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University of WisconsinMadison Chancellor Carolyn “Biddy” Martin met with The Daily Cardinal editors Friday to discuss the Madison Initiative, diversity on campus and other topics of interest to students. The Madison Initiative will phase in a tuition increase over the next four years with the goal of improving the quality of the university’s curriculum. According to Martin, funding for financial aid from the Initiative is already in place, and she is now accepting proposals regarding additions to faculty and instructional staff in addition to enhancement of student services and undergraduate education. “I’m eager to see what we get,” she said. “I don’t want the funding to replicate things that should be funded by other units and organizations.” Martin also emphasized the need for “transformative” proposals. “These [proposals] need to be innovative ideas that will really affect the student body as a whole,” she said. According to Martin, the diversity of the student body and faculty continues to be a top priority. Martin said she is committed to addressing the achievement gap. “For too long ... universities have focused on ... how many students of minority descent could be recruited and enrolled and didn’t worry nearly enough about what that meant once everyone was on campus,” she said. “The achievement gap is really unacceptable, and that’s something everyone needs to be working on,” Martin said.

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Martin cited the Posse program, the First Wave program and the PEOPLE program as methods of addressing the gap. She also emphasized the need for UW-Madison’s “Year of Humanities.” “The University is so strong in the sciences, the humanities are relatively invisible,” she said. “I think we need to continue to elevate the arts and humanities.”

A young Willy Street Fair patron indulges in some fun with bubbles Sunday. There was also live music, food and a variety of venues.

“The achievement gap is really unacceptable, and that’s something everyone needs to be working on.”

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Martin said there’s a “passion for humanities and the arts which shouldn’t be discouraged.” She also spoke about her belief that university leaders understand the need for humanities scholarships, and are able to convince others of that fact. When asked about stem cell research on campus, Martin expressed confidence that Professor James Thomson and others working on related projects at the University will continue to be able to compete with other schools’ researchers despite a comparative lack of funding. “We have the advantage of a long history of collaboration among scientists,” she said. Martin said she hopes to address many of these topics in the coming years through the Madison Initiative. —Ryan Hebel and Charles Brace contributed to this report.



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Chancellor aims for UW advancement By Grace Urban




The Williamson-Marquette area came alive over the weekend as the 32nd annual Willy Street Fair showed residents a good time amid Madison’s near eastside neighborhoods. Beginning at 2 p.m. Saturday along the 900 block of Williamson Street, Madison residents of all ages enjoyed food, music and other entertainment. Three separate music stages, each playing a distinct style of music, helped to set the festive mood. The World Music stage offered a variety of ethnic groups while the DJ Stage showcased Nick Nice and Friends. Food booths filled with Mexican, Asian and even Jamaican food lined the sidewalks as patrons browsed the many stations stuffed with arts and crafts. Several beer carts allowed patrons to choose from a variety of different ales

and lagers. A leather shop, glass-blowing booth, massage station and jewelry and T-shirt stands were just some of the features patrons were able to take advantage of. Two residents, Jay Bradbury and Adrienne Bressman, who have lived in the area since the mid 1980s, have been attending the fair for years and say they enjoy the community raffle with over 200 prizes. “We come to see our friends and to support the organizations the money goes to, but the raffle is our favorite part,” Bradbury said. Bressman added that one year the pair won two plane tickets. For those working the booths, however, the fair is all about people watching and enjoying their craft. Two artists with Bohemian Bauble, an artists’ co-op on Lakeside willy street page 3

HHS Secretary: H1N1 vaccine available in early October for college campuses By Sarah Zipperle THE DAILY CARDINAL

Limited supplies of an H1N1 virus vaccine will be available earlier than anticipated and ready by the first week of October, according to U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius. Sebelius, Dr. Beth Bell, Associate Director for Science at the Center for Disease Control, and U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan reported the most recent developments on the H1N1 virus in a news conference call Friday. According to Sebelius, a vaccine should be available by mid-October on college campuses and some limited supplies will be available in early October. She said one dose is sufficient for a robust immune response. Bell said H1N1 is just as, if not more dangerous than the seasonal flu.

H1N1 is being treated with increased caution because of its potential to mutate, according to Bell. She said how and when it might mutate is unpredictable, but the potential of the H1N1 strain to mix with the seasonal flu strain could prove to be deadly. The virus has affected people under the age of 25 the most, according to Sebelius. Bell said the primary reason college students are susceptible might be that they lack certain immunities found in older population groups. Bell also said conditions on college campuses promote easy transmission of H1N1. According to Duncan, the three consistent responses colleges nationwide are instituting include prevention, close monitoring of thos infected, and using common sense. h1n1 page 3

Amid one of the toughest city and county budgets the Madison area has seen in years, officials said they want to alleviate public concern while attempting to fix gaps in the criminal justice system. At a public listening session held Sunday night at High Point Church on the city’s west side, leaders from the Madison Police Department, Fire Department, Sheriff ’s Office and District Attorney’s Office explained to residents the many fiscal issues they are currently facing. Dane County Supervisor Dianne Hesselbein said the county is in need of major funds, even moreso than the city. MPD Chief Noble Wray focused on the operating budget, and said there are many nonprofit organizations being threatened that could hurt the quality of service the department offers. Wray said Safe Harbor, which allows the police to interview children that are in traumatic and abusive situations, along with the Rape Crisis Center and other domestic abuse intervention programs, allow officers to do their job in a more humane and sensitive manner. According to Wray, officers rarely arrest repeat offenders who are not already on probation. This makes funding for the Department of Corrections also extremely critical. Wray also said the MPD is in the process of putting officers in administrative positions back in the field to focus in on two areas: gang prevention and improving crime prevention strategies, such as neighborhood watch programs. Another unit in jeopardy is the district attorney’s office. According to Dane County District Attorney Brian Blanchard, they are 150 prosecutors short statewide and there are 254 open cases per prosecutor. Blanchard praised the staff of social workers, investigators, attorneys and secretaries, but said with limited funding there is a reduced quality of law enforcement. He said the more time a prosecutor has per trial, the better quality for justice. For residents present at the meeting, however, routine problems downtown were also factors of concern. One Madison resident spoke out against the many bar fights, along with Halloween and the Mifflin Street Block Party. Wray said the MPD would be switching to a five-shift officer rotation plan in 2010 to better combat the many resources being pulled to the central area of the city.

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As. [tee-ays] – noun, plural. Stands for: Teaching Assistants. Could also stand for: The Academic Talks A lot That Asshole AND Tasty Avocado At UW-Madison, TAs are everywhere; in almost every discussion section and coffee shop. It’s unbelievable how many there are on campus. But what’s more unbelievable is how easily classifiable they can become. After three years and many conversations with friends about their teaching assistants, it’s time I create a tried-and-true, referential list. Here we go! The Four Types of TAs: 1. The Butcher This TA doesn’t need a knife, a scalpel or a thirst for murder. No. This TA is armed with one thing and one thing only: the inability to articulate. Class starts, role call begins. “Let me know if you’re here;

Mi-chee-hell Dintown.” “Michelle Dinton.” “Okay. Good. Ke-iiiith Hammilton” “Just Keith Hamilton.” “That’s what I said. (grimace) Jo-hin Smi-thee.” “John Smith, dammit. WHAT THE HELL.” Unfortunately, the slice-anddice does not end there. This TA is merciless. He/she asks for elaborate answers to in-class questions, regardless of their nature. They could ask, “Is the sky blue?” and a simple, “yes” would not suffice. Instead, they’d demand a 200-word analysis of what the term “blue” really means and how the sky transforms with the onset of day, dusk and mild precipitation. Then, just when the 50 minutes of class are finally over, they prolong the discussion to a lethal 54 minutes so they can go over the syllabus you’ve read only 45,401 times. By the time you leave that room, the blood is drained from your face and the life is sucked out of you. But then again, you’re not surprised. That’s just a day in the life of The Butcher. 2. The Hottest Person In Their Mid-Twenties You’ve Ever Seen This TA is hot as hell. If it’s a guy, he’s either a stud with dashing good looks and a suave persona or a nerdy “I like to read books while

wearing my adorable glasses” type. If the TA is a girl, she’ll either have a kick-butt body, a foreign accent (optional) and a sexy disposition or she’ll be unassumingly cute, extremely helpful and offer to bake you cookies if you asked; kind of like your mom—but then she’d sleep with you afterwards. Crazy, right? This kind of TA affects your grade in one of two ways; you either a) fail the class because all you can imagine is the number of phallic symbols beside him or her in the room, rather than the number of chapters you need to read, or b) ace the class because office hours with them is equivalent to winning the lottery four times in a row. It’s that good. Yep, this type of TA stimulates more than just your brain. Unfortunately, with such a good catch, there is a catch; they’re either married, engaged or dating someone that, when out together, could rival the Angelina Jolie-Brad Pitt twosome. Oh well. That’s all that you can expect from The Hottest Person In Their Mid-Twenties You’ve Ever Seen. 3. The One Who Never Was Who was this TA? What was their name? When and what did they even teach you? This person makes

class pretty exhausting and colorless. Their voice, devoid of any emotion or flair, has a numbing effect on your brain; with every word, you dive deeper and deeper into a boredominduced coma. Fifty minutes later, you find yourself drooling on your desk, wondering, “Are they still talking?” Trying to recall your semester with this TA is like trying to recall what you did on March 15, 1996. You probably can’t. 4. Your Best Friend This TA isn’t The Butcher or The Hottest Person but they sure are cool. Since day one, you instantly feel at ease; you think to yourself, “This person is someone I can talk to, relate to—and invite to my next party because, damn, they’re that cool.” During class, you don’t envision them using your blood to write notes on the whiteboard or imagine them taking off their underwear, flinging it on the floor and using your desk as a temporary waterbed. Nahhh. This TA is someone who makes the course material captivating and engaging, who you’ll ask to write your recommendation, or maybe even want to be your kid’s godparent in a good 10 years time. Hey, you never know. You just can’t forget Your Best Friend. Tell me your craziest TA story at

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Assembly approves drunken driving bill The Wisconsin state Assembly voted unanimously Thursday to pass a drunken driving reform bill that increases penalties for those who drive under the influence. The bill will make a fourth drunken driving offense a felony and includes provisions that direct state funding to the Department of Corrections to prevent driving while intoxicated. State Rep. Tony Staskunas, DWest Allis, the author of the bill, commended the Assembly for working together to get the bill passed. “Too many lives have ended tragically or been forever changed by drunk drivers in Wisconsin, and it’s clear that we must all take a stand to curb this problem,” he said in a statement. “Today, Assembly members from both sides of the aisle have taken

willy street from page 1 Street, said this year was their first Willy Street Fair. Julie Walser and Linnea Phillips are just two of the eight artists who contribute their art to Bohemian Bauble and work there to sell their pieces. Both said the crowd, along with the fact that their booth was placed directly across from one of the music stages, helped make their


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important steps to make our roads safer for all Wisconsinites.” Assembly Speaker Mike Sheridan, D-Janesville, said bipartisan support sends a “strong message” that Wisconsin is against drunken driving. “We are getting tough on repeat drunk drivers and we are addressing the root problem, Wisconsin’s dangerous drinking culture,” Sheridan said in a statement. A first offense will remain a traffic violation except in cases when a person under the age of 16 is in the car. The bill was one of the main items Assembly Democrats outlined last week in their fall session agenda. The bill now moves to the state Senate and is expected to pass in the next few weeks. —Hannah Furfaro

Man robbed at gunpoint on Bassett St. A Madison resident was allegedly robbed at gunpoint early Saturday morning in a well-populated downtown neighborhood. An 18-year-old male told the Madison Police Department he was robbed at gunpoint around midnight as he was walking along North Bassett Street. The victim noticed a group of people along the sidewalk when one of them approached him. The suspect pointed a gun at



the victim and demanded money from him. The suspect is described as a white male, approximately 20 years old. It is said he weighs around 180 pounds and is about 6'1". The MPD is continuing to investigate the incident. The Bassett neighborhood is heavily populated with students, and this is not the first time the area has been affected by crime. first fair a success. According to Richard Slone, co-coordinator of the event, the Willy Street Fair is a major fundraiser for the Common Wealth Development and the Wil-Mar Neighborhood Center. Both groups are nonprofit organizations aimed at bettering the neighborhood and its residents. Creation of new jobs and providing lowincome housing are just two of their goals.


At the Badger football game against Wofford Saturday, a total of 23 people were ejected from Camp Randall, 14 of which were UW-Madison students. Eight UW-Madison students were arrested.

Dog Jog raises money for animal shelters in Wisconsin UW-Madison’s football team may have tamed the Wofford Terriers Saturday afternoon, but a group of dogs had their day Sunday morning in the School of Veterinary Medicine’s 26th annual Dog Jog. According to the event’s organizer, Professor Linda Sullivan of the School of Veterinary Medicine, almost 400 dogs and people participated in the two-mile run/walk, raising money for homeless animal shelters across Wisconsin.

h1n1 from page 1 “I’ve actually been extraordinarily pleased over the school year to see colleges and universities really respond in a responsible [and] practical way,” Duncan said. He said the CDC and the Department of Health and Human

Sullivan said this year’s event probably raised at least $25,000, and not just for the dogs. “The dogs are running, in essence, even more for the cats ... there are thousands and thousands of them [in the shelters],” she said. UW-Madison student volunteer Ann Heffernan knows what a difference the event can make. She volunteered at an animal shelter before adopting her dog, Coda, a few years ago. This is the first year Heffernan participated in the jog

along with fellow veterinary medicine student Jess Huettl, whose twin chihuahuas, Cali and Kahlua, also participated. “[Shelters] get a little money from the government, but they’re mainly funded by donations, so this really helps pay for food, medication and payment for the workers,” Heffernan said. The race was complete with water bowl stations for the finishing dogs and treats for the winners. —Ryan Hebel

Services have been working in conjunction to stem the spread of H1N1 on campuses. Duncan said schools nationwide have consistently responded positively to CDC guidelines. He said many schools have promoted self-isolation, separate dorms for the sick, and flexibility for sick students who miss class.

Sebelius said using social media to communicate to potential flu victims has played a major role in the federal government’s H1N1 response strategy. She said Twitter and Facebook are currently being used as primary outlets to promote awareness to college students about the dangers of the H1N1 virus.

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his past Friday, the Daily Cardinal Editorial Board had the opportunity to meet with Chancellor Carolyn “Biddy” Martin to discuss some of the university’s most pressing issues. With a year under her belt, Martin is due for some of the first appraisals of her job performance, most of which is tethered to the Madison Initiative for Undergraduates. But considering how much the Madison Initiative is dependent upon the future, most of the conversation looked ahead. Concerning the Madison Initiative directly, it appears that the main course of Martin’s administrative plan is just about ready for the oven. The financial aid portion has already been earmarked, but decisions need to be made concerning where the additional funding will go for faculty and student services. Martin states that the expansion of required classes is one of the more important parts of this funding. But at the same time the Madison Initiative will allow the administration to address certain gaps in scholarship, including those in the humanities. It is on the topic of the humanities that Martin seemed most enthusiastic. Being a product of the humanities herself, the chancellor clearly wants to make sure they don’t just fade into obscurity in that giant concrete bunker on the corner of Park and University. Even at a time when the poor economy seems to make engineering and business look much more practical, Martin insists that the humanities serve a very important purpose both intellectually and culturally. According to Martin, preservation of the humanities is not simply an economic issue, it has a greater purpose. While the chancellor states that the “year of the humanities” goes beyond economics, that doesn’t

mean it can go on without solid economic backing. Every time someone wanders through the Humanities Building and a cockroach scurries by, the university’s commitment to the humanities comes into question. If the university is really committed to the humanities, it needs to put its money where its mouth is, simply promoting a new image won’t cut it. Martin didn’t simply focus on UW’s academic future, however, as she also shares the concerns of many about the university’s diversity. She mentioned taking a hard look at the efforts of Plan 2008, and said the program’s revamped successor will be unveiled soon, as diversity on campus is far from where it should be. She also mentioned the current programs UW has in place to work with K-12 students to address problems of diversity at the basic core level, a philosophy we find sound and practical. The chancellor revealed a candid side when the conversation turned to the upcoming governor’s race. Martin knows very well that who is governor matters––not necessarily what party they are from, but the person in charge is important. She acknowledged that the university has been used as a “political football” and hopes that a healthy relationship with the governor’s office and the legislature will minimize that, a relationship that can start with the university possibly hosting debates and other gubernatorial events. It is encouraging that Martin is committed to reaching out to students. Open communication helps keep both the student body and administration working together amicably We hope that this line of communication she has established will lead to the university’s success, but until then we will have to wait and see what the future holds.

Music industry needs to give middlemen the ax ANDREW CARPENTER opinion columnist ave you ever wondered why anyone would pay a dollar a song when they can just get the music for free? You can find thousands of CD’s through the library, download the music from a file sharing program or use a torrent site with almost no risk. Anyone can, and most students do, obtain multiple gigabytes of music in just a few days for free and without punishment. To get the same amount of music would legitimately cost thousands of dollars and be incredibly more time consuming than simply downloading any song you wanted. So can groups like the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) reasonably expect the public to switch from a method that is both effective and cheap to a slower, more expensive technique? The sad answer for the recording industry is that the middleman has to go.


What makes file sharing so easy also makes it possible for artists to sell their music directly to the public.

There is little credibility behind the RIAA’s claims that downloading hurts artists, because it hurts the RIAA more. If they truly cared about those who write and perform the music, they would create a system where those artists sold directly to the public. Instead of the artists receiving five cents for every one-dollar song sold on iTunes, the artist should receive 15 cents for every song sold for 35 cents on their own website.

Imagine giving fans a realistic incentive to buy music instead of pirating it. The music comes right from the band, the money goes to the band, and the songs are less than half the cost.

The sad answer for the recording industry is that the middleman has to go.

Telling people file sharing is stealing is enough incentive for some. I recently decided to make all of my music completely legitimate. That means if I didn’t pay for it, I don’t get to keep it on my computer. I know it sounds crazy, I had to delete about 10,000 songs, leaving me with almost nothing. This shift to using only legal music was motivated by a call I got from my mother. She makes her living by writing, and the money she makes supports her family, including me. So when she told me she looses a significant portion of her income to illegal downloading, reselling and copying of her material, I realized this was a problem I could not ignore. But once my music was gone, I found no alternative to spending thousands of dollars to obtain just a fraction of the music I once enjoyed. Buying hundreds of CDs at 15 dollars each was simply out of the question, especially when I only like a few songs per album. Paying for the songs individually made sense, but I couldn’t figure out why the music was so expensive until I remembered my mother only receives a small percentage every time something she wrote sells. There are dozens of middlemen taking a cut at every step of the process. And that is where the RIAA comes into play. Many of those they represent are not musicians, they are the middlemen of the music indus-

try. But what makes file sharing so easy also makes it possible for artists to sell their music directly to the public. No CD’s, no huge studios or promotion fees. Simply record the music and sell it from a website in MP3 format. This system would make it possible for appeals to the public asking them to stop stealing to work. Instead of stealing from the music industry, they would be stealing from a band. In addition, there would be a reasonable marketplace to take the place of the illegal trade in pirated music. Bands selling their music on their own websites would make the music affordable, accessible and it would promote creativity. Any musicians could participate so long as they had access to the internet and a way to record their songs. This would require smaller, local studios with smaller budgets and less overhead in order to meet growing demand. It would transform music from a huge industry to a personal experience.

Bands selling their music on their own websites would make the music affordable, accessible and it would promote creativity.

Standing in the way of this transformation are titans such as Apple and the RIAA. They continue to blame the people who love the music but are not willing to pay thousands of dollars for a decent library. Instead these groups should be blaming themselves for standing in between the fans and the bands. Once they choose to step out of the way, or we force them to, musicians will fill the void with affordable, accessible songs. Andrew Carpenter is a senior majoring in communication arts and psychology. Please send responses to

Proposed sugar tax poses difficulty to junk food consumers QI GU opinion columnist oda aficionados, next time you go grocery shopping, be sure to get enough of them, at least for the rest of the year. A panel of researchers and policy makers are advocating for a penny per ounce tax on all sugary beverages, including not only soda, but also energy drinks, many juices and ice teas. President Obama has said it’s worth considering. If the proposal becomes law, you’ll end up paying 50% more for your 12-pack refridgerator case of Mountain Dew. Before “what” shoots out of your thirsty mouth, these supporters want to assure us that the tax is totally for our own well-being. The resulting price hike would curb obesity on one hand via a decrease in sales and raise money for health care on


the other. Thanks to Americans’ fascination with sugar, this tax alone could generate about $15 billion in its first year. A tax on soda sounds reasonable in this case. But juice, simply because of the sugar content in it? I’m wondering whether the commander-in-chief okay with this plan is Obama the president, solemn in suit or Obama the dad, casual in shorts. The average American devours two to three pounds of sugar a week. A tax on sugar is literally a penalty on the American culture of excess. one cent per ounce on sugary drinks today might set off the domino of food-related tax tomorrow. Soon enough, we would start taxing cheese, 50% of which is fat; all products high in sodium since they are bad for your blood pressure and Southerners’ world-famous practice of deep frying everything. And fast food would surely be an eventual target. For frugal college consumers, that means

your pantry would mumble a tearful “ bye” to the beloved peanut butter, burgers, fries and more. Granted, these have long been condemned food choices, but they are part of the American culture you are born into and grew up in. People shouldn’t be fined for their own culture, something they have little to no choice over whatsoever..

The average American devours two to three pounds of sugar a week.

However, the proposal spares diet soda and other sugar-free drinks. That is to say, instead of embracing the evil of sugar, we can now enjoy the “safe” hug of sweeteners. But are they necessarily better than regular sugar?

Since sweeteners are a relatively new innovation, hardly anybody is sure about their long-term effects. Aspartame, a popular sweetener approved by the FDA in the 1970s, has been at center of controversy since its inception. In 2006, Italian scientists found linked it to cancer in a major longitudinal study into its effects. But the FDA then declared that the substance is safe at current consumption levels. Even so, New Mexico and Hawaii were contemplating legislative moves to ban aspartame at the height of this debate. And it turned out many researchers reaffirming aspartame’s safety were financed by the industry. Though conflicts of interest have somehow obscured the truth about sweeteners, one message is certain: some of the substitues probably cause no less trouble than regular sugar. At least for some sweeteners, to stimulate the similar sweet sensation sugar arouses, they have

to be structurally similar to cane sugar as well. Before long, these fake ID carriers would trigger the same bodily response sugar does. Now you just slip into all the old habits again! The industry wasn’t doing a good job in the early days of the sweetener industry. That’s why Diet Coke always tasted weird back then. But now the difference between diet and regular is much harder to distinguish unless you have an incredibly keen sense of taste. Already frustrated by declining sales, the soft drink industry yelled “outrageous” to the tax proposal. Before this tax on sugary drinks actually expands into tax on plain sugar in general, there’s one more thing worth trying: package sugar-free drinks with sugar bags. The ad can be: “ Blend ‘n’ shake; make your own drink.” Ah! Sugary... Qi Gu is a jnior majoring in journalism. We welcome all feedback. Please send responses to


Monday, September 21, 2009



‘Girls’ attempt to have a bit of fun on debut ‘Album’ By Kyle Sparks THE DAILY CARDINAL

At the end of Bret Easton Ellis’ “Less Than Zero,” narrator Clay was caught in a precarious position as one of the only characters not willingly lurching towards death. Strung-out and tired, he was visibly uninterested in witnessing his sprawling circle of friends glorify their increasingly gruesome and morbid fantasies. As he drove home, fleeing the myriad gothic compulsions, he passed a billboard that read “Escape here.” And then—so far as I can tell—he went home and escaped into his guitar, recording the painstakingly deliberate Album under the guise of pop-rock outfit Girls. Tattered and ugly on the exterior, Album is the side of California that MTV doesn’t dare confront. In one sense, Album is the future of degeneration, a long overdue chapter in the book of the streets. A fiery anthem for those with no shortage of money but a profound lack of love or purpose, Reagan Youth’s evocative “Degenerated” is little more than a rallying launch pad for troubled youth; Album finally gives direction to those diagnosed but never prescribed. Even stripped of any self-help pretentiousness or significance, Album is a bunch of great songs that do well to cushion two perfect songs. “Lust for Life,” Album’s lead track, takes the gloomy narrative for a ride in a convertible, engorging itself in San Francisco’s beating sun. Girls aren’t complicated people, they’re the victims here. “Oh I wish I had a boyfriend / I wish I had a loving man in my life,” they start, “I wish I had a father / and maybe then I would’ve turned out right.” But the second verse shows that they’re not willing to dwell on their profound misfortunes, focusing on more immediate luxuries that would suffice when they say “I wish I had a suntan / I wish I had a pizza and a bottle of wine.” The doo-wop harmonies and the way each word hangs on the peaks of every guitar strum make the potentially depressive journal entry a buoyant force, dragging ample energy and life from the depths of hopelessness. “Hellhole Ratrace” has been swimming around the Internet for close to a year now, and still packs a serious punch of slowly unwinding apathy and confusion. The

churning rubber of guitars and synths help to unpack the truths behind life’s subtle inequalities. “I work to eat and drink and sleep just to live / Feels like I’m never getting back what I give,” they say; then later, “Sometimes you’ve just gotta make it for yourself / sometimes, honey, it just takes someone else.” You get the sense that these guys have a hard enough time waking up in the morning, let alone finding purpose in the flashing lights of modern society’s hustle and bustle.


“Jennifer’s Body” could easily be retitled “Megan’s Body” after Megan Fox, the titillating star of the film. Although the film fails on some levels, the stilted dialogue adds to the campy fun. Album Girls Not every song on Album is a disheartening trip, though. “Big Bad Mean Motherfucker” and “Morning Light” exist in the space between the ’70s Los Angeles punk movement and the corresponding emergence of New Wave. “Laura” is a spry, wily quest for forgiveness, aiming solely to settle petty conflicts. Album’s cynical preoccupation with maturation is exhausting, though, and more than just a little concerning. Girls’ shtick is ephemeral in that they’re at a breaking point in their influence, and soon enough they’re either going to break down entirely or their surroundings will finally catch up to them. In short, Album is a one-shot deal at the apex of their frustration. Their discontentment is engulfing, but I suppose sometimes all you need is a friend to listen to you vent; and as they declare on album closer “Darling,” “I was feeling so sad and alone, then I found a friend in the song I am singing.” So we’ve been used. It turns out Album wasn’t actually trying to entertain anyone, Girls were just trying to get some things off their chests. Maybe Album wasn’t ever supposed to leave their bedrooms. But, hell, good for them. Besides, considering what we just heard, we’d be foolish to complain.

A decent ‘body’ of work By Mark Riechers THE DAILY CARDINAL

For anyone who saw 2007’s honest-to-blog Oscar surprise “Juno,” the most divisive issue at work on screen wasn’t necessarily teenage pregnancy, but the bizarre turning of phrase work in Diablo Cody’s script that gave the film its oddball flavor.

From the get-go, Jen and Needy are completely immersed in Codyspeak.

“Jennifer’s Body,” does little to settle this debate over “Codyspeak” (as Fangoria’s Marla Newborn calls it), but we do see that Cody’s odd coinages and offkilter dialogue can temper scares to make for a fun horror flick. Jennifer (Megan Fox, “Transformers”) and Needy (Amanda Seyfried, “Mamma Mia”) are total BFFs. Their friendship survived the ravages of puberty to see the sexpot Jen and bookish Needy together everywhere, including a dive bar in their backwoods hometown of Devil’s Kettle. From the get-go, Jen and Needy are completely immersed in Codyspeak. Some are genuinely hilarious rearrangements of

slang you’ve heard, others apparent inside jokes we’re expected to pretend are normal. Seyfried in particular takes to the script like a demonic spirit to a hot chick’s soul, but Fox sounds a bit like she does in everything—stilted, atonal and evil. Jen insists upon playing groupie to Low Shoulder, an indie act touring in the girls’ humble corner of nowhere. If we’re supposed to feel bad for Jen as she vanishes into their “’89 Rapist” (Needy’s words, not mine), Megan Fox certainly does us no favors in helping us relate—brainless and skanky, Fox’s robotic acting serves only to make Jennifer terrifyingly empty and easy to hate. Fortunately, this makes her the perfect vessel of Satan.

If the dialogue annoys you, it will make you want to jam your ears with Dots.

Needy doesn’t see Jen again until she mysteriously appears in her kitchen in the middle of the night, covered in blood. She eats all the meat in the refrigerator, then pukes black, formless muck all over the floor. And the next day, the captain of the football team is found partially devoured behind

the high school, pants around his ankles. It seems that Jennifer is using her ample assets to attract boys good enough to eat. The whole movie is held together by Cody’s script, a running series of oddball reactions to what’s going on in Devil’s Kettle that keeps the film in funny territory. It’s more “Evil Dead” than “Halloween”—a flimsy but fun horror premise in Jennifer’s rampage as a vessel for evil, cut with the brilliantly bizarre monologues from Needy, a running commentary that keeps the movie from slipping into a boring slasher. Cody makes ample use of the R-rating aside from teasing a naked Megan Fox—the script gets a dash of adult pep with phrases like “backdoor virgin” and “wetty” thrown in for good measure. As in “Juno,” the wordplay is fun if you’re into it; if the dialogue annoys you, it will make you want to jam your ears with Dots or Milk Duds. If only the visuals matched the creativity of the script—every shot and effect seems pulled from that big book of horror clichés, but the film looks too clean and expensive to get away with the full-blown B-movie vibe that the script aspires to. Still, “Jennifer’s Body” works as an eccentric little horror outing with plenty of laughs for those who enjoy the verbal ping-pong that is a Diablo Cody screenplay. Grade: BC

Viral Videos of the Week Search terms: Kanye West interrputs Obama’s speech In one fateful, idiotic moment on Sunday night, Kanye West became the newest Internet meme. His interruption spawned dozens of videos, pictures and even websites devoted to his VMA meltdown. The best video of all, however, is the simple clip of Barack Obama’s health-care speech, this time being interrupted by West instead of Rep. Joe Wilson. Apologies to Beyonce, but Kanye West has one of the best viral videos of ALL TIME!


Girls choose upbeat song titles such as “Hellhole Ratrace” and “Big Bad Mean Motherfucker” for their debut album.

Search terms: The Marshmallow Test We here at viral videos usually try to add at least one cute video each week. We usually stick to videos of cats doing silly things, or dogs acting stupid. This cute clip, however, is a serious psychological experiment. In the video, children are given a single marshmallow, then told they will get another one if they don’t eat the first one. The children’s monumental struggle with self-control is not only hilarious, but a good psychology lesson as well.

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They never forget ya’ know? The elephant can smell water up to 3 miles away.

Monday, September 21, 2009

Getting out of a wetsuit

Today’s Sudoku

Evil Bird

By Caitlin Kirihara

Angel Hair Pasta

By Todd Stevens

Classic Sid and Phil

By Alex Lewein

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Solution, tips and computer program available at

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

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The Graph Giraffe

Classic Charlie and Boomer

By Yosef Lerner

By Natasha Soglin

Answer key available at DONE YET? 1 6 11 14 15 16 17 19 20 21 23 26 27 28 30 31 32 35 36 38 39 40 41 42 44

ACROSS Diamond or sapphire, e.g. In the buff Apr. professional Muscat man About to blow ___ Alamos, N.M. One place to hop aboard Coin-___ (candy machines, e.g.) Give kindness that kills Disputed subject Space center name Actor’s reading material Glacial ridges Reach one’s goal, e.g. “Two thumbs up!” review “Twist and ___” (Beatles hit) ABC a.m. show Bit the pullet? Aftershave relative Game involving It Craggy hilltop Transports by truck Ocean movement Reveal oneself “Seinfeld” postal worker

46 Trans-ports for Sacagawea 48 Most comfortable 49 Word with “tall” or “back” 50 Dirty person 52 Wearable flowers 53 Regis Philbin asked for it 58 Overnight lodging house 59 Authoritative proclamation 60 Big name in farm equipment 61 Worn-out horse 62 One whom Jesus healed 63 Cowboy’s companion DOWN College graduate’s pursuit 2 Ratite from down under 3 Used to be 4 Agreement between nations 5 One with encumbered property 6 “Anywhere but here” acronym 7 Bittersweet coating 8 “Batman” cartoonist 9 Logan approximation 10 Dainty 1

11 When employees seem to move the quickest? 12 Appear out of nowhere 13 One for the plus column 18 Units of radiation absorbed 22 ___ Lanka 23 Gold-mea-suring unit 24 Thalia’s sister 25 Eternal 26 Catch unawares 28 “There’s ___ in the Bucket” (kids’ song) 29 Apparel 31 Bad penny, e.g. 33 ___ a wet hen 34 Sales or insurance rep 36 In good spirits 37 Kayak propellers 41 Pair of sweaters worn together 43 A real Stooge 44 Sudden super star 45 Alters 46 General Powell 47 Basketball stadium 48 Nine-___ (short golf course) 50 Piece of cake 51 Give off coherent light 54 Thirty-fourth president’s nickname 55 More than petite 56 Bard’s “before” 57 Roulette play

You Can Run

By Derek Sandberg


Monday, September 21, 2009



Kendricks, special teams shine in victory despite earlier issues ANALYSIS By Ben Breiner THE DAILY CARDINAL

The first two weeks of the Badger football season, fans saw a passing game coming together with consistent receiving targets like junior receiver Isaac Anderson, sophomore receiver Nick Toon and senior tight end Garrett Graham. Well, you can add one more to that list. Junior tight end Lance Kendricks announced his arrival as an impact player Saturday, making a slew of plays in the first half after a quiet start to the season. “We’ve been waiting for that break out game out of Lance,” Wisconsin head coach Bret Bielema said. “I just always thought he was a special kid, and now we’re beginning to see that stuff take forward and hopefully this is the beginning. Because now, all of a sudden, you’ve got 89 [Graham] in there, you’ve got 84 [Kendricks], you got some wide receivers are out there. “If we put the ball on the ground anymore, maybe we’ll just go empty [backfield].” Bielema’s joking about his team’s turnovers aside, it does point to the strong day Kendricks had. He finished with six catches for 70 yards

recap from page 8 est things we have talked about all week was we were not going to give anyone an opportunity to get a turnover, ball security,” Bielema said. “I know there’s an issue, we fumbled the ball. We cannot have that happen, so as the head coach I will take responsibility.” “It’s good to have high expectations like that and set the bar high, instead of just being satisfied with the turnovers.” Scott Tolzien junior quarterback UW football

According to Bielema, his dream of working on ball security on the field after the game would have violated NCAA rules. Beyond the turnovers, the Wisconsin ground game did have a productive day. Clay, Brown and freshman speedster Erik Smith all ran for over 50 yards, averaged at least 5.2 yards per carry and

and did most of his damage in the first half when the Badgers turned a close game into a blowout. The biggest play for Kendricks came early in the first quarter when he leapt in the back of the endzone and snagged a Scott Tolzien pass for the first touchdown of his career and the first touchdown of the game. At 6'4'', Kendricks is a big target with quickness, which could make him a big read-zone threat. “It felt good going out there and getting to touch the ball, so I think today I really had fun,” Kendricks said, noting that his big day was not planned by the coaching staff, but simply unfolded in the flow of the game. In the first two games Kendricks did not have a catch, but played well in the running game. Last season, the converted wide receiver racked up 141 yards but suffered a broken leg against Michigan State and missed the end of the season. “It was great seeing Lance out there making plays,” Tolzien said. “He’s definitely a threat in the passing game and it was good to get him going today.” Special teams offer something special The Badger special teams unit might just be the most maligned

part of the team. Between coverage issues, missed kicks and the absence of numerous big plays, those units have drawn their share of criticism. Well, that big play part might not ring true anymore. One of the biggest plays in Wisconsin’s 28-point second quarter explosion came when true freshman linebacker Chris Borland hurdled the second level of Wofford’s punt formation and knocked senior Chris Tommie’s punt back into the end zone. It looked like the ball would roll out of the end zone for a safety, but freshman defensive end David Gilbert sprinted in to fall on it for the touchdown. “We had a block on where we had more guys than they could block to the left side,” Borland, who didn’t even see the ball hit his hand, said. “It was just me and the wedge. They back up a little bit, most wedges try to stand firm, and when they backed up, I just went over them.” The score put the Badgers up 17-0, and helped open up the game after a 3-0 first quarter that saw Wisconsin stumble out of the gate. The Badgers had not blocked a punt since 2007 and had not scored on a blocked punt since Bielema’s first game as a head coach in 2006.

combined for 187 yards against an undersized Wofford front seven. After the game had been decided, freshman quarterback Curt Phillips made his impact in the rushing attack, running for 92 yards on only four carries. His runs all came after faking a handoff one way and going the other as the defense chased after the tailback. “When you’ve got our line doing as well as they were and our backs running that hard, sometimes it opens it up on the outside because to take that away they have to really crash down on our backs,” Phillips said. “So now and then we kind of popped one to the outside.” The Wisconsin defense had an answer for every element of Wofford’s triple option offense, consistently getting into the backfield and minimizing big outside runs. The Terrier offense only had 63 yards at halftime as the Badgers’ starting linebackers combined for five tackles for loss. Even when Wofford tried to take advantage of the defense focusing on the option, the Badgers were ready for it. “Defending the option, you try

to prepare for everything,” senior linebacker Jaevery McFadden said. “Of course the option, the dive, the quarterback, the pitch. You try to get ready for the counter option, you try to get ready for reverses ... the coaches try to make the defense easy for us.” The Badgers also forced four turnovers, one interception and a pair of fumble recoveries. Though it could be considered a trap game, coming between a hard-fought double-overtime win against Fresno State and the start of Big Ten play, the Badgers made sure it was anything but. They started slowly with a 3-0 first quarter, but then the offense sprung to life with 21 points in a five-minute span, all but putting the game away. “I think kind of going in we needed to expect [to score 21 points]. Just seeing that we were the only ones stopping ourselves,” said junior quarterback Scott Tolzien, who threw for 159 yards and two touchdowns. “It’s good to have high expectations like that and set the bar high, instead of just being satisfied with the turnovers.”

Men’s Soccer

Defense back on track as Badgers take win, tie By Nico Savidge THE DALY CARDINAL

A week after losing a pair of games thanks to lackluster defense and penalty issues, the Wisconsin men’s soccer team rebounded with an unbeaten weekend at the Milwaukee Panther Invitational. The Badgers were the tournament’s runner ups after topping Oakland 1-0 and playing to a 1-1 draw against tournament champions UC-Santa Barbara. Senior forward Brandon Miller powered the Wisconsin offense, scoring both of the team’s goals, while senior goalie Alex Horwath played through an injured hand to

earn the victory. Miller, Horwath and senior defender Eric Conklin were rewarded for their efforts by being named to the Panther Classic’s all-tournament team. The Badgers opened their weekend pair of games against Oakland Friday. Horwath successfully handled the Golden Grizzlies’ 11 shots en route to the shutout victory, Wisconsin’s third in five games so far this season. Miller provided the Badgers with all the offense they would need in the 69th minute, scoring from eight yards out on a ball delivered by Conklin. Wisconsin’s next opponent, No.

9 UC-Santa Barbara (5-1-1), provided a tougher challenge. In the 82nd minute, Miller scored again to put the Badgers up 1-0, but the Gauchos delivered an equalizer a few minutes later to knot the game at one goal apiece. Because of their 2-0 win over UW-Milwaukee Friday, UC-Santa Barbara were named tournament champions while the Badgers took home second. Wisconsin returns to Madison for their next contest, as the Badgers will open their Big Ten campaign against No. 8 Indiana Sept. 25. — contributed to this report.


Lance Kendricks will hope to become a big part of Wisconsin’s resurgent passing attack after missing games in 2008 with an injury.

Women’s Soccer

Overmatched Badgers fall in weekend games By Jack Doyle THE DAILY CARDINAL

It was a dismal weekend for the Wisconsin women’s soccer team as they left the Stanford Tournament with a single goal for, eight against and two losses to boot. Given a chance to go toeto-toe against the top teams in the nation, the Badgers came out flat and failed to execute like they did in the week prior to the tournament. After a 2-1 loss to No.12 Santa Clara and a 6-0 thrashing by No.3 Stanford, the two-game winning streak the Badgers had going for them has been replaced with a two-game losing streak. The first game of the weekend out west had the Badgers (4-4-1) playing Santa Clara (62-0). Despite a solid performance by Wisconsin goalkeeper Michelle Dalton, who ended up with seven saves, the typically sound Badger defense was unable to keep the Broncos out of the net. Santa Clara came out strong, scoring both of their goals in the first half. The first came in the 33rd minute, while the second was a mere three minutes later in the 36th. Having been outshot 9-3 in the first half it was time for Wisconsin to regroup and create some scoring chances. The Badgers did just that, notching six shots—including one by Whitney Owusu that found the back of the net after a corner kick from Meghan Flannery in the 88th minute. However it was too little too late for Wisconsin; two minutes later the game was over and the Badgers had fallen 2-1.

The weekend wasn’t going to get any easier for the Badgers. After falling to the excellent Santa Clara squad, Wisconsin had to get ready to face undefeated national powerhouse Stanford (9-0-0). Wisconsin expected a tough game but was probably not prepared for the beat-down that ensued—an embarrassing 6-0 loss in which they were outshot 30-4 by the Cardinal. Even though sophomore goalkeeper Michelle Dalton had a season-high twelve saves, it was not enough to prevent the team’s most lopsided loss of the season. Dalton and the Badgers were able to keep the potent Cardinal offense off the scoreboard for the first 20 minutes, but that was small consolation for what lay ahead of them. Stanford was able to tally three goals in the final 25 minutes of the first half to put them up 3-0 heading into the break. The second half brought more of the same for both teams as the Cardinal were able to score three more goals in a span of three minutes before the half was ten minutes old. Unable to get any of their four shots in the back of the net, the Badgers were shutout for the fifth time this season. Wisconsin will open Big Ten conference play this weekend at the McClimon Complex. The Badgers will take on No.11 Purdue Sept. 25 at 5 p.m. Following the game, the men’s soccer team will play No.8 Indiana at 7:30 p.m. as part of the Pac of the Mac doubleheader. — contributed to this report.

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Monday, September 21, 2009


Mistakes briefly slow Badgers in lopsided win RECAP By Ben Breiner THE DAILY CARDINAL

It may seem unorthodox, but at halftime on Saturday, Wisconsin head coach Bret Bielema was thinking about delaying the band’s fifth quarter performance to practice ball

security. It was even stranger since, at that point of the game, his team was leading 31-0. After a sloppy start, the Badgers hammered Wofford in the second quarter, and blew out the Terriers 44-14 in front of 78,203 at Camp Randall Stadium. That attendance was under

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Scott Tolzien: 15-20, 159 yards, 2 TD. Curt Phillips: 92 yards on 4 rushing attempts. Wisconsin: 6 fumbles, 3 lost. John Clay fizzled in his first start, rushing for 70 yards and providing 3 of the team’s 6 fumbles. Despite those problems, the Badgers handled the overmatched Terriers and had many fans heading for the exits by halftime as the team improved to 3-0.

Quote of the Game: “There’s an issue: we fumbled the ball. We cannot have that happen, so as the head coach I will take responsibility.” ISABEL ALVAREZ/THE DAILY CARDINAL

Curt Phillips ran for 92 yards late in Saturday’s victory over Wofford.

Bret Bielema

the number needed for a sellout, snapping a streak of 41 consecutive home game sellouts. “The crowd out there today was outstanding. I really felt they were engaged and I didn’t notice any difference from that standpoint,” Bielema said. Coming out of the game, fumbles were the biggest concern for Wisconsin going forward. The Badgers put the ball on the turf six times: one by junior running back Zach Brown, three by sophomore running back John Clay, one on a dropped snap and one on a quick screen that went backwards and was dropped. Wofford only recovered three of those six fumbles. The roughest patch came when Clay lost a fumble in the first quarter. The Badgers immediately forced and recovered a Terrier fumble and two plays later, Brown lost the ball to Wofford again. Bielema made it clear how concerned he was with the turnovers after the game, while Clay, who had been named the starting running back, declined to speak to the media. “On offense, one of the hugrecap page 7


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