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UW leaders look past Plan 2008 for diversity UW-Madison campus leaders reframed and broadened the image of diversity on campus through speech and performance Monday as part of the Multicultural Student Coalition’s Hip Hop as a Movement Week. MCSC Financial Specialist Jamie Yancovitz and Associated Students of Madison Diversity Chair Steven Olikara planned the event, bringing in over 50 community members. The forum, “In the Wake: Plan 2008,” focused on the effects of UW-Madison’s earlier 10-year diversity plan, called Plan 2008, and how to move forward
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Number of Dane County homeless rose in 2008
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UW-Madison students Jeffrey Vinokur (left) and James Gavins perform an interpretive dance representing the barriers of race in society at Monday’s “In the Wake: Plan 2008” forum.
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with diversity on campus. “The title has a dual meaning,” Yancovitz said. “A wake is a trail left by a vessel after it passes. It’s also about waking up.” Damon Williams, vice provost for diversity and climate, said the rigid structure of Plan 2008 discouraged people from creating new diversity efforts that may not have fallen under the plan’s speciﬁc goals. “We’ve operated under the plan for so long that folks feel like they have no ability to work outside of it,” Williams said. “It’s about authenticity. It’s about the person in the back of the room looking like they got no swag, and they get
up on the stage and it’s like, ‘Oh my god, I didn’t know they were bringing it like that.’” Looking ahead, Williams said future initiatives should set more open-ended goals. “[Diversity is] something that’s always moving forward,” Williams said. “When you look at diversity as an end you’re just counting heads. If you look at it as a means you’re talking about something much more deep and entrenched.” Olikara said the university should look beyond race and economic status as determiners of diversity and diversity page 3
The estimated homeless population increased 17 percent last year in Dane County, but the effects of the recent recession on these numbers has yet to be seen. According to new data obtained by Madison’s Community Development Block Grant Ofﬁce, the total estimated homeless in Dane County jumped from 6,410 in 2007 to 7,529 in 2008. This is the largest homeless population since 2003, and homeless children and parents outnumber single men and women for the ﬁrst time since 2002. The data also show nearly half of the area’s homeless were turned away without shelter last year. Nevertheless, the number of homeless served in shelters increased from 3,432 in 2007 to 3,894 in 2008. A survey conducted by the CDBG shows the varying reasons for each subpopulation seeking shelter in Madison. The most common reason
HOMELESSNESS IN DANE COUNTY 3,635 3,207 2,484
INDIVIDUALS TURNED AWAY FROM SHELTERS
UW-Madison students Eric Maloney (left) and Brett Wisniewski (center) perform as part of their band The Nod during All-Campus Party’s Battle of the Bands on Engineering Mall Monday. The band won and will open for OK Go at the Overture Center Friday night. LORENZO ZEMELLA THE DAILY CARDINAL
CHILDREN IN SHELTERS
SOURCE: MADISON COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT BLOCK GRANT OFFICE
Survey shows signs of recession possibly winding down in U.S. By Claire Wiese THE DAILY CARDINAL
for families and single women seeking emergency shelter was “violence or threat of violence.” Single men reported they were seeking shelter most often as a result of “no or low income.” For homeless youth, “conﬂicts with family/roommate” was mentioned by nearly 75 percent of those seeking emergency shelter. Interestingly, the number of single men served, who were most likely to report ﬁnancial troubles as their reason for seeking shelter, decreased slightly last year. Sue Wallinger, CDBG grants administrator, said the poor economy has not yet had an inﬂuence on the numbers of homeless in the Madison area. “People assume that when the economy gets bad, the homeless numbers are going to go up,” Wallinger said. “I think there is that potential, but right now I think the people that we’re seeing is the people we always see, the people who have been poor for a long time.”
The United States’ recession may be easing off, according to a survey released Monday by the National Association for Business Economics. According to a survey summary, “Key indicators—industry demand, employment, capital spending and proﬁtability—are still declining, but the breadth of decline is narrowing. Declines still outnumber gains, but fewer ﬁrms are reporting declines and more are reporting gains.”
The survey, which has been polling national companies since the early 1980s, “does a fabulous job of capturing what is happening in the real economy,” Shawn DuBravac, an analyst for NABE, said. DuBravac also said responses improved slightly since NABE’s last survey in January, even though overall numbers were still negative. He added even though some factors remain negative, the rate at which the economy is economy page 3
Wis. congressmen award staff bonuses By Megan Orear THE DAILY CARDINAL
Several Wisconsin congressmen gave tax-funded bonuses to their staffs during the end of 2008, according to a watchdog group. When a congressional office has a surplus of funds, it can either spend them or relinquish them, and most Wisconsin federal lawmakers spent that surplus in the form of bonuses for employees, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
reported Monday. U.S. Reps. Tammy Baldwin, DWis., Gwen Moore, D-Wis., Jim Sensenbrenner, R-Wis., and Tom Petri, R-Wis., increased payrolls by more than 20 percent. Petri spent over $100,000 on bonuses and raised salaries by as much as $14,000 per staffer, according to databases compiled by LegiStorm, a watchdog website that works bonuses page 3
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hile divulging every embarrassing detail of your personal life at the expense of your relationships, privacy and dignity once a week for two years may seem like a simple task, but it actually requires quite a bit of dedication.� In addition to relevant experience and good references, potential employers often look for evidence of loyalty or commitment when reviewing candidates.� Assuming I’m not offered head writer at the Onion right out of school,�or at least Dan Savage’s apprentice, I have to ﬁgure out a way to�capitalize on my column writing experience without actually saying what I’ve really been doing: ﬁnding different ways to show the world I’m a�creepy weirdo in hopes that someone will ﬁnd it funny and my family will continue speaking to me.� I’ve spent the past few days trying
to ﬁgure out how to achieve�this enigmatic balance along the various steps of the job application process.�� Resume (reporting)�� Page Two columnist, The Daily Cardinal 2007-2009� Kept my peers informed in a weekly column on student issues including how to be an underage drinker at 22, awkwardness in social�situations with Badger Herald staff and sexual attraction to household appliances. Resume (public relations)�� Page Two columnist/Self Promoter 2007-2009� With my cunning wit alongside frequent references to my large breasts �and protruding buttocks, I turned around quite a proﬁt this year in the selling of self industry. My keen marketing skills allowed me to skip�right over the entry level street corner position and start as a call girl. Cover Letter (newspaper)�� Dear Mr. Whoever,�� My experience as a Page Two columnist at the Daily Cardinal taught me to �be an independent and innovative writer. My readers came to see me as a
respectable authority in making an ass of myself. When I felt that�I was running low on ideas, I coaxed my friends and family into revealing to me their most intimate secrets and then printed them. This experience also turned me into an extremely independent person, as most�of my relationships came to an end because of “trust issues,” although I�think people were just jealous of my talent. As a reporter at your newspaper, you can be sure I will never hesitate�to exploit my sources or any personal relationships I have for the good�of the story. I will also sell my body for interviews. Cover Letter (public relations)�� Dear Whatever,�� All the popular kids at my school were Page Two columnists. I am a Page �Two columnist. Buy my supersexy four-speed blender and you’ll be popular too.�See how I did that? It’s all about logical reasoning, which they taught�me well during my years as a Daily Cardinal columnist. It’s like�going from point A to B and then B to C. I took advantage of this tactic on a weekly basis while writing my column. For example, I often write about my boyfriend, Jeff, in my column.
One time, a hot Coors promotion girl hit on him in an elevator but he turned her down because of me, his girlfriend. Therefore, in my column I concluded that I am hotter than all the promotion girls in Madison. I also beat her with my four-speed blender, and that makes me hot and awesome. Also, I think it would be to your advantage to have a campus celebrity on your team. Once my picture started appearing alongside my column once a week, I could hardly go anywhere without being trailed by the paparazzi or signing dozens of autographs. There’s also an active student organization here in Madison dedicated to worshipping me called Taking Kiera Businessism. You should also know that I’m a dedicated self-starter. I began a new religion/student org on campus that is petitioning to make every Tuesday when my column runs a national holiday. We currently boast three loyal members. Me, the founder/president, my boyfriend, Jeff, and Penelope, my guinea pig. E-mail President/Founder of Taking Kiera Businessism at firstname.lastname@example.org to join the club.
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Deer Cardinal, Got any good ﬁrst date ideas now that spring has sprung? —Ernie D. Monamaloola Ernie, Woo-woo! Ernie’s on the prowl! Is she cute? Have you Facebook friended her yet? Is she Catholic (remember what your dad said!)? Gonna try to hold her hand? Did you tell your mom you’re in love yet? I’m just giving you shit, E-spot. Way to go. I bet you’ve been crushing on this girl ever since your roommate made out with her at that house party and now you’re gonna make it rain on that ho. Rain charm and chivalry, that is. True, if you two are meant for each other, it shouldn’t matter what you do, but a crappy ﬁrst date has a funny way of making people not meant for each other. Madison doesn’t have as
many things to do with a date as, say, a real city, but that just means you have to get creative. I save my seal-the-deal secrets for my lucky ladies themselves, but I’ll give you a list of some other wonderful ways to enjoy the sights and sounds of Madison with someone you don’t know very well: walk to the Chocolate Shoppe (a great way to tell her you don’t think she’s too fat), bike to the Arboretum (if you can ﬁnd it), stroll the Farmer’s Market with her (you can easily lose her in the crowd if things go sour), shoplift from the feminist bookstore together, kayak on Lake Mendota (on drugs!), grab dinner at Pop’s Club and then ice cream at Ed’s after (offer to put it on your Wiscard), tour the Capitol (if she’s over 60), mate, drink all day in Ram Head, nap on the benches at Peace Park, and last but never least, go to
Middleton! Deer Cardinal, MTV has a college life show about Madison students; what does this mean for me? —Max B� everything you do. This year ,some lucky freshmen got to have this Max, experience blown way out of proporThat depends. Are you one of tion by the presence of video cameras. those students? Then everyone is This doesn’t really mean much for the going to know you drink too much, rest of us, it will just conﬁrm what complain a lot, and have a strange we already know about Madison and social life. Good luck getting a job. If we get to tell our parents one more you aren’t one of those students only lie: “No, that’s not what it was really the people you meet will know you like.” The truth is most of us can’t drink too much, complain a lot, and really be sure what it was really like. have a strange social life. Everyone These few students will at least have basically had the same freshman year a record. —drinking all the time, living in a crappy dorm that was way too Got a question for the Deer Cardinal? Ehot, and lying to your parents about mail email@example.com.
Sexual Assault Awareness Month Fact of the Day: Seventy-ﬁve percent of women raped are between the ages of 15 and 21. Tuesday, April 21, 2009
AIDS epidemic not just in poor countries, students say By Casey Christian THE DAILY CARDINAL
Over 30 UW-Madison students and faculty gathered in Grainger Hall Monday to join a panel discussion on AIDS. Project 40/40 and AIESEC hosted the panel, which aimed to address common misconceptions about the growing epidemic. Meena Zia, a UW-Madison junior, said many people think AIDS is only associated with poverty-stricken areas in Africa, when in reality it is a growing epidemic in the Western world. “It’s not just poverty, it’s not just education, it’s not just policies. It’s all those mixed together. Everyone talks about a poverty trap, but it’s an AIDS trap,” Zia said. Zia spent last summer in the West African county of Ivory Coast with HIV-positive orphan children whose parents had both died from AIDS. Raisa Koltun, a UW-Madison graduate student, said she spent time in Russia and helped try to tackle the growing rates of AIDS in Eastern Europe. Koltun said the effectiveness of condoms, though important, will not curb the rates of HIV infection by itself. “There are a lot of people that still have this notion that giving out condoms is going to make people have safe sex. I think that just really hasn’t worked out as well
as people think,” Koltun said. Koltun pointed to issues like unprotected sex and sexually transmitted diseases that are prevalent in places like college campuses, including UW-Madison. “Raising awareness is the ﬁrst step with students who have the ability to make changes,” she said. Geraldine O’Mahony, a UWMadison Ph.D. student, spent time educating youth in several African countries about the AIDS epidemic and was also a nurse in the Bosnian Civil War. O’Mahony said rape can act
as a form of genocide in African countries when HIV-positive individuals engage in unprotected sex with uninfected individuals. “On average, rape happens in South Africa every seven seconds,” O’Mahony said. According to O’Mahony, HIV transmission is also rising among young people in Western Europe. AIESEC is one of the world’s largest student organizations. Project 40/40 works with HIVpositive individuals in Uganda and also works with former President Clinton’s HIV initiative.
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Panel discussion participant and UW-Madison junior Meena Zia said AIDS is not limited to countries with poor economic status.
Walker expected to announce run for governor Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker, a likely GOP candidate for governor in 2010, is expected to announce his candidacy next week. Walker’s campaign sent out an announcement Monday to pubWALKER licize a series of events throughout the state Tuesday, April 28, in which Walker will make a “special announcement.”
His campaign office did not return calls as of press time to specify the nature of the announcement, which will be made five days before the Republican state convention. However, Walker is a presumptive GOP candidate and will likely announce his candidacy next week, according to the Associated Press. Another likely Republican gubernatorial candidate is former U.S. Rep. Mark Neumann, RWis., who ran against U.S. Sen. Russ Feingold, D-Wis., in 1998.
Jim Klauser, former top aide to former Gov. Tommy Thompson, sent out an open letter Monday saying out of all the prospective candidates, Neumann “is best able to win and govern well.” Meanwhile, Gov. Jim Doyle has yet to announce a bid for re-election. “The governor is not focused on politics right now,” Doyle campaign spokesperson Mike Edmondson said. “He is working hard to preserve education, health care and public safety without raising taxes on average Wisconsin families at this point.”
diversity from page 1 instead look at students holistically to encourage diversity of perspectives and backgrounds. “There’s this language that we use on campus that effectively separates students, that establishes these identities that we want everyone to fall into. But the reality today is that people fall into multiple identities,” Olikara said. He said the university could attract more diverse students by bringing out the diversity of ideas already existing on campus, which he said is often lost
economy from page 1 decreasing has slowed. To illustrate this phenomenon, the summary explains that the net rising index for industry demand, which is the net difference between the number of companies reporting rising demand for their products and the number reporting a decline, improved from -28 to -14. Dennis Winters, chief of the state Department of Workforce Development’s Ofﬁce of Economic Advisors, said this information, though helpful for businesses, is not necessarily indicative of the economic situation in Wisconsin. “We don’t have a lot of specific numbers,” he said. “We see at the
bonuses from page 1 toward transparency in Congress. According to a statement from LegiStorm, bonuses are not uncommon for congressional staff but lawmakers seemed to reward their staff in record numbers in 2008 and the average staffer was paid 17 percent more in the last 3 months of 2008 than the rest of the year. Niel Wright, spokesperson for Petri, said the bonuses were merely “salary adjustments” made within a previously allotted budget. “Rep. Petri tries to economize in spending in general early in the year in order to make sure that all bills are paid. Later in the year when it’s clear that the office is on budget, he can readjust the salaries to make sure that everybody is paid at a rate compa-
behind the numbers. “There are a lot of students who decide not to attend UW-Madison because of these poor perceptions of the university,” Olikara said. “We can change our message on campus ﬁrst. That word gets out to high school students.” Williams said the university will include students in further analyzing Plan 2008 in the next school year. “We will be laser-like focused when students get back in the fall to have conversations about why things failed and what we’re going to do moving forward,” Williams said. national level that we’re still on a downward path.” Winters added there are a few studies that agree with the ﬁndings of the NABE survey but none were signiﬁcant enough to prove a trend of improved economic conditions nationally and statewide. Because Wisconsin is not dependent on one industry, the state will face a better economic situation in the future than other states, according to Winters. “[The economy] is pretty spotty regionally, but Wisconsin is pretty well diversiﬁed economically,” he said. DuBravac said though the survey points to an improvement in the economic trend, the national situation could still turn more negative in the near future. rable to other staffers in Congress who have similar experience and skills,” he said. Similarly, Baldwin spokesperson Jerilyn Goodman said after budgeting for staff salaries, roughly $3,000 per staffer is left over at the end of the year. “After all constituent services have been covered, we review the budget to determine whether sufficient funds are still available to pay the full budgeted compensation. If so, the payment is made at the end of the year, typically in a single lump sum payment,” she said. U.S. Sen. Russ Feingold, DWis., and U.S. Rep. Dave Obey, D-Wis., both have a long-standing policy of not awarding bonuses. “It’s always been his policy,” Feingold spokesperson Zach Lowe said of the senator.
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Charity that won’t cost a hundred challah Campus chapter of Challah for Hunger bakes and sells fresh bread to ﬁght social injustice By Ariel Kraut THE DAILY CARDINAL
Challah, traditional Jewish egg bread eaten on the Sabbath, is quite the delicious basis for a gourmet batch of French toast. But one nationwide student group is taking challah beyond its not-so-basic breakfasting purposes. Challah for Hunger, a non-profit organization, sells freshly baked challahs each week in order to “raise awareness of and money for hunger and disaster relief.” Through the sale of this tasty braided egg bread, money is donated to disaster relief in Darfur in order to help the oppressed Muslim communities living there in extreme poverty. The proceeds also go toward educating campuses about the genocide in Sudan and ways that they can help the cause. Eli Winkelman, a Jewish student attending Scripps College in California, founded Challah for Hunger in October 2004. When Eli and her friends realized the bread they baked for fun could actually become a sellable product, the student group set up shop once a week in the Scripps cafeteria’s kitchen. Based on the Jewish commandment of Tzedakah, loosely translated as charity and justice,
Challah Bread Courtesy of JewishRecipes.corg
3 cups water (120-130 degrees) 2 pkgs. (4 1/2 tsp.) bread machine yeast 2 tablespoons sugar 1 tablespoon salt 1 egg 8 to 10 cups all-purpose ﬂour In mixing bowl add 4 cups flour, yeast, sugar and salt. Stir and then add the water. Blend mix and then add the egg, beating until smooth. Add at least 4 more cups flour and stir it in. Put dough on flour-covered surface and knead, adding more flour as needed until smooth and elastic; anywhere from 8 to 10 minutes. Place in a large, greased bowl, cover with plastic wrap and let rise until double in size. Punch down, divide into two equal amounts. For regular Shabbos loaves, divide each piece into three pieces, roll and then braid the three sections together. Place in a 9 x 13 baking dish with at least 2-inch sides. This will give you a nice high loaf. For Rosh Hashana, roll each piece into a round shape, and place on baking sheet. With a sharp knife, cut three slits in the top of the loaf (for decoration). Allow loaves to rise approximately double in size while oven preheats to 375 degrees. Whisk one egg and baste the egg mixture on top of the loaves once they have risen. Sprinkle with poppy seeds or sesame seeds. Bake 40 minutes.
Challah for Hunger is carrying out an ancient Jewish practice of giving food to the poor. Since the biblical process is a little outdated—save a corner of your crops to give to the impoverished—CfH has updated the process. Since the organization’s founding, chapters across the country have met weekly to bake bread and then sell it to their communities. Challahs are available in a variety of yummy ﬂavors, including “Instead of just donating money, you are engaging in activities and people get something back.” Sarah Weil co-founder Madison Chapter of Challah for Hunger
plain, chocolate chip, peanut butter chocolate chip, parsley sage rosemary thyme, and cinnamon sugar, depending on the chapter. Challah for Hunger was even given a nod from Bill Clinton in his book “Giving.” An organization of Jewish students working together to help an endangered Muslim society is both “touching and relevant,” according to our former president. There are chapters of Challah for Hunger at 19 universities across the United States, including
one at UW-Madison. Co-founders Sarah Weil and Emily Albun started the UW-Madison chapter this past school year. “It seemed like a lot of fun and something that would work really well at Wisconsin,” Weil said. After teaming up with Albun and working to get student-organization status in the fall, the two recruited volunteers and started baking challah at the beginning of spring semester. More than simply collecting coins, “I think that Challah for Hunger is a great organization because it allows you to become involved in a good cause while also meeting people and making something delicious,” Wiel said. “Instead of just donating money, you are engaging in activities and people get something back.” The Hillel Center for Jewish Life on Campus co-sponsors Challah for Hunger. “We meet at the Towers kitchen on Tuesday nights to make dough, allow it to rise overnight and go back Wednesday night to braid and bake it,” Weil said. “We usually have 5-10 volunteers and make anywhere from 15-40 challahs depending on our orders.” As of right now, only plain and raisin-ﬂavored challahs are available, but look out for more ﬂavors coming soon. Ordering the challahs is easy. Orders can be placed on the Hillel website, $3.25 for regular and $4.25 for raisin, or extras can be bought
Squeaky cheesecurds and jam are here again at the outdoor farmers’ market CLAIRE WIESE chocolate e’claire
he Dane County Farmers’ Market is a long-standing tradition in Madison. For those of us searching for signs of spring, the farmers’ market is a wonderful reminder that summer is also on its way. From mid-April through early November, Saturday-morning voyagers make their way to Capitol Square. Here, eager eyes and wallets are poised to buy inseason produce, meat products, cheese, ﬂowers and so much more. My ﬁrst trip to the farmers’ market was early in my freshman year, and despite the early wake-up call, I have been a regular market-goer ever since. The hardest part for me is that my alarm goes off earlier on those warm Saturdays than it does when I have to get up for class. However, in order to get the most for your time, getting there before 8 a.m. really pays off. Since the actual selling starts at 6:30 a.m., the most sought-after booths deﬁnitely lose selection right away. However, there is a silver lining— being able to go back to bed after buying my coveted squeaky cheese curds is truly a wonderful feeling. So, you made it to the square, canvas bag in hand. Now what? Go buy stuff! No matter what your favorite food is, you’ll be able to ﬁnd some-
thing that tickles your taste buds. I’m not kidding—there are booths that sell beef, chicken, venison, rabbit and ostrich. Other farmers sell in-season produce, ranging from cucumbers to mushrooms to tomatoes (and most are all-natural and pesticide-free.) Meat and produce are nice, but the market has other food and specialty items as well. Other homemade items such as honey, jam, maple syrup and pies are sold at various points, often by a few different vendors. You can even buy dozens of types of ﬂowers, all within a student’s price range. All the food vendors occupy the outside ring of the Capitol Square sidewalk, but they are not the only attraction of the farmers’ market. The inside ring is ﬁlled with tables dispersing political (and often activistbased) information. These tables ﬁll the area during campaigns but are also focused on issues such as abuse and civil rights. If you look across the street, other non-market vendors, food stands and musicians hoping to snag some attention and a few bucks from those either coming to or leaving the square add to the ambiance of the mornings. Overall, the farmers’ market is a wonderful place to support local merchandise and get out in the sun. Whether you’re there for one thing or 20, you’ll be sure to ﬁnd exactly what will keep you going until next week. Circling the Capitol in search of the freshest next Saturday? E-mail Claire at firstname.lastname@example.org and make plans to see her there.
directly at Hillel on Thursdays between 11 and 4. If placing an order online, be aware that registration closes weekly Wednesdays at 3 p.m. Orders registered after 3 p.m. will be considered for the following week. According to their website, “Challah for Hunger envisions young people all over the country—our future community and business leaders—who are aware of and sensitive to human suffering
and committed to relieving that suffering and changing the systems responsible for such conditions, through the integration of business and social justice practices.” “I hope that we have started a base that will grow in future years and become a large presence on campus,” Weil said. To ﬁnd out how you can get involved, go to challahforhunger.org or contact Hillel.
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Like at UW-Madison, chapters of Challah for Hunger across the nation gather together to bake this homemade classic egg bread for a noble cause.
New Albums of the Week Even though The Daily Cardinal reviews tons of albums each week, there are still many new releases which slip through the cracks. Here are some of the best new albums coming out this week, including our editor’s pick of the week. New Releases Art Brut - Art Brut vs. Satan Depeche Mode - Sounds of the Universe Jane’s Addiction - A Cabinet of Curiosities Lacuna Coil - Shallow Life Pet Shop Boys - Yes Rick Ross - Deeper Than Rap Super Furry Animals - Dark Days / Light Years Editor’s Pick: Tinted Windows - Tinted Windows The most intriguing thing about Tinted Windows is their eclectic lineup. Every member of the group is an established star, but each has a unique style. Who knows what will happen when you combine James Iha of Smashing Pumpkins, Hanson’s Taylor Hanson, Cheap Trick’s Bun E. Carlos and Adam Schlesinger of Fountains of Wayne? The ﬁrst single, “Kind of a Girl,” features elements of each band member’s style, but feels most like a Fountains of Wayne song. Still, the band promises a stripped-down, high-energy record that is nothing like anything the four members have done before.
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
A music buyer’s dilemma DALE MUNDT croco-dale rock
ast Saturday was national Record Store Day. I’m only moderately ashamed to admit that I didn’t patronize any of the local record stores. Although I am in love with some romantic ideal of what record stores are like (probably due to repeated viewings of “High Fidelity”), I couldn’t tell you the last time I bought an album from a record store. It’s simple, really. I don’t have money to buy music. And while that might stop me from getting music at record stores, it doesn’t stop me from getting music. The problem is, if I paid full retail value for all of the music I acquire, I would be shelling out between $80 and $120 dollars every week. That’s a part-time job. Hell, if I didn’t pirate music, I would
have to sell coke just to support my music habit. I do feel a little guilty about not paying for music. Anybody who knows a musician who is struggling to make ends meet understands that guilt. I know they pour time and effort and money into making their music, and I think they should be compensated for their efforts. I try to go to concerts and buy stuff from the merchandise table, but I know that isn’t enough. That’s where record labels come into play. Since record labels are uniquely suited to provide the ﬁnances necessary to record, tour and market music, getting signed by a record label is generally a good thing for musicians. In fact, the bigger the label that signs you, the more likely you will have better resources. So I understand the logic of artists who sign with big, corporate labels. On the other hand, a record label is a business. In business, your goal is to make money. In the music business, you do that by only
funding artists who will sell lots of albums and concert tickets. A band that uses crazy instrumentation or only wants to make concept albums based on 14th century Italian epic poetry isn’t a good ﬁt for the record label’s business model, regardless of what artistic strides the band is making. Those bands simply aren’t a good investment for the label. But does that mean bands shouldn’t explore new ideas about instrumentation or concept albums?
Hell, if I didn’t pirate music, I would have to sell coke just to support my music habit.
Personally, I’m very interested in bands with unique styles and bizarre cultural references. But do I have a valid voice in this conversation, since I already admitted that I don’t pay for my music? If I can oversimplify this problem, it seems to me that there are three major players in this dilemma: the musican, the label and the consumer. The musician wants to be able to make music without having to worry about money. The label wants to make money by ﬁnancing the musician and delivering the music to the consumer. The consumer wants to get the music, but has limited resources. When the consumer pirates music, neither the label nor the musician gets paid. But paying the record label for music and assuming the musician will be better off because of it feels a little bit like Reaganomics. This explanation obviously doesn’t cover alternative distribution models made possible by technology, smaller labels that cater to a speciﬁc niche market or the complex factors that inﬂuence marketing and distribution. But I think it highlights the basic problem—there are three different players with three radically different goals. Why should we be surprised when there is conﬂict?
I try to go to concets and buy stuff from the merchandise table, but I know that isn’t enough.
Although I feel slightly guilty toward musicians, I feel no responsibility toward the record labels. I hope that someday I’ll have enough discretionary income to purchase my music, but I’m not going to wait. I understand why the record labels feel well within their rights to prosecute downloaders, and I sympathize with the constant struggle of musicians trying to proﬁt from their art. How does this affect local record stores? I don’t know. I think they are vital as a source of local and independent music. I see them as an important resource for any music collector. I believe they form an important link in the local music community. Most of all, I hope they are still around when I have the money to pay for the music I love so much. Want to lend Dale some money to support his music habit? Wire him some at email@example.com.
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Tuesday, April 21st, 2009
Hungry Hungry Hippo
By Eric Wigdahl firstname.lastname@example.org
© Puzzles by Pappocom
Angel Hair Pasta Classic
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Sid and Phil
By Alex Lewein firstname.lastname@example.org
Solution, tips and computer program available at www.sudoku.com.
Fill in the grid so that every row, every column and every 3x3 box contains the digits 1 through 9. The Daily Code
a day late
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“Hsr’x psso ex qi, M’q jygoih yt sr gsvr fvieh.” Quote from Weeds Yesterday’s Code:
“But as for me, I wish that I was anywhere with anyone, making out.”
Today’s Crossword Puzzle
The Graph Giraffe
By Yosef Lerner email@example.com
By Caitlin Kirihara firstname.lastname@example.org
Answer key available at www.dailycardinal.com HAPPY ON THE INSIDE ACROSS
1 Word with “souci” or “serif” 5 Mississippi River transport 10 Chihuahua change 14 Lint grabber 15 Academy offering 16 The Babe 17 “Petrushka” composer Stravinsky 18 Unsettled one 19 Well-known times 20 Crowe played one 23 Period of time served 24 Caterpillar rival 25 Country west of Togo 28 Coastline feature 32 Ararat lander 35 Asian nation 38 Tropical fruits 41 Agile 42 Florida national park 44 Word in the society pages 45 Stairway post 46 “All systems go!” 49 Brainy bunch 52 Russian spirit 56 Painters’ necessities 60 Feeding tubes? 61 Maker of cameras and copiers 62 Black, in verse
63 Seamus Heaney’s land 64 Be constructive? 65 Amusement park annoyance 66 Mysterious loch 67 Tend to a loose shoelace 68 Gang follower? DOWN
1 Ruins 007’s martini? 2 Insider’s vocabulary 3 Watts at the movies 4 Leaped 5 Shout in a game of cowboy 6 Over the hill? 7 Fast month, for some 8 A, e.g. 9 Youngest Munster 10 Puts on an act 11 Continental monetary unit 12 Wishing object 13 “I see” words 21 Variable degree 22 Cantata solos 26 Famous murder victim 27 Org. that’s out to launch? 29 Revolutionary Trotsky 30 “For ___ - with Love and Squalor” 31 Quaker pronoun
32 The last word in worship 33 Enthusiastic review 34 Was acquainted with 36 Delight 37 Da Vinci model 39 Unseen trouble makers 40 Gave the twice-over 43 It featured Friday on Thursdays 47 It may have bonus features 48 Sings in peak form? 50 Miss Congeniality, compared to the others 51 Trap for small game 53 Payment option 54 Danish coin 55 Moore’s editor 56 Marsh mallow toaster’s necessity 57 He gave us a lift 58 Centers of great activity 59 Poker buy-in 60 Branch of Buddhism
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Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Breathing life into MTV’s ‘College Life’ By Dave Heller THE DAILY CARDINAL
Last week, MTV dropped its much-anticipated bombshell with the premiere of “College Life,” filmed right here at UWMadison. Without going into too much detail, we saw an edited and chronologically inaccurate compilation of partying, relationship trouble and problems assimilating to the local culture, all through the stories of four freshmen. The general student consensus afterward was a resounding two thumbs down. The complaints range anywhere from “boring” and “nauseating” to “inaccurate.” Some of these comments are subjective, but to call the show inaccurate might not be completely fair, considering it’s about the life of a ﬁrst-semester freshman. What is apparent through the funky time lapses, which not-soseamlessly jump from the ﬁrst days of college in August to the mid-October Ohio State football game, is that the show’s editors are concentrating the social lives of the featured four to maximize their entertainment value. In that sense, the show is inaccurate. However, looking at the events existentially, what actually transpires accurately represents the life of a ﬁrst-semester freshman better than anyone would like to admit, especially the administration. In fact, the show might even do the university a favor in its selection process, considering there are more replicas of the slacker Kevin living in freshman dorms, while an abstinent and alcohol-free Andrea is not nearly as common. While the finished product
is remarkably superficial and trashy, it’s a show on MTV’s late-night lineup, so nobody should be particularly surprised. But for those crying about the misrepresentation of the student body, consider the reality: these are first-semester freshmen whose social lives throughout one semester are concentrated into a few short segments. The administration would never point to first-semester freshmen as accurate representatives of the school anyway, so losing sleep over the dramatic exploits of some college rookies is not worth the time or energy. For the administration and others who are concerned with the university’s image, take a reality check. While it’s not explicitly stated as maybe it should be, the show isn’t about college. It’s about the issues surrounding the first semester of living under limited supervision on a college campus in the state that drinks more than any other. The culture is not particularly admirable, but it is what it is. And yet, for all those who are adamantly opposed to the show, it will be interesting to see who will continue to watch, if for nothing else than to have fodder for conversation the rest of the week. Mind you, MTV doesn’t care if you hate the show as long as you’re watching it. This article was written prior to the second episode of ‘College Life.’ David Heller is a senior majoring in political science.Please send responses to firstname.lastname@example.org.
By John D. Liesveld email@example.com
New light rail would put Madison on right track TOM HART opinion columnist
he White House unveiled details of their initial investment for a proposed
national high-speed rail network last Thursday. The White House plans to use $8 billion from the $787 billion stimulus plan to help jump start programs that are “ready to go.” Although the White House’s plan highlighted ten regional networks awaiting investment, Wisconsin hopes to receive a large chunk of this stimulus money if the plan set forth by the Midwest Regional Rail Initiative (MRRI) comes to fruition. President Obama spoke to reporters about the funding decision the day after eight midwestern governors, including Gov. Jim Doyle, signed a letter requesting $3.4 billion to start Phase I of the MRRI immediately. The governors from Wisconsin, Illinois, Minnesota, Michigan, Iowa, Indiana, Missouri and Ohio would use the funding to complete routes linking the Twin Cities to Madison to Milwaukee to Chicago, Chicago to Detroit and Chicago to St. Louis. Each train would travel up to 110 miles per hour on the new lines, drastically reducing travel times and easing vehicle congestion throughout the region. The fact that Phase I’s cost comes in at $3.4 billion makes it highly unlikely that Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood will approve the funding allotment. Obama’s longtime supporter Mayor Richard M. Daley may have signed the letter, but their strong personal relationship hardly means that Obama would approve of dedicating 43 percent of the conﬁrmed $8 billion to one region when there are nine other sites under consideration. The Obama administration has planned for an additional $5 billion ﬁve-year investment toward highspeed rail projects in his suggested 2010 budget, but if the dream of a national high-speed rail network is to become a reality, far more funding will be needed. The MRRI costs nearly $8 billion alone. $6.6 billion in infrastructure work will be needed and an additional $1.2 billion is required
for train equipment. However, the investment is well worth it. High-speed rail would reduce travel time between major metropolitan areas by 30 to 50 percent. A central hub in Chicago would link lines between St. Paul, Madison, Milwaukee, St. Louis, Detroit, Cincinnati, Indianapolis, and Cleveland after all phases are complete. Ninety percent of all midwestern residents would live within one hour’s travel of a high-speed rail station under the plan. These goals are lofty, but they can be attained with an increase in funding. The proposed $13 billion over ﬁve years won’t cut it. The proposed funding is a nice start, but 21 states are vying for the funds. California’s high-speed networks alone would cost upwards of $45 billion. Throw in that along with the remaining 20 states that will be vying for funding and we ﬁnd ourselves in the middle of a conundrum. Secretary LaHood has said that the initial investment will fund shovelready projects, but the funding must continue beyond these down payments. Aside from the fact that highspeed rail costs less per mile and is more energy efﬁcient, it also provides a much safer means of transportation. As gasoline prices continue to rise, commuters will be forced to seek alternative, consumer-friendly means of transportation. Highspeed rail is the answer. The MRRI would create up to 2,000 permanent and 8,000 shortterm jobs throughout its implementation. Local economies will also beneﬁt from the inﬂux of commuters. The White House needs to establish a committee dedicated to exploring how best to increase funding for these cash-strapped projects. Whether it comes through additional stimulus allotments, increased taxes, or fuel surcharges, one thing is certain: more money, fewer problems. Tom Hart is a senior majoring in history. Please send responses to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Badgers end regular season with losses By Emma Condon THE DAILY CARDINAL
The Wisconsin men’s tennis team ended its regular season last weekend with a 5-2 upset loss to Penn State and a shutout loss to Big Ten regular-season champions Ohio State on the road. The No. 65-ranked Nittany Lions (4-6 Big Ten, 13-12 overall) took control early in Saturday’s meet, sweeping the doubles bouts for an early 1-0 lead. The Lions took No. 2 in a quick 8-2 decision, but the Badgers’ No. 19 duo of junior Moritz Baumann and sophomore Marek Michalicka fought until freshman Jason Lee and senior Adam Slagter earned a late break to secure the point with a 9-7 victory. Even with the decision, senior Michael Muskievicz and junior Michael Dierberger fought on into a tiebreak at No. 3 but also fell 9-8 (2). In singles, the Lions’ offensive continued to push the No. 30 Badgers and extended their lead to 2-0 with junior Guillaume St-Maurice’s straight-set 6-
3, 6-3 win over Muskievicz at No. 5. The Badgers earned their only points of the afternoon at No. 2 and 3 with contributions from Michalicka, who dismissed Slagter 6-2, 6-3 and freshman Patrick Pohlmann, who cruised to a 6-2, 6-2 victory over Lee. Even after the Lions secured the team’s victory, the Badgers suffered a difﬁcult blow at No. 1, where senior Brendan Lynch brought No. 28 Baumann’s undefeated season to a screeching halt in the last match of the afternoon. Lynch took the ﬁrst set by only two points in a tiebreak decision, and Baumann rallied to take the second, 6-4. The two played a tiebreak to 10 for the match where Lynch edged out Baumann 7-6 (5), 4-6, 1-0 (10-4). With the win, Penn State improves to 5-15 against Wisconsin and moves on to the Big Ten Tournament as the No. 7 seed, where they will face Purdue Thursday. The Badgers moved on to face Ohio State Sunday, where the No. 2
Buckeyes (10-0, 28-1) refused to concede a point and ended Wisconsin’s season with a 7-0 loss. The Buckeyes secured the early lead with victories at No. 2 and 3, but Baumann and Michalicka defended the No. 1 position and downed the No. 85 pair of Matt Allare and Justin Kronauge 8-6. Armed with ranked players in ﬁve of the six singles positions, the deep Buckeyes devastated the Badger lineup that played without Baumann. Ohio State gave up only seven games total in the ﬁrst six sets and then cleaned up with straight-set victories across the board to ﬁnish with a perfect 10-0 conference record and the Big Ten regular-season championship. Wisconsin ﬁnished its regular season 4-6 Big Ten and 15-9 overall, and will enter the Big Ten Tournament as the No. 8 seed, where the Badgers will face Iowa Thursday morning. —uwbadgers.com and ohiostatebuckeyes.com contributed to this report.
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Junior Moritz Baumann’s undefeated streak came to an end against Penn State. The Badgers will now move on to the Big Ten Tournament.
Despite lack of fame, small sports leagues provide fan entertainment ANDY VAN SISTINE sistine’s chapel
always have a hard time dealing with sports in the summer. Once the NBA Finals are ﬁnished and the Stanley Cup is awarded,
I kind of ﬁnd myself empty- handed. I have to be honest, I like the Brewers, but baseball really isn’t my cup of tea. Unless I’m at Miller Park grilling out and having a few beers on a sunny afternoon before making my way to the gates with a ticket in my hand, it’s hard for me to get excited about a baseball game. The problem is that my options are limited. Come July, high school
and college sports are nonexistent, three out of the four major professional sports are in the offseason, and pro soccer is pretty hard to ﬁnd on TV or radio. With all due respect to NASCAR and the MLB, unless you’re into racing or baseball, sports fans really haven’t got a lot of avenues to head down. That is, unless you’re willing to give the small town sports a try.
Growing up outside of Green Bay, the summertime sportscasts on the local news station always had scores from the last Green Bay Blizzard (or Bombers back in the ’90s) game. The Blizzard is part of the Arena Football League 2, which always sounded to me like an uncreative name for a sub-par league of D-III football players who never stood a chance of landing a big-time contract. I used to think it would be a waste of time and money to watch something that could be emulated in someone’s backyard. But last summer, bored of backyard ballgames and tired of spending $30 for one night at the movies, I decided to give the Blizzard a try.
Players in the AF2 earn $250 a week. You can make more money than that ﬂipping burgers full time at McDonald’s.
And after that one game, I was ashamed for ever thinking those guys were anything close to sub-par. The game was exciting and entertaining. There was plenty of hard-hitting, fast-paced, gritty football out on that 50-yard ﬁeld, and there’s no question as to why. Players in the AF2 earn $250 a week. You can make more money than that ﬂipping burgers full time at McDonald’s—which means these guys are not in it for money. They don’t make national headlines when they win their league championship, which means they’re not in it for the glory. They are out there for the love of the game. They play for pride, and it shows. The best part is that in a small town, you have fans who understand. They come out and ﬁll the stands for the love of the game. They cheer for pride, and it shows. It’s not just the third-tier football teams that give sports-starved fans this feeling, either. It’s the junior hockey leagues, small circuit baseball leagues and indoor soccer leagues as well. Small town sports are often overlooked because they don’t get much
exposure and names like “AF2” downplay the true ability level—or at least, the intensity level—at which the athletes perform. They don’t have much for a budget and can’t draw the big names or fan base that the big leagues do. Local-market advertising, small-time corporate promotions, and word-of-mouth are all that keep them going. Ironically and quite fortunately, these very same things that seem to leave small-town teams at a disadvantage make the game better for those who invest their time, money, and interest in them. To put people in seats, the cost of a ticket stays as low as teams can keep them, which means the fans get their money’s worth. The game is raw because a great season doesn’t amount to an increase in salary for anyone, it only improves your chances of even making a roster next year. The squalor of contract negotiations and business logistics are rarely a public affair, and locker room disputes are never reported—if they even exist. It is the quintessential sporting experience. Best of all, it gives fans who are hundreds of miles away from the nearest big-league sporting arena something to call their own. Without small-town sports to support in the summer, the folks in Iowa and Montana and Mississippi and Wyoming all have to cross state lines to back their favorite teams. Instead, the success of the small-town team gives people the satisfaction of knowing that investing themselves in it was worth it. It gives them something to rally behind and be proud of, and it’s right in their backyard. So again, no disrespect to the diamond disciples out there, but when the dog days of summer arrive and baseball isn’t cutting it for you, look into small-town sporting leagues. They are not a dismissive bunch of rag-tag ball players. They are serious athletes who play for all the right reasons. Best of all, they make you remember why we play in the ﬁrst place: it’s a game, and boy, is it fun to watch. Are you a big fan of AF2 powerhouses like the Oklahoma City Yard Dawgz? Tell Andy about it at email@example.com
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