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Weekend, September 25-27, 2009

Rep. Kind rejects run for governor

WISPIRG calls on Feingold to support greenenergy bill

By Alison Dirr

By Tom Czaja


U.S. Rep. Ron Kind, DWis., announced Thursday he will not run for governor in the 2010 election. Kind demonstrated interest in a gubernatorial run earlier this year but decided against it, citing a need to focus on health-care reform, which is currently being debated in Congress. “I am going KIND to stay focused on the healthcare reform [bill] pending so we can deliver affordable, quality, accessible health care to all Wisconsin families,” Kind said. Kind said party politics and maintaining a Democratic seat in Congress had nothing to do with his decision to opt out of the governor’s race. Lt. Gov. Barbara Lawton is currently the only Democratic candidate to have announced a bid for the election. Lawton said she looks forward to working toward health-care insurance reform with Kind. “Congressman Ron Kind is a tremendous voice for western Wisconsin families as a member of Congress,” Lawton said in a statement. “I respect that service as well as the decision he announced today.” Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, a close friend of Kind, has shown interest in a possible bid. Despite speculation that Kind’s announcement would sway Barrett’s decision on whether to enter the race, Kind said Barrett will make the decision on his own. “The decisions that I, and eventually Tom, will have to make are really independent of each other,” Kind said. Reince Priebus, chair of the Republican Party of Wisconsin, used Kind’s announcement as an opportunity to criticize Kind’s position on capand-trade regulations and the federal stimulus package. In a statement, he said Wisconsin voters do not support Kind’s WALKER “liberal voting record.” Although only one Democrat has currently entered the race, Republicans including former Congressman Mark Neumann and Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker have already registered to run.



education, and to build intellectual community by focusing on issues that matter,” she said. On Thursday, Pollan used the subject of health and nutrition as the central theme of his lecture. “What I want to do in this talk today is try to connect the dots between the problems of health in the American diet

The UW-Madison chapter of the Wisconsin Public Interest Research Group took part in a nationwide “call-in” with their Big Red Go Green global warming campaign Thursday at Library Mall. The campaign is part of an effort to get U.S. Sen. Russ Feingold, D-Wis., to support the American Clean Energy and Security Act, which supporters say has the potential to create many jobs, achieve energy independence and reduce the effects of global warming. WISPIRG set up a table and had several volunteers at Library Mall encouraging passing students to make a phone call to Feingold to show support for the bill. “We have to accelerate our progress to stop global warming,” WISPIRG media intern Melissa Grau said. “Big oil/coal lobbyists have been hindering grassroots efforts, causing Sen. Feingold to be a swing voter, which means we could use all the student help we can get.” Both Grau and WISPIRG member Chase Fritz said it is important for UW-Madison students to get their voices heard. “This is our generation, and

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Michael Pollan, author of ‘In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto,’ criticized modern food culture while discussing ways to improve nutrition as part of UW-Madison’s ‘Go Big Read’ campaign.

Author stresses eating healthy, sparks debate By Brandice Altfillisch THE DAILY CARDINAL

Over 7,000 students, faculty and community members gathered in the Kohl Center Thursday to hear author Michael Pollan’s lecture on nutrition in modern America. As part of the first annual ‘Go Big Read,’ UW-Madison’s common reading program, Pollan’s book “In Defense of Food: An

Mayor to maintain city hiring freeze Mayor Dave Cieslewicz said in his blog Thursday he plans to continue the city’s freeze on hiring through all of 2010 because of decreased budgets throughout the city. A freeze stops the hiring of new employees, but in this case the city has used what Cieslewicz called a “soft freeze,” allowing some positions to be approved for hiring after mayoral review. According to Rachel StrauchNelson, spokesperson for Cieslewicz, he implemented the hiring freeze in May but is stressing it now because of the operating budget he is currently working on. “It’s obviously a very tough budget,” she said. “Our city comptroller is projecting a $4 million shortfall at the end of the year, and with the freeze we’ll save money.” Cieslewicz said in his blog the city is expected to save approximately $1.5 million in the 2009 budget because of the freeze. Strauch-Nelson said although the freeze includes all city agencies, the mayor will allow hiring of police officers and firefighters and instead focus on limiting administrative positions.

Eater’s Manifesto” was chosen with the aim of connecting students, staff and community members and sparking discussion throughout campus. According to Chancellor Biddy Martin, Go Big Read was designed to be more than just a book club. “The purpose of the book project is to generate interest in reading, which is the heart of

Thinking about inclusion


Filmmaker Dan Habib participates in a Q&A session at the Union Theater following the screening of his film ‘Including Samuel.’ The film is a documentary about Habib’s son, who has cerebral palsy, and his family’s efforts to include him in their lives.

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

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Weekend, September 25-27, 2009

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ave you ever bought an “ab-tronic” off of the TV for sculpted abs, seen a hypnotherapist for a life change or considered becoming a scientologist? Then, according to a lengthy study conducted by several UW-Madison graduate students, you may be a moron. In a correlational study conducted on several hundred UWMadison students who were told they were being asked to participate in a study which was to uncover a link between lifestyle and obesity, data was collected on the daily activities of the eager participants. Researchers were baffled by the results. Apparently over 80 percent of participants, with a 2.3 percent margin of error, engaged in activities which, under normal circumstances, a full-fledged moron

would partake in. These studies are not intended to belittle the acuity of the human race, but only to isolate those instances of mental ineptitude in order to lower future instances of unintentional idiocy. Tim Sheraton, the lead research coordinator for the study, said the research was “intended to show the inherent intelligence embedded in the human psyche, but actually ended up doing just the opposite.” He went on to add, “I, like my colleagues, was assigned the job of monitoring daily activities of the participants, and after reviewing the data of a 19-year-old male, I fear for the future of the human race as a whole.” Sheraton went on to list examples of moronic tendencies in his observation. “I saw things that even those who I would consider unintelligent people would cringe at. I watched my participant, heavily inebriated off of keg beer, walk up to local law enforcement, vomit at their feet, and then ask them for quick directions to Taco Bell to ‘refill the tank’ for the night.” He was

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of her participants was seen purchasing an anti-aging face rub, apparently under the impression that the oily cream was going to reverse cell-aging on her face. Other instances of moronic activity included actually buying music and movies off of the Internet, using those whitening strips you get at Walgreens, an affinity for France or anything French, consuming overpriced “organic” foods, listening to Lil’ Wayne by choice, willingly drinking Busch Light and watching more than accidental amounts of MTV on any given day. Extended studies will be conducted outside of Madison after the unexpected results virtually baffled local researchers. It seems that current social data don’t actually factor in the “incredible lack of common sense” engraved in the minds of everyday people. Studies will begin in Milwaukee next month with the expected results of an even higher percentage of stupidity than here in Madison. Worried you’re a moron? Find out by e-mailing Andrew at

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GREASED LIGHTNING ERICA ANDRIST sex columnist Hi Erica, I was in the Sex Out Loud office yesterday and you guys have a million different kinds of lube. What are the differences between all the lubes, advantages/disadvantages, etc. Sincerely, Seeking Lube Information Please


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promptly laughed at, arrested and thrown in the drunk can. It is important to note that instances of severe mental handicap were not based solely on actions while under the influence of alcohol, as even Albert Einstein struggled with relativity after a few shots of whiskey in him. In fact, the most staggering moronic actions were recorded while participants were in a sober state. Susanne Heidelberg, a promising medical school student who handled the observation of several “high-interest” participants, details some of the actions she recorded. She was particularly surprised at the stupidity present in her assigned students, as she assumed you’d have to have some amount of brains to get into UW-Madison. “I watched a 20-year old female buy three bottles of Fiji Water at three dollars each. She based her decision solely on the ‘pretty bottle’ and her desire for that unique watery taste found only in the depths of a volcanic island in the Pacific.” Another

Hey SLIP, My readers are getting creative with the sign-offs. Love it. I also love that you’ve been checking out the SOL office and our safer sex supplies, but please note I’m not representing SOL’s stance on any particular issue when I write for the DC. If you want to talk to me in my SOL capacity, you can certainly visit me in the SOL office. Anyway, regardless of the capacity I do it in, I could talk about lube all effing day. Lube is a super-duper supplement to our sex lives; it serves the dual purposes of making things safer and more pleasurable. It does both by reducing friction, and less friction equals a lesser likelihood that things will tear, e.g. a condom or the lining of your asshole. Neither of those events is something most of us particularly look forward to happening during sex, so lube can be a helpful addition. Once we’ve decided to use lube, we have three basic kinds to choose from: water-based, silicone-based, and oil-based. Water-based lubes are made primarily with water (duh), and some common brands include Astroglide, KY, Sliquid, Maximus, and Liquid Silk (note—Liquid Silk does contain a small amount of silicone, but for all practical purposes falls into the category of “water-based”). Many people like water-based lubes because they absorb into the skin after a little while, meaning you don’t have to walk around all day with a sticky had-sex-this-morning residue all

over your private region. However, if you’re in for a lengthy sack session, this may also be a disadvantage of water-based lubes, since they will require some reapplication after a while (KY is notorious for this, since it wasn’t originally designed for prolonged friction; it was designed to help doctors stick their fingers more easily into, ahem, tight spaces). These lubes also wash right off with water, so if you’re taking an especially relaxing bubble bath, you’ll want to try a silicone lube. Finally, one free, readily-available water-based lube is spit. I am not suggesting you hawk a loogie into your partner’s lap, but a little oral sex prior to intercourse or manual stimulation can provide all the benefits of lube from a tube.

Lube is a super-duper supplement to our sex lives; it serves the dual purposes of making things safer and more pleasurable.

Many water-based lubes are thin and, er, watery, but some thicker, creamier varieties are available. However, many people prefer silicone-based lubes, such as Wet Platinum, Eros, or System Jo, if they like a little more texture. To know if your lube is silicone-based, look for something ending in –cone in the ingredient list (usually you’ll see dimethicone and/or cyclomethicone). Silicone lube is also used on most lubricated condoms. These lubes have the advantage of being thicker and longer-lasting than water-based lubes, but the correlated disadvantage is that they can sometimes keep things slick long after they’ve served their desired purpose. Another disadvantage of silicone lube is that it can’t be coupled with silicone toys. Silicone is a solid at room temperature, and silicone lube is made with a particular chemical to keep it liquid at room temperature. Thus, if you get that liquid silicone lube chemical on your solid silicone toy, your toy will start to liquefy. Maybe in your butt. Bad news. Last and pretty much least, I’m going

to spend just a second talking about oil-based lubes. I don’t want to make a blanket “you should not use oil-based lube” statement, because many people enjoy the long-lasting lubrication oil can provide. However, while both water- and silicone-based lubes are condom-compatible, oil will degrade latex barriers, making them more likely to break. Oil is also difficult to remove from your orifices, since water and oil don’t mix, and most of us aren’t really interested in a soapy postsex enema. For these reasons, water- or silicone-based lubes are better options. On top of these bases, many lubricants have bells and whistles designed to “tingle” or “taste like chicken.” While some people do find these bells and whistles to enhance the tastes, smells and other sensations of sex play, many others find putting additional chemicals in/onto their most sensitive areas result in some unpleasant reactions. Many flavored lubes contain some kind of sugar (often glycerin), which yeast looooves to grow on. “Tingling” lubes are commonly irritants, and the tingling sensation we feel is our epithelial cells saying, “Hey, omg, wtf?” Some spermicidal lubes, nonoxynol-9 in particular, are great at killing sperm, but are so irritating they actually cause itty-bitty tears in the lining of the vagina/rectum, increasing our susceptibility to HIV infection. Again, these are not necessarily blanket statements saying, “Don’t use these.” Rather, they are things to be aware of if you decide to try out these lubes, and they are reasons to test out small amounts of any new lubricant before dousing your favorite toy with it and going to town. See, I told you—I could talk about lube all effing day. Whatever your question is, I could probably go on about it all effing day. Thanks to SLIP for whetting our appetites this week (pun intended), and shoot me an e-mail if you’d like me to expound on your favorite topic next week. Wanna get direct feedback to questions you’re too embarrassed to ask in public, but desperately need answered just in time for the weekend? E-mail Erica at

Weekend, September 25-27, 2009

NEWS IN BRIEF Wosepka appointed as new coroner after Stanley’s death Gov. Jim Doyle announced the appointment of a new Dane County coroner Thursday after the death of former County Coroner John Stanley early last week. Ray Wosepka will take the place of Stanley, effective immediately. The appointment will last until Jan. 2, 2011. Wosepka is not new to the job. He served as the county’s

coroner for 13 years until retiring in 2001. Stanley served under Wosepka as chief deputy coroner for nine years until being elected as county coroner after Wosepka stepped down. “Ray Wosepka is an experienced and qualified public servant,” Doyle said in a statement. “Ray has big shoes to fill, but I am confident that he will provide out-

standing leadership and service to the people of Dane County and the families who are dealing with the loss of a loved one.” Wosepka also previously worked as a Madison police officer, correctional officer, medical examiner and coroner liaison. Chief Deputy Coroner Kurt Karbusicky had been serving as interim coroner since Stanley’s death.

UW-Madison physical science professors earn award Two UW-Madison assistant professors were selected to receive awards for their work in the physical sciences last week. According to a release, astronomy professor Snezana Stanimirovic and physics professor Robert McDermott were selected for the Cottrell Scholars Award based on their exceptional research and commitment to teaching, predominantly at the

undergraduate level. Stanimirovic and McDermott were among 10 professors chosen for the award nationally and will each receive a $100,000 grant. According to the release, the two have made remarkable advancements in research in their respective fields and have plans to put their grant money toward helping further research and education within the physi-

cal sciences at UW-Madison. Stanimirovic said in the release that she plans to create an astronomical observation laboratory for UW-Madison students. McDermott said he plans to further develop opportunities for UW-Madison students in physics education and work closely with students interested in physics at area high schools.




Job market down, Teach For America applications surge By Ryan Hebel THE DAILY CARDINAL

UW-Madison senior Becca Heffernan had not given much thought to Teach For America before spotting an advertisement during her anatomy lab last week. “I literally just stared at it for about five minutes and started thinking, ‘Maybe I should do this,” said Heffernan, who barely beat the first application deadline two days later. “I come from the south side of Chicago, so the rate of continuing education for our high school is so small,” she said. “It definitely just struck home to me, and having no plans after graduation I figured I might as well give it a shot.” Teach For America will deploy 4,100 college students to teach in 35 poor communities across the county this year for twoyear terms, according to Luke Livingston, TFA’s Wisconsin recruitment director. There has been an especially high number of applicants at UW-Madison so far this year. “Looking at last year, most of our heavy recruiting was done early on, and we’re still up about 160 percent this year,” Livingston said. So far, 116 applications have

come in from UW-Madison, compared to 71 at this time last year, when 250 were received by the final deadline and 56 were accepted. Livingston said this year’s emphasis on applying early lifted applications more than the ailing economy. Heffernan had plenty of reasons to apply beyond job security, but the thought had crossed her mind. “I know so many seniors who graduated ... and have continuously applied [for jobs] but still haven’t gotten anything. It’s definitely scary,” Heffernan said. “If I don’t need a teaching degree but I can be a teacher, that looks like a good transition until I find out what I do want to do with the rest of my life.” UW-Madison senior Ellen Vanden Branden said her chances of getting a job after graduation with degrees in journalism and art history played no role in her decision to apply. “Someday I’m going to have a job that I really want, but I just figure that I’m still young and I don’t want to settle down yet and not everyone’s been as privileged as most people who go to Madison,” Vanden Branden said. Teach For America applications are available online, with deadlines on Oct. 28, Jan. 8 and Feb. 19.

State Rep. Jeffrey Wood arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated


Chancellor Biddy Martin chose Pollan’s book as this year’s ‘Go Big Read’ focus in an attempt to unite the campus while sparking debate among students, staff and community members.

pollan from page 1 and the problem of health in the whole food system and see if we can’t expand tonight our working definition of that beautiful word ‘health.’” Pollan first identified what he believes to be the four false American beliefs about food— eating is solely for health, nutrients are exclusively bad or good, food is purely the sum of its nutrients and one must be dependent on experts to tell them about food. In the remainder of his lecture, Pollan offered several ways in which Americans can

overcome these ideas, including reducing the consumption of processed foods. “If [Americans] turn their backs on processed food and begin to eat more real food, it would revolutionize our agriculture,” he said. Though many audience members applauded this statement, some were not in agreement with Pollan, who has been known to criticize modern agriculture. Sue Crane, one of many area farmers in the audience who came to the lecture to present their side of the modern farming debate, said she disagreed with Pollan’s viewpoint. “I was surprised at how many

people perhaps don’t realize what’s happening on farms,” she said. “We have to continue to talk about modern agriculture, how important it is and what we do on our farms.” Crane added that society should recognize the many benefits of modern agriculture, rather than condemning it. “One of the reasons [farmers] have large fields, milk many cows is so everyone—rich people, poor people, all sorts of people—are able to eat great food,” she said. A panel discussion on Pollan’s book will conclude this year’s Go Big Read program in the Union Theater at 3:30 p.m. Friday.

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State Rep. Jeffrey Wood, IChippewa Falls, was arrested Wednesday night near Wausau on suspicion of driving while intoxicated, according to a report released Thursday. A witness cited in the incident report said she saw Wood’s car swerve in and out of lanes and at one point his car hit the curb and almost hit a guard rail. The witness notified the police, and Wood was pulled over soon after. The state patrol officer who arrived on the scene described Wood as “sleepy” but said Wood denied taking any medications. Later, Wood admitted to taking six Lorazepam pills, a prescription drug used to treat anxiety.

wispirg from page 1 this is the world we have to live in. Making phone calls, writing letters and signing postcards definitely impacts how a senator feels about things,” Fritz said. WISPIRG got 85 students to make a call Thursday, which fell short of their goal of 200.

He also said he took two doses of cough syrup within three hours. According to the report, a prescription medicine bottle filled the day before Wood’s arrest was found in his pocket containing seven out of 45 prescribed pills. Wood was not found to have consumed alcohol, but other nonprescription drugs were found in his car. Wood was arrested after completing field sobriety testing. The report said Wood was taken to the hospital and released around 10:40 p.m. Wood was charged with his third offense of operating while intoxicated in January of this year. —Hannah Furfaro WISPIRG members said they will continue to host events for this cause throughout the semester with the help of the BRGG campaign. Grau said she urges students to continue to communicate with their lawmakers and keep their eyes and ears open for similar events in the future.

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Weekend, September 25-27, 2009

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Today’s Sudoku

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Angel Hair Pasta

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NIPPY AND THEN SOME ACROSS 1 Chops for dinner 5 Play the ukulele 10 Hindrance to fairness 14 Shivering fit 15 Bottle’s bouquet 16 Unpopular teenage spots 17 Signs of fright 19 Nerve network 20 They may be pierced 21 Started a paragraph, perhaps 23 Coating of frozen dew 24 Galley drudge 25 Approach abruptly 28 Alpine singers 31 Incline 32 Double denial 33 Au ___ (with milk) 34 Pine-___ (cleaning brand) 35 On the hunt for 38 Mauna ___ (Hawaiian peak) 39 Computes the bottom line 41 “I couldn’t agree with you more!” 42 “What did ___ you?” (“See?”) 44 Ending for the phrase “right back where” 46 Not in agreement

47 “When you wish ___ star ...” 48 Mineralogical deposits 49 Popular snack chip 51 Doctor who hears animals 55 Huber of tennis 56 Birds Eye offering 58 Not obscured 59 “The Courtship of Miles Standish” character 60 “The ___ and Future King” 61 Axton who wrote “Joy to the World” 62 Rundgren and Bridges 63 One way to hold your horses DOWN 1 Add punch to the punch 2 Eastern title of honor (Var.) 3 Conservationist John 4 Hotel gofer 5 Midnight assembly of witches 6 “___ words were never spoken” 7 “CD” followers 8 Ballpark figure? 9 Extinct tusked mammal

10 Gym weight 11 Get-acquainted soiree, e.g. 12 Poker term 13 Apple pip, e.g. 18 Takes off the leash 22 Reverent wonder 24 1998 De Niro film 25 Allegro ___ (very brisk, in music) 26 Blockheads 27 One way to kick a habit 28 Joined a team 29 Cambodian cabbage? 30 Lacking originality 32 Ancient Greek festival site 36 “Jack Sprat could ...” 37 Cry uncle 40 Discerning 43 Determine the presence of 45 Become compost 46 Sen. Specter’s namesakes 48 Moved like goo 49 “The Incredibles” son 50 Count Basie’s “___ Clock Jump” 51 “Mark Trail” cartoonist Ed 52 Voice mail cue 53 Activity centers 54 “East of ___” 57 Postal abbr.

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Weekend, September 25-27, 2009


No need to whine about the swine By Kevin Slane THE DAILY CARDINAL


Cheeseburgers, cherry pies, you name it. Meatballs aren’t the only things falling from the sky in this remake of the children’s book. Things get messy, though, around the time it starts raining cats and dogs.

Eat up this fresh spin on a children’s classic By Caissa Casarez THE DAILY CARDINAL

Movies based on books are either good for the soul or leave a bad taste in your mouth. Sony’s new flick “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs,” based on the bestselling children’s book, easily puts itself in the first category—everyone can find something they like about it.

Movies based on books are either good for the soul or leave a bad taste in your mouth.

Moviegoers who are expecting a moving picture of the book will find some modernized differences that end up shaping the movie. For example, while the book solely takes place in the town of Chewandswallow, the movie starts in a dull town called Swallow Falls, whose residents can only eat sardines. Also, there is no Grandpa Henry in

the movie, instead, resident Flint Lockwood invents a machine that creates any food imaginable and drops it from the sky. Though his fellow residents are angry at him at first for destroying the city and “SardineLand,” the new theme park, they soon appreciate his hard work because their hands are full of cheeseburgers. Despite these (and many more) changes, those who see “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs” to reminisce about one of their favorite books will not be disappointed. The movie still retains the excessively high amount of food falling from the sky, especially during a scene in which there are tens of feet of ice cream scoops resembling snow. The movie also perfects the Chewandswallow residents’ reactions to the phenomenon, which goes from shocked to overwhelmingly happy to incredibly scared when the food gets so large that it damages the town. Younger kids will like the movie because, well, food’s falling from the sky. In large amounts. There are also a few poop jokes in the movie. What could be better?

Teenagers and college students will also find things to like in “Cloudy.” Many people, both girls and guys, will see a part of themselves in Flint, who’s more of a master at being awkward than he is at inventing. Also, as the movie goes on, the relationship between Flint and Sam seems like one middle-schoolers would have, but it’s cute nonetheless.

Younger kids will like the movie because, well, food’s falling from the sky.

The only flaw in the movie is that the animation seems a little exaggerated for a movie rendition of a calm-looking children’s book. Other than that, “Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs” is a must-see for anyone who’s looking to get away from the stress of real life for a while and escape to Chewandswallow, where instead of rain, you’ll be doused in ice cream.

Around Campus This Weekend Friday: Built to Spill at the Barrymore When: 8 p.m. Cost: $25 day of show Built to Spill are modern-day legends. Their powerful guitar pop evokes astounding raw emotion. They’re one of the few bands who have been able to carry over their success as a ’90s powerhouse to success in this decade, combining an unrelenting post-modern, Pavement-esque pop with the airy uncertainties of The Band. To this point, they’re responsible for four essential albums, and with another release on the way, there’s no telling how far this band will take its legacy.

Had swine flu? Know someone who has? Worried about getting it? If you answered no to any or all of those questions, you’re probably in the minority on campus. Swine Flu has swept through our campus, sending officials scrambling to contain it while students enjoy the three days off from school. For those of you who are stuck at home, barred from campus events of any kind, here are five movies that show, in terms of disease, let you know you could have it a lot worse. 1. “28 Days Later” You think swine flu is bad? Try Ape Fever. “28 Days Later” starts in British laboratories, as rage-filled chimpanzees lead to a worldwide race of angry, bloodthirsty zombies. Cillian Murphy and a few other choice survivors try to live in an apocalyptic dystopia faced with an uncertain future and an even more unstable present. The worst anyone on campus has had was a day or so of hospitalization. Imagine trying to run from class to class with furious, black goo spurting relentless spawns of Satan. Biddy would have to shorten the semester for sure. 2. “Osmosis Jones” Maybe you want a bit lighter fare while the H1N1 takes over your immune system. Look no further than the Farrelly Brothers’ “Osmosis Jones,” a mixture of live action and animation that stars Chris Rock as the title character, a badass white blood cell fighting diseases in the body of Frank, played in live-action sequences by Bill Murray. Frank has eaten a bad egg, and a deadly disease (Laurence Fishburne) is looking to bring him down. Now it’s up to Ozzie and Drix the pill (David Hyde Pierce of “Frasier”) to save the day. Watch it knowing that no matter how bad you feel, you’ve got miniature Chris Rocks inside of you working to keep you healthy. 3. “Outbreak” Swine flu’s symptoms include sore throat, fever, nausea and coughing. The Motaba virus, featured in Wolfgang Peterson’s “Outbreak,” has a 100 percent mortality rate, and symptoms include internal bleeding and

liquefying of organs. When a chimpanzee (sensing a pattern here?) stows away on a cargo ship to the U.S., the quaint California town of Cedar Point is overrun by an even deadlier version of the Motaba virus. Now it’s up to a who’s who of ’90s movie stars (Dustin Hoffman, Morgan Freeman, Rene Russo, Cuba Gooding Jr., Kevin Spacey) to deliver an antidote and save us all. On the plus side, they only need one shot to cure the Motaba virus. You need at least two Swine Flu shots, and even then it doesn’t become effective for a couple of weeks. 4. “Babe” After all this terrible talk of Swine Flu, how about a pig who actually brought about some good? “Babe” tells the story of a gallant pig raised by dogs on a farm full of funny creatures. He wants to be a sheepherder like his “mom” the sheepdog, but is laughed at. Watch some fine acting by the esteemed James Cromwell, and shed a tear of joy as Babe takes the biggest sheepherding stage of them all, to surprising results. “Babe” was not only nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture, but has entertained children everywhere for years. Try ridding the swine flu from your body with Farmer Hoggett’s famous saying, “That’ll do, pig. That’ll do.” 5. “Home Alone” After announcing to your roommates you’ve come down with the Swine, you shuffle off to bed, cursing your bad luck and loss of drinking on a football Saturday. When you awake, the house is empty, with nary a trace of its former occupants. Wandering the house, you suddenly exclaim (with a precociously cute waggle of your eyebrows) “I made my roommates disappear!” Sure, “Home Alone” has nothing to do with swine flu, but what could be better than watching Macaulay Culkin make mincemeat of some burglars while enjoying some soup? Maybe you could make some swine flu booby traps of your own. Just wait until you roommate opens his bedroom door, only to get a bucket of your used tissues dumped on him! Why swine flu alone when you could be having swine flu for two?

Saturday: ...And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead at the Majestic When: 9 p.m. Cost: $15 There’s not much wrong with Trail of Dead’s Source Tags & Codes; and even though they haven’t reached that high mark since, it’s hard to fault someone for not finding perfection to be replicable. Regardless, their live show embodies the precise yet ruthless ferocity that twists and turns through their most accomplished albums. They throw a unique hat into the ring of post-punk, making an enticing argument for what it is that Iggy Pop and Johnny Rotten ever really had in mind. Sunday: The Weakerthans at the High Noon Saloon When: 8:30 p.m. Cost: $16 The Weakerthans’ earnestness often borders on twee, but their wordplay and trudging rhythms are hard to ignore. If nothing else, they will serve as an apt trip down memory lane for those too hip to be caught listening to a Blink-182 record in high school.


That is one brave dog! Despite fears of pig-induced sickness, Babe the pig’s boyish charm will help you overcome any illness.


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his year we find ourselves in the midst of the university’s Year of the Humanities, a series of lectures dedicated to esoteric topics in hopes of increasing visibility of the humanities on campus and to promote the worth of a wellrounded, humanistic education in the job market. A liberal arts education is often composed of a lot of intangibles, but if the university is truly serious about its commitment to a humanistic education and the worth of the humanities to mankind, it needs to commit something more tangible to the cause.

We have a strong humanistic tradition here on campus, a place known fondly as a liberal bubble and a place for strong intellectual discourse.

The problem with the university’s development over the years is that it seems reluctant to approve anything that may not have a significant impact on its image, of which the humanities silently make up a significant part. Looking briefly through the US News and World Reports undergraduate rankings, UW-Madison ranks in the top 20 universities for the departments of English, history, political science, economics, and sociology, with the sociology department coming in at number two in the nation. We have a strong humanistic tradition here on campus, a place known fondly as a liberal bubble and a place for strong intellectual discourse. Chancellor Martin is herself a fine example of the worth of a humanistic education, having received her Ph.D in German literature from our fine institution of higher learning. She speaks often about her own dedication to the humanities and what she does to support it. But therein lies the problem. If everyone talks about

the worth of the humanities but no one does anything for the humanities, how much are they really worth on campus? Where do we go from here? How does the university go ahead and show the humanities that it is as important as the “Year of Humanities” declares it is? The easiest way to compensate someone’s worth is with money, and the humanities sure could use some right now. Donations do not pour in as quickly in the humanities. Some say it’s because poetry isn’t as lucrative as chemical engineering, but it’s up to graduates to decide what they do with their paychecks. The university should stop paying lip service to the worth of the humanities and start giving something more tangible. The starting point should be the renovation of the Humanities building. The brutalist structure with its labyrinthine interior incites more fear than it does intellectual discourse about the arts. The dingy classrooms give off the vibe that it is perpetually raining outside and the myth that the building is riot proof only exacerbates the feeling that the structure was based off of a passage from “1984.”

The university should stop paying lip service to the humanities and start giving something more tangible.

David Byrne once famously asked “Well, how did I get here?” The question echoes one of the most important goals of a humanistic education—to be reflective. As students, we are asked to think critically about our surroundings, to “sift and winnow” for a perspective and an angle, some sort of elusive truth. But first, the University must look into itself and see how much of its image it owes to the humanities.


The Rivendell cooperative is one of several co-ops in Madison that “memberships” students each year.

Co-op system no more inclusive than Greeks By Alyssa Lochen THE DAILY CARDINAL

Visit any of Madison’s housing cooperative’s websites and you’ll be greeted with a sunny description of the advantages of community living. Want to join? Simply contact the membership coordinator! Sounds easy, right? Wrong. While the Greek system has received plenty of criticism for exclusivity in their membership processes, co-ops maintain a sparkling reputation as havens of acceptance, free of judgment or rejection. However, co-ops engage in the same exclusive practices as any sorority or fraternity—they just seek to fill a different kind of mold. As a freshman, I “membershipped” at several co-ops in the Langdon Street area, intrigued by their eco-friendly living practices and community atmosphere. For each co-op, I attended the mandatory dinners and then underwent an interview process. I answered their questions earnestly and came off as a normal, stable person. However, much to my confusion, I wasn’t accepted into a single co-op. I was shocked. I never imagined that a community that boasts a philosophy of acceptance would have refused the inclusion of such


a benign young woman. And then it hit me: I simply didn’t fit the stereotypical co-op mold. As a shy freshman in a Wisconsin sweatshirt and jeans, I didn’t come off as quirky enough to participate in the alternative, co-op lifestyle. One apologetic member informed me afterward that I should’ve “sold myself ” more during the interview. If that doesn’t sound like a popularity contest, I don’t know what does. My experience with the “co-op mold” is not an isolated one. One former co-op member said that she consciously donned “typical hippie” clothing in anticipation of her membership meeting so that she more convincingly “looked the part.” Another individual purposefully failed to mention his status as a fraternity member for fear that it would cost him a spot in the co-op. Evidently these two individuals were aware that co-ops seek a specific type of member, and they adjusted their personal images accordingly to fit that image. The fact that potential members feel the need to tweak their own style or personality in order to appeal to the current membership demonstrates how co-ops have morphed from environments of acceptance into exclusive, elitist clubs. Clearly, not all co-op members are judgmental and petty. I met some very friendly people who truly embraced an accepting community mindset. However, these welcoming, open-minded individuals were overshadowed by their more exclusive peers, primarily due to the membership approval process. Many co-ops operate under a system of unanimous decisions, wherein membership can be denied by the vote of just one contrary person. In this bastardized version of a jury system, the final decision is not truly unanimous, but rather favors the minority, a bewildering and nonsensical concept. As a first step in moving toward a more accepting community, co-ops must abandon this process that places the power of decision into the hands of a few small-minded, powerhungry individuals.

The concept of “membershipping” that dominates Madison’s coops today was not always the norm. Former members who lived in co-ops during the 1970s describe a “first come, first served,” system, wherein truly anyone could join. Clearly, this method yielded its share of problematic members, but the newfound “membershipping” process has not eliminated this issue. Co-ops still struggle with troublesome members and are forced to make evictions. While not perfect, the old method at least holds truer to the values of acceptance that the co-op philosophy embraces; the newer process has caused the co-ops to sacrifice these values for the sake of avoiding irresponsible tenants. To return to their more inclusive roots, Madison’s coops must strive for a middle ground between the potentially chaotic former process and the exclusive, illogical current method. The membership process isn’t exactly improper because co-ops are not public entities; they are free to refuse membership to whomever they please, as long as their reason is not discriminatory. However, perhaps they should abandon the altogether phony notion that they are an inclusive community. Both the Greek system and the co-op system engage in exclusive membership practices—the key difference is that the Greek system rarely tries to deny this fact. The co-op system affects an air of moral superiority over fraternities and sororities that is undeserved and false. The sincere apologies I received from multiple co-op members suggest that many members are aware of the system’s flaws and contradictions. I suggest that these members become more active in creating a more welcoming community in the co-ops, one that is truly free from judgment and exclusivity. Only by confronting their issues with inclusiveness can Madison’s co-ops hope to come close to the friendly, accepting community that they claim to be. Alyssa Lochen is a senior majoring in zoology and Spanish. We welcome all feedback. Please send responses to


Men’s Soccer

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Yeagley’s lessons from Indiana crucial in first year at Wisconsin By Parker Gabriel THE DAILY CARDINAL

Todd Yeagley has seen Indiana Hoosiers soccer from just about every possible angle. Growing up, he watched as his dad coached the team. During his college days, he experienced it firsthand, leading the Hoosiers to three national championships in four years. After a seven-year stint in the MLS, Yeagley returned to Bloomington and served as an assistant coach for six years. This week, however, Yeagley will witness Hoosiers soccer from a completely new angle: the opposite sideline. Yeagley, in his first year at the helm for the Wisconsin men’s soccer team, will face his alma mater Friday at YEAGLEY the McClimon Soccer Complex. The Hoosiers come into the matchup as the preseason favorite to take home the Big Ten title and are ranked No. 13 by the NSCAA.

football from page 8 interception on Notre Dame’s 4yard line solidified a 33-30 win for the Irish. The Central Michigan loss was even more heartbreaking. After allowing a Chippewa touchdown with 32 seconds left to make it a one-point game, the Spartans failed to recover an onside kick but thought they won the game when Central Michigan missed a 47-yard field goal. However, Michigan State was called offsides on the play and could only watch as its instate rivals celebrated a gamewinning 42-yard field goal as time expired. Thus, it’s fair to suggest that Wisconsin will be on high alert for a team eager to prove itself to the

soccer from page 8 The defense solidified itself after back-to-back losses in which their opponent scored a total of three times. “We played some great teams and put in a strong effort,” Miller said. “I think we’re moving into Indiana feeling real good about it. Defense is a lot of the focus; one slip up and you could be the reason for giving up a goal. It’s going to take a lot of focus from everybody to get the job done.” Head coach Todd Yeagley also expressed confidence in the way his squad has improved through the non conference portion of the schedule. “The areas that we’ve focused on, our ball movement and sharpness offensively, have improved, as

volleyball from page 8 unclear whether she will be back to full strength for Friday’s match. Dolgner was visibly affected by her illness in Wednesday’s loss against Iowa, finishing with a negative hitting percentage. Junior outside hitter Allison Wack was able to pick up the slack and record a game-high 17 kills Wednesday, and she may be asked to take on a larger role against Minnesota.

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That is no surprise in Bloomington, where the Hoosiers have established a tradition of quality soccer. It is a tradition that Yeagley praised highly. “It’s a wonderful program. It has taught me an awful lot, and I apply those things here with our program at Wisconsin,” he said. While the Hoosiers are certainly talented and will provide a stiff test for the Badgers, Indiana is not quite as formidable as it was in the early 1990s, when Yeagley led the Hoosiers’ attack. Yeagley played in Bloomington from 1991-1994 and won national titles in each of his first three years on campus. He was named to the All-American team four times and won the national Player of the Year Award his senior year. Yeagley finished his career as one of the top 15 scorers in school history and is currently third on Indiana’s all-time list with 40 assists. Over the course of his career, the Hoosiers compiled a whopping 79-5-9 record. Those 79 wins helped his father, Jerry, become the NCAA’s all time wins leader in men’s soc-

cer. The elder Yeagley retired in 2003 after four decades, 544 wins and six national championships in Bloomington. Now, as a head coach, Todd Yeagley uses his own past experience, as well as the knowledge of his father, to assist his own coaching techniques. “I draw upon those experiences every day,” Yeagley said. “I talk to my dad daily. Before every important decision I kind of reflect upon what I’ve learned from him and my experience. It’s the foundation with which I coach.” Those techniques and that foundation will be tested on Friday, both on and off the field. The 7:30 p.m. kickoff and highly anticipated opponent will provide a primetime buzz for what should be a large crowd on “Pac the Mac” night. Will it be enough to conjure up some nerves in the soft-spoken head coach? “I don’t know how I’ll feel. I get the good feelings before every game,” Yeagley said. “As my dad would say, you just have to make sure the butterflies are flying in formation.”

conference after two demoralizing losses. Yet junior quarterback Scott Tolzien disagreed with that sentiment, saying the team will treat Michigan State the same as any other team it has faced this season. “We’ve just got to focus on what our deal is,” he said. “We know they’re going to bring their best game, at least that’s how you’ve got to prepare for them and let the rest take care of itself.” Countering Tolzien this week will be talented freshman Kirk Cousins, who threw for over 300 yards against Notre Dame but also surrendered the interception that sealed the game for the Irish. Cousins is flanked by two talented wide receivers in senior Blair White and sophomore B.J. Cunningham, who will join speedy freshman running back

Larry Caper in trying to wreak havoc on the Wisconsin defense. As long as the Wisconsin defense doesn’t allow the Spartan playmakers to run wild like Javon Ringer and Devin Thomas did in years past, the Badgers will have every opportunity to get revenge for last year’s painful one-point loss in East Lansing. But junior linebacker Culmer St. Jean doesn’t see the game as a chance at vengeance, rather just another day at the office. “It’s just another day to get an opportunity to go out and perform in front of the home crowd, and it being the Big Ten, this stage is that much higher,” St. Jean said. “We’re going to treat every game the same, and playing at home in Camp Randall, you can’t want anything more.”

well as our attention to detail defensively,” he said. “Our overall team shape gets better with each game.” Adding fuel to the fire in the matchup is the connection between the Yeagley, and the Hoosiers organization. Yeagley won three national championships and garnered All-American recognition four times in four years under the tutelage of his father, Jerry Yeagley. The elder Yeagley served as the head coach in Bloomington for four decades and is the NCAA’s alltime wins leader in men’s soccer with 544 victories. The combination of a nighttime home game, a ranked conference opponent and facing their coach’s alma mater has created plenty of excitement in the

Badgers’ lockerroom. “It motivates us; Friday night under the lights, it doesn’t get much better so we’re pretty excited about it,” junior defenseman Aaron Nichols said. “This is something you go to bed every night thinking about. This is why we play soccer, for things like this, for a game with emotion,” Miller said. The overall series between Wisconsin and Indiana is a completely one-sided affair, with Indiana rolling up a 30-3-4 record against the Cardinal and White. However, Wisconsin found success against quality competition last week, and a win this weekend would jump-start a Big Ten season filled with promise and potential for the Badgers.

The performances of freshman outside hitter Kirby Toon and middle blocker Alexis Mitchell were bright spots in the loss to Iowa. Toon recorded 13 kills, and Mitchell came off the bench to pick up seven kills, at one point scoring three of four consecutive Badger kills. Both freshmen are likely to continue to contribute as the season rolls on. The Badgers will likely work on their blocking heading into Friday’s game, as the team recorded a season-

low three blocks against the Hawkeyes. Wisconsin ranks last in the Big Ten with only 1.78 blocks per set. Wisconsin looks to contain Minnesota’s Lauren Gibbemeyer and Brook Dieter. Gibbemeyer, a junior middle blocker, holds an impressive .430 hitting percentage and leads the Gophers in blocks with 65. Dieter, a junior outside hitter, has a team-high 166 kills this season, good for an average of 3.95 per set.

of torture. Sure, the 1999, 2000 and 2006 seasons were very exciting with two NLCS appearances and a World Series appearance (predictably a loss to the Yankees). But the Mets’ expansion of payroll and a rise in expectations in the last few years has only made things worse.

My favorite teams have not won a championship in my lifetime, and I will never feel fulfilled until this curse is lifted.

In the previous two seasons, the Mets have managed consecutive September collapses, knocked from playoff contention on the final day of the regular season. As for this year, don’t even get me started. The moment Sports Illustrated picked the Mets to win the World Series, I knew this fantasy didn’t have the power to



override the strange occurrences going on with this franchise. That leaves the Jets, who have gone 40-plus seasons without a Super Bowl appearance since their infamous 1968 win anchored by quarterback Joe Namath. They never finished above .500 and had no playoff appearances in the 1970s. In 1996, they finished 1-15—thanks to the 2008 Lions, that’s no longer a remarkable statistic. Last season’s win over the then-undefeated Tennessee Titans gave the Jets some hope at 8-3, but the team finished an abysmal 1-4 to squash any playoff aspirations. So needless to say, before I start salivating over the future success of this year’s Jets, I’ll start by praying they don’t screw up their next game. Maybe I’ve used up most of this column for my own self-pity, but my point is that every fan has their own stories of heartbreak. So to other readers lacking that special victory, here’s to the end of your team’s curse— because it’s time for people like us to finally experience the taste of championship glory. Share your team’s stories of futility with Matt at

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The Badgers are coming off a strong performance last week at the UW-Milwaukee Panther Invitational. Wisconsin topped Oakland 1-0 Friday, powered by senior Brandon Miller’s goal in the 63rd minute and a shutout from senior goalkeeper Alex Horwath. Sunday brought more solid defense from Wisconsin, as they nearly defeated No. 9 UC-Santa Barbara, before surrendering a late goal and battling to a 1-1 draw. soccer page 7

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performance against Wofford that included the first touchdown of his collegiate career, agreed now is the time the team’s hard work in the offseason begins to pay off. “Everybody’s excited; Big Ten is kind of a bar up for us,” Kendricks said. “[Head coach Bret Bielema] said [Monday] night it’s kind of like every game is a playoff game, you’ve got to play to the best of your abilities.” Wisconsin faces a Michigan State team hungry for a win after suffering two consecutive losses to Central Michigan and Notre Dame by a combined total of five points. The Spartans were in position to win both games, but key late errors proved costly for a team many thought would finish in the top half of the conference this season. Playing in South Bend last weekend, a late

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As Wisconsin speeds into its Big Ten opener against Michigan State Saturday undefeated, players on both sides of the ball are conveying the same message: nonconference means nothing, now it’s business time. “Being 3-0, that’s great. But the real season starts now, and it’s 0-0 for everybody,” junior safety Jay Valai said. “Michigan State may be 1-2—they lost two close games—but they’re 0-0 just like we are, so it’s time for the party to start in the Big Ten.” Junior tight end Lance Kendricks, fresh off a 70-yard

ast Sunday’s improbable New York Jets victory over the New England Patriots gave me, and fellow Jets fans, plenty of reasons to be optimistic. The signing of former USC quarterback Mark Sanchez already had me ecstatic about the future, and the hiring of head coach Rex Ryan gave the team not only an impressive defensive mentality, but also a refreshing new locker-room environment. Before the season, expectations were modest with a rookie quarterback and a first-year head coach. But with their win over the Pats, it’s clear that this team could be headed for bigger things. However, despite the Jets’ efficient offense and a defense that hasn’t allowed an offensive touchdown through two games, I will maintain a cautiously positive stance. After all, my favorite teams have not won a championship in my lifetime, and I will never feel fulfilled until this curse is lifted. Since early childhood, the Knicks, Mets and Jets have held a special place in my life. For me, being a fan takes time and plenty of effort. I don’t really care to speculate how many hours I’ve devoted to my teams—not just watching games, but reading reports, keeping up with stats and ranting about how they need to improve. Several events, particularly some over the last decade, have made me question why I continue to put myself through this. Let’s start with the Knicks, a storied franchise without a title since 1973. Center Patrick Ewing was drafted in 1985, which began a thrilling run including 14 straight playoff appearances and two trips to the NBA Finals. These teams were a pleasure to watch and hard not to love with their passion and intensity brought not only by Ewing, but by other figures like John Starks and Charles Oakley as well. But alas, the Knicks also had the misfortune of playing in the same era as Michael Jordan, Hakeem Olajuwon and the Knick assassin, Reggie Miller. Following the trade of Ewing and the acquisition of Stephon Marbury (a transaction that the Knicks are still paying for dearly), a decade of misery followed. Surprisingly, the Knicks’ losing record in every season since 2001 while maintaining the league’s highest payroll isn’t the worst part. It’s the team’s off-court issues involving scandals and mismanagement that have been even more embarrassing. The Mets won their last World Series in 1986, a year before I was born, just in time to begin a new streak of ups and downs. They’ve made the playoffs just four times in my lifetime, but it’s more the fashion of these losses that has made things unbearable. As a young middle-schooler, I had to suffer through four World Series titles by the crosstown rival Yankees. While most of my friends experienced the joys of October, I was the subject of countless taunts and other forms

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Badgers hit the road in search of conference win After dropping opener, UW takes on Gophers By Adam Tupitza THE DAILY CARDINAL

Coming off a tough loss at home against Iowa in the team’s Big Ten opener, the Wisconsin volleyball team looks to get back on track in Minnesota Friday night. Wisconsin (0-1 Big Ten, 5-5 overall) is off to its worst start since 1992, when the team started the season 5-7. That team finished the year with a record of 14-17. Things don’t get any easier for the Badgers, as the match

against No. 9 Minnesota (93) opens up a difficult threeroad-game swing. Next week, the team heads east to take on two-time defending NCAA champion Penn State as well as one-loss Ohio State. Friday’s match will be the Big Ten home opener for the Golden Gophers, who went undefeated at home in their nonconference schedule. Minnesota won both matches against Wisconsin last season, including dealing the Badgers a heart breaking five-set defeat at the UW Field House in November. Senior outside hitter Brittney Dolgner had a case of the flu earlier in the week, and it is volleyball page 7


Brandon Miller was named Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week for his performance against Oakland and UC-Santa Barbara. By Parker Gabriel THE DAILY CARDINAL

The Wisconsin men’s soccer team finally returns home and opens Big Ten play Friday with a highly anticipated matchup against the No. 13 Indiana Hoosiers at the McClimon Soccer Complex as part of the “Pac the Mac” doubleheader. The Wisconsin women’s team faces Purdue at 5 p.m., while the men play at 7 p.m. All students can get into the game for free and watch the game from field level with a student ID.


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