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Panel stresses rape prevention By Melanie Teachout
Mayor Dave Cieslewicz and Dane County Executive Kathleen Falk declared Wednesday to be National Women’s Health Day to honor all those striving to procure comprehensive health care.
Organizers from Promoting Awareness, Victim Empowerment hosted a panel Wednesday to provide UW-Madison students with information on resources available to help victims of sexual assault. Representatives from the Rape Crisis Center, Domestic Abuse Intervention Services, Ofﬁce of the Dean of Students, University Health Services, UW Police Department and a sexual assault nurse examiner were present to explain how to prevent sexual assault and describe the best ways to help victims. According to Rosalie Migas, director of services at Domestic Abuse Intervention Services, one major problem facing DAIS is that the shelter for victims is almost always full. “We have the highest per capita residence ratio in the entire state.
In Dane County, we have one bed for approximately every 19,000 residents,” Migas said. “The average shelter in the state of Wisconsin is one per every 7,000 residents.” According to Migas, a drawback with the tight space is when they are at full capacity they must enforce a waiting list and serve those in immediate danger ﬁrst. The services provided by DAIS are similar to those in the RCC and UHS. They all provide versions of counseling and support systems for those looking to leave abusive relationships or who have been assaulted. According to Jennifer Hendrickson, community education coordinator at the RCC, there are always employees available to go to the hospital when a victim of abuse arrives in the emergency room and the hospital contacts the RCC. pave page 3
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The U.S. Census Bureau cited Wisconsin as one of the most widely insured states on Monday, but that’s little consolation to thousands of UW-Madison students who lack health care and view every health insurance experience as a never-ending wait for the dentist. About 10 percent of UW students said they were uninsured or didn’t know if they had insurance in a recent University Health Services survey, according to UHS Director Sarah Van Orman. “There are some students who simply do not have health insurance [other than UHS coverage],” Van Orman said. “I don’t think they’re not trying to get care, it’s just that they can’t afford it and they’re making difﬁcult decisions.” According to a 2008 report by the Kaiser Family Foundation, young people from 19-29 years old represent 30 percent of all uninsured people, and with the current recession, more students are losing their parents’ health beneﬁts, forcing them to buy private plans or risk going uninsured. “Unfortunately many people ... have a sense that, ‘we’re young and omnipotent and that we’re never going to get sick ... it’ll never happen to us and I don’t want to spend $100, $200 or $500 a
Part one of a series with All Together Now focusing on the national health-care debate month for health insurance,’” said Byron Crouse, UW professor in Family Medicine. That’s a big risk, according to Van Orman. “If you don’t have insurance, an emergency visit, just for a simple thing, can be anywhere between $500 and $1000 ... something like an appendicitis, that could easily be $5,000 to $10,000.” “I don’t think they’re [students] not trying to get care, it’s just that they can’t afford it and they’re making difﬁcult decisions.” Sarah Van Orman director University Health Services
Other students who don’t live in the Dane County area may fall under their parents’ Health Maintenance Organization, but such plans are often regionally based. “Usually it’s not a problem if they’re from Green Bay or Milwaukee, but sometimes it’s Minneapolis, sometimes it’s New York,” Van Orman said. “If you break your leg and go to the emergency room that’s covered, but when you need to see a specialist a week later, the HMO will say, ‘you
can come home.’” For students who need any or better insurance, Orman said 3,000 currently purchase UHS’ Student Health Insurance Plan, or SHIP, which offers health-care coverage to students for $1,476 per year (or $615 for the fall and $861 for the spring and summer semester). Orman acknowledged some students ﬁnd cheaper policies under private insurers, but typically, “you pay for what you get.” Red ﬂags include high deductibles, numerous policy exclusions, high coinsurance rates, maximum out-of-pocket costs and other provisions. Capped beneﬁts are especially problematic for students because they’re often “in the ﬁne print.” “They’ll say they’ll pay all your upfront costs, but then they’ll have an in-patient cap, a day-surgery cap or a lifetime maximum cap,” Orman said. Orman welcomed students to bring in possible policies to the UHS staff for review. If students prefer outside consulting, many non-proﬁt health-care advising organizations exist in Madison, including ABC in Health and Madison’s Center for Patient Relationships. Look for more coverage of the health-care debate by The Daily Cardinal and All Together Now in the coming weeks.
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Experts from various sexual assualt resources provide information on ways to prevent rape and help victims Wednesday at a panel.
Survey ranks UW entrepreneur programs among best in U.S. Both UW-Madison graduate and undergraduate entrepreneurship programs within the School of Business ranked among the top 25 in the nation, according to a recent survey. The survey, conducted by the Princeton Review and Entrepreneur Magazine, ranked the graduate program at 11th and the undergraduate program at 16th, according to a release. The release said the survey reviewed over 2,000 programs across the U.S. over a seven-month period, and this is the ﬁrst year both UWMadison graduate and undergraduate programs ranked in the top 25.
Mike Knetter, dean of the UWMadison School of Business said the programs aim to provide an education that is relevant to the outside world. “Our business school is focused on bringing undergraduate and graduate students from across campus in close contact with local companies and startups, and helping to create opportunities for new ideas and technology to drive the future,” he said in a statement. The survey ranked the programs based on academics, students and faculty and outside-of-the-classroom education.
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t UW-Madison, we are incredibly lucky to have one of the most endearing mascots in all of sports: Buckingham U. Badger. Bucky is the very face of this university, whether he is pumping up the crowd at a Badger football game, celebrating with students during the All-Campus Party or sharing a drag off of a cigarette with a local Madison teenager. I was lucky enough to sit down with Bucky to ask him a few questions about being the most important mammal in all of Madison. (Note: Interview edited due to language, violence and brief nudity. Also, Bucky spent most of the interview smoking about a half a pack of cigarettes and taking the occasional dose of one of the several pills he brought along.) Me: Bucky, what’s the hardest part of your job as mascot of UWMadison?
Bucky: Well, I know this Bucky... well, I knew this Bucky...he’s dead. Had a hell of a run. Couldn’t take the pressures of the job. Hell, I can barely take em (at this point in the interview, Bucky takes about three pills out of one of his pill bottles and swallows them down with a swig out of a ﬂask full of whiskey). Me: Uh, pressures? What exactly are you talking about? Bucky: About having to be such a [expletive deleted] role model all the time. Let me put it this way: If I have to high-ﬁve one more goddamned toddler, I’m going to [expletive deleted] maul someone. The only good thing is that sometimes the parents slip me a ten-spot or a Jackson to get their kid to appear on the jumbotron during football or basketball games. Yeah, I’d say I’m 90 percent in this gig for the money. (At this point in the interview, Bucky takes another large swig out of his ﬂask, throws it at a woman and her newborn child walking by, and proceeds to put out his cigarette on my forearm).
Me: (Ahem) Let’s, uh...moving on. What exactly are those pills you are taking?
I had big money on that mascot contest...lost a lot of cash betting on myself in that thing... [expletive deleted].
Bucky: Ah, come on, can’t a guy just relax once in a while? The pressure man, the pressure, the guy before me, he just let the pressure get to him and he couldn’t handle it. Good guy, though. Hell of a bass. I learned my lesson from him though: Never mix and match your liquors...
Me: Okay Bucky ... so you just admitted that you’ve bet on the Capital One Mascot Challenge, been bribed by parents to get their kids on the jumbo-tron at home games and gotten addicted to painkillers Are you worried that all of your vices will ruin your legacy?
Me: Right... So Bucky, you didn’t come out on top in the Capital One Mascot Challenge? Why do you think you came up short in the end?
Bucky: What legacy? I’m an overweight, balding, washed-up rodent who wears a goddamned striped sweater with no pants on...please kill me.
Bucky: Me come up short?! It was the [expletive deleted] fans who were too [expletive deleted] lazy to vote me into the ﬁnals! I tell ya... they’re active enough to command me to do 42 push-ups on a gameday Saturday, but they are too [expletive deleted] lazy to get online and vote for me in the mascot challenge! “Oh yeah Bucky, do some pushups! We scored!” You do some goddamned pushups, it’s 130 degrees Celsius in this [expletive deleted] suit. And
(Note: It was at this point in the interview that Bucky passed out, likely from taking too many shots of tequila in a short amount of time. I poked him with a stick for a couple of minutes, got tired and left him there. I’m sure everything went ﬁne). Have you seen Bucky passed out in a dumpster, smelling of urine and some cheap wine? Let Jon know where to find him by sending an e-mail to email@example.com.
New Beer Thursday Redbridge lager This week in New Beer Thursday we are reaching out to all our readers allergic to gluten as we sample Anheuser-Busch’s Redbridge. Hailing from the African beer domain, Redbridge is brewed with sorghum rather than the traditional barley or wheat. Brewing a gluten-free beer is an admirable pursuit, and I credit AnheuserBusch for combating Celiac Disease one brew at a time. Having never tried a gluten-free beer, I was reassured knowing that this particular beer was “made with me in mind,” according to its website. In a blind smell test, this would certainly pass as a standard beer, however light it was. The coloring seemed ﬁne too, and certainly didn’t suggest the beer didn’t contain a key ingredient. Sorghum Gluten being signiﬁcantly sweeter than barley and wheat, the ﬁrst sip hit me with a wave of sweetness I wasn’t quite prepared for. Falling into the same ﬂaw as last week, Redbridge is particularly carbonated, so much so that it has a head in the bottle for the duration of drinking. The faint taste of the oh-so-familiar hops
linger through and reminds you that you are drinking beer, not soda. The subsequent sips were not much better. The aftertaste left something to be desired, and often made me wish I had a palate-cleansing beer to help wash this one down. The fact of the matter is, wheat and barley have signiﬁcant tastes, and one comes to expect them in a beer. Though there is no word to accurately describe the aftertaste (tonic water comes to mind), it certainly isn’t what one expects in a beer. Without being completely familiar with gluten-free beers to compare it against, I’m hesitant to completely discredit Redbridge Ale. However, for the average beer drinker, I’d skip the sorghum, and stick to the usual barley and wheat-based beers.
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9 percent of Wisconsin residents uninsured By Steven Rosenbaum THE DAILY CARDINAL
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Madison’s criteria for street vendors throughout the downtown area is extremely unique, but still draws many students every day.
Panel to judge fate of food carts downtown By Alyssa Connolly THE DAILY CARDINAL
Your favorite lunchtime food vendor could be traveling to a new location following this week’s city review panel of all downtown food carts. Members of Madison’s Vending Oversight Committee, as well as some city employee volunteers, make up a team of 25 to 30 judges who will sample the food and drinks throughout the week at each of the roughly 40 vending carts in both Library Mall and on the Capitol Square. “The main purpose of the review is to decide and designate who can go where based on the points system,” Ald. Mike Verveer, District 4, and panel judge, said. “Frankly our obligation is to get stomachaches this week.” Verveer said the judges base their rankings on food quality, cart aesthetics and originality of type of merchandise. The vendors with the highest ranking will have ﬁrst choice of their location for the next year. “Each of the cart vendors is different,” Verveer said. “Some of them feel very strongly that they can make more money on Library Mall and some feel strongly that their follow-
ing is on the Capitol Square.” The vending coordinator who is responsible for tallying the scores, Warren Hansen, could not be reached for comment. Dan Cox of the Jamerica food cart said he has been in Library Mall since 1999, and that the Buraka and Loose Juice carts have been there even longer. The well-known “fruit stand,” however, has been in its location in front of the University Bookstore for 30 years, Fresh Wind Produce’s Don Helley said. “We’ve had a pretty good record,” Helley said. “We’re always in the top three.” Verveer has been judging the vending carts for over ten years. Though he wouldn’t name his favorite cart, he said he thinks the overall food cart program in Madison is very unique. “You can’t just open up a cart and sell cans of soda,” he said. “There are rules that everything that you sell has to be fresh and personally prepared.” The VOC will meet next Wednesday, Sep. 30, to review the scoring and approve the list of vending locations for the next year, which begins and ends April 15.
Top USDA economist to speak at UW The United States Department of Agriculture’s chief economist, Joe Glauber, will speak at UWMadison Thursday on U.S. trade policy and agriculture. According to a release, Glauber’s speech is part of a symposium honoring the 100-year anniversary of the creation of the UW-Madison department of agriculture and applied economics. Glauber, who received his Ph.D. in agricultural economics from UWMadison in 1984, took his position as chief economist with the USDA
pave from page 1 Hendrickson attends workshops to speak about consent, and said one of the most important things people can do for a victim of sexual assault is to provide support. “We talk about how people can be supportive to someone who has gone through sexual assault,” she said. According to Jennifer Young, senior psychologist for University
in February 2008. Glauber’s main responsibilities have consisted of providing agricultural commodity reports and updates and outlooks for the future of agricultural prices in the U.S., according to a statement. Glauber’s speech will take place Thursday at 8:45 a.m. in room 1111 at the UW-Madison Biotechnology Center, and will be followed by a talk Friday by David Kaimowitz, director of the Natural Assets and Sustainability unit at the Ford Foundation. Health Services, UHS provides similar services with mental health, individual, group and couple counseling free for any UW-Madison student. “The main thing is individual therapy to help planning safety, trauma recovery and helping the victim focus and study so they can stay in school,” she said. For more information regarding these resources, visit www.uhs. wisc.edu.
The U.S. Census Bureau released a report Monday revealing that Wisconsin has one of the lowest rates of people without health insurance in the country. The report, consisting of data from 2008, said that Wisconsin had 9 percent uninsured last year. The Census Bureau website lists the rates as three-year averages from 2006-2008. Over that period, the national average rate of uninsured is 15.5 percent, while Wisconsin’s rate is only 8.9 percent, the fourth lowest in the country. Only Minnesota, Hawaii and Massachusetts have lower rates. Rep. Kelda Helen Roys, DMadison, vice chair of the Assembly Committee on Health
and Health Care Reform, is pleased with those numbers. According to Roys, Wisconsin is a pioneer in health-care expansion, and there are many reasons why the state has such a low rate. “I think one of the most important things that we can point to is our children’s health-insurance program. We have one of the best in the country,” she said. Roys also pointed to BadgerCare, a program for lowincome families, and a new version called BadgerCare Core Plus for low-income, childless adults. Wisconsin provides more access to health care outside federal programs because “you can be pretty poor and still not qualify,” Roys said. According to Roys, reforms have been passed in the legisla-
ture to protect consumers, such as prohibiting insurance companies from looking at someone’s entire medical history and using a pre-existing condition as basis to cancel coverage after he or she gets sick. However, Roys said more policies still need to be enacted to increase coverage even more. She said both better use of electronic medical records and giving people with chronic diseases the resources to better manage those diseases on their own are needed reforms. “Even 9, 10 percent in Wisconsin, you’re still talking about half a million [uninsured] people, and that’s just a huge number,” Roys said. “There’s no excuse for that in an industrialized nation.”
Audit: Sex offenders, child care providers share addresses By Grace Urban THE DAILY CARDINAL
The Legislative Audit Bureau released a report Wednesday revealing four registered sex offenders who share addresses with licensed child care providers. The report follows a request made by the Joint Legislative Audit Committee for an audit of Wisconsin Shares, a child care subsidy program administered by the Department of Children and Families. “There are signiﬁcant problems with Wisconsin Shares ... that affect the integrity of the program,” said Sen. Kathleen Vinehout, D-Alma, co-chair of the Joint Legislative Audit Committee. “These problems are simply intolerable; they require immediate action.” According to the audit, it is believed that though there were
address matches, no children were harmed. Sen. Robert Jauch, D-Poplar, chair of the Committee on Children and Families and Workforce Development, emphasized the effectiveness of the audit. “It’s doing its job to act as a laser beam and focus in on the strengths and weaknesses ... in a system that deserves our review and warrants our complete attention ﬁxing those problems,” Jauch said. “As important as it is to immediately ﬁx problems that are identiﬁed, we have to continue to commit ourselves to providing the tools, the resources and the statutory changes needed to prevent problems like this from happening in the ﬁrst place.” Rep. Tamara Grigsby, DMilwaukee, chair of the Committee on Children and Families, along with
Jauch, is drafting legislation that will provide tools for the DCF to regulate child care providers. These tools include the authority to ensure child care providers and those working or living at the same address do not appear on the sex offender registry and a requirement of four reviews of licensed child care providers per year. The legislation also gives the DCF authority to suspend Wisconsin Shares payments to child care providers under investigation for criminal offenses. “We will continue to ﬁght this ﬁght,” Grigsby said. “First of all to make sure that the taxpayers’ dollars are not being irresponsibly used, but most importantly to make sure that our children are in quality environments where people are responsible.”
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Expanding equality The debate over immigrants’ rights continues in Wisconsin, bringing the issue of in-state tuition to the forefront Story by Valerie Klessig
onning a cap and gown, she received her high school diploma and, with the ending of an era, another began. Claudia, who asked to remain anonymous because of the sensitivity of her immigrant status, planned to further her education at the collegiate level. Her goals were similar to many aspiring young adults, but with one difference: she was not born in the United States. When undocumented students apply to state universities and private and technical colleges, they are classiﬁed as non-residents and granted out-of-state tuition. This barrier made higher education ﬁnancially unavailable to many students who had lived most of their lives in Wisconsin. According to research published by the Urban Institute, an estimated 65,000 undocumented immigrant students graduate from high schools each year. These students have lived in the United States for ﬁve years or longer, many brought here at a young age by their parents. In the majority of cases, undocumented immigrants have either entered the country without valid documents or entered with valid visas that have now expired. Although Claudia, an undocumented student who came with her family to America when she was nine, was accepted to UWMadison, she could not afford the out-of-state rates. “It completely brought me down,” Claudia said. “It’s more than disappointment. It’s somebody shutting the door in your face and saying you can’t do it.” If she went to UW-Madison, she would have had to pay for college on her own because undocumented students were ineligible for federal aid and most scholarships because they lack the requirement of permanent residency. “It’s that belief that ‘if you’re undocumented, you can’t go to college’ that makes kids drop out of high school, get into
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People advocate for immigrant rights in a march in May. things like gangs, and give up on life because, what’s the point? I know this because it happened in my family,” Claudia said. On June 29, 2009, Gov.0 Jim Doyle signed the biennial state budget which included a provision granting in-state tuition to qualiﬁed undocumented immigrants. Wisconsin was the eleventh state to enact this law, reversing the situation for undocumented students like Claudia and their families as their hopes converted to reality. “At that point, it seemed unreal,” Claudia said. “I’d been waiting all these years for this to happen. I just burst into tears.” Claudia applied to UWMadison last spring in hopes that the provision granting instate tuition to qualiﬁed undocumented immigrants would be included in the 2009-2011 state budget. Claudia knew that she had to join the ﬁght and rally support to encourage Wisconsin’s state Legislature to include the provision in the budget. “When I ﬁrst went to lobby, I was scared,” Claudia said. “I was like, ‘Why are they going to listen to me?’” Voces de la Frontera, a membership-based nonproﬁt organization in Milwaukee, Racine and Madison that advocates for the rights of low-wage and immigrant workers, inspired Claudia. Claudia said she felt stronger with every testimony given and every demonstration. “This law is amazing because it gave me hope,” Claudia said, adding that going to the marches and testifying mattered in the end. “Even if I can’t vote, I can get ten other people to vote. It’s so important to let students know that even if they’re undocumented they can still get organized and try to change the law because it can be changed.” This bill struggled at the state level since it was initially introduced by State Rep. Pedro Colon, D-Milwaukee, in 1999. Doyle included the provision in his proposed budget in February 2009. Although both the Joint Finance Committee and the Assembly approved the provision, the Senate Democratic Caucus removed it. Some opponents of the measure felt it would contribute to Wisconsin’s “brain drain” if undocumented students graduated and then left the state, according to a May 2009 Milwaukee Journal Sentinel article. Rep. Phil Montgomery (R-Green Bay) previously stated in the article that they should not include the provision because it did not make economic sense for the state. The Conference Committee returned the provision to the budget. The passing of
migrate. Because we have responsibility in the migration that happens, I feel that we have responsibility for opening our borders wider than we do.” According to the research brieﬁng “Legal Issues Facing Immigrant Dairy Workers in Wisconsin” published in July 2009 by Harrison, Sarah Lloyd, and Trish O’Kane, it would take roughly 26 years for a Mexican-born immigrant who is not a spouse or minor child of a permanent legal resident to be approved for permanent residency through family-based admission, one of four routes to “As a nation we need to reconsider what borders mean eventual citizenship. UW-Madison sophomore and how legitimate our curMariana Berbert moved to rent immigration policies.” America with her family when she Sarah Wieckert was 12 years old by request of the managing editor American company for which her The Daily Cardinal father worked. Although she came to America over seven years ago, she is a legal permanent resident sent a crucial message to immi- but is not yet ﬁnished the citizengrant students who work hard but ship process. receive little in return. “The process is annoying, but “If you don’t allow those kids I feel like I can’t even complain to be educated you will never because we have so much help,” get the teachers, the nurses, the Berbert said. “I can’t even imagine higher-educated workforce to what it would be like if we didn’t come back to the city and help have a really powerful American those populations,” Colon said. company asking us to stay.” “It’s just a small reminder to the According to David Giroux, feds that they have not done spokesman for the UW system, their job [regarding] immigra- the issue for the university is not tion, and they really need to get about illegal versus legal residents, working on it.” but rather about achieving its goal The 10-year struggle in the of educating a strong workforce state Legislature reﬂected the con- for Wisconsin. troversy that surrounded this issue “We’re not talking about inviton a state level. UW-Madison ing people from other countries or sophomore Bob Nelson, a resident other states to come here and get of Illinois, saw the issue from two some sort of special treatment,” Giroux said. “We’re talking about different perspectives. “I understand that they’re in a people whose families already live horrible situation that they didn’t here and who will likely live here bring upon themselves,” Nelson in the future. We can either edusaid. “At the same time, it seems cate and prepare them for a 21st unfair to my family and me century job or we can leave them because I’m an American citizen, out and hold the state back.” Cindy Breunig, a member of and I’d be paying way more than they would be paying and they’re Voces de la Frontera, said immigrants make many positive contrinot legal citizens.” Some wonder whether a fea- butions every day to communities sible path to legalization for immi- that often go unrecognized. grants even exists. According to “This is a small step to say UW-Madison community and that we recognize your positive environmental sociology profes- contributions,” Breunig said. sor Jill Harrison, because of the “We welcome and want you here constrained legal pathways, very in the state of Wisconsin, and few people can afford to use typi- here is opportunity to continue cal paths to legalization. She said to follow your dreams through the United States, out of moral higher education.” obligation, needed to streamline Claudia said she wants the immigration opportunities to inspire others with her that did exist. achievement. “As a nation we need to recon“I’ve been waiting so long sider what borders mean and how to say that I’m a UW student,” legitimate our current immigra- Claudia said. “Now I can motition policies are that prevent so vate other people and it gives many people from coming into them hope. It not only affects the United States,” Harrison said. the student, it affects the entire “Some fundamental power imbal- family who is ﬁghting for that ances in the global economy privi- student. It literally affects the lege those in the United States and whole community because now make life harder for people else- these kids have a future and where that in turn drive them to before they really didn’t.” this law in June 2009 enabled immigrant students to attend state universities and technical colleges paying the same rates as their high school classmates. To qualify, a student has to: live in the state of Wisconsin continuously for at least three years, graduate from a high school or receive a GED in Wisconsin, and present the institution with an afﬁdavit stating that they have or will apply for permanent residency once they are eligible. According to Colon, this law
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JAMIE STARK opinion columnist
f there’s one issue this campus cares about, one shared obsession, one reason innumerable students vie to attend the prestigious University of Wisconsin, it’s booze. In all honesty, we may not all drink, but most of us do, and we’re all affected by it. Some students watch classmates lose brain cells and some students visit Ian’s at 1 a.m. for Mac n’ Cheese pizza or projectile vomit in a stairwell. Eighth District alderman and UW senior Bryon Eagon is currently lobbying the Common Council to add a student seat to the Alcohol Licensing and Review Committee (ALRC), which oversees all alcohol policy within the city of Madison. Primarily, the committee grants and revokes alcohol licenses to boozy establishments in Madison. Most recently, they approved the KK bar’s slap-on-the-wrist license suspension. Currently, the committee has seven voting members––two alders and five citizen members appointed by the mayor.
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Last spring during the end of former student alder Eli Judge’s term, Judge successfully added a student technical adviser position to the committee. Mark Woulf, a UW senior, currently fills that position, though he can’t vote during committee. Other city interest groups have non-voting, technical advisers on the ALRC, including the Madison Police Department and the tavern league. Several weeks ago, a proposal was brought to council to add a third alder to the committee. However, that would mean eight voting members, with the possible consequence of numerous, undesirable tie votes. The first solution was to appoint another voting citizen member, hired by the mayor. Eagon then proposed an amendment making the possible ninth seat a student voting member. “This would create a lot of ownership for students to actually have a full vote and full voice on an issue they are really passionate about,” Eagon said. “[Students are] such frequent users of these types of establishments, they know what places are safe and could
provide ﬁrst-hand insight for places to go to,” Eagon added. “They’re not going to be a rubber stamp. They want fun, safe places.” With students like Eagon and 2nd dist. alder Bridget Maniaci on Common Council, city government is not a collection of antique codgers determined to hate on students and deny us access to liquid conﬁdence. Students can bring a unique, underrepresented voice to the discussion of alcohol policy in a community that needs to consider reality while combating alcohol problems.
Students care about their own safety and that of their friends’ and realize how alcohol can affect their environment.
Over 42,000 adults add to Madison’s population for a majority of the year, and many of us can (legally) consume adult beverages. We are an integral part of this community. We live and play in the parts of town most affected by alcohol policy. Students care about
their own safety and that of their friends’ and realize how alcohol can affect their environment. The college population can bring what Eagon calls “new dynamics and new insight” to the table much more effectively if we have a vote than if we just have speaking rights like any other meeting attendee. If the amendment passes, a voting student member could be added as soon as November. It’s worth asking: would any student in their right mind be willing to sit on a committee like this? According to Eagon, yes. Last spring, when ASM interviewed potential applicants for the non-voting student adviser seat on the ALRC, eight students applied. If the position had added influence in the form of a vote, undoubtedly there would be increased student interest, even if it would only be a nerdy, civic-minded student minority that considers joining. Though it’s possible to imagine numerous frat boys jockeying for a position with real power in determining what bars open where. Seems like considerable bragging rights for impressing the ladies.
Regardless of the student seat amendment’s fate, Eagon’s push has helped force Common Council members to remember students as Madisonians, even in future, unrelated decisions. “No one else had even thought for a second, why not include the students,” Eagon said, when discussing the reaction to his amendment. The minutiae of a student appointment must still be hammered out. Would a student appointee need to be 21 or just 18? Would the student be appointed through ASM to ensure the selection was student directed, or would that deter students from MATC and Edgewood from applying? We certainly cannot start a student-run, pan-Madison-college commission with the sole purpose of appointing one student to a committee on city council. There must be a solution that ensures students, not the mayor, appoint our student representative. If that happens, we can have a bigger voice in the conversation about our favorite subject. Jamie Stark is a sophomore intending to major in journalism and political science. Please send responses to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Use power of the purse to advocate for social and humanitarian causes By Kathy Dittrich THE DAILY CARDINAL
Michael Pollan is in town. He speaks Thursday at the Kohl Center and Saturday he will make an appearance at the Food For Thought Festival in downtown Madison, speaking about his book “In Defense of Food” for the Go Big Read program. In recent years Pollan has become the spokesperson for the real food movement in this country. Much of his activism focuses on the food industry’s effect on our health. Pollan attributes increased levels of obesity, Type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease to our diet, and he argues that health care reform in this country will fail if we do not change the way we eat. In order to change our diet as a nation, Pollan asserts that we need to change the way food is grown, processed and consumed in this country. This food system overhaul, Pollan writes, is “even more difficult than reforming the healthcare system.” Difficult doesn’t begin to describe the situation the government is in, “subsidizing both the costs of treating Type 2 diabetes and the consumption of high-fructose corn syrup.” If Washington’s hands are tied when it comes to food system reform, it is up to the voters to enact change. Arguably Pollan’s greatest contribution to the American conversation about our food system is his advocacy for “voting with your dollars.” Every time you make a purchase you are essentially saying that you support everything that went into the production and distribution of whatever it is you are buying. When you ﬁll your gas tank, you are supporting the oil industry. When you buy textbooks and notebooks, you are supporting the lumber industry. When you purchase a new pair of jeans, you are supporting the cotton industry. What went into producing and
bringing you, the consumer, a good is not always clear. It’s difﬁcult to know whether or not your gas money is supporting drilling in the Niger Delta by Shell and Chevron, whose presence in a region inhabited by some of the world’s poorest people has lead to severe pollution, destruction of mangrove forests and depletion of ﬁsh stocks. It’s not easy to ﬁnd out if your clothes were sewn by Chinese workers making less than minimum wage, or if the paper in your notebook was harvested from old growth forests.
We can choose to support practices and companies that value workers, the land and our health.
In the case of our food, we do not always know where it comes from, what chemicals and pesticides were used in the ﬁelds, whether genetically modiﬁed seeds were planted, how far the product has been transported, or what kinds of preservatives were added to increase the product’s shelf life. These are things the average consumer does not know, mostly because the information is difﬁcult to obtain. But as a consumer we should be more aware of what business practices our money helps sustain. When Election Day roles around, do we vote for a politician whose platform we’re not sure of? Do we vote for someone whose voting record is unclear? When you begin to look at spending your money as casting a ballot, a means by which to support or not support an industry and its practices, you take back control of your food chain. You have the power to spend your hard earned dollars supporting a food industry whose practices are friendly to both the environment and your health.
We have the opportunity every day to vote with our dollars. We can choose to support practices and companies that value workers, the land and our health. We can refuse to contribute to those which destroy the earth, poison our bodies, and do not provide living wages. Put your money back into the community by supporting local growers and purveyors. When you purchase locally you decrease the distance your food travels, which in turn reduces the amount of gas burned in transportation and increases the freshness and healthfulness of your food. When you choose to spend your money locally you are contributing to your own health and wealth. The farmer you purchase from may patronize the coffee shop or restaurant where you work. This kind of grower-consumer relationship has been largely lost in the United States. As a nation we have become disconnected with our food source. When you purchase tomatoes at the farmers’ market you have the opportunity to see the person who planted, cared for and harvested those tomatoes. When you purchase a sandwich at Subway you have no way of knowing where those tomatoes came from or who was involved in their production. The big oil companies use their money to lobby Washington D.C. and effect change to their beneﬁt. We too can use money to change the way the food industry does business. By refusing to support unsustainable farming practices, unlivable wages and the production of processed nonfood food products we can encourage the food industry to change. If we demand food that is both good for us and the environment, the food industry will be forced to change the way they do business. Kathy Dittrich is a senior majoring in English and French. Please send responses to email@example.com.
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uring halftime of last Saturday’s football game, the UW band once again regaled us with what I assume was a wonderful performance, though I couldn’t really hear it in the student section. Usually the halftime performances are more for the benefit of the adults, with the students occasionally engaged by a song like “Sweet Caroline”. However, my mid-game space-out was interrupted by the announcer, as he informed us the band was now playing “the time-honored classic ‘Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah’”. Most people remember the song from one of those Disney sing-a-longs that your elementary school music teacher put on video when she was tired of teaching a bunch of third graders to sing “Jingle Bells” for the tenth year in a row. But most people have no idea what movie it came from.
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The movie was called “Song of the South,” and even during its release in 1946 it was considered racially insensitive. The film blends live action and animation, with the animated characters representing characters in a story told by Uncle Remus, a perpetually happy slave who spins morality tales for the children of his plantation owners. When the film was released the NAACP “applauded its artistic merit,” but also criticized the “impression it gives of an idyllic master-slave relationship.”
Even during its release in 1946, “Song of the South” was considered racially insensitive.
The film had occasional rereleases, but Disney has intentionally never released it on home video or DVD, citing the potential conflicts that could arise. Even the great film critic Roger
Ebert, who rarely advocates censorship, believed the film should stay locked in the Disney vault so as to not make a mark on impressionable children. Although I can understand Disney’s viewpoint, I still think “Song of the South” deserves a rerelease of some sort. Not only could ﬁlm students everywhere beneﬁt from seeing the kinds of ﬁlms that were the norm during this time, but the ﬁlm would hardly be the top choice for parents to pick out for their kids. Who wants to rent “Song of the South” when your kids could be watching guinea pigs ﬁght crime in “G-Force”? Furthermore, aren’t there already enough Disney classics that incorporate racism? Films like “Peter Pan,” “The Jungle Book” and “Dumbo” all feature stereotypical interpretations of a certain race, but are considered time-honored classics, not shut away in the Disney vault forever. Sure, Uncle Remus (portrayed by James Baskett) was a living, breathing representation of racism, but the natives in “Peter Pan” singing “What makes a red man red” and
naming the lead bird in “Dumbo” Jim Crow are just as insensitive.
Although I can understand Disney’s viewpoint, I still think “Song of the South” deserves a re-release of some sort.
The point is, racism existed in the early 1900s, and continues to exist today. If we can look at films like “Birth of a Nation” and “Gone with the Wind” as movie masterpieces made during a backwards era, why can’t “Song of the South” be re-released? Additionally, won’t the forward march of progressive policies always find something that is politically incorrect? What may have been acceptable 50 years ago almost certainly won’t be acceptable 100 years after that. What if “Beverly Hills Chihuahua” is
banned in the year 2100 for its grotesque portrayal of Hispanic stereotypes? Sure, they may seem harmless now, but the citizens of tomorrow may find that children are affected by the subtle jokes, or even constraining chihuahuas to Mexican roles. It may sound absurd, but political correctness is a fickle thing. Disney has made enough money off “Song of the South,” from the theme park ride Splash Mountain (based on the animated characters in the ﬁlm) to the sing-a-longs, but no one knows the context from which they came. As George Santayana said, “those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” If we turn our back on a ﬁlm because of its questionable content, we’re not only ignoring what was considered a great ﬁlm, but we’re also writing revisionist ﬁlm history. Have you seen an elephant fly recently? Tell Kevin about it at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Around Campus Tonight Micachu & the Shapes with Chairlift Micachu & the Shapes’ debut, Jewellery, is a gorgeous marriage of traditional folk and off-the-wall expressionism, a refreshingly unique take on a genre plagued by redundancy and conservatism. And as if Micachu weren’t incentive enough, Chairlift has that one song in that one iPod commercial. It’s a can’t-miss conglomeration of upand-coming (and infrequently visiting) indie acts and, best of all, it’s free. Who: Chairlift, Micachu & the Shapes, the Soft Pack When: Tonight, 8:30 p.m. Where: Memorial Union Terrace Cost: Free
Thursday, September 24, 2009
Badgers use new style for same approach
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Junior tight end Lance Kendricks has rotated with seniors Garrett Graham and Mickey Turner as blocking and pass-catching tight ends. By Ben Breiner THE DAILY CARDINAL
Wisconsin has always been associated with power football, and an integral part of that had been the thankless yet important job of fullback. From recent stalwarts like Bill Rentmeester, Chris
Pressley and Matt “the Hebrew Hammer” Bernstein to former NFL standout Cecil Martin who blocked for Ron Dayne (recruited mostly as a fullback), all the way back to Heisman winner Alan Ameche, the position has been essential to Badger offenses.
Wisconsin drops opener By Sam Sussman THE DAILY CARDINAL
The Wisconsin volleyball team went into Wednesday night’s Big Ten opener against Iowa with conﬁdence, riding a two-game winning streak. However it was the Hawkeyes who left with their heads held high, winning the match in four sets. The Field House, ranking ﬁfth in the country with an average attendance of 3,528 fans, was packed, the student section was boastfully obnoxious, and the band was roaring. Hopes were high for the Badgers (5-4). Yet, it didn’t take long for the Hawkeyes (8-4), led by junior middle blocker Becky Walters, who recorded an outstanding game-high .478 hitting percentage, and senior libero Christina Meister, to make their presence felt. The Hawkeyes jumped off to a quick lead in the ﬁrst set. The Badgers now had to play catch-up, something they did throughout the night after losing the ﬁrst point in every set. The lead see-sawed back and forth midway through the ﬁrst set. After senior outside hitter Brittney Dolgner ran into the media table trying, but failing to keep a play alive, Iowa went up 16-15. The Hawkeyes did not look back, and take the ﬁrst set, 25-21. This play epitomized the Badgers’ night. Whenever the Badgers seemed on the verge of a momentum shift, they fell just short. The two lone seniors, Dolgner and outside hitter Caity DuPont, seemed to lack their usual energy. Dolgner recorded nine errors and only six kills on her way to a hitting percentage of .107. DuPont had her ﬁrst match without an ace since September 6. “Brittney sat out Monday and Tuesday with the ﬂu. She didn’t have the same elevation on her jump,” head coach Pete Waite said.
“She was tentative.” This tentativeness was evident not only to Waite, the Hawkeyes and the fans, but to the other Badgers as well. “Everyone always has to be ready,” junior outside hitter Allison Wack said. Despite the result, Wack certainly was ready, posting a game-high 17 kills. So were a few other Badgers, as some of the younger players were forced to pick up the slack. In the second set it was freshman right side hitter Kirby Toon providing the spark, with four kills. In the third set it was freshman middle blocker Alexis Mitchell’s turn, driving home 4 kills as well. “I tried to focus on swinging hard, being aggressive,” Mitchell said. “I wanted to go in there and do what I needed for the team.” Waite was disappointed with the outcome, but did like his team’s performance in the second set. “In the second set things picked up,” Waite said. Wisconsin came out rolling after a timeout at 15-15 to win the second set 25-19. At 18-16, junior libero Kim Kuzma wisely let a close ball sail long. After this second set of brief superiority, it was all downhill. “We were a little inconsistent heading into the third,” Waite said. There were too many unforced errors.” The Badgers put up a team total of 32 attack errors to Iowa’s 15. The only player who displayed consistency was Kuzma, who had a game-high 18 digs. It was consistency that led to the eventual Hawkeyes’ victory. Iowa went on to win the third and fourth set 2522 and 25-18, respectively. Although the Badgers totaled 11 more kills than the Hawkeyes’ 48, Wisconsin also had a .170 hitting percentage to the Hawkeyes’ .275.
This season... not so much. Although there has not been a change in offensive philosophy, the Wisconsin offense has not featured that big, bruising fullback. Instead, it has opted to put tight ends in the backﬁeld to lead the way for running backs. In two of the last three weeks, the team has not even listed a fullback on the depth chart. “We run a 13-personnel is what we call it. One back, three tight ends,” senior tight end Garrett Graham said. “So you know, we’re able to do a lot more things. Mickey [Turner] especially has been in the backfield a little more and you’ll see Lance [Kendricks] floating around there too in motions and stuff like that.” Kendricks and team captains Graham and Turner all share starting tight end spots and have thus far been important in both the running and passing game. The trio has combined for 21 receptions for 234 yards. Each of the three brings a slightly different skill set to the offense, which almost always has two of them on the ﬁeld. “I’d say none of us are the same,” Graham said. “Lance [can] really stretch the ﬁeld, is a fast guy, really strong, a freak in the weight room. He’s real physical when it comes
to blocking. Mickey, he’s going to get things done. He works really hard, unselﬁsh. I’m probably a mix between both of them.” The comments about Kendricks are especially notable, since when he arrived at Wisconsin, he played wide receiver. Out of Rufus King High School in Milwaukee, he was considered one of the top 15 receivers in the 2006 class by scout.com. The staff moved him over to tight end, but even after coming back from a broken leg suffered against Michigan State, his passcatching skills were still far ahead of his blocking. Then Kendricks started the 2009 season with two catchless games, but still drew praise from coaches for his work in the run game. The receiving ability showed up last Saturday, as Kendricks had team highs in catches and receiving yards against Wofford. “I appreciate what Lance has done as far as getting himself prepared so that he can do what he’s doing,” Offensive Coordinator Paul Chryst said, noting how well he transitioned to the new position. “You know, guys come in and you don’t know which direction they go and to his credit, he’s found a way on the ﬁeld and a major contributor to this offense.”
Kendricks, was at a loss when asked to consider how he would have responded in high school to the prospect of lead blocking for a big back like sophomore John Clay. “I don’t know what I would have said [as a senior],” Kendricks said. “I probably would have freaked out then, but now it’s ﬁne. I’m so used to it now, it doesn’t bother me.” Both Graham and Kendricks said that being a lead blocker in the running game was a change from blocking from the normal tight end position but not an exceptionally challenging one. “There’s a lot of carry-over,” tight ends coach Joe Rudolph said. “Now this is a little bit different. I would say the level of difﬁculty enhances a little bit and but they’ve adapted well to it and they’re doing a good job.” The change itself was not a matter of shifting the game plan more toward tight ends and away from fullbacks, but simply responding to a roster without many players in the classic fullback mold. “I think a good offense takes advantage of the people,” Chryst said “[The tight ends] were all good players, worthy of being on the ﬁeld and so I think you adjust to players as opposed to trying to say scheme for something or another.”
Myths about FCS team scheduling revealed BEN BREINER boom goes the breinamite
f ter Wisconsin finished up its blowout of Wofford, head coach Bret Bielema faced a difficult question about his schedule. Was the first non-sellout in 41 games a referendum on the opponent? Bielema did his best to answer, pointing to challenges in getting schedules to line up and claiming the goal was to build as strong a schedule as possible.
Good schedules are deﬁned by the best opponents a team plays, not the worst.
The problem is that getting mad about playing FCS teams is that two big myths exist about scheduling FCS opponents. Myth 1: FCS opponents drag down a strong schedule. Sadly, fans are looking at the scheduling issue completely backwards. Good schedules are defined by the best opponents a team plays, not the worst, and fans need to look at that when venting scheduling rage. No one cares that Florida plays an FCS and a Sun Belt team since the play Florida State. Eight of the top nine teams in the coaches poll play FCS opponents this year including everyone in the top six (it’s a joke that Penn State and Ole Miss are in the top six at all with the teams they’ve faced, but that’s another story). Hell, some of the
schedules ESPN rated as its 10 hardest before the season feature the likes of UC-Davis, Tennessee Tech and Jacksonville State. What many of those teams do have is at least one non-conference opponent that is considered pretty good, usually a BCS team. And that’s what the Badgers need. They need a team like the West Virginia and Oregon squads they played in the early 2000s. In the six seasons since Wisconsin faced West Virginia, its BCS non-conference foes have all rated somewhere between lacking and mediocre (2004 Arizona, 2005 North Carolina, 2007 Washington State). Now the Cougars may have been good when they were scheduled, as they were strong enough to get to the Rose Bowl in 2002, but the goal must be to get a decent caliber of BCS conference opponent. If the Badgers face a slate including one team at that good BCS level, a decent mid-major (Fresno State or UNLV), an average MAC or Mountain West team and someone from the FCS, that sounds like a perfectly ﬁne schedule. Myth 2: Wisconsin pays FCS opponents to come to Madison and pad its record Yes it’s true, the Badgers pay opponents such as Wofford and Cal Poly $500,000 to play in Camp Randall, and everyone gets steamed over it. But ask yourself, why should they come here if they don’t get any money out of it? It’s expensive to fly over 100 people at least 1,000 miles. Someone has to pay to house and feed the players, coaches and staff on the trip. Does anyone think they just come jaunting over to Madison and spend
that money because they just love playing football so much? No. It’s highly doubtful that the teams split gate receipts in any way, so if even 60,000 regular fans and every student pays for a ticket at face value (73,500 total fans), the university stands to pull in over $2.5 million dollars. And that does not include parking fees, mandatory seat donations or luxury suits.
Some of the schedules ESPN rated as its 10 hardest before the season features the likes of UC-Davis, Tennessee Tech and Jacksonville State.
The $500,000 is not just a big deal. It sounds like a lot of money, but the extra home game more than makes up for it. All the hyperbole over it is just ridiculous. The Future: Why it could get better Wisconsin’s schedules in the next few years should include Arizona State, which shared a Pac 10 title two years ago, Oregon State, which won nine or more games for the last three seasons, and Virginia Tech, which has won two straight ACC titles. Assuming each of these teams is still around those levels when they face Wisconsin in coming years (and that’s a big assumption), the schedules will look fine. With one or two strong teams on the schedule, all the outrage over FCS opponents will probably just disappear. Think Wisconsin should still cut the FCS foes? Tell Ben all about it at email@example.com.
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Big Ten countdown The Spartans are off to a shaky-start after losing two close games, they’ll be just as prepared and excited for this game as the Badgers. And just like a typical Big Ten game it will come down to who wants it more.
he start of the Big Ten season wasn’t so kind to Wisconsin in 2008. They surrendered a 19-point lead to the hated Wolverines, fell victim to Terrelle Pryor and the Buckeyes, were blown out by Penn State and got crushed by Iowa. Now in 2009, Michigan State stands in the Badgers’ way to kick off the conference schedule the right way. It’s that time of year again. The cupcake games are over and with the Badgers one of 21 FBS schools with a 3-0 record, it’s time for the conference race to begin. When they storm into Camp Randall this weekend, Wisconsin and Michigan State open the 114th season of Big Ten football and we can only hope it starts better than the 113th for the Badgers. After the first three games of 2008 the Badgers outscored their opponents 102 to 41 and were ranked No. 8 in both the AP and USA Today polls. The bye week came and went and then they headed to Michigan where the collapse began. Up 19-0 at half, it was looking good for the Badgers to get their first win in the Big House since 1994.
“There were a couple games last year that left a sour taste in our mouth and [Michigan State] was especially one of them.” Garrett Graham tight end UW football
A dominating performance by the defense held the Wolverines to only one first down and 21 total yards in the first half. But in the second half, after giving up 27 unanswered points and coming up short on a two-point conversion to tie the game, the Badgers began their mid-season slide. The losses to Michigan, Ohio State, Penn State and Iowa added up to the first 0-4 start in Big Ten play for Wisconsin since the 1996 season. The players know it’s almost like a whole new start to the season when conference games begin. Senior tight end and captain Garrett Graham was honored by the media last season when he was picked to the first-team All-Big Ten, and he realizes the atmosphere is special during Big Ten season. “You practice just like it’s any other game and you focus like it’s
any other game, but you get a little feeling around the locker room and around practice that it’s Big Ten season and it’s time to go,” he said. “It’s hyped up a little more.” Junior offensive tackle Gabe Carimi is no stranger to the Big Ten season. He said the team is a closer group during conference games and interacts with each other more. And preparing for the Big Ten teams brings out more enthusiasm in the team. “There’s a lot more excitement,” he said. “I always like playing better teams. For me, playing a better defensive end it’s always more of a challenge and I always have a better head going into the game. I always perform better against better people.” The Badgers couldn’t ask for a better team to play in their opener to get them fired up. With seven seconds left in the game last season, Michigan State booted a 40-yard field goal to escape with a 25-24 victory in East Lansing. “We definitely remember what happened last year,” Carimi said. “We had a couple [mistakes] that gave the game to them. They did the right things to stay in the game but it’s more so that we just lost it.” In a game that featured no turnovers, the Badgers out played Michigan State in almost every respect. The offense had a great rushing day, averaging six yards per carry on their way to 281 yards. And the defense held Javon Ringer, one of last year’s most dangerous runners to only 58 yards. But when the final whistle blew the Badgers had given up another fourth quarter lead. One the list of retribution games this year, Michigan State is near the top. “There were a couple games last year that left a sour taste in our mouth and [Michigan State] was especially one of them,” Graham said. “It’s definitely a game we’re looking forward to playing.”
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Wisconsin vs. Michigan State
INSIDE THE GAME
Wisconsin Badgers (0-0 Big Ten, 3-0 overall) vs. Michigan State Spartans (0-0 Big Ten, 1-2 overall) Series: Michigan State leads 28-19
Time: 11 a.m. TV: ESPN Radio: Wisconsin Radio Network (with Matt Lepay and Mike Lucas)
Wisconsin’s Bret Bielema (Fourth year as head coach: 31-11 career) and Michigan State’s Mark Dantonio (Third year as head coach: 17-12 career).
Last year in East Lansing the Spartans defeated Wisconsin 25-24 on a last second ﬁeld goal.
Michigan State Spartans
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Wisconsin vs. Michigan State
Big Ten season brings new challenges, familiar foes WISCONSIN OFFENSE VS. MICHIGAN STATE DEFENSE
WISCONSIN DEFENSE VS. MICHIGAN STATE OFFENSE
In a game that began as sloppy as they come (Wisconsin had a total of six fumbles), fans were left wondering if they had another Cal Poly game on their hands last Saturday versus Wofford. The quarterback duo consisting of the traditional pocket passer junior Scott Tolzien and dualthreat freshman quarterback Curt Phillips will present major problems for the Michigan State defense. Tolzien had a solid game, completing 15 of 20 passes for 159 yards and two touchdowns against Wofford and Phillips dominated on the ground tucking the ball four times for 92 yards. Lance Kendricks also had a big day with six catches for 70 yards and a touchdown. The Badgers will surely look to establish a strong running game, but might end up relying on their ever improving passing game. The Michigan State defense found itself in trouble last weekend despite the number of penalties Notre Dame committed (11 penalties for 99 yards). The Spartans could not contain the Irish. Jimmy Clausen picked apart the Michigan State defense, throwing for 300 yards and two touchdowns. The Spartans’ defense also gave up 133 rushing yards. If the Badgers can minimize their turnovers and take advantage of both their running and passing attacks, they shouldn’t have a problem against Michigan State’s defense.
In their games against Notre Dame and Central Michigan, the Spartans played four quarters of solid football despite coming up short in both contests. Michigan State lost both games by a combined total of just ﬁve points. With the game on the line in South Bend, sophomore quarterback Kirk Cousins overthrew a wide open receiver in the end zone. Despite his shaky performance with the game on the line, Cousins has completed nearly two thirds of his passes this season while adding ﬁve touchdowns and just one interception. Freshman running backs Caulton Ray and Larry Capper have seen most of the carries for a Michigan State running attack that has averaged just 127 yards per game this season. Senior linebacker O’Brien Schoﬁeld and senior defensive back Chris Maragos have been wreaking havoc on opposing offenses this season. The two have combined for 2.5 sacks, 39 tackles, and 9.5 tackles for loss through the ﬁrst three games. The defensive unit was ﬂying all over the ﬁeld against Wofford and Fresno State, coming up with big stops and turnovers at crucial points during the game Wisconsin held the triple-option offense of Wofford to under 70 yards rushing in the ﬁrst half completely shutting out the Terriers. The young offense of Michigan State has yet to show it can consistently perform, especially with the game on the line. Advantage: Wisconsin
Advantage: Wisconsin SPECIAL TEAMS
The Badgers’ special teams are making plays. Freshman linebacker Chris Borland created the spark that woke up the Badgers last weekend when he rocketed over defenders and blocked a Wofford punt that was recovered in the end zone by freshman defensive end David Gilbert. He was rewarded by being named Co-Special Teams Big Ten Player of the Week. And it’s only a matter of time before junior David Gilreath, averaging nearly 25 yards per kickoff return, breaks one for the Badgers. Michigan State’s kick returner Glenn Wilson had seven kick-off returns for 154 yards against Notre Dame. They will look to pin the Badgers deep and not give them a chance to return for big yardage. Michigan State’s special teams play has not been spectacular, and the Badgers should overpower them on Saturday.
Mark Dantonio has been building his program for the past several years, continuously making improvements. Taking over in 2007, he led his team to a 7-6 record. In 2008 the Spartans improved to 9-4, including a win over the Badgers. He is a natural leader that can rally his troops, who are starting to seriously buy into his system. Afer two close losses, expect the Spartans to be well prepared for their Big Ten opener. Bret Bielema will surely be on his team about ball security on Saturday. The Badgers are starting—what looks to be—a promising season with an offense that creates plays and points. His chore will be preparing his team for a strong Big Ten opponent after playing three softer teams.
Advantage: Michigan State —Compiled by Ian Byrne
Badgers could shine outside of national spotlight JAMES ADAMS revolutionary thoughts he Wisconsin football team has yet to sniff any of college football’s top 25 polls this season. That’s ﬁne with me. When the Badgers traveled to Ann Arbor to begin Big Ten play last season, they sported what later proved to be a highly inﬂated No. 9 ranking they had earned after three victories over non-BCS opponents to begin the season. Thanks to a second-half meltdown, the Badgers were upset by unranked Michigan. Three more Big Ten losses ensued and the Badgers went on to end the season unranked with a 7-6 record, one of the worst for a Wisconsin team in recent memory. The 2009 season has begun with many similarities to the beginning of the 2008 season. The Badgers still sport a talented running game and, what seems to be, an improved passing game. Although Wisconsin graduated several members of their defensive front from last season, they have rattled off three victories over non-BCS opponents, just as they had done in 2008. The only recognizable difference is that Wisconsin remains unranked and out of the national spotlight. By cracking the top ten in 2008, the Badgers were being thrown around as dark horse national championship contenders if they could escape backto-back home games versus Ohio State and Penn State unblemished. The pressure got to the Badgers. Wisconsin quickly fell from grace and into the basement of the Big Ten. This season, you won’t ﬁnd SportsCenter leading off their broadcast with Wisconsin football highlights and the Badgers are no one’s pick to make a surprise run at any bowl game with the slightest bit of importance. Actually, Bret Bielema headlining “coaches on the hot-seat” in college
football preview magazines is probably the only mention Wisconsin has received on the national level. It sounds like Wisconsin has something to prove. Unlike 2008, when the Badgers were under the microscope of the national audience, the 2009 Badgers only seem to be grabbing the attention of the 80,000 people who come to watch them on Saturdays. Yes, Wisconsin began with a shaky start versus NIU. However, the very next week, with as many as 40 players suffering from the ﬂu, Wisconsin won a double-overtime game against a very talented Fresno State team. Last week, despite fumbling the football six times, the Badgers still managed to embarrass Wofford 44-14.
Do the Badgers deserve a spot in the top 25 based on their résumé thus far? No. Did they deserve their No. 9 ranking at this time last year? No, but that doesn’t change the fact that the 2008 Badgers had the pressure of the national audience weighing them down as a result of their exaggerated ranking. Since that ranking no longer exists, Wisconsin is now ﬁghting to gain the respect of college football. How many articles have you read this season dismissing the Big Ten as one of the nation’s weaker conferences? I know that I’ve read a few and even written one too. Couple that insult with the fact that Wisconsin began the season as a favorite to end up in the bottom half of the Big Ten and you
have a recipe to stir up feelings of retribution in the Wisconsin locker room. I’m not saying that Wisconsin will be playing on New Year’s Day in southern California, but the Badgers’ schedule this season could allow them to make some noise in the Big Ten. Showdowns with Ohio State in Columbus and Michigan in Madison will be very tough games to win, but
other than that, no other games on the schedule scream loss. This year’s Wisconsin squad has the unique opportunity to play with a chip on their shoulder. Entering Big Ten play, when Wisconsin scrolls along ESPN’s bottom line, there will be no ranking preceding their name. The 2009 Badgers have something to prove, not something to lose.
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Better Know a Badger: Left tackle Gabe Carimi
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Class: Senior Eligibility: Junior Major: Civil Engineering Hometown: Cottage Grove, Wisconsin High School: Monona Grove Height: 6’7” Weight: 325lbs. Most Memorable Athletic Moment: Comeback victory over Ashwaubenon in the Wisconsin state football playoffs as a junior. Favorite Professional Athlete: Ben Roethlisberger Favorite Professional Sports Team: Green Bay Packers 2009 Heisman Prediction: Florida quarterback Tim Tebow Halloween or Mifﬂin: Halloween Favorite late night snack venue in Madison: La Hacienda
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SATURDAY’S BIG GAMES
Penn State, Miami look to keep rolling
(9) Miami (FL) vs. (11) Virginia Tech 2:30 p.m.
though he has been intercepted three times as well. He was picked off only six times all of last season. The Nittany Lions also feature one of the country’s best running backs in Evan Royster. The speedy junior got off to a slow start this year, but rushed for 134 yards and a score last Saturday. Ricky Stanzi is in his second year as the starting quarterback at Iowa, and has been aided by a productive running game so far. Freshman running back Adam Robinson has averaged 5.2 yards per carry so far, and reached one hundred yards for the first time in his career last weekend in a 27-17 victory over Arizona.
Illinois vs. (13) Ohio State 2:30 p.m. Kentucky vs. (1) Florida 5 p.m. Iowa vs. (5) Penn State 7 p.m.
WEEK FOUR POLLS AP TOP 25 1. Florida (55) 1,488 2. Texas (2) 1,428 3. Alabama (3) 1,390 4. Mississippi 1,213 5. Penn State 1,212 6. California 1,169 7. LSU 1,120 8. Boise State 1,038 9. Miami (FL) 920 10. Oklahoma 862 11. Virginia Tech 852 12. USC 825 13. Ohio State 810 14. Cincinnati 739 15. TCU 674 16. Oklahoma State 478 17. Houston 455 18. Florida State 363 19. Brigham Young 349 20. Kansas 347 21. Georgia 318 22. North Carolina 271 23. Michigan 247 24. Washington 194 25. Nebraska 132 Others Receiving Votes: Missouri 115, Georgia Tech 102, Auburn 100, Pittsburgh 91, UCLA 62, Iowa 39, Oregon 30, Texas Tech 19, Notre Dame 16, Utah 12, Clemson 11, Colorado State 4, Oregon State 4, South Florida 1
USA TODAY/COACHES 1. Florida (59) 1,475 2. Texas 1,412 3. Alabama 1,355 4. Penn State 1,274 5. Mississippi 1,182 6. California 1,149 7. LSU 1,122 8. Boise State 976 9. Oklahoma 917 10. USC 905 11. Ohio State 900 12. Virginia Tech 853 13. Miami (FL) 724 14. TCU 701 15. Cincinnati 580 16. Oklahoma State 576 17. Georgia 457 18. North Carolina 445 19. Kansas 381 20. Brigham Young 279 21. Missouri 214 22. Michigan 205 23. Houston 160 24. Nebraska 158 25. Florida State 154 Others Receiving Votes: Georgia Tech 148, Pittsburgh 68, Utah 63, Auburn 62, Iowa 58, Washington 42, Notre Dame 38, UCLA 38, Oregon 34, Texas Tech 22, Kentucky 16, South Florida 12, South Carolina 7, Oregon State 6, Colorado State 4, Wisconsin 2, Minnesota 1,
Mississippi vs. South Carolina
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Last season against the Hawkeyes, Daryll Clark and Penn State blew their national championship hopes. Now they have revenge on their mind as Iowa heads to Beaver Stadium this weekend. By Parker Gabriel
Texas Tech vs. Houston
With USC, Oklahoma, and Oklahoma State making early exits from the top ﬁve, teams like Miami, Penn State and Mississippi are now receiving national attention. Will these teams keep their place atop the rankings or will they topple under the pressure?
Virginia Tech vs. Miami Two dynamic quarterbacks headline a clash of ranked ACC squads as No. 9 Miami travels to Blacksburg, VA to take on the No. 11 Virginia Tech Hokies. The Hokies offense is run by junior dual-threat quarterback Tyrod Taylor, and the Hurricanes feature sophomore signal-caller Jacory Harris. While Taylor is unpolished as a passer (his completion percentage for the year is 47.6) he can beat teams with his running ability and ability to escape the pass rush. Last year, Taylor rushed for 738 yards and seven scores. Harris is in the midst of a breakout campaign for the Hurricanes this year, throwing for 656 yards and six touchdowns and leading Miami to victories over ranked opponents in each of the team’s ﬁrst two games. Both teams have played very tough schedules early on in their seasons. Virginia Tech (2-1, 0-0 ACC) lost a hard fought game to No. 5 Alabama in week one before dispatching Marshall 52-10 in week two. Last week, the Hokies found themselves trailing No. 19 Nebraska 15-10 in the fourth quarter. With 21 seconds left, Taylor kept third-and-goal play alive for several seconds before finding a receiver in the back of the end zone to cap off a dramatic win. Miami (2-0, 2-0 ACC) beat arch-rival and eighteenth-ranked Florida State in their first game, and dominated No. 14 Georgia Tech last weekend.
If you are a fan of old fashioned smash-mouth football, you may not want to watch Houston and Texas Tech square off on Saturday night in Houston. After beating then No. 5 Oklahoma State 4535 last weekend, the Houston Cougars (2-0, 0-0 CUSA) and their high-octane offense jumped in to the Top 25 this week, coming in at number seventeen. Texas Tech (2-1, 0-1 Big 12) was held to twenty-four points last weekend in a loss to No. 2 Texas, but is still plenty dangerous despite losing all-American wide receiver Michael Crabtree and veteran quarterback Graham Harrell to the NFL. Through their ﬁrst two games, the Cougars are scoring at will, averaging 50 points per game. At the helm is junior quarterback Case Keenum. After throwing for over 5000 yards and 44 touchdowns last season, Keenum is again off to a strong start. Last week, Keenum threw for 366 yards and three scores in the Cougars win over Oklahoma State. On the other side, ﬁrst-year starter Taylor Potts leads Texas Tech’s explosive spread attack. The junior has thrown for over four hundred yards and attempted at least forty-seven throws in each of his ﬁrst three starts. In a 55-10 victory over Rice two weeks ago, Potts went 36-57 for 456 yards and seven touchdowns. Adding to the scoring frenzy this weekend may be the fact that neither of these two teams have boasted particularly effective defenses so far. They have both been able to keep overwhelmed opponents in check, but have struggled against more competent offenses. Both teams have plenty of ﬁrepower, and the points could come in droves on Saturday night at Robertson Stadium.
Iowa vs. Penn State In a matchup of two unbeatens, the Iowa Hawkeyes (3-0, 0-0 Big Ten) travel to College
Station, Penn. to square off with the Penn State Nittany Lions (3-0, 0-0 Big Ten) on the opening weekend of conference play in the Big Ten. While neither team has faced a ranked opponent so far, both have posted impressive number on the defensive side of the ball. The Nittany Lions enter conference play ranked second in the country in scoring defense, giving up only 6.7 points per game. Their defense has not allowed more than seven points in a game so far this season. The Hawkeyes have been very good overall as well. Iowa’s scoring defense is tied for fifteenth in the nation, giving up twelve points per game. On the offensive side of the ball, Penn State is very balanced. Their attack is directed by senior all-Big Ten quarterback Daryll Clark. Clark has thrown for 780 yards and eight touchdowns so far this season,
Ole Miss (2-0, 0-0 SEC) enters the weekend at No. 4 in the AP poll thanks to a USC loss last weekend. The Rebels, who have outscored opponents 97-20 this season, will face their ﬁrst SEC foe Saturday when they travel to Columbia to take on South Carolina (2-1, 0-1 SEC). Mississippi junior quarterback Jevan Snead has an impressive 145.51 quarterback ranking through the Rebels’ first two games. However, Snead’s decision making was lackluster in 2008 as he threw 13 interceptions. Entering SEC play, he will have to reduce his number of turnovers to keep the Rebel’s among the nation’s elite. The Gamecocks will look to improve their SEC record after a very close week two loss at the hands of Georgia. South Carolina’s offense is led by sophomore quarterback Stephen Garcia, who is averaging just over 225 yards of passing yards per game. Steve Spurrier has yet to have an overly successful year as the coach of South Carolina. His best season came in 2006 when he led the Gamecocks to an 8-5 record.
Wisconsin vs. Michigan State
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BUTTERFINGERS Either someone coated the footballs with cooking spray on Saturday, or the Badgers just weren’t focused while handling the ball. Either way, the fumble epidemic appeared to spread through the Wisconsin football team faster than the H1N1 virus. Although the Badgers lost the ball just three times, they fumbled it on six separate occasions, including three times in the ﬁrst ﬁve minutes. Luckily for Wisconsin, Wofford was just as careless with the ball, minimizing the consequences of the Badgers' poor ball control. However, Michigan State, and the rest of the Big Ten Conference for that matter, will not be nearly as forgiving if Wisconsin puts the ball on the ground six times again. In order for Wisconsin to win games, the run game is a must, and in order to maintain an effective running game, the Badgers must hold on to the ball.
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NO STARBURST Coming into the 2009 season, Michigan State was forced to replace several key players. No player was more important to the Spartans last season than running back Javon Ringer. Ringer rushed for over 1,600 yards and 22 touchdowns in the 2008 season before leaving for the NFL. Michigan State replaced that talent with a slew of backs who have so far turned in mediocre performances. In fact, the Spartans have averaged less than 130 yards on the ground in their first three games. In addition, the Spartans also introduced a new quarterback this season. Sophomore Kirk Cousins has so far been a solid starter for Michigan State. Last week against Notre Dame, Cousins passed for over 300 yards. However, an interception late in the game sealed the Spartan’s fate, and sent them to their second disappointing loss in as many weeks.
3 MUSKETEERS In addition to the talents of sophomore John Clay and junior Zach Brown, Wisconsin unveiled a new possible running threat against Wofford. Freshman Erik Smith rushed the ball ten times for 54 yards and a touchdown. Although he saw most of his playing time after the game was essentially over, Smith still showed that he is a legitimate option for the Badgers in the running attack, and another issue for defenses to consider. Overall, the run game for Wisconsin against Wofford was not overly impressive. Clay rushed for just 70 yards on 12 carries, while Brown also held the ball 12 times, collecting 63 yards on the ground. In fact, the leading rusher for the Badgers against last week was none other than back-up quarterback, Curt Philips. Philips hadn’t been seen on the ���eld since week one, but he took his opportunity to show his stuff and ran with it, rushing for 92 yards, including a 37-yard dash. Philips could be yet another option for Bret Bielema and also a threat on minds of opposing defenses as the season wears on.
SNICKERS The laughs have ended. It’s time for the Big Ten season. We all had our giggles against NIU, our nervous chuckles during the Fresno State game, and, of course, the side splitting laughs at the expense of Wofford. The jokes are now over. It’s time to get serious. Although entering play this Saturday against the Badgers at just 1-2, Michigan State is a better team than its record shows. A team that some chose as a dark horse contender for the Big Ten title this season, the Spartans have lost their last two games by a combined ﬁve points. The Badgers certainly also remember the last time they faced the Spartans; a 25-24 loss at Michigan State last season. Revenge will be on the mind of the Badgers this Saturday as they look to show the country that they can win against Big Ten teams.
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NERDS Wisconsin simply must be a smarter football team. The Badgers cannot expect to win games, especially now in Big Ten Conference play, if they continue to make the same mistakes they’ve made through the first three games. Penalties continue to be an issue on both sides of the ball. Whether it’s an illegal formation on the offensive side, or an inexcusable personal foul penalty on the defensive side, Wisconsin must stop making these mental errors if they ever expect to be contenders. In addition, the receiving core must also keep its wits up, concentrating on every play. The Badgers dropped a number of passes against Wofford, making Scott Tolzien’s job harder than it had to be. The season has come to a point where there is no more room for mental errors; Wisconsin must start playing intelligent football.
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Wisconsin vs. Michigan State
ON FIRE MIAMI (FL) Looking at the opening schedule for the Hurricanes, many agreed that the rough four-game stretch against ranked opponents would be enough to see whether or not the team would prematurely fall out of ACC title contention and the hunt for a bowl game. However, back-to-back wins against No. 18 Florida State and then No. 14 Georgia Tech have given Miami the No. 9 national ranking in the AP Poll, making an 11-spot jump after a fantastic showing last week. Not only are the Hurricanes climbing up the national rankings with their 2-0 start, but they also seem to be establishing a bandwagon of supporters who see the team ver y capable of continuing its success against No. 11 Virginia Tech and No. 10 Oklahoma in the coming weeks. Victories over these next two opponents would not only be enough to lift Miami into national championship talks, but it would also be a great bid of support for sophomore quarterback Jacor y Harris in the Heisman Trophy race. Harris currently ranks No. 3 nationally in passing efficiency.
CALIFORNIA RB JAHVID BEST Junior running back Jahvid Best currently leads the countr y in scoring and has helped lead his No. 6 California Golden Bears to a perfect 3-0 start. Best has long been considered a contender for the Heisman, but after putting up a five touchdown display against Minnesota last week, he is beginning to separate himself from the pack and prove that he is the nation’s top rusher. Averaging 7.8 yards per carr y and totaling 8 touchdowns on the season, if Best can maintain his hot streak against Oregon, USC and UCLA in the coming weeks, then he may not only lead the Golden Bears atop the PAC-10 but also into the national championship conversation. Such accomplishments would further establish Best as a prospective Heisman candidate, and may even propel him to winning the honor.
ICE COLD USC The No. 12 USC Trojans found themselves on the short end of the scoreboard last week, as previously unranked Washington won their contest 16-13 with a game-winning field goal. At first thought, this appeared to be the annual slip-up for the Trojans, who have notoriously lost to a lesser opponent for several years now, which has usually cost them a shot at the national title by season’s end. However, the case must be made that this year is not quite the same after narrowly defeating then No. 8 Ohio State and falling to Washington in back-to-back games. The always prolific offense of USC has only managed to put up 31 points over these last two outings and went 0-11 on third and fourth down conversions against Washington. Combining these poor performances with a continuing uncertainty at the quarterback position, the great PAC-10 power really appears to be losing its grip over the conference. With the great talents and the high expectations leading into the season, head coach Pete Carroll should find himself hard at work to ensure that his team does not slip any further, having to play at both No. 6 California and Notre Dame in the coming weeks. It is not yet time to lose hope for USC, but something is just not right in Southern California.
VIRGINIA Virginia enters the weekend as the only team in a BCS conference without a victor y. The Cavaliers (0-3, 0-0 ACC) began their season with a 26-14 home loss to Football Championship Subdivision member William and Mar y. Virginia followed that defeat with losses to then No. 16 TCU and Southern Mississippi. Things will get no easier this weekend for the Cavaliers as they travel to Chapel Hill to take on No. 22 North Carolina. Virginia is averaging just 89 yards rushing per game and has turned the ball over ten times during their disappointing start to the 2009 season. —Samuel Vergara
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Minnesota’s star wide reciever Eric Decker leads the Big Ten in receiving yards and will test his skills against the Badgers Oct. 3.
The Big Ten’s Best Rushing 1. Ralph Bolden, Purdue 2. John Clay, Wisconsin 3. Carlos Brown, Michigan 4. Evan Royster, Penn State 5. Adam Robinson, Iowa
Yards 421 256 238 236 233
Avg 6.8 5.3 8.8 5.2 5.2
TD 4 3 2 3 3
Long 78 72 90 33 43
Passing 1. Daryll Clark, Penn State 2. Mike Kafka, Northwesterm 3. Adam Weber, Minnesota 4. Ben Chappell, Indiana Joey Elliot, Purdue
Yards 760 740 693 674 674
Pct 67.0 74.4 58.3 68.5 61.0
TD 8 3 3 3 4
Int 3 2 4 3 5
Receiving 1. Eric Decker, Minnesota 2. Blair White, Michigan State 3. Tandon Doss, Indiana 4. Dane Sanzenbacher, OSU 5. Anrew Brewer, Northwestern
Yards 415 342 270 241 236
Avg 15.4 15.6 12.9 26.8 19.7
TD 2 4 0 3 2
Long 53 39 35 76 72
Scoring Offense 1. Michigan 2. Purude 3. Northwestern 4. Wisconsin 5. Michigan State
TD 15 15 14 14 12
FG 3 2 3 3 6
Pts 114 109 108 106 101
Avg 38.0 36.3 36.0 35.3 33.7