but once again the Hokies stormed back. After another Vassallo 3-pointer with just 17 secHUGHES onds left, the Badgers led by just one, 70-69. Junior guard Jason Bohannon drew a foul and hit two free throws, but Vassallo struck back once again with another three to tie the game. With no timeouts left for the Badgers, Hughes dribbled down court and drilled an off-balance layup from straight on. The Hokies tried a final half-court prayer, but it came up short. “[Hughes] drove it right down our throats,” Virginia Tech coach Seth Greenberg said. “We’ve got to stop the ball. He drove it at the rim and made a good shot, and we didn’t contain him.” Landry led all Wisconsin scorers

with 18 points, while sophomore forward Jon Leuer added 17 off the bench. Still, no two points were more important than the final layup from Hughes, who finished with 12. Both teams shot the ball well from beyond the arc, combining to shoot roughly 51 percent. Wisconsin shot 12-for-18 from outside the arc while the Hokies finished 11-for-15. Wisconsin had no answer defensively for Vassallo, who finished the game with 30 points, including 24 in the second half alone. He shot 12for-16 from the field, including 6for-8 from behind the 3-point line. However, the Badgers were strong in their coverage of sophomore forward Jeff Allen, the Hokies’ leading scorer and rebounder entering the contest. Allen fouled out and finished with just two points. With the win, Wisconsin picked up its first win in six Big Ten-ACC Challenge road games. The Badgers also snapped an 11-game home win streak for ACC teams in the event. Wisconsin has a 4-6 all-time record in the challenge. Next up, Wisconsin will face another difficult test on the road. The Badgers will travel to Milwaukee Saturday to take on instate rival Marquette. — contributed to this report.


Junior guard Jason Bohannon (12) kicked in 11 points for Wisconsin, including three important 3-point shots in the last 11 minutes.

Men’s Hockey

Credit Sabathia for not jumping on NY offer

Eaves: Hard work finally paying off for Badgers Praises Wisconsin’s consistency during last nine games By Nico Savidge DAILY CARDINAL

With wins over Michigan State and Michigan in the College Hockey Showcase Saturday and Sunday, the Wisconsin men’s hockey team improved to 7-7-2, reaching the .500 mark for the first time in the 2008-’09 season. Head coach Mike Eaves said at a press conference Monday he is happy with his team’s progress but that it’s no time for the Badgers to ease up as they prepare to host No. 15 AlaskaAnchorage next weekend.

“If you took a look at all the players, they’ve all elevated their level of play.” Mike Eaves head coach UW men’s hockey

“We still have a lot to play for,” Eaves said about the team’s improvement. “So, for us to go, ‘phew, we finally made it’ is so far from even what any of us are thinking about because we have to continue to win.” Wisconsin started the season in a slump, going 0-6-1 through

the month of October, but posted a 7-1-1 record in November, including its first home sweep of the College Hockey Showcase. “If you took a look at all the players, they’ve all elevated their level of play,” Eaves said. He singled out senior goaltender Shane Connelly as someone who stepped up his game in the past month. “His level of consistency has grown, which gives us a good chance to win,” he said. Connelly and the Badger defense have combined for two shutouts in their past three games, and three so far this season. However, Eaves pointed out that the team by no means considers the season’s mission accomplished. “We haven’t talked about that even as a staff,” he said about evening the team’s record, though he thinks their consistency and success has been crucial in helping the team build confidence. “Getting through that hard stuff and finally getting rewarded with some wins by the efforts we were putting in has [made] our kids start to believe in themselves and understand what they need to do on a day-to-day basis,” he said. Wisconsin will need that confidence as it hosts AlaskaAnchorage at the Kohl Center Friday and Saturday. The weekend’s contests will be the Badgers’ 12th and 13th games against ranked opponents, and the ninth series Wisconsin

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Head coach Mike Eaves pointed to senior goaltender Shane Connelly as one Badger who has become more consistent in the last month. has played in as many weeks. Eaves admitted fatigue would be a concern for the team. “We’re trying to be prudent with the things that we do with the kids on and off the ice to make sure they stay focused and fresh for this finish-line run,” he said. The Badgers are riding a three-game winning streak heading into the series, but Eaves complemented the Seawolves on

their strength as a unit, and said Wisconsin would need to play at their level of toughness to come away with wins in the series. “They have always been a team that is well-coached and they play hard,” he said. “And now they’ve got some kids that are putting numbers up on the board. “They’re going to work hard and they’re going to play well together, and we had better be ready to do the same.”

do not like to pretend that I have been up on the Major League Baseball free agent market, because, to be perfectly honest, I’m not. But I do know this much: The Yankees offered ace pitcher CC Sabathia $140 million to put on the navy pinstripes almost three weeks ago, and the guy still has not signed. When you get that kind of money thrown in your face and sit on it for that long, you either don’t want to oblige the hand that’s feeding you or you are completely nuts. Well, last time I checked, Sabathia is a pretty level-headed guy who is exercising his right to play the free-agent market, which seems like a pretty sane thing to do for someone who ended the regular season 11-2 for Milwaukee and single-handedly landed his new team in the playoffs. That rules out crazy, which means this guy is not sold on being a Yankee and therefore means that, despite the outrageous offer from New York, the field of teams vying for the ace is still relatively wide open. This whole situation should be a breath of fresh air for a league that has rendered offers to bigname free agents from mid-market teams laughable in recent years. sabathia page 7


By Sara Lieburn ACC/BIG TEN CHALLENGE: Badgers prevail in thriller against Va. Tech with Trevon Hughes’ last-second shot By Rebecca Holland...