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Monday, March 2, 2009
UW employees seek domestic partner beneﬁts By Melanie Teachout THE DAILY CARDINAL
Several students and university ofﬁcials are stressing the need for UWMadison to join other Big Ten schools in providing domestic partner beneﬁts to employees. Gov. Jim Doyle included domestic partner beneﬁts in his proposal for the 2009-’11 budget cycle Feb. 17. Beneﬁts would provide partners in Wisconsin the right to property inheritance, hospital visitation rights and health insurance, which would speciﬁcally affect UW-Madison employees. UW-Madison is currently the only university in the Big Ten that does not provide domestic partner health beneﬁts to faculty and staff. The health beneﬁt plan proposed in previous budget cycles was dropped each time by the Joint Finance Committee. In 2006, the Wisconsin Legislative Fiscal Bureau estimated the plan’s cost between $7.6 million and $15.2 million per year. According to Chris Daniels, founder of the coalition for the United Council of UW Students, the plan has been treated as an expendable bargaining chip and is an issue the university
has faced for a decade. “Every single program is examined and cuts are made across the board,” Daniels said. “When [people] say we should implement these beneﬁts which are already a little controversial, and it costs a certain amount to implement them, [legislators] then use the budget deﬁcit as an excuse to not implement it.” According to Steve Stern, vice provost for faculty and staff services, the absence of domestic partner health beneﬁts caused UW-Madison faculty and employees to look for career opportunities elsewhere. According to Stern, a former physics and nanotechnology professor left UW-Madison in 2006 to teach at Pennsylvania State. His research and millions of dollars in grants were lost with his move. Stern said other professors left UW-Madison for universities including Cornell and New York University due do the lack of domestic health partner beneﬁts in the UW System. “Not having the beneﬁts hurts beneﬁts page 3
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Hundreds of UW-Madison students gathered at the Shell Friday night for the UW Dance Marathon. The event raised almost $57,000 for the American Family Children’s Hospital.
Students turn out to participate in ﬁrst campus-wide Dance Marathon By Kelsey Gunderson THE DAILY CARDINAL
The Wisconsin Dance Marathon raised almost $57,000 for the American Family Children’s Hospital Friday and Saturday during the overnight dance marathon event at the Shell. The American Family Children’s Hospital, completed in August 2007, is a medical care facility specifically designed for children in Madison. Meghan Marostica, Dance Marathon executive chair, said the Wisconsin Dance Marathon has a specific fund in its name, and the money goes to the patients and family branch of the hospital. Organizers said they are pleased with the outcome of the event, which was the ﬁrst dance marathon at UW-Madison. According to Marostica, UW-Madison set the
record among all Big Ten schools for the amount raised. “It was everything that we as an organization were hoping for and more,” Dance Marathon Public Relations Chair Ellen Vanden Branden said. “We laid a solid foundation for future dance marathons.” Registered dance teams, who raised $100 per team member before the event, participated for 12 hours beginning Friday night at 9 p.m. and ending at 9 a.m. Saturday morning. Guests who paid a fee at the door were allowed to visit with the participants for two hours and join in the entertainment. “We had great attendance,” Marostica said. “And a lot of people stayed the whole time.” Vanden Branden said participants did a great job staying awake and motivated.
“The campus group 80s Dance Zone, performed around 3:30 a.m. and really motivated people,” she said. “Also, our morale captain did a fabulous job keeping everyone energetic.” Adam Wallenfang, Dance Marathon Secretary, said though it was tough to stay focused during the marathon, it was rewarding to see the results of their hard work. “It was hard and grueling at times,” he said. “But it was so worth it at the end when we held up that final amount.” According to Vanden Branden, at the event’s peak, approximately 300 attendees were there, including volunteers, guests and team members. “It was unbelievable,” Marostica said. “It was almost flawless, and everyone had a great time.”
A private donation will bring back the late-night taxi stand located in front of Brothers bar. The stand plans to operate for the rest of the year.
Students receive tips on handling future ﬁnancial issues
Taxi stand will open outside Brothers bar after a donation
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By Abby Sears THE DAILY CARDINAL
A downtown taxi stand will be up and running again Friday night after securing money from a private donor to keep the stand operating for the rest of the year. The late-night weekend stand uses cabs from Madison Taxi, Badger Cab and Union Cab companies to pick up customers at a common meeting spot on the 600 block of University Avenue. Madison’s Alcohol Policy Coordinator Katherine Plominski
said the stand served as many as 700 riders per weekend when it began as a pilot program last April. Despite the initial success of the pilot, the taxi stand struggled to ﬁnd ﬁnancial support needed to continue operating. After a summer hiatus, the stand returned in late August with help from a $1,000 donation from Madison’s Central Business Improvement District, but was forced to shut down when the money ran taxi page 3
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Hundreds of students attended the annual Financial Independence Seminar Saturday to acquaint themselves with pertinent financial information. The seminar, held in Grainger Hall, consisted of lectures focusing on financial management after graduation, credit card debt, the current economic crisis and the economy’s impact on students’ futures. The seminar also provided an opportunity for students to schedule free personal ﬁnancial consultations with ﬁnancial experts. According to Wisconsin
School of Business lecturer Ron Smith, the goal of the seminar was to provide financial guidelines to students, especially those who are graduating in the next two years. “We know that [students] are smart as they can be, but they don’t really understand financial kinds of issues,” Smith said. “We are trying to help them so when they end up here they know how to get rid of their debts, how to start saving money and investing their money.” John Benjamin, vice president and portfolio manager of
Financial tips for students • Try to pay off debts right after graduation • Manage incoming cash ﬂow • Develop a ﬁnancial plan • Learn bookkeeping basics • Keep a ﬁnancial journal • Operate under a budget
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eeling like The Blob in the movie “Heavyweights” isn’t exactly an experience I want repeated, so I have decided it’s time to lose a little weight. Maybe I should explain how I came to be used as a human trampoline. For my friend’s birthday last week, a group of us went laser-tagging. Since there were only four of us, we couldn’t play with just our group and had to join a kid’s birthday party. We were suiting up to go in when a little boy wandered up to me. Not watching where he was going, he ran into my leg. He bounced off slightly stunned, but soon began giggling and ran into my leg again. He began yelling “bouncy bouncy!” and running into my leg repeatedly. Once he had collapsed in a giggle ﬁt, his embarrassed father walked him away. The day after my “Blob” episode,
I went down to the SERF to hit the elliptical for a while. I thought a quick workout would give me a conﬁdence boost, but things only got worse. The cardio room was packed as far as the eye could see. No bike, elliptical or treadmill was left unmanned. I was even more disheartened to see that many of these girls weren’t working out at all. Most were on the phone or reading, and in one case a girl had actually fallen asleep on her bike. It was bad enough that all of them were skinnier than me, but did they have to go and rub it in by drooling on the machine? That’s just rude. With the SERF out of the picture, I headed to the grocery store. I ﬁgured eating healthier could help me shed a few pounds. But I had made another mistake in my get-thin-quick scheme: I had gone to the grocery store hungry. It started with some rice that sounded good for dinner. Then I saw some brats and couldn’t resist. Soon my cart was piled high with pints of ice cream, frozen pizzas and near-expired marshmallow ﬂuff. My only success seemed to be
the ice cream, which was 30 percent less fat. I was getting desperate. I couldn’t do this alone, seeing as I apparently have no desire to eat healthy and no patience for the gym. There was only one person I could turn to now: Richard Simmons. Months earlier, while digging through boxes in my parents’ basement, I stumbled across “Dance Your Pants Off: Sweating to the Oldies 3,” and my personal favorite—for title alone—“Richard Simmons and the Silver Foxes.” I now found these treasures and broke them out again. I donned some spandex and a sweatband and started my journey to become one of the lovely Silver Foxes. Things were going well—until my roommates came home. My buns of steel melted away with my conﬁdence as the girls erupted into giggles. When I turned off the video and started making myself a Slimfast shake for lunch, they only laughed harder. I was demoralized. I sat sadly at the kitchen table, blowing bubbles in my disgustingly thick milk. My friend
Becky showed up soon after and began ridiculing me for my weight paranoia. She went through the stereotypical speech about how I should love myself the way I am, we are all beautiful in our own way, blah blah blah. Nothing was helping. I was about to eat some sympathy ice cream when I heard a bass beat. Becky had turned on her computer and began blasting “Baby Got Back.” I couldn’t help myself; I began to boogie. Two hours of extreme dance-partying later, all my weight worries were gone. No one makes a girl feel special like Sir Mix-a-Lot. Plus, learning the Cotton Eyed Joe, Thriller and the Marcarena probably burned more than one cup of ice cream, and believe it or not was way better than becoming a Silver Fox. So even if a three-year-old had mistaken my lovely curves for blubber, I need only remember that there is someone out there who will want some ’cause I got buns, hun. If you want to have a dance party, especially one that involves Dance Your Pants Off! with Richard Simmons, email Megan at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bufﬁng up the Brein
Sponsored by: Anytime Fitness 301 East Campus Mall (608) 237-2717 We all know a guy who could use some beefing up. You may even be that guy. This semester, over a 12-week span, we will be taking one such man, Ben Breiner (br-EYE-ner), and attempting to strap some muscle onto his gaunt frame. In performing this social experiment, we hope to not only boost Ben’s health, athleticism and confidence, but also provide valuable health and fitness insight and a realistic, average-guy’s step-by-step guide to getting jacked. l
Know when to hold ’em, know when to scold ’em With several weeks of experimenting under his belt, Breiner is ready to push himself. He has met with his personal trainer, who helped him develop a full-body weight-lifting plan that Ben can do every other day for the time being. He has gained a little weight—1.5 pounds—but wants to push it further. The first step will be upping the protein shakes from approximately 23 grams of whey a day to a robust 60-90 grams. “More meals in general,” concluded the Brein. More burritos, double the chicken breast and even more pasta. As his workouts get bigger, so will his meals. In addition to avoiding choco muffins, his favorite, Ben will put a hiatus on cardio. Coming in at just 11 percent body fat, lifting weights and body weight exercises should be enough to get the physique he desires. On Tuesday, the Brein will have his second weekly meeting with his personal trainer, where he will ask about ways to push his workouts even further. Do you have any fitness questions you want the Brein to ask his trainer? Are you curious about whether the Brein prefers Chipotle or Qdoba? Send inquiries to email@example.com
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Although lunges are good for overall ﬁtness and generating muscle, Ben does them for the ladies. Week four full-body workout plan: Bench press—90lbs, 3x8 Lunges—15lbs, 3x10 each leg Bicep curls—15 and 20 lbs, 3x8-10 each arm Squat sits—20 to 25 lbs, 3x15 Tricep dips—3x12
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Ask the Brein a question What keeps you motivated during your work outs? —Jess B. Brein: Being able to look in the mirror and be like, ‘Damn, son.’
The Brein’s week four measurements: Right arm - 10.75" Left arm - 10.9" Chest - 34.7" Stomach - 30.5" Right leg - 20.0" Left leg - 19.5" Body fat - 11% BMI - 22.1 Measurements provided by Anytime Fitness
Week Three Goals -More Protein Shakes -More Chicken -Hit the gym four times -Meet with trainer, discover new ways to expand routine -Sweat during a workout
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Monday, March 2, 2009
Basketball tourney raises hundreds for Special Olympics By D.J. Nogalski THE DAILY CARDINAL
More than 80 UWMadison community members attended Saturday’s basketball tournament at the Southeast Recreational Facility to support the City of Chicago as a candidate for the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Teaming up with the Entrepreneurship and Venture Capital Club, student ambassadors for Students Support Chicago 2016 organized the tournament to raise money for the USA Special Olympics. “[The tournament was] a nice break from homework ... and a great opportunity to get involved.” Chase Kieler basketball tournament winner
The Venture Capital Club helps students on campus get a jump-start in creating their own businesses and provides investment opportunities for creative business ideas. Like the Special Olympics, the club prides itself on providing opportunities that might otherwise not be available to individuals. Zachary Ellman, a student volunteer for Chicago 2016 and president of the Venture Capital Club, said a basketball tournament seemed like a perfect event
to raise awareness. Brett Robbins, a student ambassador and club member, said the beneﬁting organizations and sponsors are either rooted in athletic competition or helping others succeed, making the tournament an ideal alternative to traditional fundraising activities. SERF regulars Nick Weisnicht, Bennett Lang, Chase Kieler and Matt Atkinson were crowned champions after four intense games. Most teams stayed to watch the athletes achieve their 21-15 victory, earning them an opportunity to practice with the Badger men’s basketball team. Like the student ambassadors, the participants also saw the event as an excellent opportunity to beneﬁt a great cause and show their support for Chicago in its bid for the 2016 Olympics. Kieler, who heard about the tournament through a campus e-mail, said the tournament gave him “a nice break from homework on a Saturday and a great opportunity to get involved with causes [he] might not otherwise have been involved with.” After two hours of intense competition and $300 in proceeds, the tournament proved to be a success. Students and participants alike were able to enjoy themselves while simultaneously raising awareness and furthering a unique cause. For more information on how to get involved with Students Support Chicago 2016, visit www. chicago2016.org/volunteer.aspx.
Teach For America to send college grads to Milwaukee public schools Representatives from Teach For America announced Friday the program will assign corps members to public schools in Milwaukee, its ﬁrst location in Wisconsin. TFA plans to bring 90 college graduates to teach in Milwaukee’s highest-need schools over the next three years starting this coming fall, according to a statement, and participants will take classes at Cardinal Stritch and Marquette universities to fulfill teacher’s license requirements. The Milwaukee school dis-
trict is notorious for its disparity in graduation rates between white and black students. A goal of TFA is to level the playing field and reduce this achievement gap. TFA is a national corps of top-notch recent college graduates who commit to at least two years of teaching at urban or rural schools to help reach educational equity. In 2008, more than 50 UW-Madison graduates joined TFA, making the university the third-largest contributor to the program.
Stop-N-Go gas station robbed for the sixth time in the past two years The Stop-N-Go gas station on University Avenue was robbed early Friday morning, making it the sixth robbery at the location since 2007. According to a police report, the robbery occurred at the Stop-N-Go, 5445 University Ave., around 1:45 a.m., when the two robbers entered the convenience store. One of the burglars demanded money and announced he had a weapon with him. The two suspects got away with money and Newport cigarettes. Later, a police dog found the likely ﬂight path of the two robbers, but the suspects were
never found. The ﬁrst suspect is described as a light-skinned black male in his early 20s, around 180 to 190 pounds. He was reportedly wearing a bright blue thighlength jacket with white trim on the bottom, blue jeans and brown shoes. The hood of his coat was tied around his face. The second suspect is described as a dark-skinned black male in his 20s, 160 to 170 lbs., wearing a black leather jacket, blue jeans, black shoes, black gloves and a black winter hat with a brim. This suspect was also reported to have had a deep voice.
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UW-Madison alumni and students perform at the women’s hockey game as part of the WCHA playoff held in Verona over the weekend.
M&I Bank, who was also one of the event’s speakers, said the U.S. is in a severe economic recession and it is important for people to know what to expect. “From my perspective, it is important for students to have the opportunity to see a real world application of what’s being studied in school … especially folks that are going to be graduating and moving out into the workplace,” he said. According to Drew Lake, chair of the Financial Independence program, more than 300 students participated in the seminar. Most participants were students who will graduate in the next few months, but several young undergraduates and post-graduates also attended. “All you have to do is turn on the television or read a paper to know that the economy is horrible right now, and a lot of [students] just know that this is something that they need to learn
about,” Lake said. “We all have to play by the rules of economy and rules of finance.” “It is important for students to have the opportunity to see a real world application of what’s being studied in school.” John Benjamin vice president M&I Bank
Megan Williams, president of the UW-Madison Society of Personal Investments, who has been working with Wisconsin Alumni Student Board, said the Financial Independence Seminar provided students with strategies to better their financial decisionmaking in the future. “[The seminar] really opens your eyes to new information that you really need to know in a couple of years … I just want to enlighten myself with financial information,” Williams said.
Co-founder of Porchlight dies after ice skating fall Friday Coastal engineer and cofounder of Porchlight Inc. Phillip Keillor, 71, died Friday of injuries suffered in a fall at a Madison ice rink 12 days earlier. “What was really important about [Keillor] was his compassion for people in desperate straits.” Steve Schooler executive director Porchlight Inc.
Keillor had accompanied his granddaughter to the ice rink, fell backward and hit his head on the ice, according to his wife Ann-Britt Keillor. The head injury from the fall led to Keillor’s death. In the 1980s, Keillor was a Madison resident who pushed for a homeless shelter after three men died of exposure during one
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severe winter. Eventually, the shelter spawned Porchlight Inc., which helps serve homeless in the Madison downtown area. Steve Schooler, Porchlight’s executive director, spoke of Keillor’s compassion in an interview with the Wisconsin State Journal. “What was really important about him was his compassion for people in desperate straits,” Schooler said. “He saw them as real human beings, not problems.” Keillor spent most of his career at the UW-Madison Sea Grant Institute researching and providing outreach activities on Great Lakes issues. Later in his career, Keillor was a pioneer for the effects of climate change on the Great Lakes. Keillor retired from the institute in 2003. Keillor’s brother is Garrison Keillor, host of the popular radio program, “A Prairie Home Companion.” —Rachel Holzman
our competitiveness,” Stern said. “It is harder to recruit faculty and harder to beneﬁt from the full range of the talent out there so we can guarantee that we’re recruiting the very best people in all ﬁelds to assist our research and teaching mission.” According to Stern, political factions inﬂuenced past budget votes because of a Democratic state governor and Republican-ruled houses in the legislature. “The political atmosphere is different this time,” Stern said. “We don’t have a divided government like before.” The UW-Madison Faculty Senate will address its stance on domestic partner beneﬁts at a meeting Monday. “Given that the governor has included domestic partner beneﬁts in his budget bill, the university committee thought it would be good for the senate to reafﬁrm its position,” David Musolf, secretary of the faculty, said in an interview. “The best way to do that is to review the resolution.” Daniels said several student groups will also be looking for ways to support the inclusion of domestic partner beneﬁts in the budget in the upcoming months. He said the coalition for the United Council of UW Students will be hosting a Day of Action March 25 in support of the beneﬁts. “We’re going to have laptops and cell phones ready for students, faculty and staff to call their representatives, e-mail their representatives or write a letter showing their support … advocating for their representatives to ﬁght for domestic partner beneﬁts,” Daniels said.
taxi from page 1 out at the end of October. Thanks to a private company donation, the taxi stand will now be able to return and run through the rest of 2009. Madison Taxi General Manager and stand supervisor Rick Nesvacil said the money is used to fund a staff monitor who manages the line and dispatches more cabs so customers can get home safely and quickly. “Instead of standing on street corners waiting for cabs, [customers] can walk over to us, they get in line and within maybe ﬁve to 10 minutes we have everybody picked up,” he said. The taxi stand will undergo a few changes from its previous way of operating in order to maximize funding. Plominski said the stand will now run on Friday and Saturday nights from midnight to 3 a.m., eliminating the Thursday night service offered last fall due to comparatively low ridership. Organizers also decided not to run the taxi stand every weekend of the year, instead coordinating its operating schedule with the student calendar. Nesvacil said the stand will run through May and resume service when students return for the fall semester. Enthusiastic about the stand’s revival, Plominski said the service beneﬁts the community in a number of ways, from providing an alternative to drunk driving to improving order in the downtown area on weekend nights. “Everybody hits the streets, everybody’s competing for transportation, for food, for all these other things,” Plominski said of the bar-time rush. “The more efﬁcient the taxis were, the less problems we had because it was just less concentration of intoxicated people.”
Monday, March 2, 2009
Government aids wrong people in housing mess By Cole Wenzel THE DAILY CARDINAL
Our government, and our nation as a whole, has a problem—one that may not even be our fault. It is a problem evident in even the earliest stages of youth. Shortsightedness is this problem—the inability to look past the short-term. It is not hard to believe that this notion is carried forth to ensure personal beneﬁt; this is our psychological motivation for self-interest at work. You are probably wondering what is wrong with personal success. There is absolutely nothing wrong with personal success, but the nation’s problem is far beyond that.
We cannot remedy our economic crisis if we continue to throw taxpayer money at the companies that caused the problem.
At this point, we have all seen the lavish vacation and conference locations for the insurance companies, speciﬁcally the Big Three’s comedic approach to enticing Washington for a share of funds, godly bonuses to executives and ridiculous compensation packages all the same. These are America’s business leaders. Where are they “leading” their companies? Where are they leading this economy? These types of problems have been highlighted in the lectures and lessons of both Accounting 100: Introduction to Accounting and Economics 302: Intermediate Macroeconomics. Most of the frauds we have discussed in these classes revolve around one common idea: earnings management. Earnings management is the timing of revenues, expenses, gains and losses to smooth out bumps in net income. There is a multitude of ways to practice earnings management. The basic idea usually includes meeting earnings/proﬁt projections so that the ﬁnancial records match what the company had predicted and that investors and creditors will remain conﬁdent.
These are America’s business leaders. Where are they “leading” their companies?
My economics course made an effort to emphasize the importance of a corruption-free government in setting up a proper economy for the free markets. A huge barrier to the effectiveness of government industrial policy was the politics involved in the capital markets. My greatest sadness regarding this mess lies with the fact that the preventative tools for economic crises are laid out so plainly in our educational institutions, but people chose to ignore them and satisfy their personal desires. This shortsighted greed may
be most evident in the roots of the crisis: the housing market collapse. I observed a graph that showed median home prices over roughly the last 100 years. Each ﬁgure was adjusted for inﬂation, so most of the prices were somewhere (+/- $20,000 usually) near the $100,000 mark. All of a sudden, from about 2000 to a peak in 2006, there was an unprecedented climb of the median home price from a reasonable $119,600 price to a ballooned price of $221,900. This boom coincided with many sketchy subprime lending practices, allowing many people never previously creditapproved to ﬁnance a house, giving them their ﬁrst opportunity to purchase a home. And from here the snowball occurred. The ﬁnancial institutions were buying these “debtsecurities,” which turned out to be toxic assets. The lending companies were not only approving loans to a whole new breed of people, but at unprecedented price levels—causing, initially, a great room for proﬁt. All of this was done with the intention of making quick and easy money. If it’s too good to be true, then it probably is. So here we are today with millions struggling to pay off their ridiculously ﬁnanced homes, and the institutions who made it all possible are crumbling in shame. Who would have thought, after such a thriving housing economy?
The ﬁnancial institutions were buying these “debt securities,” which turned out to be toxic assets.
What’s more is that House Financial Services Committee Chair Barney Frank is in attempts to deal with the foreclosures, with as much as $50 billion going to relieve these errors made by not only businessmen, but the homeowners who may have been too greedy for their own good, ﬁnancing an item they couldn’t afford. But why not, with the killer rates the government was giving us in those days—an unheard of rate of close to 1 percent for a while. Such a rate might be the root of this problem. Instead of ridding the industries in our national economy of their deceptive and greed-ﬁlled policies and operations, the government has simply reached out to the hardworking people of struggling America, asking them to keep these captains of industry afoot and well. More money doesn’t necessarily ﬁx the problems that led to this disaster. We cannot remedy our economic crisis if we continue to throw taxpayer money at the companies and people who have forced such a situation in the ﬁrst place. Their problems need to be reconciled and operations re-envisioned. Cole Wenzel is a sophomore majoring in business. We welcome your feedback. Please send responses to email@example.com.
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Statewide smoking ban terrible timing by Doyle RYAN DASHEK opinion columnist
few weeks ago, Gov. Jim Doyle released the state budget for the 2009-’11 fiscal years. Included was a particularly sobering estimate of an approximately $5.4 billion budget deficit by the end of June 2011, indicative of the dire economic times faced by not only the state, but also the entire nation. Embedded in the state budget are two particularly controversial bills—one that would extend health-care benefits to domestic partners of state employees, and the other being a statewide smoking ban in public establishments. This would include bars, restaurants and other workplaces where non-smokers would be exposed to cigarette smoke in an enclosed setting. A ban would not only be a health-conscious decision for Wisconsin, but also a sensible one. However, considering the current state of the economy, there is little room on the current state budget for such a proposal, where the only financial benefits will be provided in the more distant future.
Doyle should be focusing on helping taxpayers to relieve economic stress—with the smoking ban, he is only adding to it.
A statewide smoking ban would restore fairness among Wisconsin restaurants and bars. Various cities, including Madison, Middleton and Monona, already ban smoking in restaurants and bars within city limits. However, owners of these establishments complain that it
drives away business since smokers avoid these smoke-free restaurants and bars in lieu of others in cities where a smoke-free ordinance has not yet passed. A statewide ban would level the playing field for all, as well as leave cleaner air for non-smoking patrons across the state. And is it really fair that nonsmokers be subjected to dangerous secondhand smoke? Is it really fair for us to be putting our health at risk every time we go out to eat, or to the bars for a drink, or to work? No, but a statewide smoking ban would bring respect to the rights of non-smokers who wish to not inhale harmful cigarette smoke.
The economic advantages of a statewide smoking ban would not be immediate.
Everyone knows the obvious health-related hazards of smoking and second-hand smoke, so by reducing the amount of secondhand smoke, which occurs so frequently in bars and restaurants, we can reduce the amount of people afﬂicted with diseases and illnesses associated with exposure to cigarette smoke. The state also beneﬁts, as healthier citizens mean lower health-care costs down the road. Of course, the economic advantage of a statewide smoking ban will not be immediate, and few effects will be seen even in the near future. Rather, any financial benefit will come much later, yet Wisconsin residents are struggling now amid current economic issues. So shouldn’t Doyle be more concerned with the current financial state of Wisconsinites rather than what may help us in a few years? Instead, if the budget passes as is, taxpayers will be forced to back the enforcement and enactment of this new law,
and no matter how just it may seem, this is simply an unreasonable burden for taxpayers during a recession.
A statewide smoking ban is smart and responsible, but in the midst of a national recession, it is simply the wrong time.
The government has little right in telling us what we can or cannot do with our bodies, including smoking. However, don’t nonsmokers also have a right as to what goes into our bodies as well? Should we be subjected to secondhand smoke, a proven killer, when we go out to a local tavern or diner? Why must we avoid speciﬁc bars and restaurants to escape the hazardous smoke from cigarettes? And should non-smoking workers be exposed to dangerous secondhand smoke as well while they try to earn a living? After all, these establishments are intended for people to go to drink, eat and socialize, or to work at—they are not intended to be places to smoke. According to the Mellman Group and Public Opinion Strategies, independent survey research firms, roughly 69 percent of Wisconsin residents would prefer a statewide smoking ban. Thus, a statewide smoking ban in public places makes sense, though it has little place on the current state budget. Doyle should be focusing on helping taxpayers by relieving current economic stress—with the smoking ban, he is only adding to it. In the long run, a statewide smoking ban is smart and responsible, but in the midst of a national recession, it is simply the wrong time. Ryan Dashek is a junior majoring in biology. We welcome your feedback. Please send responses to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Monday, March 2, 2009
Documentary soars beyond the competition By Kevin Slane THE DAILY CARDINAL
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New York City pop band Asobi Seksu draws on conventional traits from shoegaze and dream-pop genres, promising a contemporary experience that opens up to listeners by creating space sonically and using heavy distortion.
‘Hush’ cries identity crisis By David Reed THE DAILY CARDINAL
Asobi Seksu’s new album Hush turns away from the band’s previously moody, shoegaze aesthetic, in favor of a more vocally oriented pop sound. This distinction feels akin to splitting hairs; anyone not already familiar with this digitally affected, instrumentally sprawling form will be unable to hear the difference, as both of these elements have been an ever-present staple of the group, and Hush is no exception. Brooklyn-based Asobi Seksu’s name means “casual sex” or “sex for fun” in Japanese, a sentiment oddly absent in the band’s songwriting. Vocalist Yuki Chikudate delivers half-English, half-Japanese lyrics effectively with a bubbly and towering voice. Yet she carries a melancholic undertone as a way of setting the group apart from other afﬁliates of the genre, who are in constant danger of sounding exactly like one another. Chikudate has made herself an integral part of the band’s distinctive sound, which already relies on its talented singer’s voice as the backbone to hold the music together. The fact that Asobi
Seksu have chosen to further amplify this dominant aspect of their music makes the songs onedimensional at times.
Hush Asobi Seksu The distortion and digital reverb, which are expected as mainstays for shoegaze music, take a clumsily noticeable back seat, and when they do become prominent, the disappointment that follows highlights the album’s least effective and ﬂat-out boring sections. The album’s singles, “Me & Mary” and “Familiar Light,” sound more inﬂuenced by Japanese pop acts such as Hikaru Utada rather than other alternative-rock, shoegaze bands such as the oft-compared My Bloody Valentine. Aside from these central tracks, the album gets lost in the background. Hush feels unsure of itself as wholly shoegaze and tries to
overcompensate by expanding the constraints of the genre, only to leave the album feeling unbalanced and schizophrenic. Those snared by the vocal hooks of “Me & Mary” will remain uninterested in the lowkey, dreamy atmosphere of the rest of the album. Those who remain content gazing at their shoes, however, will be surprised when the tempo and vocals pick up and will wonder why this much thought wasn’t put into the other songs on the album. However, at times, these two competing elements do come together and ﬁnd a satisfying harmony. The song “Glacially,” in particular, mixes James Hanna’s oceanic guitar and subdued backup vocals with Chikudate’s, and the two sounds ﬂow together to form a tight, dynamic piece that would make even Kevin Shields sway back and forth in appreciation. This album will cause one to wonder whether the post-rock, dream-pop sound is no longer relevant enough to stand on its own without other influences, or if Hush is merely the result of Asobi Seksu attempting to break free of the constraints of one genre. Unfortunately, no matter what the intention was behind this change of direction, the product has been diminished to mixed results, undoubtedly leaving fans of their previous effort, Citrus, disappointed and confused.
On a fateful summer day in 1974, a French street performer named Philippe Petit pulled off one of New York City’s greatest stunts. With a large group of loyal friends aiding his daring act of performance art, Petit walked on a tightrope strung between the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center. His act was criminal, his skill was undeniable and his stunt unforgettable. Yet, after the horrific attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, this incident has faded from public memory. Now, with James Marsh’s amazing new documentary, “Man on Wire,” Petit’s piece of performance art will become engraved in the public’s subconscious more than ever before. Marsh examines Petit’s act from several perspectives, looking at both the 40-minute tightrope exhibition itself along with the extensive preparation that went into the act. Marsh directs the film in the style of a heist film, a la “The Sting” or “Ocean’s Eleven.”
Even if dry documentaries are not typically your thing, “Man on Wire” brings the excitement of a heist movie.
Not only does Marsh interview Petit, who is still comical and punctilious in his old age, but he also interviews the secondary characters, including Petit’s lover, Annie Allix, and Petit’s closest friend, JeanLouis Blondeau. Watching Petit and Blondeau plan the show is like watching Robert Redford and Paul Newman plan their larcenous scheme in “The Sting.” The difference is that Redford and Newman were motivated by money and revenge, whereas Petit and Blondeau are motivated by the thrill of performance art. But
like “Ocean’s Eleven,” there are many pieces that need to be in the right place to complete the scheme. There are several American pranksters, a few small-time players and the quintessential “inside man,” an insurance agent named Barry Greenhouse who helped Petit get inside the towers. What really sets “Man on Wire” above other documentaries is its refusal to rely on the Sept. 11 attacks as a crutch. If Marsh had wanted, he could have created a narrative tying Petit’s prank into the towers falling and spun some long-winded story about Petit being part of the living memory of the towers. Instead, Marsh makes no reference to the attacks, instead letting Petit and his tightrope speak for themselves. There’s no need to mention the attacks, as simply seeing Petit do his dancing, pirouetting moves thousands of feet above the ground is enough of a reminder of the fragility of life. Mentioning the Sept. 11 attacks would have been overkill, and Marsh widely avoids this association. Overall, “Man on Wire” is a masterpiece. It combines a thrilling story arc with compelling interviews and historical reenactments (including one hilarious pseudo-flashback in which Petit reads about the World Trade Center construction and immediately pictures his prank). It’s no surprise that the film captured the Academy Award for best documentary at this year’s Oscars. Even if dry documentaries are not typically your thing, “Man on Wire” brings the excitement of a heist movie, the visceral beauty of an art film and the thorough storytelling of a documentary all in one film. Audiences of all ages and demographics will love “Man on Wire,” which has cemented itself as the best documentary, and perhaps even the best overall film, of 2008. Grade: A
Viral Videos of the Week Search terms: If Chad “Ocho Cinco” Johnson Played Ping Pong There have been many great viral videos of amazing high school sports plays over the years. This is not one of them. The video features a ping-pong player who gets way too excited about scoring a point and chooses to engage in a minute-long dance to celebrate his accomplishment. The video moves from hilarious to sad when viewers realize that this is the player’s ﬁrst point. Imagine his celebration if he actually did something important.
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Asobi Seksu’s lead singer, Yuki Chikudate, provides a resonant voice that serves as the band’s backbone by creating a unique sound.
Search terms: Mel Gibson in “The Colonel” From “Pac Man: The Movie” to “Minesweeper: The Movie,” the Internet has long adored fake movie trailers. Now, the trend has caught on and has drawn bigger budgets and actors. In a recent episode of “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” Kimmel created a fake movie trailer starring Mel Gibson as Colonel Sanders. The absurd faux-drama that results is hilarious and reminds viewers that Gibson had a sense of humor before “The Passion of the Christ.” It’s ﬁnger-licking good fun.
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Back to Ridder: Wisconsin sweeps OSU to advance By Brandon Storlie THE DAILY CARDINAL
VERONA, Wis.—The venue may have changed, but the result was the same for the No. 2 Badgers this weekend. The Badgers blanked Ohio State with a 7-0 win in front of a standingroom-only crowd Friday night and effectively ended the Buckeyes’ season with a 4-1 victory Saturday at the Eagles Nest. Wisconsin (29-2-5) left little in doubt in the ﬁrst game of the series. Goals from senior defender Rachel Bible and junior forward Jasmine Giles gave UW a 2-0 advantage in the game’s opening minutes, and the Badgers never looked back. “I think our defense, in the past month or so, have stepped it up huge,” junior forward Meghan Duggan said. “They’re stepping up on the blue lines and making great plays.” OSU (8-25-3) struggled defensively in the second period, and Wisconsin took full advantage, putting the game out of reach. Senior forward and team captain Erika Lawler made the game 3-0 early in the period, controlling a loose puck near the crease and jamming it past Buckeye goaltender Liana Bonanno. Near the game’s midpoint, sophomore forward Mallory Deluce stretched the lead to 4-0 when she ﬁred home a rebound off a shot from freshman forward Brooke Ammerman.
analysis from page 8 needed 14 shots to score ﬁve buckets against the Badgers. Owning the glass The Badgers’ size advantage and Krabbenhoft’s strength also helped anchor a strong rebounding effort. Several times Krabbenhoft, who finished with four offensive rebounds and 11 total boards, tore into the paint from the wing
recap from page 8 possessions for the Wolverines that resulted in consecutive missed 3pointers by Sims. Despite some struggles at the line, the Badgers’ six free throws in the last two minutes were enough to pull out the win. Senior forward Joe Krabbenhoft was pleased with his team’s approach defensively with the game on the line. “We were just trying to give them nothing easy,” Krabbenhoft said. “Michigan was saying, ‘We don’t need to force the three,’ so we knew they were going to attack, so guys had to be ready to help and recover real quick. I thought we did a really good job of forcing the tough situations.” Junior guard Trevon Hughes had a team-high 19 points for the Badgers. Ryan was happy with Hughes’ patience and recognition of opportunities. “He was pretty strong with the ball,” Ryan said. “He was opportunistic on his shots; he really didn’t force anything. He had some pretty good looks, and then I thought he made some good decisions on the shot-clock opportunities that he had.” Senior forward Marcus Landry also had a strong performance with 13 points, six rebounds and ﬁve assists. Michigan’s small lineup forced them to pay extra attention to Landry’s inside play. Landry
Duggan added a goal late in the second to put the Badgers up 5-0 and then another in the third, sending the puck off the crossbar and into the back of the net. Senior defender Alycia Matthews recorded her second goal of the year as the game wound down, leading to the eventual 7-0 shutout. “It’s a relief that Rachel [Bible] and I ﬁnally got rewarded for something that we’ve been trying so hard to do,” Matthews said. “Hopefully there will be more of that from us.” With its season on the line Saturday night, Ohio State came out with a new intensity. After surrendering seven goals the night before, OSU kept the Badgers off the board through the ﬁrst period. Unfortunately for the Buckeyes, they were unable to capitalize offensively, and the game remained scoreless into the second. Sophomore forward Hilary Knight broke the silence 8:26 into the second period with her 13th power-play goal of the year to put the Badgers up 1-0. Up two skaters less than six minutes later, Ohio State answered as the Buckeyes’ senior captain Hayley Klassen tipped a shot past senior goaltender Jessie Vetter for the equalizer. Lawler put the Badgers up for good 5:48 into the third when she chipped a puck past Bonanno for the third power-play goal of the night. “[It was] one of those things where to steal the ball from a waiting rebounder. “When a 185-pound guy is boxing out a 228-pound guy, you’re gritty, but it doesn’t make a difference,” Beilein said, adding that his team simply had no way to counter Krabbenhoft’s physicality and strength. Wisconsin only allowed the Wolverines to rebound six of their 30 missed shots and collected one-third of the available offensive rebounds. responded with several key passes. and Ryan said this was a major asset in making Wisconsin’s offense run smoothly. “He moved the ball well and made some good decisions,” Ryan said. “He did a good job of ﬁnding people. On quick cuts, when somebody hit him and then made a rim cut, twice in the ﬁrst half he hit guys for easy layups.” With just two games left in the regular season, Wisconsin will travel to Minneapolis for a Wednesday night matchup with the Golden Gophers.
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Senior forward Marcus Landry showed versatility, dishing out ﬁve assists against Michigan.
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Sophomore forward Hilary Knight scores the opening goal of Saturday’s game against Ohio State. Wisconsin outscored the Buckeyes 11-1 in two games and will play Minnesota-Duluth next weekend. you’re in the right spot at the right time,” Lawler said. “It was kind of a gift. Meghan [Duggan] did all she could to chip that rebound out, and it was right on my stick.”
Lawler and Knight both added empty-net goals in the ﬁnal minute, securing the 4-1 win. With the sweep, Vetter tied a pair of NCAA records: most career wins by
a goaltender (86) and most shutouts in a season (12). She will look to better both marks next weekend when the Badgers advance to the WCHA Final Faceoff in Minneapolis.
A night and day difference After halftime, the Badgers locked down on the complex Wolverine attack. Michigan, which shot over 56 percent in the first half, was held to just 30
percent after the break. Furthermore, that offense. which relies heavily on 3-point shots, connected on only one of 10 attempts from beyond the arc after a strong first-half shooting
performance. Ryan said that in the ﬁrst half his team focused on defending the interior and as a result gave up outside shots, but in the second half, those jumpers stopped falling.
Monday, March 2, 2009
Wisconsin: 9-7 Big Ten, 18-10 overall Michigan: 8-9 Big Ten, 18-12 overall
Up next for UW: Minnesota TV: BTN When: Wednesday, 7:30 p.m.
The defense rests
Wisconsin clamps down in second half to pull away from Wolverines RECAP
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After Michigan’s important win this week over Purdue, the UW men’s basketball team knew it would be tested when the Wolverines visited the Kohl Center Sunday. Michigan fought back from several big deficits, but clutch defense in the game’s final minutes led to a 60-55 win for the Badgers. Wisconsin (9-7 Big Ten, 18-10 overall) jumped out to a quick start, scoring the game’s ﬁrst eight points. The Badgers tried to take advantage of Michigan’s small, four-guard lineup, scoring their ﬁrst nine ﬁeld goals in the paint. At the 12:38 mark, Wisconsin held an 18-9 lead. After a small run by the Wolverines, the Badgers opened up another nine-point lead with less than nine minutes remaining. But Michigan (8-9, 18-12) fought back, led by its two stars, sophomore guard Manny Harris and junior forward DeShawn Sims, who combined for 20 firsthalf points. Michigan outscored Wisconsin 19-8 to end the half and took a 34-32 lead into halftime. The Badgers came out strong defensively to open up the second half, as the Wolverines were held without a ﬁeld goal for the half ’s ﬁrst four-plus minutes. Wisconsin head coach Bo Ryan said his team learned well from some breakdowns in the ﬁrst half. “It isn’t that we changed anything,” Ryan said. “We did some things on the ball-screens—
With accurate passing from their post players, the Badgers forced Michigan out of its preferred defense in the second half of their 60-55 victory. The Wolverines spent the ﬁrst half in a variety of zone defenses, mostly playing a 1-3-1 trap that put pressure on UW’s guards as soon as they crossed the half-court line. This ploy yielded several turnovers, as Michigan came back from an early deﬁcit to built a lead as large as four. However, ball movement through Wisconsin’s post players caused Michigan to use the 1-3-1 only once in the second half. “When you have [Marcus] Landry and [Jon] Leuer … they look right over the top [of the defense],” Michigan coach John Beilein said. “We’re still not tall enough sometimes, even [Joe] Krabbenhoft just looks over the top. So when they start going over the top we said, ‘OK, let’s go straight man-to-man.” That height advantage led to several good looks, as Landry and Leuer often fed each other in the paint from the high post. Leuer’s ﬁnal three shots came from the post, two off Landry’s passes. “I was pleased with the opportunities that we got as a result of pinpoint passing, because it led directly to a basket or a foul,” Wisconsin head coach Bo Ryan said. As the game went on, the Badgers found more ways to get inside against the Wolverine defense, including several times
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Senior forward Joe Krabbenhoft pulled down 11 rebounds and led a Wisconsin defense that held Michigan to 42 percent shooting. tried to do them a little better—sticking to our roles, making the reads. Once we did that, it gave us that run in the beginning of the second half. We got back to continuing what we do and just tried to do it better.” Wisconsin got back to its game on the offensive end as well and held a 48-41 lead with eight min-
utes remaining. But Michigan refused to let the game slip out of control. The Wolverines trailed 5452 with less than three minutes remaining, but once again, Wisconsin stepped up defensively in the clutch, forcing two poor recap page 7
where Hughes simply cut into the lane and ﬁnished at the rim. Michigan’s lineup struggled against a larger group of Badgers, as Wisconsin scored 34 points in the paint. The Wolverines had just one starter taller than 6'6", played mostly guards and often left freshman guard Zack Novak to defend Leuer, who is four inches taller than Novak. Beilein alluded to the fact that the Badgers were simply bigger and stronger, something his squad struggled with. Krabbenhoft shines again As has happened a number of times this season, a coach playing Wisconsin came away from the game complimenting the play of senior forward Joe Krabbenhoft. This time it was Beilein praising his defensive abilities. “He does a great job on every“[Krabbenhoft] does a great job on everybody ... He can give distance to someone like Manny [Harris] and then still keep him from getting into the lane.” John Beilein head coach Michigan men‘s basketball
body,” Beilein said. “He’s got good enough feet … he’s 6'7" with [those] feet, he can give distance to someone like Manny [Harris] and then still keep him from getting into the lane.” Harris entered the game averaging over 15 points per game but analysis page 7
Badgers earn one point against Mavs By Nico Savidge THE DAILY CARDINAL
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Senior forward Tom Gorowsky had two goals and two assists against Minnesota State but could not prevent a tie and a loss.
In an important series for home ice in the WCHA playoffs, the Wisconsin men’s hockey team posted an overtime loss and a tie at Minnesota State, placing even more importance on next weekend’s home series against conference leader North Dakota. By earning one point in the series, the Badgers will now need two points in the coming series to guarantee themselves postseason play at the Kohl Center. Friday’s game may prove even more disappointing should Wisconsin lose home ice, which is awarded to the top ﬁve ﬁnishers in the conference. After a scoreless ﬁrst period, the Badgers jumped out to a 2-0 lead thanks to a pair of power-play goals from sophomore defenseman Brendan Smith and senior forward Tom Gorowsky in the second. They led 3-1 until late in the period, when Minnesota State’s Trevor Bruess scored with 19 seconds to go in the second to bring the Mavericks within one. In the third period, the Badgers appeared to score a goal that would have put them up 4-2 with just
under ﬁve minutes to go, but saw the score waved off by referees who said Gorowsky kicked the puck in. Just over a minute later, Minnesota State’s Kael Mouillierat scored a power-play goal to tie the game at three goals apiece. Just over three minutes into overtime, the Mavericks’ Jerad Stewart scored to give Minnesota State the 4-3 overtime win. The second game of the series saw an impressive comeback from Wisconsin, but ended with another frustrating result. Saturday saw the Mavericks take the early lead, as a pair of goals from Mouillierat put them up 2-0. However. a strong second period DAVIES from junior forward Michael Davies helped erase that deﬁcit. Davies scored of Wisconsin’s ﬁrst two goals to even the game at two, and Gorowsky added a third to give the Badgers a 3-2 lead. But the third period was an issue for Wisconsin again. After a Minnesota State goal that would have tied the game
was overturned —the fifth goal to be reviewed and second to be waved off—the Mavericks scored again with 9:34 to go in regulation. The goal came on the power play, and for the second night in a row the Badgers surrendered a third-period lead. Wisconsin survived the overtime to earn one point from the game and series and extended their winless streak in Mankato’s Alltel Center to six games. Now the Badgers’ focus turns to March 6-7, when the team will face No. 8 North Dakota at home. The Sioux lead Denver by one point for the top spot in the WCHA after earning an overtime win over Colorado College this weekend. The Badgers currently sit fourth in the WCHA standings, one point behind Colorado College and two above a three-team tie for ﬁfth place. St. Cloud State, Minnesota and Minnesota-Duluth have 27 points to Wisconsin’s 29, and if the Badgers can take two points from North Dakota they will guarantee themselves home ice in the ﬁrst round of the WCHA playoffs, which take place March 13-15. —uwbadgers.com contributed to this report.