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Bar fight leads to brutal attack Man suffers serious head wounds in downtown beating

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Madison Police are investigating a bar fight that escalated into a violent beating outside a downtown tavern early Sunday morning that left a Madison man with life-threatening injuries. According to a police report, a fight broke out at the Crave at 201 W. Gorham St. and moved to the intersection of State and Johnson Streets when three suspects confronted the 26-year-old victim around 1:54 a.m. The victim, who is not believed to be a student, suffered a blow to the head, causing him to fall to the ground and lose consciousness. Police arrived and transported the victim to a local hospital where he is listed in critical condition. Ald. Mike Verveer, District 4, said police could have a homicide investigation on their hands if the victim succumbs to his injuries. “The victim is gravely ill with life-threatening head wounds,”

MATC student ends campaign for District 8 alder Less than one week after announcing he would run for the District 8 alder position, Madison Area Technical College student Michael Johnson withdrew his candidacy Sunday. “Because of a number of different factors, mainly a developing family situation, I have decided the best course of action is to cease campaigning for the position,” Johnson said in a statement. “Thank you for all of your support and energy for my campaign. This was a difficult decision to come to, but I believe JOHNSON this is best for not only myself, but my campaign team and my family.” Johnson, who is a co-founder of Student Progressive Dane, announced his candidacy last Wednesday. The current District 8 alder, UW-Madison senior Eli Judge, announced Dec. 1 he would not seek re-election, citing his decision to attend law school as a significant factor in not running. Johnson said any financial contributions made to his campaign will be returned, and asked those who considered contributing to make a donation to the non-profit Madison campaign page 2

Verveer said. “It sadly does not look very good.” Verveer said police officials told him they were making good progress developing information on the three suspects involved in the beating. Police do not believe the beating was a random act and Verveer said it appeared the victim and suspects did not likely know one another. A Crave employee could not comment on the incident when contacted Sunday. The beating occurred across the street from where a Madison man was stabbed to death Sept. 3 outside the Plaza Tavern, located at 319 N. Henry St. Justin Stout, 31, is awaiting trial on first-degree homicide charges after he allegedly killed 22-year-old Juan Bernal following a fight over music playing on the tavern’s jukebox. Despite the recent brutal bar fights in the downtown area, Verveer said violent crime has decreased in the Central District and incidents like the Plaza stabbing and Crave beating could have happened anywhere. “Bar fights have been around forever and usually in comparison they don’t amount to much,” Verveer said. “This one obviously is as … potentially serious as you can get and all the more apparently troubling and tragic.”

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Students attended the “Wrecking Ball” event Friday at Union South, which marked the last student event before the building’s demolition. One of the most popular events of the night was the dance party in Club 770.

Students say goodbye to Union South By Cassie Holman THE DAILY CARDINAL

UW-Madison students said their final farewell to Union South at the “Wrecking Ball” Friday night. The event, sponsored by the Wisconsin Union Directorate, commemorated the closing of the existing union and the construction of the new south campus building, slated to open in the spring of 2011.

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“The people who put on the event thought the Wrecking Ball was a smashing success,” said Shira Weiner, vice president of public relations for WUD. “Hundreds of students came to enjoy a wide variety of fun, free events.” The UW-Madison Ballroom Dance Association and the Badger Ballroom Dance Team kicked off the event with free swing dance lessons. During the

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twisting and dipping, the UW Big Band, a student jazz ensemble, took the stage to carry on the party. Weiner said it was one of the night’s biggest successes. In addition to taking the dance floor in Club 770, students were eager to try their hand at free bowling but had to wait an hour or more for their 45-minute slot. Jon Hietpas and Nate

The UW System Board of Regents approved Friday a proposal to increase UW faculty salaries by 2.5 percent each year for the next two years. The Regents discussed raising salaries by 7.78 percent at its Nov. 6 meeting, but UW System President Kevin Reilly recommended last week reducing the pay increase to 2.5 percent because of the projected $5.4 billion state budget deficit. This approval will be forwarded to the state Department of Administration, which will then forward a recommendation to the state Legislature to make a final decision. “We must do our part to help balance the state budget, yes, but while remaining focused on the state’s critical educational needs,” Reilly said. According to UW System spokesperson David Giroux, UW faculty and staff salaries are 10 percent less than average salaries at universities with a similar size and mission. In the past year, the UW System lost five chancellors, three of whom left partially because

they were offered higher salaries at other institutions. Giroux said a salary increase is imperative for Wisconsin schools to be able to compete for new faculty considering the growing number of retirement-age faculty. “Almost every private and public university is facing some sort of economic difficulty at this time,” Giroux said. “We need to do something eventually to close that gap.” According to Giroux, UW is not the only university system that will not be giving significant salary increases. He said in the current economic downfall, a 2.5 percent increase is sufficient to keep the salary gap from growing until it can be addressed in the future. Reilly said cutting back the planned faculty pay increase is unfortunate, but necessary because of the state’s economic hardships. “It’s not what we hoped to come forward with, and it’s not what the �faculty and staff deserve, but we want the public in Wisconsin and elected officials to know that we understand the depth of �the [economic] crisis,” he said.

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he holiday season brings many people joy, fun times with good friends and credit card bills so huge you will finish that cheap wine your brother got you while weeping silently and gorging on leftover Christmas cookies. But this time of year always puts me on edge. It’s time for the mutant reindeer, Rudolph. People think I’m sick for not liking Rudolph. Sick? Hey, I’m not the one with the red nose here, buddy. Hasn’t anyone else ever wondered what caused that? Maybe Rudolph suffered exposure to radiation and I should be a little more sympathetic. Or maybe that glowing red nose is a sign he is one of the devil’s minions here to steal my soul. I’m not willing to take that chance. But his appearance isn’t what

turns me off of Rudolph. No, it is a deep-seated fear from many Christmases past. Put yourself in my shoes. You’re 2 years old and it’s your first big Christmas. You unwrap your first gift and you see an adorable little Rudolph toy to hug and love forever. But wait, what’s this? Oh joy of joys, there is a little switch to make him walk! In your trusting, naïve, 2-yearold mind, this is quite possibly the greatest thing ever. Sadly, you got the defective reindeer whose eyes decided to glow red instead of its nose, one of its antlers fell off and it played Rudolph’s little song over and over with terrifyingly bad sound quality. Not to mention that when it walks it will cut off any escape route you try to take. You throw a fit your parents will talk about for years to come. This traumatizing toy led to my hatred of the red-nosed menace. Claymation may or may not have played a role—the loathing was already there when I saw the creepy TV movie for the first time. The

rest of my family thought he was cute, but I only saw antlers sharp as spears, hooves that flatten children in a single stomp and the demonic red nose. To me, Rudolph was and is a killing machine. I would spend at least the next 12 Christmases throwing this horrifying toy down the stairs, hiding it deep within or behind the Christmas tree and even once trying to drown it—at 5, drowning a satanic toy seems like a very logical option. It just wouldn’t die. Finally, when my brother was older, my mom stopped putting Rudolph out. But I had only won the battle, not the war. Last Christmas, my cousin brought her own 2-year-old to our family Christmas. And there, to my horror, he was. Still missing an antler, but with black button eyes replacing his red ones, Rudolph sat near the stack of presents. I felt an icy chill shoot up my spine each time I met those cold, lifeless eyes. I tried to tell my mom she was crazy. Couldn’t she see history about to repeat itself? I didn’t want Morgan

Service honors Mumbai victims By Rachel Racoosin THE DAILY CARDINAL

A memorial service was held Sunday afternoon to mourn the loss of Rabbi Gavriel Holtzberg, his wife Rivka and other victims of last month’s terrorist attacks in Mumbai, India. The event, sponsored by Chabad Madison and the Madison Jewish Community Council, began at 3 p.m. at the Gates of Heaven synagogue, 302 E. Gorham St. Thirty-five members of Madison’s Jewish community gathered to pay their respects and offer prayers for the attack victims. Rabbi Mendel Matusof, the Chabad-Lubavitch emissary for the UW-Madison campus, opened the memorial service. “While our minds and hearts are filled with pain and sor-

row, this is a time that we come together to find comfort from each other,” Matusof said. “That’s why we come together this afternoon, to try to find comfort within our community among our friends.” Sreya Mitra, a UW-Madison graduate student, spoke to the crowd from the perspective of a native of India. Mitra grew up in Kolkata, India, a city close to Mumbai. “As a result of the terrorist attacks, there is a lot of citizen activism,” Mitra said. “The government needs to change and be proactive. Since I am in the United States, I can’t take a part in helping—speaking at today’s memorial service was my way of contributing.” The Holtzbergs’ dedication to both the Mumbai Jewish com-

munity of Mumbai and their visitors from around the world, was memorialized on a tribute video shown at the service. The video shared reflections from family and friends of the Holtzbergs and acknowledged other victims of the Mumbai attacks. The Holtzbergs had run the Chabad-Lubavitch House in Mumbai since 2003. Over the past eight years, the couple opened their home to many Jewish tourists offering kosher meals, a place to stay and a place to learn. Although the Holtzbergs and other tourists staying at the Chabad House were killed in the Mumbai attacks, the Holtzbergs’ 2-year-old son Moshe escaped with his nanny, according to CNN. Nearly 200 people were killed in the Mumbai terrorist attacks.

Police arrest knife-wielding, boxer-clad man on Mifflin St. Madison police arrested a man Thursday night after citizens reported he was chasing a man down the street armed with two knives and wearing only his boxer shorts. According to a police report, the incident took place on the 500 block of East Mifflin Street around 7 p.m. The suspect, 59-year-old

Hyman Huff, was located inside his apartment and was intoxicated. Huff told police he chased someone out of his apartment, but had thought the person was a friend. He said the man he chased punched him in the face several times after he refused to let the man move in with him. The suspect said the man currently lives at

a men’s shelter. Huff was arrested and tentatively charged with disorderly conduct while armed and a probation hold. Police took two knives from his residence. Huff told police he remembers getting into a heated argument inside his apartment but does not remember going outside.

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leagues,” Hermanson said. Along with a lengthy line of students, the two attendees sampled rice pudding, white rice with teriyaki sauce and a vegetable-rice dish at the “Mini Taste of Cultures” presented by the Global Connections Committee. The evening ended with a midnight screening of the 1974 film “Young Frankenstein.”

Demolition of the current Union South is scheduled to begin in the upcoming months, and organizations in the building plan to move out in January. Students can apply for a spot on the Union Design Committee until Dec. 21. Directors are also seeking interns in marketing, graphic design, sustainability and construction for the spring semester.

Hermanson were among the participants at the farewell. They said a pitcher of beer would be the perfect complement to their bowling game but found nowhere to buy it, unlike at Memorial Union. “Union South should serve pitchers to all students, not just

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to go through the same trauma I had. My mom told me I had been a weird kid. You can always feel the love around our house at Christmas time. The fateful hour came. All the presents were opened and my mom decided to bring out Rudolph as a grand finale for Morgan. Morgan squealed when she saw it. I will admit, until you know he’s possessed by the devil, he is a cute little guy. Since the initial presentation went so well, my mom decided to turn the toy on. Morgan was caught off guard, but responded like a champ. She immediately sat on Rudolph, thinking it was some sort of riding toy. The legs broke off and the sound box was crushed. My 2-year-old heroine stared at the remains of her foe for a moment, then toddled away. I broke into hysterical laughter and whisked the little wonder child up in my arms. My years of torment were finally over, thanks to my chubby savior! If you have tips for destroying other demon toys Megan might have, e-mail her at mcorbett2@wisc.edu.

Doyle wants UW building projects in stimulus plan Gov. Jim Doyle told reporters Friday he hopes the federal economic stimulus plan currently in the works will cover UW System building maintenance projects. Last week, President-elect Obama met with governors and asked them to prepare lists of state projects they want to be included under such a plan. Doyle said new building projects on campuses are often given higher priority than some necessary maintenance work. “You have these maintenance needs and then you have these new projects, and the new projects … everyone really wants to move on them, but the maintenance work is all there ready to be done,” Doyle said. Doyle said he is waiting to see what kind of stimulus plan the Obama administration and Congress will come up with, but is hopeful it will include a “very major investment in infrastructure.” According to Doyle, Wisconsin could receive hundreds of millions of dollars under the plan.

campaign from page 1 Tenant Resource Center instead. Chynna Haas, Johnson’s campaign treasurer, said she could not elaborate on Johnson’s withdrawl, calling it a private matter. She said she is unsure if another member of Student Progressive Dane will run for the position. “There’s some preliminary discussion going on trying to identify if there is anyone else potentially who would be interested in running in the race,” Haas said. “It’s really too early to tell for sure if anyone is going to declare or not.” Candidacy forms for the 2009 election, which will be held April 7, are due Jan. 6. —Amanda Hoffstrom

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More than 100 members of the Madison’s deaf community area met at UW-Madison’s Grainger Hall Saturday to promote awareness of the deaf culture on campus. Accessibility Advocates and the UW-Madison Multicultural Student Center cosponsored the event. “There is very low deaf student population on campus, so people aren’t exposed to deaf culture and American Sign Language,” Accessibility Advocates President Eric Nooker said. Nooker emphasized the importance of learning how to communicate and approach people in the deaf community. Attendees included deaf UWMadison students, American Sign Language students, interpreters and several members of Children of Deaf Adults. To kick off the event, planners showed the film “Through Deaf Eyes,” a PBS documentary covering nearly 200 years of American deaf culture. The movie included interviews with historians, deaf Americans and several performances by deaf media artists. The film challenged viewers to consider their preconceptions and opinions of the deaf community and culture. According to Jen Nilsestuen, event planner and member of Accessibility Advocates, the film’s perspective was informative for members of the audience with hear-

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Keith Wann entertained attendees of the awareness event by telling stories of his own personal experience with deaf parents. ing ability, while also an interesting and personal for deaf attendees. “It was not about overcoming something,” Nilsestuen said. “It was more a celebration of deaf culture.” Vice President of Accessibility Advocates Kate Skarda encouraged interaction between the deaf and hearing communities. “In a campus of 40,000, we really want to emphasize diversity, and deaf culture is a very diverse culture in and of itself,” she said. “This event is to promote awareness of deaf culture, to know that not all deaf people are the same and to celebrate that.” Skarda, who is deaf, said communication between the deaf world and the hearing world should not be an issue. “However we communicate, it is

a language,” she said. “It’s possible … anything is possible.” Keith Wann, an American Sign Language comedian, performed during the event. Wann is a hearing CODA and framed his act around the frequently amusing comparisons between the “deaf world” and the “hearing world.” He joked about the difficulties of getting his parents’ attention, translating certain English idioms into sign language and the mischievous things he got away with as a child. Organizers said the event was a great success and that they hope to make it annual. “It was really nice to get everybody together so they could talk to each other and share experiences,” Nilsestuen said. “It’s something that hasn’t really happened in Madison ever.”

UW-Madison’s Wisconsin Student Public Interest Research Group Hunger and Homelessness Campaign held a poverty summit �Saturday to promote community involvement and advocacy in the Madison area. Mariana Berbert, poverty summit coordinator and intern for the Hunger and �Homelessness Campaign, said the goal of the summit was to educate attendees about poverty and homelessness and how it could be solved through legislation. “We have been working with issues of hunger and homelessness and doing �great service projects, but we wanted a chance to move forward and help �with even more issues,” she said. According to Bob Jones, director of public policy for the Wisconsin �Community Action Program, poverty is going to become a greater problem �because of the current economic crisis. Jones said �it is going to be harder to secure funds for programs benefiting the needy. “[The financial crisis] creates a bad climate where [lawmakers]

want to �cut funds,” he said. “We are fighting hard to protect what we’ve got.” Vicky Selkowe, manager of mobilization strategies for the Wisconsin Council �on Children and Families, said individuals should �examine the effects of poverty more closely.�� “People don’t see that poverty has impacts not only on the people �themselves, but on the community,” Selkowe said. “If you have poor people in �the community, they are running up healthcare costs ... and their �children in schools are not doing as well. The impact of all these �things is beyond the families themselves.”� Berbert said she was happy with the turnout at the summit and felt the people who �attended were passionate about the issues discussed. “There were 20 people there, which may not sound like a large number, �but as we learned from [Selkowe] it only takes 10 interested people to �get a politician’s attention,” Berbert said. Berbert said she felt the chapter made progress in finding new ways �to become active and brainstorming solutions to yield long-term benefits. “We as students are educated and caring members of our community,” she �said. “We can make a difference if we want, we just have to give it �thought, care and dedication.”


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ast week, new details in the Brittany Zimmermann case were revealed after the Wisconsin State Journal obtained long-sealed search warrants. The warrants contained statements describing audible screams and evidence of struggle when Zimmermann called 911 on her cell phone in April. The ongoing investigation continues to face increasing amounts of scrutiny as evidence regarding the case is released. This most recent incident is not unique, either, as the timing behind the release of these seals proves nothing more than questionable. While these warrants add details to the case, they fail to advance the investigation in any way at this point. For months the search warrants remained sealed at the continued request of Madison police who didn’t want to compromise the investigation, even amid requests by the Zimmermann family to release the contents of the call to the public. However, the seals expired last week with no attempts to reseal them by the Madison Police Department. According to MPD Captain Mary Schauf, the evidence was not resealed because “they aren’t going to have any long-term effect on where [they] were going in the case.” As very few positive breakthroughs have been reported since the seal, would these warrants really have

compromised anything significant in the case other than the center’s inability to follow procedure? The fact that these details were released at this point only increases skepticism regarding the competence of the public officials handling this case, who appear to have sealed these documents simply to cover their failure. Knowing this, to what extent can public officials, such as the MPD, the 911 Center and Dane County Executive Kathleen Falk be trusted? Releasing the details at this point does nothing to make Madison residents feel safer and disrespects the Zimmermann family by releasing details they deserved to know months ago. If these recent events show anything, it’s that the 911 center and the MPD have lost touch with public sentiment. All we have now is a posthumous tape of a girl screaming. Any credibility they had in claiming that the contents might compromise the details of the investigation went out the window when they passively allow the tape to be released four months after its contents would have proven valuable. If the officials behind this case and the supposed peacekeepers behind Madison want to garner more public support, they need to prove that they actually care about confronting internal issues head-on rather than simply covering them up.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR Van Hollen right to combat voter fraud Employing the poisonous principle all too common in our political discourse—if you say something often enough, regardless of the facts, people just might think it’s true— Christa Dankert’s Dec. 2 op-ed, “GAB reveals Van Hollen wrongly pursued fraud,” trots out a series of talking points to impugn Attorney General Van Hollen’s lawsuit against the Government Accountability Board as an attempt at voter disenfranchisement. Her support for this truly remarkable proposition? Some people move, some people don’t have driver’s licenses and some people’s middle initials won’t match other government databases. Implicit in her argument is the proposition that the lawsuit would seek to deny the right to vote to anyone whose voter information didn’t match with driver’s information. The problem with Ms. Dankert’s argument? The facts. Van Hollen’s lawsuit did not seek the removal of a single eligible voter from the voter list because they didn’t have a driver’s license or solely because of a database mismatch. Van Hollen’s lawsuit asked that voter registrations be crosschecked against government databases as required by law. Running checks doesn’t disenfranchise a single person. Indeed, after the election,

the Government Accountability Board announced its intention to perform all of the cross-checks Van Hollen’s lawsuit demanded they perform. Will Dankert now claim the Government Accountability Board is disenfranchising voters? Of course not. Dankert is far more concerned with constructing a boogeyman than intellectual consistency. Dankert closes her piece by suggesting that electoral fraud is OK so long as it isn’t enough to change the outcome of an election. The fundamental point Dankert misses is that Van Hollen’s office doesn’t prosecute electoral fraud for the purpose of helping out a chosen candidate. The Wisconsin Department of Justice investigates and prosecutes these cases because eligible voters have a right to have their votes count, undiluted by fraud. The right to vote isn’t less important if your vote didn’t change the outcome. Simply put, the law doesn’t condone illegal voting if election results exceed the “margin of fraud.” No electoral fraud is acceptable, and those who criminally seek to undermine our most fundamental political freedom should pay a serious penalty. —Kevin St. John Special Assistant Attorney General, Wisconsin Dept. of Justice

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t is probably safe to assume that many of us are scrambling to study for our exams as school ends and the exam week quickly begins. For some of us, classes end on Thursday or Friday, and we have an exam (or two) shortly afterward on Sunday or Monday. This sort of final exam scheduling is very hard on many students, who have little time to go over all of the material that is presented in the last week of classes, as well as all of the information that came in the weeks before. Rather than initiating finals almost immediately after classes end, we should be allowed to have, at least, a few more days to study—instead of one day to cram—for finals. This would not only alleviate student anxiety and stress, but would also provide a truer representation of what we have actually learned over the semester on a final paper or exam.

The current exam schedule sets many students up for failure.

With new material being presented three or four days before the final exam, many college students are understandably stressed out come finals time—we are often forced to take exams without adequate preparation for them. Since these final exams have such a major impact on our grades, we hardly have enough time to sufficiently prepare ourselves. The fact that we’re not

only processing new information, but also reviewing old information in such a short period of time makes it almost impossible not to cram. As a side effect of the late hours spent in front of a textbook, notebook or computer, students face horrendous amounts of stress and anxiety come exam time. High levels of stress and anxiety are only detrimental to the entire test-taking process. A study from Purdue University in 2002 actually shows a distinct correlation between high anxiety and lower test scores among college students. Although this may seem to be common sense, it still provides a valid point as to why a longer study period might allow many students to perform better on their finals. In most cases, exam scores count for a sizable portion of our final grade, and we should be able to prepare for them with more than a few days. More often than not, a final exam separates an ‘A’ from an ‘AB’ in each class, and in the case of cumulative finals, shouldn’t we be allowed to prepare more thoroughly than we would for a midterm? Instead, many students are forced into cramming an entire semester of information for multiple exams in just a few nights. Then we are expected to perform well on these tests. Yet this sort of exam schedule sets many students up for failure, since cramming is often times an ineffective mode of studying. A 2000 study by Ohio University points to time management as the greatest tool in reducing college stress, and thus improving exam scores. Most students typically do not have enough time to be able to use in studying their course material effectively, and end up wasting what little time they have by cramming. Giving students more time to prepare for finals would allow students to study and go through material more thoroughly.

Obviously, the one study day that we have now is too short of a buffer between the end of classes and the beginning of finals week. Rather than one ‘study day,’ we should have a ‘study week.’

We should be allowed to have at least a few more days to study—instead of one day to cram—for finals.

An entire week to prepare for our exams would, of course, be ideal. However, and unfortunately, many students would still procrastinate until a few days before their exams and cram nonetheless. Other people would likely oppose the idea of a ‘study week’ because they would rather be able to start winter break earlier. So perhaps only a few days more would work just as well. Having finals week begin on Tuesday, or even Monday, (rather than Sunday—at least give us the entire weekend to prepare) would be a sufficient amount of time for students to be more prepared and organized when they do need to take their finals. Increasing the study period for students by at least a day or two is crucial. Students will be better able to prepare for exams, which often play a major role in determining our final grades in courses, our GPA and our post-undergraduate future. Also, a longer study period can promote student learning and lead to better information retention. Although the university currently should not be held responsible for whether students are prepared or not for their finals, it really should make an attempt at creating a slightly less stressful collegiate atmosphere. Ryan Dashek is a junior majoring in biology. Please send responses to opinion@dailycardinal.com.


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With the passive themes and awkward commentary that surround this complicated portrait of Nixon, Frank Langella’s (right) stellar performance is nearly drowned out, as his portrayal of the intriguing, enigmatic Nixon tries to salvage Ron Howard’s latest film.

‘Frost/Nixon’ resigns to boredom Ron Howard and Frank Langella are strong leaders in this disappointing film By Todd Stevens THE DAILY CARDINAL

In a country with a limited history like the United States, truly fascinating figures are few and far between. This may be why the American people show such immense curiosity about former president Richard Nixon, one of the most Shakespearean characters this country has ever produced. The film “Frost/Nixon” is the most recent look into the only U.S. president to resign his post, focusing on the disgraced leader’s 1977 interview with British journalist David Frost (Michael Sheen), in which Frost questions Nixon (Frank Langella) on his involvement in the Watergate scandal. The story behind the interview creates a mesmerizing portrait of Tricky Dick thanks to the masterful acting of Langella, but the rest of the film unfortunately fails to reach the same heights.

The very soul of “Frost/Nixon” breathes through Langella, who has crafted the definitive Nixon performance. Langella doesn’t do much of a Nixon impression, but he gets down to the very core of the man and completely inhabits his personality. Somehow, he and director Ron Howard manage to make spending time with Richard Nixon one of the most enjoyable experiences of any film this year. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said for the rest of the cast. Nixon’s counterpart David Frost is played decently enough by Sheen, but unlike his co-lead, Sheen never really reveals what makes his character tick. Partially at fault is Peter Morgan’s unfocused script, which points to several possible motivations for why Frost would choose to interview Nixon, but never delves deeply into any of them. At one point the

film even suggests his efforts were jumpstarted by a drunk dial from Nixon himself, basically implying that one of the most important interviews of the 20th century had the same inspiration as a late-night booty call.

The very soul of “Frost/Nixon” breathes through Langella, who has crafted the definitive Nixon performance.

The rest of the cast is fleshed out with reliable Hollywood faces like Kevin Bacon, Sam Rockwell and Oliver Platt, though none of them is given much to do. Much of the time spent with these characters consists of them dispensing commentary, which not only takes time

away from the more compelling main characters but also slows the story down. Even worse, however, are the talking-head scenes, where “Frost/ Nixon” comes to a screeching halt. In an attempt to mimic a documentary, many of the supporting characters speak directly into the camera and elaborate on the interview’s historical context or other issues. This may have been interesting had it included the actual people depicted in the film, but instead it comes off as pointless and makes the film feel less authentic. Despite these structural flaws, “Frost/Nixon” never gets bogged down so much that Langella’s performance ceases to shine through. Although the film doesn’t hit all its marks, Langella’s performance is just as worthy of history as the character he plays, though thankfully for much more positive reasons. Grade: BC

‘Cadillac’ cars and blues ‘Records’ steal the show By Lauren Fuller THE DAILY CARDINAL

Too fragmented and episodic to deliver much drama, “Cadillac Records” still satisfies as an amble through a rich chapter of American pop culture. From the late ’40s through the early ’60s, Chicago’s Chess Records was a hotbed of nononsense blues. And as the home of Chuck Berry, it has a claim to being the birthplace of rock ’n’ roll. Director Darnell Martin approaches this story of the label and the personalities within it who made musical history with equal servings of nostalgia, humor and awe. It begins with the parallel lives of guitar-picking Mississippi sharecropper McKinley Morganfield (Jeffrey Wright) and Leonard Chess (Adrien Brody), a music-loving Jewish man from Chicago. Morganfield heads north to

play his guitar, and rechristens himself Muddy Waters. Chess opens a club that caters to black patrons, but when it is mysteriously burned down, he uses the insurance money to launch the record label that would make them both famous. In, actuality, there were actually two Chess siblings behind the label, but to streamline the story the filmmakers eliminated all mention of brother Phil.

‘Cadillac Records’ still satisfies as an amble through a rich chapter of American pop culture.

In addition to Berry (played by a scene-stealing Mos Def ), a fantastic lineup of players gravitated to Chess: the harmonica-blowing, self-destructive Little Walter

(Columbus Short), the gravelvoiced Howlin’ Wolf (Eamonn Walker) and the songwriting genius Willie Dixon (Cedric the Entertainer). The late addition to the stable is songstress Etta James (Beyoncé Knowles). The film’s title refers to Chess’ practice of presenting his new artists with a big shiny Caddy— visually, “Cadillac Records” is a car lover’s dream, with the beautiful and classic Caddy lines. The cast members do their own singing, and although only Knowles comes close to surpassing the original recordings, they’re all perfectly competent. Narratively, the film is all over the place: a bit of racism here, some drug abuse there, a whole lot of sexual shenanigans (Gabrielle Union plays Muddy Waters’ long-suffering spouse) and, of course, countless great songs being performed in the recording studio or on stage. “Cadillac Records” is coy on

a couple of still-controversial issues, though. For example, it raises the possibility that Chess exploited his performers, getting rich while they often lived hand-to-mouth. Maybe he employed creative bookkeeping, or perhaps he saved while they lavishly spent. The jury is still out. Also, while suggesting a love affair between the long-married Chess and Etta James, the film avoids making a definitive pronouncement of their relationship. With multiple loose ends created throughout, the film lacks a center, jumping from one largerthan-life personality to the next. The biggest selling point is the music. Chess electrified the blues, and his artists electrified audiences. And after seeing this film, you’re going to want to find a compilation of Chess hits, settle in with a longneck and groove to some of the best American music ever made. Grade: B

With today’s vampire-infested world of entertainment, it would be easy for “Let the Right One In” to be swept aside as just another cheesy vampire love story that fits in somewhere between “True Blood” and “Twilight.” But don’t be dissuaded. “Let the Right One In” is a nuanced tale about friendship, love and death that takes the vampire genre to a whole new level. Set in Sweden (you do have to read subtitles), the story follows Oskar (Kåre Hedebrant), a frequently bullied 12-year-old with no friends. He falls in love with Eli (Lina Leandersson), the girl who moves next door with an older man, presumably her father. Eli can jump abnormally high, has extraordinary strength and is never seen in the daylight. When locals begin to be found ripped open with throats slashed, it doesn’t take long for Oskar to put two and two together. The movie blends horror with a love story better than any other film that has attempted it. The scenes between Oskar and Eli are tender and sweet—or they would be if it weren’t for the dried blood caked on Eli’s face. And the kids manage to convey emotions more convincingly than actors twice their age.

Don’t allow ‘Let The Right One In’ to become a victim to today’s overuse of the vampire motif.

Where the film really excels is in its subtleties. As was convincingly confirmed in “30 Days of Night,” vampires are infinitely more terrifying when set in a dead, wintery landscape, and the splashes of blood against the white snow add an eerie nature to the film. Surprisingly for a movie about vampires, the characters have real depth, and the audience is not hand-fed anything. The relationship between Eli and the man initially assumed to be her father is never really examined fully, but enough is implied that it’s just too good to be spoiled for you here. The vampirism in the movie is not wimpy like “Twilight,” backwoods like “True Blood” or just plain stupid like “Van Helsing.” Instead, it is treated as completely realistic and animalistic. And when Eli kills, it doesn’t look fake or feel dull—it makes your skin crawl. The only moment that could possibly take you out of the movie is one involving CGI cats, but even that is forgivable and barely noticeable. The final 10 minutes—including a mind-blowing scene in a swimming pool—will leave you wishing the final credits would never roll. Don’t allow “Let the Right One In” to become a victim to today’s overuse of the vampire motif. Even if you avoid every other vampire movie or TV show, do yourself a favor and see this one, because it is so much more—tender, sweet, unique and creepy as hell. Grade: AB


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With sweep of St. Cloud, Badgers undefeated heading into break By Nico Savidge THE DAILY CARDINAL

The top-ranked Badgers ended the first half of their thus-far undefeated season with two wins over St. Cloud State Friday and Saturday. After shutting out the Huskies 7-0 in game one, Wisconsin closed out the series with another strong offensive performance Saturday, winning 6-2 and improving their overall record to 18-0-2. Head coach Mark Johnson said he has been surprised by how well the Badgers have played this season. “I wouldn’t have predicted us being in this position,” he said. “You complement the players … they put themselves in a position to get off to a good start, and just kept that momentum building.” Wisconsin got out to a slow start Friday afternoon, but struck in the second period with two goals in just over a minute. Sophomore right wing Hilary Knight and freshman center Brooke Ammerman

both found the back of the net to start a dominating offensive effort by the team. Knight posted two goals and two assists over the weekend, while Ammerman ended with three goals and two assists, contributing to an impressive Wisconsin offense that would total 83 shots and 13 goals over the two games. “We’ve just been on a roll,” Ammerman said about the offense. “Every line is producing, and everyone’s producing.” The Badger defense was just as imposing. Senior goalie Jessie Vetter added to her NCAA record with the 33rd shutout of her college career Friday, and admitted it was not the hardest one to earn: the suffocating Wisconsin defense allowed just eleven shots on goal in the first game of the series. Still, Vetter’s teammate’s complemented her play this season. “It gives us a lot of confidence, knowing that we’ve got her back

there,” junior left wing Jasmine Giles said. “She’s [been] a huge part of … every win we’ve had this year.” Friday was by no means a perfect game for the team, which spent 14 minutes on the penalty kill. “It’s tough to generate any flows or any offense when you’re always killing penalties,” Johnson said after the game. Saturday’s contest was more of the same, with another notable showing by the Badgers on offense and defense. The team allowed 11 more shots on goal and scored six times, including a unique shorthanded goal by senior center Erika Lawler. After Lawler cleared the puck out of the Wisconsin zone in the first period, St. Cloud State goalie Ashley Nixon accidentally deflected it into her own goal while trying to pass to another player. Lawler, who had left the ice on a line change before the puck went in, said she and her teammates were confused when she saw the Badgers had scored.

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Red-hot shooting propels UW past Huskies By Jay Messar THE DAILY CARDINAL

Consistency on defense has been the theme of this year’s Wisconsin women’s basketball team. And while that defensive consistency was lacking in the second half at the Kohl Center Sunday afternoon, the Badgers pushed their win streak to eight straight as they survived Northern Illinois 70-64. “First of all, I congratulate my team on the victory, although our staff and team are disappointed with our second half,” Wisconsin head coach Lisa Stone said. “We played poorly in that second half, particularly defensively. Those last 20 minutes we wanted to be our best and to put them away, but we weren’t able to.” Wisconsin (8-1) led by 20 points with 13:03 left in the game before Northern Illinois (3-5) amped its defensive pressure and ended the game

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Sophomore guard Alyssa Karel scored 25 points against NIU.

champs from page 8 ready and play.” The Seminoles (8-4) are led by sophomore quarterback Christian Ponder, who leads the team with 1,807 passing yards and 12 touchdowns. In the rushing attack, senior running back Antone Smith has carried most of the load, rushing for 753 yards and 14 touchdowns, while freshman Jermaine Thomas has chipped in 478 yards and three touchdowns. However, the strength of the

on a 28-14 run. “The second 20 minutes was not acceptable and you can ask anybody in the locker room about that,” Stone said. “I credit Northern Illinois—they put some focal pressure on us, we coughed it up a few times too many and allowed them to get in the paint,” Stone said. “But overall we get the win.” Sophomore guard Alyssa Karel put on an offensive show, leading the Badgers with a career-high 25 points on 11-for-14 shooting from the floor. Her 78.6 shooting percentage against the Huskies ranks sixth all-time in UW history. “Whenever anybody’s going off like that, you definitely want to find those players,” junior guard Rae Lin D’Alie said. “Alyssa was making play after play and I was definitely looking for her out there.” Defensively, the Huskies started out in a 2-3 zone but Wisconsin was able to spread the floor and find the open shooters—something Karel in particular took full advantage of. “We talked about not giving [Karel] open looks,” NIU head coach Carol Owens said. “Obviously with zone you’re going to give up some threes, and she happened to be the person that we gave up threes on. She was a hard guard for us.” Wisconsin pounded the ball inside early, scoring 22 first half points in the paint. The Badgers also shot a blistering 73.9 percent from the floor as they jumped out to a 41-24 lead at the break. Karel stayed hot in the second half, sinking a pair of threes before the first

media timeout. Midway through the second half, Owens switched to a box-and-one defensive set, but Karel was still able to find her offense. “She’s a special player,” Owens said. “She’s savvy, she knows how to get her shots and I think that’s what makes her a really good player.” The Wisconsin team also broke a Kohl Center record, shooting 61.9 percent from the field for the game on 26-for-42 shooting. “Confidence is contagious; I’m a big believer in that,” Stone said. “When you’re feeling it, obviously it’s something you want to stay with.” Besides Karel, Wisconsin had eight other players find the scoring column for the second straight game. D’Alie and junior forward Mariah Dunham added 11 points apiece. NIU was led by sophomore guard Marke Freeman with 15 points and five assists. Senior forward Aileen Russouw and junior guard Kylie York each added 11 points. Senior guard Sharí Welton, who transferred from Wisconsin to NIU after the 2005-06 season, totaled 10 points and four rebounds in her first return trip to the Kohl Center. Wisconsin will look for its ninth straight victory, as it travels to UWGreen Bay Wednesday for a matchup against the Phoenix. Yet Coach Stone knows there is little room for error against their intrastate rival that has already sold out its home facility. “We’ve got a lot to work on,” Stone said. “The teaching points have started already and we’re looking forward to growing and being better on Wednesday.”

Seminoles is its defense. Senior linebacker Derek Nicholson leads the team with 76 tackles and junior defensive end Everette Brown has a team-high 12.5 sacks. Most of the spotlight this season has been taken up by junior safety Myron Rolle, who is a Rhodes Scholar. Despite his off-the-field commitments, Rolle ranks second on the team with 57 tackles. Wisconsin will counter FSU’s defense with a solid running game. Junior P.J. Hill leads Wisconsin’s backfield with 1,021 yards and

13 touchdowns, while freshman John Clay totaled 852 yards and nine scores. Defensively, junior linebacker Jaevery McFadden led UW with 79 total tackles. Junior defensive end O’Brien Schofield led the defensive line with five sacks, and sophomore cornerback Niles Brinkley was tops in the secondary with four interceptions. The Champs Sports Bowl will take place in Orlando, Fla., on Dec. 27 and will be broadcast live on ESPN at 3:30 CDT.

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Sophomore forward Hilary Knight had two assists and two goals against St. Cloud. She leads the nation with 22 goals and 39 points. “We got to the bench and … all of the sudden I look out and there’s a goal,” Lawler said. “It was definitely unusual, the most unusual goal I’ve ever seen.” With the first half of the season

complete, the Badgers now head into their winter break. The team returns to the Kohl Center for an exhibition game Jan. 2 before returning to WCHA play on the road against Minnesota-Duluth Jan. 9-10.


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Brewtown letdown Badgers blow halftime lead, fall to Marquette for second straight year By Ben Breiner THE DAILY CARDINAL

MILWAUKEE, Wis.—In some games all it takes is one player finding a rhythm to completely change the complexion of the contest. In Saturday’s in-state bout between Marquette and Wisconsin, that one player was most certainly not wearing red. Playing their second consecutive game in a hostile environment, the Badgers fell 61-58 to Marquette in the Bradley Center in front of 18,895 raucous fans. The Golden Eagles trailed by six at the half, but a 21-8 run, powered by Marquette senior swingman Jerel McNeal, gave the Eagles a lead they would not relinquish. “[McNeal] was definitely feeling it,” Wisconsin senior forward Joe Krabbenhoft said. “I just gotta give credit to him. He was making tough shots. We were switching off and had a hand in his face. He just made plays.” McNeal scored 19 of his 26 points after the break, including a stretch of 12 straight at one point during Marquette’s run. Most of his shots came on similar sets, which the Badgers seemed unable to stop. “It looked like the same set because it was,” McNeal said. “That’s how [MU coach Buzz Williams] is. If something’s working, like I said, he just put the

ball in my hands coming off the pick-and-roll. It wasn’t anything complicated, just a double high ball screen … I [would] just come off and make plays whether it be for me or my teammates.” Wisconsin shot a better percentage than the Golden Eagles in both halves but was undone by turnovers and offensive rebounds. The smaller Eagles captured 10 offensive rebounds after halftime and had the game’s leading rebounder in junior forward Lazar Hayward. After the game, both players and coaches RYAN for Wisconsin stressed the opportunities they missed during Marquette’s run. “We scored two points on nine possessions. It hurts,” Wisconsin head coach Bo Ryan said. “We lose the lead and they get the lead and we play from behind on the road, things you don’t like to do. When you have to, you try to get it done.” Ryan pointed to one miscue where Krabbenhoft barely stepped out of bounds as just one example of his team missing an opening. “If the guy has a half a size foot smaller, who knows? At least we get a shot,” Ryan said.

Wisconsin started strong, leading 22-12 after 13 minutes, but the Eagles whittled it away as the half came to a close. Junior guard Trévon Hughes, UW’s leading scorer with 14 points, drove in for a wide-open lay-up with three seconds on the clock to put the halftime score at 33-27. The Badgers kept Marquette at bay for the first four minutes of the second before McNeal ignited the Eagle run. After Marquette established a nine-point lead the Badgers made an attempt to come back, but it was too little, too late. Although the Badgers received little production from their two seniors (Krabbenhoft and forward Marcus Landry combined for nine points), several underclassmen had productive days. Sophomore forward Keaton Nankivil hit a pair of jump shots and a dunk and was the team’s second leading scorer with 11 points. After the game, Ryan praised his work in boxing out Marquette’s quicker players. “He did some really nice things, for a sophomore. The first time logging those type of minutes in a game like that,” Ryan said. Sophomore forward Jon Leuer chipped in eight points while true freshman Rob Wilson had seven points and five rebounds in a career-high 20 minutes. The Badgers were coming off a

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Senior Wisconsin forward Joe Krabbenhoft draws a charge on Marquette junior Lazar Hayward in the midst of a 21-8 MU run. difficult road win over Virginia Tech, but fell to Marquette for the second consecutive year. After Marquette’s 81-76 victory in the Kohl Center last December, Wisconsin went 253 after that loss and wound up Big Ten champions.

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Wisconsin unbeaten in last five after home sweep By Brandon Storlie THE DAILY CARDINAL

Redemption was sweet for junior forward Michael Davies and the Wisconsin men’s hockey team this weekend. After sitting out six games earlier this season, Davies bounced back with four points in two games as the Badgers swept No. 15 Alaska-Anchorage 3-2 and 7-2 at the Kohl Center. “It feels like the hard work paid off, not just for me but for the entire team,” Davies said. Wisconsin (9-7-2) jumped out to a commanding 3-0 lead Friday night, only to have the Seawolves (7-7-2) climb back into the game.

“At any given moment, any line can chip in ... Our strength is in our depth.” Jamie McBain junior defenseman UW men’s hockey

Senior forward Blake Geoffrion netted the game’s first goal less than four minutes into the second period. Geoffrion took a centering pass from Davies and dropped to one knee in the slot, sending the puck sailing past UAA goalie Bryce Christianson and giving UW a 1-0 lead. The Badgers scored two goals in 21 seconds to close out the second

“We were in this position last year as a team—we didn’t come out on the left-hand side last year, but from that point on, and we got better,” Landry said. “We will get in the gym tomorrow and deal with what’s next.”

period. Freshman forward Derek Stepan flipped in a rebound on the power play to double Wisconsin’s lead. Sophomore defenseman Cody Goloubef followed up with a slap shot from the blue line on the far side to give the Badgers a 3-0 advantage at the end of two. After losing Geoffrion to an apparent ankle injury late in the second period, the Badgers seemed to lose momentum as well. Anchorage got on the board with an unassisted goal from Sean Wiles midway through the third, and UAA’s Trevor Hunt added a power-play goal to pull the Seawolves within one, but Wisconsin hung on, snagging a 3-2 win. “It was a wacky game,” head coach Mike Eaves said. “It’s like flying a plane that’s been wounded and you’re trying to land it. You’re trying to do the best you can.” After recording a pair of assists on Friday, Davies scored the first goal of the game Saturday night. Picking up a drop pass from freshman forward Jordy Murray, the junior tucked the puck between the legs of Anchorage goaltender Jon Olthuis and gave Wisconsin a 1-0 lead. “I just want to go out there and do the things that I do best,” Davies said. “I think [we] played pretty well together.” The Badgers lit the lamp again early in the second period on a 2-on0 breakaway. Sophomore forward Podge Turnbull and sophomore defenseman Ryan McDonagh traded passes in the slot, and Turnbull

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Sophomore defenseman Craig Johnson and senior goaltender Shane Connelly meet a pair of Seawolves in front of the net Friday. lifted the puck over a sprawling Olthuis for a 2-0 advantage. Wisconsin showed its quick-strike ability in the third, scoring a pair of goals in 11 seconds. With the Badgers already up 4-0, sophomore defenseman Brendan Smith put the puck home from the far circle on the man-advantage. After the resulting faceoff, sophomore forward Sean Dolan forced a turnover deep in the offensive zone and hammered in his own rebound to push the lead to 6-0. “At any given moment, any line can chip in,” junior defenseman

Jamie McBain said. “Our strength is in our depth.” Anchorage recorded a pair of goals midway through the third period, but Davies had the final word, scoring unassisted with just over four minutes left to cement the 7-2 victory. The sweep of the Seawolves puts Wisconsin’s unbeaten streak at five games, and the team improved its record to 9-1-1 since Nov. 1. “It’s quite an accomplishment for this group,” Eaves said. “[The team] stayed together through tough times and we persevered.”

The Wisconsin Badger football team accepted an invitation Sunday to play in the Champs Sports Bowl on December 27 against the Florida State Seminoles of the Atlantic Coast Conference. The invitation marks the seventh straight year in which the Badgers will end their season playing in a bowl game, a school record. “[The players] are very excited about the opportunity,” UW head coach Bret Bielema said. “It is something that we have been anticipating and I know our kids will be especially amped up just to have an opponent like Florida State.” The Badgers will play Florida State for the first time in school history, and have not faced an ACC team in a bowl game since playing Duke in 1995. Wisconsin has played in January 1st bowl games in each of Bielema’s previous seasons, but the coach is certain his players will be ready despite the shortened practice schedule. “We now have a little bit of a shorter window than we have had in the last two years,” Bielema said. “But one that I know we will take full advantage of in our preparation to get champs page 7


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