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Lawmakers expect bill increasing minimum wage to $7.60 to pass By Claire Wiese THE DAILY CARDINAL

The state Senate will vote Tuesday on a bill that would raise the minimum wage in Wisconsin to $7.60 per hour. Wisconsin’s minimum wage has not been raised since June of 2006, when it went from $5.70 to $6.50 per hour for general employees. Carrie Lynch, spokesperson for Senate Majority Leader Russ Decker, D-Schofield, said she expects this bill to pass easily. “This isn’t a new topic, so I don’t think there will be a lengthy discussion about it,” Lynch said. State Sen. Glenn Grothman, R-West Bend, agreed it is likely to pass, but on a “straight partyline vote.”

He added the increase would negatively affect Wisconsin’s economy because companies would be forced to lay off workers to pay the higher wages. “If something costs more, you use less of it … and if the price of starting labor goes up, you use less starting labor,” he said. “It will have a ripple effect.” Grothman projected this ripple effect would cause high school and college students to make less money and therefore spend less money. Lynch, however, said this bill would encourage spending and stimulate the economy. “When you put money in the hands of people at that end of the wage page 3

UW receives honor roll status for community service efforts By Grace Kim THE DAILY CARDINAL

The Corporation for National and Community Service recently recognized UW-Madison for its service to the U.S. community in 2008. The organization awarded the university with placement on the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. UW-Madison was one of 546 schools that received the award. According to university officials, the Community Service Honor Roll is the highest federal award a school can receive for civic engagement. This

is UW-Madison’s second time receiving the award. UW-Madison’s Morgridge Center for Public Service currently provides many opportunities for public service, service learning and community-based research programs. “We are thrilled,” Randy Wallar, associate director of the Morgridge Center, said. “It’s a wonderful honor to be included in the membership.” Wallar said the national service award is not just for the Morgridge Center, but is a campus-wide award, service page 3

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The Immigrant Workers Union held a vigil for family justice at the Madison Court House Monday night.

WUD kicks off Human Rights Week at Union By Beth Pickhard THE DAILY CARDINAL

Human Rights Week kicked off last night in the Memorial Union as a panel of experts answered students’ questions about immigration rights. The Wisconsin Union Directorate Society and Politics Committee, the WUD Art Committee and other student organizations will host celebratory events throughout the week. Although the events will be student-run, The Human Rights Initiative and World Affairs and Global Economy will also help promote awareness on campus. “We think [the collaboration] is such a great idea,” Florence Chenoweth, managing director of the Human Rights Initiative, said. “We’ve been participating in their meetings and brainstorming with them.” Topics being covered this week are derived from the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, established by the United Nations in 1948. According to Amanda Schmidt, member of the WUD Arts Committee,

the declaration deals with many things people consider human rights, but also some that people would not. “We’re hoping through this week we can bring awareness to this declaration and to the rights that are being violated on a daily basis by ... millions of people,” she said. Leaders from the Madison community spoke about their experiences where immigrants’ rights have been infringed upon, and what can be done to change the situation. Documentary filmmaker Dan Banda said the issue extends beyond Mexico and the United States. “We’re really looking at an enormous amount of people moving every year to find work,” he said. “This is a global issue.” Alex Gillis of the Immigrant Workers Union said the way to protect workers so their rights are not being infringed upon is to pass legislation so immigrants have the rights to live. “I think how we treat the immigrants says a lot about our society and

Human Rights Week schedule Tuesday, Feb. 10 LGBT rights around the world TITU, 5-7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 11 Portraying Genocide TITU, 7-8:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 12 “The Order of Myths” TITU, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 13 Grassroots Campaigns for International Human Rights. Grainger Hall, 3:30 p.m. how brutal or not—how civilized or not—we are,” he said. The WUD Arts Committee will be running a campaign this week called the Button Project to spread awareness about the issue. Members will distribute 5,000 bright buttons around campus for students to wear. For more information about the events this week visit

Police intervene in woman’s suicide attempt with Taser By Lauren Piscione THE DAILY CARDINAL


The unseasonably warm weather Monday caused several areas of campus to flood. The spring-like weather is expected to continue through Tuesday afternoon.

Madison police responded to a call from a witness who identified a 24-year-old woman making suicide threats on the 2000 block of East Dayton Street early Sunday morning. According to a police report, the woman held a knife to her throat and appeared to have already cut her neck and arm. Public Information Officer Joel DeSpain explained the protocol for dealing with suicide attempts. “Generally, officers are taught to try to engage in a dialogue with the

attempted suicide victim in order to reach a peaceful resolution,” DeSpain said. After unsuccessfully attempting to calm the distraught victim and trying to convince her she had things worth living for, the woman asked the officer if he would shoot her should she point the knife toward him. The officer explained his intention was not to harm the woman. However, when the woman made a quick slashing motion toward her neck, another officer responded immediately by firing a beanbag

round that hit the victim’s arm, causing the victim to move the knife away from her neck for just a moment. When the woman motioned the knife toward her neck yet again, a second officer responded using a Tasertype device, causing the woman to drop the knife. When asked if he felt the use of the Taser and beanbag round was necessary, DeSpain said, “Yes, the officers made it clear they believed it saved her life.” The victim was taken to a local hospital to receive help.

“…the great state University of Wisconsin should ever encourage that continual and fearless sifting and winnowing by which alone the truth can be found.”

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ey guys, so I was like, so bored last night and decided to fill out one of these totally stupid 25 random thingies thing about me, or whatever. So yeah: 1. I love partying on Friday nights, but on Saturdays my favorite thing to do is bake cookies and watch movies with my boyfriend in my pajamas.

2. My favorite color is actually pink, but it doesn’t go well with my complexion so I mostly wear blue because it compliments my skin tone. 3. I killed someone once. 4. I can’t fall asleep unless I put lotion on my feet first. 5. I’m not capable of love.

6. At parties, I’m always the one taking pictures. Like always. My friends make fun of me for it, but they always thank me for the memories later!!! :) 7. This one time, I planned every detail of the perfect murder, but was too afraid to carry it out. 8. Or was I? 9. I still listen to Blink-182! How eighth grade am I?? HAHA 10. I cook in my underwear when my roommate is out of town. 11. I eat my own toenails. 12. I want to backpack through Europe and stay in hostels. Even if I don’t get a chance to until I’m 60 years old and have enough money to stay in nice hotels, I’m still going to stay in hostels with all the 20-year-olds. 13. When I’m too lazy to cook, I just eat peanut butter out of the jar in giant spoonfuls. It’s amaaaazing!

14. I have sexual fantasies about Charles Manson. 15. I think most romantic comedies are cheesy. Unless they have Jennifer Aniston. Then it’s all good. 16. My parents went missing when I was 16. I buried them under the house. 17. I can’t taste the difference between rum and whiskey, but I can tell when Diet Coke is or isn’t caffeine free. 18. When I’m alone, I pretend I’m a dancer in a music video and put on sexy clothes and dance in front of the mirror! How weird am I?? LOLLLL 19. I sacrifice orphans to Satan weekly. 20. I once told the pharmacist I was married because he seemed conservative and I didn’t want him to judge me for using birth control.

21. I have no emotions. 22. I think puppies are significantly cuter than babies. 23. I’d much rather be really cold than really hot. Yeeeeah Midwest upbringing! 24. I masturbate to photos of bloody, unattached limbs. 25. I may or may not be the Antichrist. Tagged in this note: Popular girls from high school who will realize how much cooler I am in college, Guy who will hopefully want to sleep with me after he reads about my favorite colors, Person I stabbed once, My 4th grade band teacher, Satan, The Virgin Mary, Some virgin I accidentally clicked on my friends list, A guy I Facebooked when I was drunk, Beer, My employer, Osama Bin Laden Want to tell Kiera 25 things about yourself? E-mail her at

ASK THE DEER CARDINAL Life is hard. The Deer Cardinal is here to help. Deer Cardinal, I know there is a time and place for everything, when is Kollege Klub’s? —Rory P. Rory, The long lines, cover charges and questionable motive of many of the patrons at the bar make repeated visits difficult to stomach. But every once in a while, it’s good to take the dive if just to remind yourself why you never go there. For the guys, it’s great to know there will be plenty of hot chicks there. But fellas who don’t look like D1 athletes should plan on arriving drunk enough to be content to ogle them from afar, because the ladies will not be interested in talking to them, nor will the bartenders be interested serving them. Women who like their men large, a little slow, and

at the peak of their adult lives should be in luck, as there usually will be a sizable contingent of men who do look like D1 athletes. I don’t remember any Rorys being on any of our major sport teams, so for you, Rory, I think the best plan of action is simply to get real sloppy and let good things (and sometimes just things) happen. If you bribe the bouncer enough to get in and wear a red jumpsuit, you may just confuse a jersey chase long enough to touch her butt while you two dance to Usher. Deer Cardinal, I’ve got trouble with the ladies- I’m to cheap to buy them drinks at the bars. Any advice? —Tom S. Tom, That’s easy. The next time your at a bar, ask the bartender

to send a glass of water to a girl you want to pick up. Have him tell her you thought she looked hot and could use a cool down. Works every time and won’t cost you a dollar. Dear Cardinal, How can I use my Liberal Arts degree to both earn a living and make the world a better place? —Amanda K. Amanda, Don’t think you have to decide between supporting yourself and saving the world. There’s a way to do both things, and do them well, either right here in Madison or at hundreds of locations around the globe. I am referring, of course, to offering your body up for clinical testing with Covance. With Covance, you can “give it your

all” (as in your physical body) to help bring the miracles of modern medicine to market sooner than they would otherwise. Some do it for the money, others to help people. For you Amanda, I think it’d be a little of both. Right now, non-smoking men and surgically sterilized women ages 22-65 are needed for a planet-saving study. Amanda, I think I hear an opportunity knocking. Got a question for the Deer Cardinal? E-mail

The long lines, cover charges and questionable motive of many of the patrons at the bar make repeated visits difficult to stomach. But every

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Chief Justice caps $1 million State Supreme Court Chief Justice Shirley Abrahamson, who will run for re-election this April, has raised over $1 million for her campaign, her office announced Monday. Abrahamson’s campaign raised $245,466 in January, bringing her fundraising total to $1,068,070, according to a statement. “We’ve raised money from so many wonderful people all across the state and I just think people are really energized to keep the kind of leadership that Shirley provides on the court,” Abrahamson Campaign Manager Heather Colburn said.

According to the statement, 97 percent of Abrahamson’s contributions came from in-state donors, with over 1,155 individuals contributing an average of $213 per donation. Even though Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce, a major contributor in the 2008 Supreme Court election, has opted to stay out of the current race, Colburn said she expects outside interest groups to outspend the Abrahamson campaign. “Just because the money’s not coming from [WMC] doesn’t mean other groups won’t be putting money

into this race,” she said. Abrahamson’s opponent, Jefferson County Judge Randy Koschnick, raised $38,959 in January. His campaign reported less than $15,000 raised in the second half of 2008, with $88,959 raised overall. While Koschnick’s funds are significantly lower than Abrahamson’s, Colburn said she expects out-of-state interest groups to assist his campaign. Representatives from Koschnick’s campaign did not reply with comments as of press time. —Megan Orear

Website pushes for impartial justices, fair court elections The Wisconsin Democracy Campaign, a political watchdog group, launched a new website Monday,, to educate the public about the growing influence of interest groups on state Supreme Court elections. “The goal is pretty simple. We want to call attention to the threats to the independence of our court system … We want

wage from page 1 economic scale, it is always spent immediately and locally, so it supports local jobs,” she said. “When these people get an increase, it doesn’t go into a savings account. It usually just pays for more groceries, so it gets spent locally.”

service from page 1 honoring all student organizations that engage in community service. According to Wallar, there are many registered student organizations with strong service components including Habitat for Humanity and Engineers Without Borders. Aaron Brower, vice provost for teaching and learning, said more UWMadison graduates enter the Peace Corps and Teach For America than any other university in the country.

to highlight ways to safeguard the independence of our courts,” WDC Executive Director Mike McCabe said. The website includes brochures, videos and a petition to stop the influence of special interests on court elections. McCabe said it is too early to gauge how prominent the role of outside groups will be in the April On whether jobs will be lost, Lynch said, “[Critics] bring that up every time we raise the minimum wage and they have no studies to show that it has ever happened.” Rebekah Sweeney, spokesperson for Assembly Speaker Mike Sheridan, D-Janesville, said in a statement the state Assembly is

7 election between Supreme Court Chief Justice Shirley Abrahamson and Jefferson County Judge Randy Koschnick. According to McCabe, special interest groups did 90 percent of the advertising in the 2008 Supreme Court race, but they normally do not start advertising until after the primary election. watching this bill’s progress through the Senate, but she did not disclose its chances of passing in the Assembly. “The Assembly is focused on legislation that creates and protects jobs, boosts business and supports workers and grows our economy for every Wisconsinite,” she said.

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7:30pm, Tuesday, February 10, 2009 Union Theater • United States managing editor and columnist at the Financial Times • Author of Sale of the Century, about Russia's journey from communism to capitalism • Honored as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum. • One of the preeminent experts on financial and international issues and analysts of international trends FREE TIC KETS Tickets will be available at the Union Theater Box Office, Memorial Union, to students, faculty, staff and Union members on February 2nd. Remaining tickets will become available to the public February 5th. Tickets are valid until 7:20 p.m. At 7:20, empty seats will be available to patrons without tickets. Wi sc ons in Uni on Theate r box of f ic e hou rs : M onday-F r id ay, 11: 30 am- 5: 3 0 pm , Satu rday, noo n-5 pm . P hone : 26 2- 22 01.

“A large part of that is due to the fact that there are connections between service, and scholarship is woven into the very fabric of students’ experience at UW-Madison; it defines the unique Wisconsin Experience that we offer students,” Brower said. The President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, created in 2006, acknowledges institutions with highly committed volunteering programs, service learning and civic engagements. According to University

Communications, The Corporation for National and Community distinguishes schools based on its student participation percentage in service programs, innovation of the service projects and the extent of service-learning courses. “I feel very proud that UWMadison has been recognized by this national honor,” Brower said. “The Morgridge Center has done a fantastic job to cultivate new opportunities as well as faculty, staff and students who participate in them.”

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juicy campus beaten to a pulp


n Feb. 5, Juicy Campus, the notorious college gossip website, shut down forever. Juicy Campus closed not because of alleged links with student suicides or belittling rape victims, but because of decreasing ad revenues in the face of the country’s economic meltdown. The site’s founder, Matt Ivester (otherwise to be considered an ignorant moron), released an open letter last week referencing the “meaningful discussion about online privacy and internet censorship” he believes Juicy Campus invoked. He also stated that he hoped the site would be remembered for its “fun, lighthearted gossip,” which, we would like to point out, unfortunately included students telling a victim of rape at Vanderbilt University she “deserved” it.

Untrue claims from unnamed sources don’t promote the ideals behind a progressive college community.

Juicy Campus has been a major black mark on the college community since its inception. Accused of racism, sexism and fabrication by numerous sources, the site’s content ranged from the infantile to the traumatizing and vicious. We are happy to see Juicy Campus go, which at best kept university students mired in eighth-grade,

livejournal-style pettiness and at worst damaged reputations and caused undeserved personal anguish.

Juicy Campus has been a major black mark on the college community since its inception.

We respect the rights of students to have their own voice and an open forum for social discussions. However, when a site based on malicious gossip abuses the right to protect contributors’ anonymity, it establishes an environment in which people carelessly shirk responsibility for their comments and actions. Such an environment does not represent a forum conducive to anything remotely constructive or worthwhile, and instead creates a negative perception of college students. Freedom of speech is an important tenant of our country and society, but we would like to remind Ivester that a “meaningful” reinforcement of this tenant does not come from sleazy gossip websites created to capitalize on students’ most immature and vulgar tendencies. Indeed, part of free speech is about allowing people to speak anonymously, but malicious and oft untrue claims from unnamed sources don’t promote the ideals behind free speech or a progressive college community.

Community members fight to protect garden TOM HART opinion columnist


he red-orange sun was setting over the frozen marshes of beige and grey as I came around the pink stucco house perched on top of a hill in suburban Fitchburg. I understood why the Swedish immigrant who built the Arts and Crafts style home over 100 years ago had situated the front porch facing in that direction. The view was awe-inducing for a brief moment, but then it hit me: this could all be gone within a matter of months.

If the gardens are allowed to fall prey to an industrial project, it would be a huge blow to the surrounding area.

A Swedish master carpenter by trade, Albert Anderberg moved to Madison at the turn of the 20th century to help reconstruct the fireravaged Madison Capitol building. He picked out the perfect plot of land to build his house upon. The rich soil above the Fitchburg marshes provided a perfect space for a garden and the commute to the Capitol building was brief. Years passed and the property changed hands, once being used as a pig farm, but its rich history of community assistance continued. For the past few decades, the site has been home to the Drumlin Community Gardens. The small collective is maintained by 40 local families who

grow their crops to help support low-income households in the surrounding area. And for the Southdale neighborhood, Drumlin stands as an important symbol of community strength. In recent months, however, the community icon has been in danger of losing its rich history. The Alexander Company acquired the parcel several years ago and promptly slated the entire area for redevelopment. A parking lot and office building will be constructed on the grounds as part of the company’s proposed $120 million Novation Campus industrial complex. After more than 100 years of community service, the historic Anderberg plot has come under attack. The issue is a complicated one, and the battle lines are clearly drawn. Half the neighborhood has already been demolished due to its location within the small town of Madison, situated between the town of Fitchburg and the city of Madison. Drumlin Gardens, however, lies entirely within Fitchburg boundaries, and this land demarcation has protected it from razing over the last few months. If the gardens are allowed to fall prey to an industrial project, it would be a huge blow to the surrounding area. “There really aren’t any places like this, especially on the South Side of Madison,” Drumlin volunteer Sandy Welander said. “I think that, especially in this neighborhood, people really benefit from having the chance to grow their own food. There really should be projects like this so that people who live in the cities have a chance to see what agriculture and farming are like.” Six tenants were served eviction notices ordering them to vacate the old Anderberg residence by Jan.

31, but the Drumlin advocates aren’t budging. Although demolition was slated for Feb. 2, the town of Fitchburg has secured a stay of demolition for four to six months. The Fitchburg Historical Society is also looking into purchasing the property under the law of eminent domain. A court battle is set to begin between community members and the Alexander Company. The town of Fitchburg required the Alexander Company to consider community input and several neighborhood meetings were set up. Some Drumlin supporters are apprehensive about the meeting’s true motivations. “The plan that is currently being carried out does not contain any of the suggestions made by community members, such as a community center, a library, a cafeteria, a day-care center, and the preservation of the garden,” local volunteer Armando Campa said. “They may be included in the development plan in writing, but in reality nothing is being carried out. This project may bring a lot of development dollars here, but for the community it brings nothing.” If the Drumlin Community Gardens are not preserved it will be a sad day in the history of the Madison area. Madison is a city that prides itself on progressive community action and the Drumlin Gardens must be preserved. Its demolition will just be one more dagger in the side of a neighborhood that has already suffered tremendous injury. If you would like to help support the effort to preserve the gardens, please contact or visit for more information. Tom Hart is a senior majoring in history. Please send responses to

District 8 candidates fail to bring fresh ideas to alderman race By Todd Stevens THE DAILY CARDINAL

Everybody loves a good debate. It’s one of the best examples we have of democracy in action. This should have been the case this past Sunday evening, when four aspiring candidates gathered at the Roosevelt Institution-sponsored debate for the District 8 alderman race. The debate was the only time all four candidates: Bryon Eagon, Katrina Flores, Jacob Schmidt and Mark Woulf, would be able to present their platforms at the same time and differentiate themselves—at least, in theory. Sadly, the old cliché about leading a horse to water applies here. You can lead candidates to a debate, but you can’t necessarily make them say anything. The only candidate who stood out was Bryon Eagon, not because he took wildly different stances from his competitors, but because he alone seemed to have an actual plan. For the vast majority of the questions posed by moderator Rob Huston, the candidates refused to serve up any specif-

ics and instead relied on dull and tired generalities. Schmidt in particular was more guilty of this than anyone, often retreating to bland, universal concepts such as prioritizing safety or increasing student involvement, but never explaining how he planned to accomplish these goals.

You can lead candidates to a debate, but you can’t necessarily make them say anything.

The Progressive Dane-backed Flores didn’t fare much better. Like Schmidt, she emphasized the vague goal of getting students involved “on the ground,” a phrase she seemingly repeated every other sentence. It seems Flores is trying to paint herself as the activist candidate for District 8, however when she only deviates from a more mainstream competitor like Eagon on an issue as trivial as the Common Council

calling for the impeachment of George W. Bush, it’s hard for Flores to legitimately claim that title. In fact, her symbolic-buttoothless gestures mostly indicate that Flores is likely to fall into the common Progressive Dane trap of rallying for a cause but not following through. Eagon, on the other hand, seems to be the only candidate who has put some thought into what it will take to accomplish his goals as alderman. When asked how he would tackle Madison’s current alcohol policies, Eagon explained he would repeal the Alcohol Licensing Density Plan using its sunset clause, then transfer the plan’s regulatory power to the Alcohol License Committee, which would review new downtown bars on a case-by-case basis. This is a firm, concrete plan. Schmidt and Flores both agreed on the need to repeal the Alcohol Licensing Density Plan, though neither appeared to have solutions nearly as detailed as Eagon. Eagon also outlined the most comprehensive plan on community safety, including removing funding for mobile ID scan-

ners from the Downtown Safety Initiative. This would force police to dedicate fewer resources to bar raids and fund more cabstands and maintain officer patrols on Langdon Street. Other than Flores’ suggestion of creating a Lakeshore-esque Langdon blue light phone system, neither she nor Schmidt could present any specific public safety plans.

In the end, the issues didn’t take center stage.

This pattern continued down the line. Particularly emblematic of the debate was Flores’ response when asked about the environmental quality of Madison’s lakes. “Lakes make Madison what it is,” said Flores. “So yeah... important.” If only we could all be so insightful.

And where exactly was Mark Woulf in all of this? On the occasions when Woulf would raise his voice above an inaudible mumble, he spent most of the debate pushing the sole issue of increasing entertainment licenses for bars. Woulf ’s reasoning was that entertainment licenses allow underage students into bars legally, meaning fewer cops will be raiding bars and more will be patrolling the streets. This is a nice idea in theory, but as Eagon pointed out, entertainment licenses cost only a few hundred dollars so availability is hardly the problem. With Woulf ’s key issue rendered moot, it was hard to take him seriously as a candidate for the debate. In the end, the issues didn’t take center stage. Instead, the debate was an audition to see who can perform on the Madison Common Council. Of the four prospective civil servants, three looked like mere candidates while Bryon Eagon appeared as the only true alderman. Todd Stevens is a sophomore majoring in history and psychology. Please send responses to


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‘Just not that into’ new film By Katie Foran-McHale THE DAILY CARDINAL


“Coraline” may be rated PG, but younger kids should avoid this film, as the theme of the movie is extremely dark, and the main characters in “Coraline” are prone to occasionally engage in violence.

‘Coraline’ a visual treat By Mark Riechers THE DAILY CARDINAL

Koumpounophobia is the fear of buttons. It may be a bizarre fear, but, as “Coraline” opens with one spindly hand plucking the button eyes off of a doll, ripping open its face and removing the stuffing inside, the sight of the buttons being tossed aside will give you shivers. And once the movie is over, you may recoil a bit when you feel that big round button on the front of your wool coat. “Coraline” is the baby of Henry Selick, the director of “The Nightmare Before Christmas.” The stop-motion director took the horror novella by koumpounophobe Neil Gaiman and brought it to the screen with visual flair and enough creepiness to give even adults nightmares. Bored out of her wits by her work-at-home parents, Coraline passes the time by exploring her new abode, an ancient house called “The Pink Palace.” Eventually she discovers a tiny door behind the wallpaper, sealed with a lock opened by a buttonshaped key. Dakota Fanning really lights up Coraline with a defiant, wholesome voice-work performance of an imaginative child surrounded

by people who have no interest in her. In her bright yellow rain slickers and chauffeur’s cap, Coraline grips our hearts immediately as a girl who desperately wants to be seen and loved, but can’t seem to find anyone in her world who is willing.

“Coraline” is a modern “Alice in Wonderland,” both in story and visual pizzazz.

Coraline thinks she finds that person when the little door opens to reveal an apartment identical to her own, complete with parallel versions of her parents that, for some reason, have buttons for eyes. Coraline comes to learn that these other parents are more fun and interesting than her real parents. Her Other Mother bakes constantly, and her Other Father trades typing away on a computer for banging out tunes on a piano. Even the neighbors, eccentric and strange in Coraline’s world, put on exciting performances for Coraline’s amusement. The Other world of buttoneyed folks is all-too alluring. We’re sucked in by this world

along with Coraline thanks largely in part to the exceptional visual style offered by Selick’s trademark stop-motion visuals. “Coraline” represents his most elaborate production to date, with detailed set pieces like a circus of mice with cotton-candy cannons and a theater full of terriers, complete with terrier ushers. As you might guess, things aren’t as they seem–from the moment we see the button-eyed Other Mother and hear Teri Hatcher’s voice turn from a harsh indifference to a saccharin-sweet obsession with Coraline’s fancies, we know something is a bit off. When John Hodgman goes from the aloof dad who obeys his wife to the Other Father, he acts like a puppet being worked by the unseen puppeteer. Everyone in the button world is hiding something, and Hatcher and Hodgman really sell that sinking feeling that something unseeming is going on behind the scenes of the button world. “Coraline” is a modern “Alice in Wonderland,” both in story and visual pizzazz. It’s likely too scary for the kids, but adults will thoroughly enjoy the eerie tale as it twists and turns to a final showdown with the button-eyed denizens of the dream world. Grade: A

Laden with melodrama and stereotypes, “He’s Just Not That Into You” attempts to piece together several clichéd situations while trying to prove the point that women sympathetically, or perhaps narcissistically, overanalyze their relationships, in the recent movie adaptation of the best-selling book. A husband cheats on his wife, a girl doesn’t receive a call from her date, a woman is called the wrong name at an inopportune moment ... all initially receive the same prescription, revealed by the movie’s title. The eclectic cast—including Jennifer Aniston, Ben Affleck, Jennifer Connelly, Justin Long, Drew Barrymore, and Ginnifer Goodwin to name a few—give decent performances, but their characters’ connections are trite at best. Matched with the thematic confusion throughout the movie, the different stories present more disorganization than parallelism. The initial narrative format is somewhat intriguing. As the audience is introduced to each of the main characters’ “unique” situations, the transitions between scenes are presented with a black screen and white text declaring criteria signifying that “he’s just not that into you (i.e. ‘if he’s not marrying you...’or, as Long’s character so eloquently states, ‘If a guy treats you like shit, he doesn’t give a shit’).” Interviews by comedians to reiterate these points are genuinely enjoyable, and the format is actually refreshing. But as the plot unfolds and exceptions become “rules,” this format, and its focus, is lost to the stereotypical chick format. The black and white “he’s just not that into you” philosophy seems to disappear as most of the leading ladies eventu-

ally get exactly what they want, and each leading man realizes the huge mistakes he has made. One of the most compelling moments in the film is when Jennifer Connelly makes an important discovery and, overcome with emotion, shatters an expensive mirror. She stomps, cries, and looks at the mess she has created both in her bedroom and in her relationship. Ten seconds later, she miraculously regains composure, scurries out of the room, and reappears with a broom, attempting to clean it up. This scene is a fairly accurate representation of the film as a whole. It begins with a presentation of attempted anti-clichés, then features a surge of complete contradiction of everything the film tries to stand for, and finally finishes with several pathetic excuses for said contradiction. Despite the movie’s many flaws, one moment alone proves to be absolute perfection: in one otherwise unimportant scene, Ben Affleck sports a very noticeable and quite fashionable Bucky Badger T-shirt. Had the movie followed its own rules—which attempted to simplify traditional rules—and had not complicated them further, it may have actually been beneficial in debunking Hollywood expectations for real-life romance. But it instead proves to be the same old fairytale ending that will aid in perpetual real-life embarrassment and disappointment. So, dear movie, I appreciate your effort. You got all dressed up, and I’ll admit it was nice to meet you...but don’t be offended when I don’t give you my phone number: I’m just not that into you. Grade: C


Although “He’s Just Not That Into You” is full of likable movie stars and solid performances, the film feels shallow and hypocritical.

Wordless songs have their own distinct language for listeners DALE MUNDT croco-dale rock


am a word person. I’m sure that comes as no great surprise to you, the reader. I mean, I’m an English major, I write for a newspaper, and much of what I have to say about music deals with lyrics. I admit it freely. I am a stickler for grammar, I catch spelling errors everywhere and I’ve even stopped at a store to tell them that their advertisement was punctuated incorrectly. My obsession with words—their combination, their meaning and their

usage—pervades my appreciation of almost everything. When I listen to music, I focus on picking out the lyrics and organizing them into poetic lines in my head. I even insist on watching DVDs with subtitles turned on so that I can be sure to correctly catch every line of dialogue. There are only two exceptions to my word fetish: the Octopus Project and Sigur Rós. I discovered the Octopus Project when they were touring with Aesop Rock. The Octopus Project makes predominantly instrumental music, consisting of an eclectic mix of guitars and drums combined with digital instrumentation and a theremin. On Hello, Avalanche, only one

song, the last song, includes vocals at all. Interestingly, the song flows so well with the rest of the album that you hardly notice the vocals at all. This song is one of the only songs I can listen to without trying to pick out the lyrics.

With every rise and fall of the melody line, with every crescendo, I felt like a puppet being danced across a stage.

Sigur Rós, however, present a different situation. The Icelandic wonders use vocals extensively,

but since I am fluent in neither Icelandic, nor in Hopelandic, a language made up of syllables that fit the musical mood of the song, I can’t make sense of the lyrics. When I was analyzing how I listen to music, I was a little surprised to recognize that I still absolutely loved Sigur Rós and the Octopus Project. But I realized that I appreciate them in a different way than other music. When I listen to other music, focusing on the lyrics is my method of actively participating in listening. When I listen to Aesop Rock or Death Cab for Cutie, my primary activity is listening to the lyrics and comparing the instrumentals to the vocals. But when I hear the Octopus Project and Sigur Rós, I don’t

participate nearly as actively. This is reflected by the way I describe their music. I often describe Sigur Rós as “songs that wash over you.” The first time I listened to Hello, Avalanche, I felt like the band were not playing instruments, but rather playing me. With every rise and fall of the melody line, with every crescendo, I felt like a puppet being danced across a stage. These two bands manage to make music that pushes past verbal language, and instead communicates to the subconscious. Music like this doesn’t have to use words to talk about love, sadness, hope, or excitement. This is music that speaks for itself. To learn how to speak Hopelandic, email Dale at

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Weird Wisconsin Law. Livestock have the right-of-way on public roads. Mooo-ve.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

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By Eric Wigdahl

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Fill in the grid so that every row, every column and every 3x3 box contains the digits 1 through 9.

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Men’s Tennis

Badgers fall short against Louisville last weekend By Emma Condon THE DAILY CARDINAL

Despite a promising start, the No. 38 ranked Wisconsin men’s tennis team fell to the No. 42 Louisville (6-1 overall) Sunday afternoon 4-3 in a heart-wrenching upset at Nielsen Tennis Stadium. The meet lasted well over three hours and was determined in the last minutes when the Cardinals took the last singles match in play. “We knew it was going to be 4-3 either way,” said assistant coach Evan Austin of Sunday’s meet. “I think that they just did a little better job [in singles No.] 1 through 6 kind of making every match a war.” In barely an hour of play, the Badgers put down all three doubles opponents in a promising start to the disappointing meet. With an easy 8-3 victory early on from No. 3 pair junior Luke Rassow-Kantor and freshman Patrick Pohlmann it was the steady play of juniors Michael Dierberger and Michael Muskievicz that secured the doubles point. The pair surrendered only one service game to Louisville senior Robert Rotary and sophomore Alejandro Calamari, upsetting the nationally ranked No. 44 pair by 8-5. Although the doubles outcome was already set, at the No. 1 position UW sophomore Marek Michalicka and junior Moritz Baumann also won their match,

improving to a 6-0 season record together. Wisconsin didn’t get a look at a break point until 5-4, and it took another three points for the duo to capitalize with a Cardinal double fault. They came back to do it again at 7-4 and after another three deuces converted on another breakpoint to take the match 8-4. Moving into singles play, things changed quickly for Wisconsin, as four of six Badgers dropped their first sets to Cardinal opponents. Badgers Rassow-Kantor, Dierberger and sophomore Peter Marrack fell quickly in straight sets, while Pohlmann took his match with a decisive score of 6-1, 6-1 and keeping the Badgers close to the Cardinals at 3-2 for the meet. At the No. 1 and 2 positions however, play heated up, pushing Michalicka and Baumann into decisive third sets. Baumann played a clean first set, exchanging breaks with Louisville’s Simon Childs before breaking him again to take the set. The nationally ranked No. 117 player faltered however, dropping the second 6-2 to No. 65 Childs. “I was feeling really comfortable in the first set so I won that pretty easy,” Baumann said afterward. “I had problems in the second, so I lost a little bit of my energy, I think. And then it’s hard to back in the third, to get fired up again, to

get the energy going.” But Baumann dug deep in the third, and at four games all Baumann made an unmistakable statement, breaking Childs at love to regain the lead at 5-4, serve out the match and level the meet at three all. With five singles decided, all the eyes fell to the duel at the No. 1 position between Michalicka and Louisville sophomore Austen Childs. Childs broke Michalicka in his first service game and set the tone for the set, which he took by two unanswered breaks and a score of 6-3. Michalicka rallied to take the second set by 6-2, but in a physical third set, the pair exchanged more breaks than holds, and Childs bested the No. 36 ranked player 6-3, 2-6, 6-3. “They had a couple of matches where they cruised through and it gave them the momentum and I think that ended up being really the difference,” Austin said of the close outcome. “If we had maybe done a little better job, you know, all the way down the line and making those matches wars, maybe that ends up being 4-3 our way.” Baumann remains the only Badger maintaining an undefeated singles record but reflected similarly, saying that it means less without the team fairing similarly. “I feel really comfortable on the court but it doesn’t really matter

how I play. If the team loses it still feels like a loss.” With Sunday’s loss the Badgers fell to a season record of 6-2 and

began a two-week break before they take on their next opponent, Wake Forest (4-2), Sunday, Feb. 22, back at Nielsen Stadium.


Wisconsin junior Moritz Baumann is the only Badger who still has an undefeated singles record during the 2009 campaign.


Wisconsin drops first four games of the season in the Cathedral City Kickoff By Joe Skurzewski THE DAILY CARDINAL

The Wisconsin softball team (0-4-0) took the field this past weekend for the first time in 2009 in the Cathedral City Kickoff

tournament in Palm Springs, Calif., with the aspirations of a new season at hand. Unfortunately, they left the golden state with four tough losses, including two shut-outs and


Wisconsin senior outfielder Raphael Valyncia and the Badgers came out of California empty-handed this past weekend by dropping four games.

rankings from page 8 victory from a big name school makes them look invincible for the rest of the season, yet the very next week, they lose. Syracuse gets to No. 9 in the polls, then drops one to Cleveland State (ironically from the Horizon League) the same day. Wake Forest becomes the nation’s new No. 1, then loses

to hapless Georgia Tech. Notre Dame climbs to No. 13, then drops seven games in a row. I understand we need to chalk a lot up to the satirical nature of college basketball. Cinderella stories do happen and we all know that the chances of having another team like the ’76 Hoosiers are basically nil. Of course the No. 1 team in the country is going to lose at some point,

a disastrous collapse in the final game Sunday. The Badgers opened play Friday evening against the No. 12 Bulldogs of Fresno State. In the third inning, Fresno State sophomore Andrea Ortega hit a threerun double, putting the Bulldogs ahead for good, 3-0. Wisconsin could not get its offense going, as thirteen batters struck out, and the team left five runners on base. Fresno State added a security run later on, winning 4-0. Wisconsin could not fret over the loss for long, as they had another contest that evening against Oregon State. The Beavers scored the first four runs of the game and led 4-0 after five innings. In the sixth inning the Badgers finally got on the scoreboard, scoring three runs off hits by junior Letty Olivarez and senior Nichole Whaley. Olivarez and Whaley, both natives of California, brought the Badgers within striking distance for the first time in the tournament. In the end, Oregon State junior Kelly Dyer struck out five batters in two innings of work to prevent a Wisconsin comeback, and the Badgers lost 4-3. After two losses in two games, the Badgers got a much-needed break when their first Saturday game with the Matadors of Cal State Northridge was rained out. But the

Badgers could not rest for long, with a Saturday night matchup with No. 20 Long Beach State. The 49ers of LBSU scored early and often, riding home runs by junior Kristen Pocock and senior Jennifer Griffin. The Badgers never scored, losing 7-0. Wisconsin looked to end their tournament play on a high note as they faced off with the Broncos of Boise State, a university in its first year of softball competition. The Badgers roared out to an impressive 5-1 lead after only two innings. Senior Nichole Whaley and sophomore Jennifer Krueger got the offense going early, with Krueger getting an RBI-single and a sacrifice bunt, and Whaley scoring a two-run single. Over the course of the next four innings the Broncos would come charging back, taking a commanding lead of 12-6 after pitching struggles from senior Leah Vanevenhoven, sophomore Kristyn Hansen and Olivarez. Olivarez had started the game and later replaced Hansen to finish the fifth inning. More offense from Abney, Olivarez and Whaley tied the game 12-12. But in the bottom of the seventh, Boise State won the game on a walk-off hit with the bases loaded, ending an exciting yet crushing game for the Badgers—and giving Boise State only its second victory

in program history. If the Badgers want to get their season on the right track, they must look to more consistent play from Olivarez and Vanevenhoven. The junior-senior duo comprises the heart of Wisconsin’s pitching staff. Olivarez, who surrendered high-scoring innings against Fresno State and Boise State, must work to produce more quality starts as the season progresses. Olivarez and senior Theresa Boruta must ignite the offense for the Badgers, after Wisconsin lost its two top hitters, Joey Daniels and Lynn Anderson, in the offseason. Daniels and Lynn played and started in all 55 games for Big Red during the 2008 season. Olivarez and Boruta cannot carry the team alone offensively. The Badgers also return a pair of infielders, sophomore Livi Abney and senior Alexis Garcia, who played in every game last season as well, but whose offensive numbers were down. Abney and Garcia must work to lower their strikeouts and raise their averages if the Badgers are to compete this season. The Badgers will look for their first victory of the season as they prepare for the Bama Bash tournament next weekend in Tuscaloosa, Ala., Feb. 13-15. — contributed to this report.

and teams that were good last year can turn to duds in the offseason. But the unfortunate reality is that teams like Notre Dame, who at one time was among the nation’s elite, will likely get an at-large nod into the tournament over UWGreen Bay next month despite being four places apart in the RPI ratings. Why? Notoriety. They were overrated and in the national

limelight. A couple more Big East wins to keep them above .500 and they will be back on the scene as a national contender. Let’s be honest, rankings do little more than give us the flavor of the week and inflate reputations. When tournament time rolls around, three more No. 12 seeds will knock off No. 5 seeds as usual and the underappreciated will have

their vengeance. So what if the Big East could squeeze nine teams into the top 25 in December? By March, half of them will not see a third round. They ought to soak up the attention now, because all eyes are on the little guys in just a matter of weeks. Do you want to talk about college hoops with Andy? E-mail him at

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Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Men’s Hockey

Gophers fail to crack Connelly By Brandon Storlie THE DAILY CARDINAL

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn.—One cannot help but feel that senior goaltender Shane Connelly’s career came full circle this weekend at Mariucci Arena. Connelly was on the bench in December of 2005 for the Badgers’ first road sweep of Minnesota in six years. Saturday night, he was on the ice for the team’s first sweep at Mariucci since then. “It was a tough weekend,” Connelly said. “Minnesota’s a great offensive team. Playing the Gophers maybe for the last time, to come out with two wins is definitely incredible. It’s one of the highlights of my career.” This weekend did not just serve as a highlight for Connelly’s career, but epitomized it, adversity and all. Friday night, the senior netminder saw the most shots, 45, that he has ever faced in a Badger uniform. His 43 saves on the night tied a career high. At times, Connelly stood on his head, at others, it looked as though he and the Badgers were hanging on by a thread. With Wisconsin up 3-0 and the game seemingly well in hand at the beginning of the third period, Gopher sophomore forward Mike Hoeffel exposed the first chink in the Badger armor when he tipped in a shot from senior defender R.J. Anderson to cut the lead to 3-1. While Connelly and the Badgers managed to stave off the Gopher attack for the next 12 minutes, Minnesota maintained complete control of the game’s tempo, caus-

ing UW head coach Mike Eaves to call timeout with just over four minutes remaining. Whether that timeout interrupted the team’s rhythm or merely prolonged the inevitable second Gopher goal, the four minutes that followed proved costly for Wisconsin. Connelly surrendered a rebound on a shot from Hoeffel with three and a half to go, and Minnesota junior forward Mike Carman hammered it home to bring the Gophers to within a goal. Equal to the task though, Connelly held on to preserve the win. “Everyone was a little bit upset,” Connelly said. “We didn’t put our best effort in. We escaped.” Saturday night was a rollercoaster ride from the opening minutes. Connelly again showed flashes of brilliance but was rattled repeatedly in the second period as the Gophers came roaring back from an early deficit. With Wisconsin up 3-1 near the game’s midpoint, junior forward Ryan Flynn and sophomore defender Cade Fairchild sent a pair of goals past the Badger goaltender in 57 seconds. The Gophers’ one-two punch not only drew them even, but it also electrified the capacity crowd, swinging the momentum into Minnesota’s favor. The Badgers were there with the answer, however, as junior defenseman Jamie McBain sent a slapper past Minnesota goaltender Alex Kangas less than two minutes later. “We could have sulked or put our head down,” Eaves said. “[But] the next line came out, played with real good energy and got a goal pretty quick.”

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Wisconsin senior goaltender Shane Connelly recorded 46 saves in two games over last weekend against Minnesota. After an insurance goal from Wisconsin junior forward John Mitchell that would be the eventual game winner, Minnesota’s junior forward Tony Lucia beat Connelly high with less than four minutes left in the game. For the second night in a row, Connelly refused to be outdone, flashing the leather on a huge Gopher one-timer near the 90-second mark to complete the sweep. “I didn’t look up and watch the

replay, but I heard Blake [Geoffrion] talking to Shane [Connelly], telling him that was a ‘sick save,’” Eaves said. “Sick is good, you know.” With that save, and the other 75 he made over the weekend, Connelly proved he has come a long way since going 3-5 in nine games three seasons ago. More importantly, he and the Badgers proved they have come a long way since starting the season 0-6-1. The save was sick. So was Shane Connelly. And so was the team.

Women’s Basketball

UW drops fifth straight game, falls to Purdue By Alex Lugo THE DAILY CARDINAL

After a rough few weeks on and off the court, the Wisconsin women’s basketball team fell to Purdue 66-49 in West Lafayette, Ind., making it the fifth straight loss for the Badgers. Wisconsin (4-9 Big Ten, 14-10 overall), led by Alyssa Karel’s 16 points, trailed by just six points

at the half, but came out for the second half and fell behind 52-30 with 10:21 left in the game. “We just came out of the locker room and couldn’t put the ball in the basket for quite some time,” Wisconsin head coach Lisa Stone said. “That’s something where our spacing needs to improve a little bit. They really got some rhythm … We gave up way too many


Wisconsin sophomore guard Alyssa Karel scored a team-high 16 points, but the Badgers were not able to pull past Purdue Sunday.

College bball rankings are overrated

points in a short amount of time to start the second half and we just couldn’t get anything going.” With junior forward Mariah Dunham missing from the roster, freshman Anya Covington stepped up in the post and finished the game with 10 rebounds and shooting 4-of-4 from the line with a total of eight points for the Badgers. The Boilermakers (9-4, 16-8), coming off of a 59-47 loss to Ohio State last week, put up 30 points in the first half and continued to rattle the Wisconsin defense. Freshman guard Brittany Rayburn scored 13 while senior forward Lakisha Freeman contributed 12 for Purdue, who outrebounded the Badgers 44-38. While the Badgers were down by just six at the half, they hit a wall in the second and couldn’t get the ball in for more than four minutes until Karel hit a 3-pointer to end the drought. Karel scored three of Wisconsin’s four 3-pointers. “We showed some strength and some will. We talk about breaking things down media [timeout] by media [timeout]. In the first half, after the first two, we were leading in my opinion,” Stone said. “We had some good looks at the basket, only nine turnovers in the first half which is not too bad, but we were strapped by a little bit of foul trouble in the post.” The Badgers have struggled with turnovers this season and finished with 16 that led to 21 points for the Boilermakers. In the first half

Wisconsin shot just 9-of-28, but Purdue struggled as well, shooting 10-of-32. Purdue junior guard Jodi Howell made two 3-pointers, however, as the Boilermakers fashioned a 10-0 run to increase their lead to 21 (50-29) with 11:24 left. While Wisconsin was able to break the Boilermaker run in the second half, they couldn’t stop Purdue for the rest of the game. The Badgers couldn’t get closer than 16 points after that, even though they finished off the game with six points in the last minute. “They were better than we were today, that’s just the way it is,” Stone said. “They scored, we didn’t get out and contest. There are some things we can address both defensively and offensively and we’re getting stronger. “We played with a lot more will than we did a week ago, and this is one that we’ll go back and clip because there are some teaching points defensively. Offensively, we need a little bit better spacing and the ability to attack that zone that they had. We got some good looks in the post but just couldn’t capitalize.” Wisconsin has now lost 21 consecutive games at Mackey Arena and has not beaten Purdue since 1984. The Badgers will look to finally rebound from their losing streak as they prepare to host Penn State at the Kohl Center Thursday at 7 p.m. — contributed to this report.

went home this past weekend to visit my folks who live in the greater Green Bay area. I read in the paper that my favorite childhood collegiate hoops team—the UW-Green Bay Fighting Phoenix—had a game Saturday night against in-state rival UW-Milwaukee. I decided to go to the game and watched the Phoenix narrowly claim a four point victory over the Panthers. The teams are No. 2 and 3 respectively in the Horizon League standings behind nationally ranked No. 15 Butler. While watching the game, I thought about how nice it was to see UW-Green Bay playing well. At a record of 19-6, the school is enjoying its best season since 1995’96, which is the last time it made the NCAA tournament. If Butler loses just one more conference game, the Phoenix will likely be cochampions in the Horizon League. But UW-Milwaukee is doing well also, with a 9-4 conference record and only a handful of losses to solid teams like Marquette, Wisconsin and Butler. They have a shot at winning the Horizon League tournament and making it into the NCAA tournament. Three teams from the Horizon League are looking good this year. Which got me thinking about atlarge bids in the NCAA tournament, and that however unlikely it is, it is feasible that three teams from the Horizon League could make it in. Which got me thinking about how many of the at-large bids are going to the nine former- or currently-ranked Big East teams. Then how many will go to the seven former- or currentlyranked Big Ten teams and the six from the ACC and the five from the Pac-10. And after my thoughts had wandered on to how many different No. 1 teams there have been in the last five weeks and how many times I heard national pundits say UNC could never be beaten, then that Wake Forest could go undefeated, and now that UConn might win out, I eventually had an epiphany. There are an awful lot of overrated college basketball programs this year. I am not trying to say that UNC and Wake and UConn are bad teams. They are all good and all worthy of the top-10 rankings they hold. But to hear Dick Vitale during the game between UNC and Michigan State allude to UNC’s first five bench players as a potential top 25 team on their own is a bit exaggerated. To give Tennessee a No. 14 preseason ranking based on the reputation of last year was a bit overzealous. To continue to have Michigan State mill around as one of the top 15 in the country despite losses to Maryland, Penn State and Northwestern is a bit generous. Horizon League aside—at the risk of hypocrisy—it seems as though every week, one blowout rankings page 7


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