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Mayor emphasizes small tax increases, relies on unions

Legislature puts IT project under fire

By Caitlin Gath

State lawmakers put pressure on UW System administrators Tuesday to provide cost efficiency and oversight measures on both an $81 million payroll and the benefits computer system. In the oversight meeting conducted by the Joint Committee on Information Policy and Technology, lawmakers prodded Tom Anderes, senior vice president of Administration and Fiscal Affairs, on data security and assurance that someone will be held responsible if the project fails. State Rep. Kitty Rhoades, RHudson, questioned Anderes on capping future costs that could force the project to go over budget. Rhoades mentioned previously failed IT projects, and said Wisconsin should not waste taxpayers’ money. “[This project] sounds very familiar to the $28 million that we gave when we did the first shot at this,” she said. “In fairness to taxpayers, we really need to [say] that this is more than a $81 million dollar project because we have already invested almost $30 million in trying to learn how to do it.” She said taxpayers are “very concerned” about IT projects, and said the oversight panel will look “incredibly critically” at the IT process. “If I sound skeptical, I am ... we have been down this path [before],” she said. The UW System’s consultant, Huron Consulting Group, recently came under fire for overstating its earnings the past three years. State Rep. Phil Montgomery, R-Green Bay, pointed out Huron’s issues with reporting their tax liabilities and asked Anderes for a “back-up plan” if Huron failed to fulfill its contract. Montgomery cited $170 million state dollars lost in previous IT project failures, and asked who would be held accountable if the UW payroll project fails. When asked if he would be fired if the project failed, Anderes said, “I would assume yes.” Montgomery said he needed more than an assumption and stressed the need for accountable leadership. “I would like to know what the consequences are to the owner of this project,” he said. Anderes said he recognizes the risks involved in IT projects that promise to protect sensitive data, but said implementing the new system is the best way to reduce the risk for faculty and students.


Mayor Dave Cieslewicz emphasized a steady budget with minimal tax increases, small cuts and a “great deal of cooperation from city employees” when he introduced his 2010 Executive Operating Budget Tuesday morning. “We’re going to get through this together,” he said. Home owners will face a property tax increase of 3.85 percent, but it is less than the 4.3 percent average over the course of the last 15 years. “It’s more than I would like, but it is better than the alternatives of basic service cuts or doing damage to our long-term fiscal stability,” Cieslewicz said in a statement. “It is better than ... basic service cuts or doing damage to our long-term fiscal stability.” Dave Cieslewicz mayor Madison

The mayor will continue his city hiring freeze, which has been in place since May, through 2010 to help increase sal-


ary savings. Cieslewicz will also cut the travel budget by onefifth of last year’s costs, and will encourage voluntary furloughs. In addition, city unions will have to face zero pay increases for the next two years. At the end of the two-year contract there will be a 3 percent increase. “We want to ensure that everyone has a job ... we don’t want the city to dig itself into a hole.” Joe Conway union president Fire Fighters Local 311

“I think it’s a very responsible contract,” the mayor said. According to Cieslewicz, the city has already seen cooperation from the Fire Fighters Local 311 union, which will be the first union to settle. “We want to ensure that everyone has a job ... we’re looking out for the other people in the community,” Joe Conway, president of the union, said. “We’re here to serve. budget page 3

Drunken driving bill could cost Wisconsin over $70 million Funding for a bill that increases penalties for drunken driving offenders may cost Wisconsin over $70 million per year, according to a new estimate from the Legislative Fiscal Bureau. Original estimates on the drunken driving bill that passed through the Assembly were closer to $40 million, assuming fourth-time Operating While Intoxicated offenders were sentenced to probation rather than prison. The report from the LFB proposed increasing the tax on hard liquor by 50 cents per liter, which could generate as much as $25 million annually. The LFB also suggested eliminating the annual appropriation of $20 million from beer and liquor tax revenues to

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help pay for increased costs related to the drunken driving legislation. The Assembly bill makes a first offense a misdemeanor if a child under age 16 is in the car, and makes a fourth drunken driving offense a felony. The proposal from the LFB requested increasing a third OWI offense term of imprisonment from 30 to 45 days. The Senate Committee on Judiciary, Corrections, Insurance, Campaign Finance Reform, and Housing supported increasing the liquor tax during a panel meeting Tuesday night. The Senate bill could cost significantly less than the report’s estimates if the liquor tax is passed. —Hannah Furfaro


At the Common Council meeting Tuesday, Mayor Dave Cieslewicz introduced his 2010 budget, noting slight tax increases, minimal cuts and union cooperation.

City council OKs individual assault rifles for police By Caitlin Gath THE DAILY CARDINAL

Students could soon see members of the Madison Police Department patrolling the streets with assault rifles. The Common Council voted Tuesday to establish a voluntary rifle purchase program that would allow commissioned employees to voluntarily purchased rifles. By establishing this program, the AR-15 assault rifles would become individual property of the officers much like the handguns they currently carry. Once acquired, the rifles would become the officer’s property for life. However, some alders were uncertain about the standard they were setting by asking city officials to buy their own tools for

a job the city hired them to do, especially when those tools can give lethal force. Ald. Paul Skidmore, District 9, and member of the Public Safety Review Committee, said he has been working on the proposal for years and would like to see the rifles bought through the capital budget, and then given to individual officers. Ald. Judy Compton, District 16, said she was glad that safety of the officers would be addressed. “This is a tool, not a weapon,” she said. Executive Cpt. of Field Operations Vic Wahl said officers would be provided with training, as well as with protocol for council page 3

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Witte Hall resident Spencer Strand prepares for the flu season with the help of a UW School of Nursing student. Flu shots will be offered Tuesdays and Thursdays through Nov. 19 from 4-7 p.m. at various campus locations.

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very year when October rolls around, certain things start to happen in Madison. Perhaps most notably, the weather drops approximately 25 degrees within a 48-hour period and Uggs reappear in full force. The football team, which always has a solid start to their season, begin their conference play and will dash the hopes of the entire student body as they fail to conquer the Big Ten like they hope they will. For me, however, October means one thing and one thing only: Halloween. Although Halloween in Madison is exciting and anticipated by nearly every student, I’m not a fan of the State Street/shitfaced shenanigans. For me, it’s the costumes that get me all geared up. Over the last three years, I have seen some of the most awesome costumes ever imagined and, of course, some of the most inappropriate. Among the best: A foursome dressed as the Fruit of

the Loom fruits, complete with a tighty-whitey-clad boy dancing around them, and a big-boned guy dressed as the Kool-Aid guy in red sweats carrying a cardboard brick wall that he would periodically smash through. And the worst: A mock Duke lacrosse team carrying a naked blow-up doll and a trio of male tampons—light, regular and heavy flows. I’m not typically a big fan of store-bought costumes. I prefer the truly creative and wonderful homemade costumes that you only see once each Halloween (and then undoubtedly see many more the following year after noncreative people like yours truly steal others’ ideas). Over the last three years I have walked out my door as (this is an abridged list) an Eskiho (a halfnaked Eskimo), a yellow crayon, a pirate and Garth Algar from “Wayne’s World.” I only played the skanky costume game freshman year, learned my lesson—after half freezing to death on State Street—and made pants a costume requirement each year since. Every year I have proudly made my own costume and endured the

embarrassment of no one knowing who or what I was, and I fear this year will be no different. While I am very excited about my costume, I fear I am probably alone in my joy. Over the weekend I did some serious TV therapy and caught up on the countless reality TV shows, which I find to be endlessly inspiring, if not lif-changing. How could I not find a costume idea somewhere among all the unique (well, probably scripted) “reality” characters on the airwaves? During a commercial break on an episode of “Real Chance of Love,” I decided to do some casual channel surfing, and when I hit Bravo it was like I saw a white light at the end of my Halloween tunnel. There it was: the perfect costume for my last Freakfest. DISCLAIMER: If anyone reading this column steals my costume idea, I will hunt you down and do something non-violent to you or your family members, but still mean enough for you to get the point. Kim! Kim from “The Real Housewives of Atlanta!” Perfect! The costume itself will be fairly

simple: a low-cut shirt, a blonde wig, a cell phone into which I’ll screech “Big Poppa” every 30 seconds and some very tasteful bra stuffing. Unfortunately, I’ve already had to rule out the idea of having any of the other housewives in my entourage, because they’ve already decided on their costumes or think my idea is ridiculous and refuse to participate. Their loss. Group costumes tend to not work out for me anyway. I tend to get distracted easily and left behind, and if I see something shiny in the distance, there’s a pretty good chance I’m going to drop whatever it is I’m doing to chase after it (like a squirrel but more pathetic). Last year I was the only Spice Girl left in my apartment after midnight, and I never managed to meet up with anyone other than Posh. Despite my lonesome costume planning, I’m still endlessly excited. I’ve always wanted to be a blonde with DD cups for a day, and now I have the perfect excuse to try it out. I love Halloween. Have a really great costume idea that you’re dying to tell someone but don’t trust any of your shady friends? Tell Gillian at

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Favorite movies: Corpse Bride, Flightplan, Inside Man, Disney, Can you blame us for talking about this guy again? I mean, he looks like he ‘s White Chicks, Monty Python planning world domination or feeling really awkward at summer camp.

Most Embarrassing Item: OK, so we know we used Gerad before, but come on, just look at that picture. Yikes. And wow, talking on AIM... really? Did you accidentally copy and paste that one from your MySpace profile from the 6th grade? And don’t get me started on the film “White Chicks.” If you think the Wayans brothers dressing up in drag and whiteface is comical, you’re essentially hopeless. Gerad also violated a key Facebook rule of thumb: If you say the word “yearbook” more than one time in their favorite activities, you likely have no friends/social life. Stupid Fact About Your Hometown: The owners of the Schlitz Brewing Company actually bought up a great deal of farmland in Bayside at the turn of the century, leading to the now-famous Schlitz Audobon Nature Center found in Bayside today. And all the drunkass geese there. Missed Opportunities: We could’ve devoted an entire newspaper to making fun of Gerad’s Facebook Notes where he does the lame “Have you ever ______ed with _______” from his list of friends. Unfortunately we only have half a page to devote to his Facebook antics. For the record Corrections or clarifications? Call The Daily Cardinal office at 608-262-8000 or send an e-mail to

Saving Grace: Hey, the man is Jewish, and he’s proud of it. He shows it off in his Facebook profile like a badge of honor. Or a yarmulke of honor. Or a dreidel of honor. But if you want your profile to be made fun of, make sure it’s as eye-catching as Gerry the fire-loving gardener here.

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Greenbush Bakery robbed at gunpoint A local downtown bakery was robbed Tuesday night for the second time in the past two weeks. Officers from the Madison Police Department arrived at Greenbush Bakery, located at 1305 Regent St., in response to an armed robbery around 7 p.m., a police report said. An employee at the bakery told officers that the suspect entered the store with a handgun. He showed it to the employee and then fled the premises on foot with an undis-

closed amount of cash, according to the report. The suspect is described as a white male, about 6'0" tall and of thin build. According to the report, he has dark hair, blue eyes and was last seen wearing a black hoodie, baggy blue jeans with blue boxers, a belt with metal studs and white shoes. The suspect’s description is slightly similar to the one described in the previous robbery. No one was injured and police are still investigating the case.

MPD: break-ins, burglary occur on W. Mifflin, W. Doty streets over weekend The Madison Police Department reported two breakins on the 500 block of W. Doty St. and W. Mifflin St. Sunday, both occurring within a short period of time. According to the MPD incident report, the suspect entered a 20-year-old Madison man’s house on West Doty Street on Sunday around 5:05 p.m., claiming he was looking for a party. The report said the window of the back door was shattered, but nothing was

reported stolen. Nearby, a West Mifflin Street resident reported a missing laptop computer and a cell phone about 30 minutes after the Doty Street break-in. The glass to a window at this house was broken as well. According to the report, the suspect is a 40-year-old black male and is about 5'10" to 5'11", with a thin build, a scruffy beard, a mustache and a coarse voice. MPD officials are currently still investigating these cases.

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Freakfest, ALRC student vote Also passed at the meeting was the decision to appropriate close to $50,000 from the city’s contingent reserve fund toward various expenses related to Freakfest. The annual Halloween event is currently not in the budget. Ald. Bryon Eagon, District 8, who represents the campus area, passed an amendment to add a student-voting member to the Alcohol License Review Committee. Additional input will be heard by the ALRC, with final approval given by the council.

handling the rifles. “We currently do have policies with our handguns, but we’d have to fine tune that to add rifles in and make adjustments,” he said. The city would cover the loss of the rifle if it is used in a duty capacity, but if it occurs while off-duty, it would not, Wahl said. The city would also pay for ammunition used for on-duty use and required training. Any additional training would be the officer’s responsibility.

budget from page 1 We don’t want the city to dig itself into a hole.” Cieslewicz also promised no cuts in the city’s community service and community development block grant programs. Due to the harsh economy, city revenues are well below what was projected in the 2009 budget. “They’re all down dramati-

cally ... even worse than we predicted,” Cieslweciz said. However, according to the mayor, the city currently has a long-term savings account of $30 million to fall back on when the city finishes the year $2 to $4 million in debt.


PAVE hosted Wambui Bahati’s performance “I Am Domestic Violence” as a part of its efforts to spread awareness of dating violence issues among UW-Madison students during the month of October.

Presentation shows dangers and realities of dating violence By Melanie Teachout THE DAILY CARDINAL

Promoting Awareness, Victim Empowerment hosted a performance Tuesday to educate UW-Madison students on the overlooked issues surrounding domestic violence. Singer, author, storyteller and motivational speaker Wambui Bahati performed a skit illustrating several different forms of domestic and dating violence. Bahati’s performance was followed by a question-and-answer session in which students had the opportunity to learn more about Bahati’s past, and about dating violence issues in general. According to Bahati, her performances are not necessarily intended to teach her audience or to solve domestic violence, but rather to draw attention to it. “It’s just a way of making people aware that it is not a speech,” Bahati said. “It catches the attention of people who would not ordinarily

pay attention to a speech.” Bahati, who began her formal theatrical studies at the New York University of the Arts, travels performing her experiences with mental illness and domestic abuse. “[Emotional abusers] mess with your mind and keep you depressed, and you’re not sure what it is because nobody hit you.” Wambui Bahati motivational speaker

She changed her name to Wambui, which is Swahili for singer of songs, and Bahati, signifying good fortune. One of the several characters related to domestic abuse in Bahati’s skit was a reflection of one of her past relationships. She described it as an emotionally abusive relation-

ship in which she was unknowingly one of a senator’s many girlfriends. “He’s the kind of abuser that I think most of us deal with,” she said. “Nobody hits you, but they just mess with your mind and keep you depressed, and you’re not sure what it is because nobody hit you.” Bahati classifies domestic abuse as any relationship with one confused partner. Although she did not state any specific way of solving domestic violence, Bahati does suggest self-worth as a key concept in healthy relationships. “I believe the answer [to dealing with domestic violence] is more of a spiritual answer in that we have to understand who we are and that love is about letting the other person evolve into the best they can be,” Bahati said. Bahati’s performance kicked off PAVE’s domestic violence awareness month. For more information on future events this month, visit

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not the time for peace park redesign


lans to renovate Peace Park on State Street may sound appealing, but the estimated $1,000,000 price tag comes at a time when we should be tightening our expenditures as a city. Expenses that would not draw significant jobs or economic activity to Madison should be scrutinized, not rubber-stamped. From a new police training facility to the Edgewater development to a new central library branch, the city is currently staring down plenty of more beneficial multimilliondollar projects. The Peace Park plans, spearheaded by Alderman Mike Verveer, District 4, include adding an interactive water fountain, public restrooms, more seating for performances and a visitor center. Construction could begin as soon as January 2010 with an expected completion date of July 2010. Certainly more green space in our increasingly urbanizing city is a worthy goal, but building public restrooms will not freshen Madison’s air nor beautify its face. Do we really need such additions during the tail end of the current economic recession? We consider think it excessive to spend seven figures on this project. It would be nice, but that is no reason to get out the backhoe,

especially during hard times. Under the surface, the plan looks like an overpriced and devious way to push homeless beggars away from Peace Park (now you know where Peace Park is on State Street, don’t you?). The renovation proposal includes the addition of an ATM machine, which would ban soliciting money within 50 feet of Peace Park. The only other legal place to beg would be the 500 block of State Street. An interactive fountain and public restrooms sound like something homeless people, along with the rest of us, may make use of. Simply because begging is illegal does not mean Peace Park will cease to be a hotspot for the homeless. If the proposal is intended, in part, to clean up the homeless problem in Madison, half of the proposed $1,000,000 could be used to build a homeless shelter or be given as a grant to Porchlight. As we should, we give Verveer and other renovation supporters the benefit of the doubt and assume kicking out homeless Madisonians is not even part of the reasoning behind the proposal. But homelessness is an appalling and increasing problem within our city. We cannot ignore the effects of our actions on the most downtrodden of our neighbors.

Numbers Don’t Lie: Peace Park

Obama should take a cue from Bush on Iran ANDREW CARPENTER opinion columnist oming into office on the heels of the Bush administration has given Obama numerous advantages. It doesn’t take much for him to look good when compared to his predecessor, because almost any current problem can be blamed on the previous eight years of ineptitude. In many ways all our new President has to do to succeed is be the opposite of George W. Bush: well-spoken, reasonable, diplomatic.


7,529 Estimated number of homeless in Dane County as of 2008


Iran has made several concessions that amount to a slap in the face of a truly concerned world.

The budget for the visitor’s center in Peace Park

$1 million The total budget for redesigning Peace Park, including the interactive fountain

50 feet The distance panhandlers must lawfully keep between themselves and the ATM

$400,000 Amount of money approved by the Madison Common Council to fund the Porchlight Group. Sources: Porchlight, Community Development Block Grant Office

But now Obama is faced with a very similar situation to the one faced by George Bush in 2003, except this time the problem comes from Iran. For fear of committing the same mistakes as Bush, Obama is taking a lenient stance on Iran’s nuclear program. While this approach guarantees Obama will not accidentally take aggressive action based on faulty intelligence, this is one issue where a little Texas-style aggression is the best approach. While there is evidence Iran is

actively seeking nuclear weapons, it is the attitude of the Iranian government that should be provoking more direct action. The International Atomic Energy Association reported last week that Iran has the knowledge to create a nuclear weapon that could hit most of the Middle East and parts of Europe. The European intelligence community, including Israel, France, Britain and Germany, has reached the conclusion that Iran has restarted work on producing such a weapon. In response to such claims, Iran has made several concessions that amount to a slap in the face of a truly concerned world. Iran is willing to allow access to nuclear sites that were only recently disclosed—however, the inspectors won’t be allowed in for three weeks. It’s easy to see how Bush would have handled this news: He would have asked why Iran needs three weeks to let inspectors see a site that was supposed to have been disclosed long ago. He would have taken the intelligence reports of numerous nations and the report of the IAEA, put two and two together, and given Iran an ultimatum: Let us in now or we are coming in. While Bush was wrong about nearly everything else, he was correct on his stance regarding nuclear weapons. Obama should be doing more than promoting negotiations and threatening sanctions if Iran doesn’t cooperate. The world cannot afford another unstable nation with nuclear weapon capability; American needs to have the courage to

enforce international law. Even if we are facing another example of faulty intelligence, there is no reason for Iran to deceive the international community.

While Bush was wrong about everything else, he was correct on his stance regarding nuclear weapons.

Governments that are unwilling to cooperate fully on matters of global security and have not proven themselves to be committed to peace deserve no leniency. If the Iranian government truly had the best interests of its people in mind they would welcome the world’s offer of inspectors and global participation in speeding their development of nuclear power. Deceit and stall tactics serve no purpose except incrimination. Obama needs to respond to the Iranian nuclear situation without allowing past American actions to influence his decision. He should tell Iran what their action’s look like and what he intends to do about it. Flawed though he was, America needs to adopt George Bush’s attitude toward dangerous nations—If Iran refuses to prove that it is not seeking nuclear weapons Obama must take military action. Andrew Carpenter is a senior majoring in communication arts and psychology. We welcome all feedback. Please send responses to

arts The good, the bad and Donatella Versace

By Treena Nicole Fischer THE DAILY CARDINAL

From kitten heels to mangobright jumpsuits, the season’s premiere runways offer more eye candy than “Twilight” on steroids. OK, maybe that’s overstating things, but the shows were unforgettable.

Known for its “magical hodgepodge,” [Marni] fell flat this season with a costume-y line that clashed like oil and water.

September marks the arrival of the “big four” fashion weeks. Every year, top designers from across the globe gather in New York, London, Milan and Paris to showcase their latest styles. This year’s Spring 2010 Ready-to-Wear collections were no disappointment and proved that not even downtrodden markets can dampen the vitality of artistic creation.

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As the final round comes to a close Oct. 8, we are left with a clearer picture of this season’s fads, faux pas and, well, failures. Last is hardly the worst, as both Milan and Paris have brought their Agame, delighting in romance and florals, respectively. Milan charged right out of the gates with everything from Maurizio Pecoraro’s pastel Grecian drapery to D&G’s faded cowboy denim. While Luisa Beccaria deserves an honorable mention for her ’50s wonderland flair, the pretty-party frocks were tamed by Versace’s sassily fearless take on the tea-party theme. Inspired by Tim Burton’s “Alice in Wonderland,” Versace’s collection manages to be both vertical and voluptuous. The line pays homage to the iconic Italian silhouette with lots of legs, romping hair and curves. Tiny pelmet skirts and geometric prints revive the provocative confidence of the modern woman, while tight gowns with plunging necklines and thigh-high slits make Versace

this fashionista’s best-dressed designer at Milan. Hands-down standout in Paris? Indie favorite Isabel Marant. Including fringed pirate boots, floaty boho garments meant to showcase the leggy legs that are many a girl’s best asset and vibrant hues, Marant delivered a femininely French line that is playful but grown-up. The puff-shoulder jacket may be the latest ’80s craze since leggings to see a comeback. (Before you go donning some vintage “Saved by the Bell” blazer, pull out your dictionary and learn the difference between “padded” and “accented” and apply that visually to a jacket.) Except for a not-so-foxy tie-dyed fur coat (pun intended), Marant’s casual-yet-tailored look scores her top points at Paris Fashion Week. So who then is the lucky recipient of this year’s notorious worstdressed award? Considering only the Milan and Paris shows, the honor belongs to Italian label Marni. Known for its “magical hodgepodge,” the label fell flat

When serialized TV gets soggy MARK RIECHERS jumping the mark ave you tried to initiate someone into “Lost” over the last two seasons? I attempted to explain to a few friends how time travel, the freighter and Charles Widmore related to being stranded on a desert island; needless to say, their heads exploded, and now I’m down two good friends.


Compelling TV, as with film and literature, has to be about characters.

Despite the massive quality boost in TV over the last 10 years or so, a side effect has been writers’ increasing reliance on the serial format. We see more and more shows structured as a continuous narrative broken into hour-long segments. TV writ-

ers now plan out intricate schemes of how each episode will link up its plot, themes, characters and obscure pop-culture references to the rest of the series. The result? Story-driven television, especially in tense dramatic shows like “Lost” and “24,” has become unwatchable for the casual viewer. Missing an episode could make the rest of a season completely nonsensical, and beginning a series partway through is unacceptable. If you watch TV occasionally for a 30-minute escape from reality, your options are getting slimmer and slimmer. “Manswers” is not exactly a good use of 30 minutes, unless you want a countdown of the five best countries to get a blowjob in. Even reality TV demands that you never miss an episode. Addiction seems to have become a requirement to fully enjoy the good things happening on TV. For those of you with social lives, consider making a larger commitment to shows that make good use of the serial format. You can be picky if you’re short on time—a five-season story arc doesn’t substitute for solid acting and writing minute-to-minute, not season-to-season.


Run quick! The more shows like ‘Heroes’ abandon their focus on individual characters, the more their plots are doomed to fiery wrecks.

Look at “Heroes,” NBC’s drama that was once powered by character-driven stories about real people with superpowers. Seasons two and three rested heavily on the idea that the characters needed to be caught up in giant conspiracies and elaborate plots that traced back hundreds of years. Without its emphasis on characters, “Heroes” became a nearly unwatchable spectacle of poorly written dialogue qualified as “leading to something bigger.” If you can’t deliver on the basics, you can’t save it with a twisting, complex plot.

If you insist on living life in spite of a new episode of “Lost” being on, invest in TiVo (or Google “BitTorrent”).

Compelling TV, as with film and literature, has to be about characters. Take AMC’s “Mad Men” for instance. Sunday’s episode, “Souvenir,” was a discrete story of Don Draper and his wife Betty going on a business trip to Rome, giving the battered couple a vignette of romance that we haven’t seen from them in a long time. It was a testament to how great TV serials need to be written: like a short story, delivering a story for an hour, but adding characterization and plot hooks for future episodes to reference. If you insist on living a life in spite of a new episode of “Lost” being on, invest in TiVo (or Google “BitTorrent”). We live in a time when watching garbage TV doesn’t make sense when we have 50 other ways to watch quality television on our own terms. Serialized shows may require a deeper commitment than whatever Spike TV is running, but the payoff is a lot greater. Mark would prefer you don’t ask him about the circumstances that led to him watching an entire episode of “Manswers.” It involves insomnia and shame. E-mail him about more honorable pursuits at

this season with a costume-y line that clashed like oil and water. It claims peasant chic is back in style (apparently it was in style in the first place). In developing its line, one wonders if the designers asked themselves, “How much can we possibly (mis)match with “Beetlejuice” leggings?” Some of the floppy pieces look more like baggy PJs, while the collection as a whole resembles a timeline of historical caricatures in each outfit. Stereotypes (hippie, pirate, Elizabethan jester, etc.) fail to mesh, leaving the eye unable to focus as each individual garment vies for our attention. And kitten heels with socks? For shame. For more OMG moments, check out Thom Browne’s collection, which debuted adult men in tutus. Need more be said? With designers like Burberry and Louis Vuitton streaming their catwalk shows live on the Internet (including Facebook), even the unseasoned Sconnie socialite can



keep up with the what’s- what of couture aesthetics.

For more OMG moments, check out Thom Browne’s collection which debuted adult men in tutus.

Whatever your budget, you can incorporate these trends into your wardrobe with some smart shopping. So as you start thinking ahead to spring break ’10, shop around for smooth silhouettes and floral prints if you’re the beach-basking type, or scout out saturated plissé dresses and ruffled accents for a sultry, vava-boom appeal (see Lanvin 2010 for ideas). If you prefer a more modest ensemble, gladiator sandals with airy sundresses, tropical shades and an hourglass figure are still go-to classics for spring.

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Purrrty sounds. Cats have over 100 vocal cords.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

First exams

Today’s Sudoku

Evil Bird

By Caitlin Kirihara

Angel Hair Pasta

By Todd Stevens

Sid and Phil

By Alex Lewein

© Puzzles by Pappocom

Solution, tips and computer program available at

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

Today’s Crossword Puzzle

The Graph Giraffe

Charlie and Boomer

By Yosef Lerner

By Natasha Soglin

Answer key available at DISTANCE RUNNER ACROSS

1 Way in the forest 5 Bat lair 9 Gathered, as bees 14 Geometry calculation 15 Deceives 16 Wombs 17 Orange pekoe and Earl Grey 18 Mine passageway 19 Bergen-born 20 Moves like a worm 23 Fast cash site 24 “Do unto ___ ...” 25 Jewish holiday 27 Canonized one 30 Innumerable 33 U.K.’s air arm 36 Sacred Egyptian beetle 38 ___ mater 39 Like some intestinal bypass patients 41 Scratch 42 Axis, to the Allies 43 Submissive 44 Highway divide 46 Marine “mayday” 47 Bring into harmony 49 Map rights 51 Regional animal life 53 It generates a lot of interest 57 He stung like a bee

59 Homebuilders may visit them 62 Beyond the exurbs 64 Indonesian island 65 Pop choice 66 Hindu social class 67 Large tree branch 68 “Your turn to speak” 69 Exposed publicly 70 “May I get you anything ___?” 71 Ties the knot DOWN

1 Place for outdoor dining, perhaps 2 “ ___ you ashamed of yourself?” 3 Show the ropes to 4 Some diner sides 5 “Citizen Kane” or “Gone With the Wind,” e.g. 6 Verdi’s princess 7 One of Salome’s seven 8 Hinder, in legalese 9 “Want to grab a bite?” 10 Widely televised judge of 1995 11 “Psycho” co-star 12 Prefix with “while” 13 “Carpe ___!” 21 Answering machine button 22 Novocain-treated

26 Turkmenistan neighbor 28 “... to ___ just a few” 29 Wheel and deal 31 Shot, shells and such 32 Week parts 33 “Arrivederci, ___” 34 What accomplices do 35 One way to jump in a pool 37 Solo at the opera 40 Predatory Arctic bird 42 Written record 44 Word after “pulldown” or “pop-up” 45 Assign (to) 48 Overruled or canceled 50 Manatee or dugong 52 Carefree walk 54 Controlled the car 55 Waited for the green light 56 Crowned heads of old Russia 57 With the bow, in scores 58 Event for roast pig 60 Money for release 61 Witch or slippery 63 Consumed

You Can Run

By Derek Sandberg


Wednesday, October 7, 2009



Iowa, Ohio State top Big Ten teams so far Ten, though. SCOTT KELLOGG the cereal box


e’re a quarter through the Big Ten season and nearly halfway through the entire season, so now is as good a time as any to post the first Big Ten power rankings. By the way, these rankings are determined by this season, not last season or the pre-season rankings.


Scott Tolzien has only been sacked twice this year thanks in large part to his offensive line. The line will have its hands full against a tough Ohio State defensive line this weekend in Columbus.

sacks from page 8 tions and those kinds of things and Scott’s high percentage of completions. I think we’ve got a momentum rolling, and we want to keep it going, and sacks are a momentum killer.” One development that makes the low number of sacks allowed more remarkable is the shifting of players in the interior offensive line. The team has fielded three different combinations at the guard and center spots, started a true freshman on the line and seen Moffitt move back to his old posi-

hockey from page 8 WCHA regular season championship, but also meant the team barely missed out on a spot in the NCAA tournament. According to Street, the team’s struggles last season will motivate them this year. “Last year was a disappointment, that’s no secret,” he said. “All the guys know it, and you can sense a sense of urgency in the locker room to get going. “We need to have a good start; we can’t be left behind in the league.” Analysts expect this to be a strong year for the WCHA. The No. 14 Badgers are among four WCHA teams in USA Today’s preseason top-15 poll, with No. 8 North Dakota, No. 6 Minnesota and No. 2 Denver all ahead of them. Sophomore forward Derek Stepan said Wisconsin will have to keep up good play through the entire season and not think it can slide by against some WCHA teams. “You can’t take any nights off, and you’ve got to play hard every night, so hopefully we can come out and play and have a good year,” Stepan said. “It’s a very good league this year.” Stepan’s impressive freshman season last year conjured up memories of former Wisconsin player and current San Jose Shark Joe Pavelski for head coach Mike Eaves, and Stepan will be part of a large group of forwards fighting for top lines this season. Street said that depth will be crucial for the Badgers and that having so many quality players will keep the competition for playing time high. “Each week in practice it’s going to be a battle to get in the lineup for the weekend,” Street

tion at guard after starting every game last year at center. “We’ve had a lot of moving and shaking on the offensive line, but to be able to play the way we’ve played with guys playing new positions or guys getting their first starts or stuff like that, I think it just speaks volumes of our depth and our preparation and coaching,” sophomore offensive lineman Oglesby said. But the line has not been perfect. Chryst said there is still a lot of work to be done to improve in that area, while Moffitt admitted that several times he has come close to getting beat for a sack.

But this weekend that pass protection will be put to the test when the Badgers face off against Ohio State in Columbus. In the last eight games of the series, the Buckeyes have sacked Wisconsin quarterbacks an average of 4.5 times per contest. “They’ve got a good D-line. I think they’re the best defense we will go against up until now,” Moffitt said, noting that strong preparation will be key this week. “I’ve played against that D-line the past two years, they’re really good. They’re all athletes, they’re all fast, they’re all strong guys. So we’re expecting a good rush.”

said. “Guys aren’t going to be able to take a drill off or a shift off because they know that another guy’s nipping at their heels trying to get into the lineup.” While Wisconsin’s depth could make the offense strong, the Badgers have to make a tough choice for their goaltender. After Shane Connelly’s departure, Wisconsin will either put junior Scott Gudmandson or junior transfer Brett Bennett in goal depending on upcoming practices and the team’s scrimmage Friday. Eaves said Monday that Gudmandson did not shy away

from the competition of the Badgers bringing in a transfer goaltender and that the competition between them will make both players better. “[Gudmandson] took it upon himself to take that next step,” Eaves said. “They’re going to push each other, and they’ll help us, to a large degree they’ll tell us ... who the people will be that will start.” Fans will have their first chance to see the team in action at the Badgers’ red and white scrimmage Friday at 7 p.m. before Wisconsin takes the ice against Colorado College a week later.

11 – Illinois (0-2 Big Ten, 1-3 overall) The Fighting Illini have played perhaps the toughest schedule of any team in the conference, but they haven’t been competitive at all. Their lone win is over Illinois State of the FCS. The other three teams Illinois played are all currently ranked, but it still lost those three contests by a combined 76 points, or an average of 25.3 points per game. The 2007 Rose Bowl appearance seems like a long time ago, and the miserable beginning to 2009 has head coach Ron Zook talking about benching his four-year starter at quarterback, Juice Williams. 10 – Purdue (0-1 Big Ten, 1-4 overall) The Boilermakers’ record isn’t better than Illinois’, but at least they’ve been competitive in several tough games. The glaring blemish on Purdue’s early schedule is the home loss to Northern Illinois, which came a week before the Huskies lost to Idaho. The Boilermakers put up good fights against Oregon and Notre Dame, but the 1-4 record isn’t satisfying anyone in West Lafayette.

The Boilermakers put up good fights against Oregon and Notre Dame, but the 1-4 record isn’t satisying anyone.

9 – Michigan State (1-1 Big Ten, 2-3 overall) If it weren’t for their potential season-salvaging win over Michigan Saturday, the Spartans might be at the bottom of this list. The obvious killer here for Michigan State is the home loss to Central Michigan. The Spartans failed to rebound, suffering a heartbreaking loss at Notre Dame before Wisconsin handled them fairly easily. The victory against the Wolverines gives Michigan State something to build on, but their 2-3 record is still far below what anyone around East Lansing expected.


Derek Stepan is one of many forwards who will compete for ice time this year, and he could make the Badgers very strong offensively.

8 – Indiana (0-2 Big Ten, 3-2 overall) Unlike the Spartans, the Hoosiers took care of business early in the season. But two in-conference losses means Indiana is once again off to a slow start in the Big Ten, albeit against a tough schedule. Indiana put up a valiant effort in the Big House and may have won that game if it weren’t for a bad call. The blowout loss to Ohio State shows the Hoosiers are still a long way from competing in the Big

7 – Northwestern (1-1 Big Ten, 3-2 overall) The Wildcats are looking to build on an encouraging 2008 season in which they won five Big Ten games. But they had a chance to capture a solid win against Minnesota and failed to do so. A conference win and avoiding of a bad home loss keep Northwestern from the bottom of the pack.

Badger fans weren’t sure how good their team was, but now the verdict is in.

6 – Minnesota (1-1 Big Ten, 32 overall) The Gophers appear to be right where they were last year: in the middle tier of the Big Ten. They’ve made the step out of the basement but can’t seem to catapult themselves into the upper echelon of the conference, slimly missing home chances against Cal and Wisconsin. 5 – Penn State (1-1 Big Ten, 4-1 overall) The Nittany Lions may actually be better than most teams above them, but they haven’t proved it on the field yet. They did take care of business early, but a double-digit home loss to open the Big Ten season was a major disappointment for Penn State fans and a missed opportunity to remain in the national-title chase. 4 – Michigan (1-1 Big Ten, 4-1 overall) Like the opposite of Penn State, the Wolverines may have been playing a little over their heads to begin the season. The last two contests, a loss to Michigan State and a narrow home win over Indiana, are a little troubling. Still, they have only one loss and a nice win over Notre Dame. 3 – Wisconsin (2-0 Big Ten, 50 overall) Badger fans weren’t really sure how good their team was after its 3-0 start against a weak nonconference slate, but now the verdict is in. The scores of their two Big Ten contests make the games look close, but make no mistake, Wisconsin dominated Michigan State at home and Minnesota on the road. 2 – Ohio State (2-0 Big Ten, 41 overall) I can’t penalize the Buckeyes too harshly for scheduling and falling to USC. Since that loss, although it’s been a weak conference schedule thus far, Ohio State has exhibited pure command over its competition. 1 – Iowa (1-0 Big Ten, 5-0 overall) The Hawkeyes take the cake after their marquee win at Penn State. Iowa’s had some close calls in other games, but the road victory over the defending conference champions now makes them the Big Ten’s team to beat. Disagree with Scott’s rankings? Email him at

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Wednesday, October 7, 2009


Early success fueled by strong offensive line

Ben Street will try to rebound from a seasonending injury in 2008 to lead the team in his fifth year at Wisconsin.



Men’s Hockey

Badgers look to improve on disappointing season By Nico Savidge THE DAILY CARDINAL

For senior forward Ben Street, Wisconsin’s upcoming matchup with Colorado College means more than a normal opening night at the Kohl Center would. Street, who missed almost all of the 2008-’09 season with a knee injury, did not play a single game last season in Madison. Luckily for Street—as lucky as someone who

suffered a season-ending injury in the fourth game of the year can be—he was able to redshirt the past season and will play in his fifth year. When the Badgers face the Tigers Oct. 16 to start the 2009-’10 season, Street said it will mean the arrival of something that has been his focus since last October. “There’s such great energy in here. I missed it last year,” he said.

“I had to watch it all last year. It’s pretty cool watching it, but it’s way better playing in front of it.” Street will be one of the veterans on a maturing team that will look to its emerging stars to erase the memories of last year’s disappointment. A slow start and some stumbles down the stretch not only kept the Badgers from claiming the hockey page 7

There’s a lot that can come from a big quarterback sack: the lost down, the lost yardage and usually a little less confidence and sharpness from the now bludgeoned signal caller. But thus far this season, sacks have not been much of a problem for junior quarterback Scott Tolzien and the Badger offensive line. Tolzien has only been taken down twice this season, a number that stands as second-lowest in the country. “I think that’s a joint effort, that’s everybody. Because when we let up a sack that’s everybody,” junior guard John Moffitt said. “Granted, we’re happy about [this season’s numbers], we want to keep that rolling, but that’s everybody, that’s wide receivers getting open really quick and Scottie getting the ball there fast so we don’t have to protect that long. It’s a group thing.” Offensive coordinator Paul Chryst agreed with the assessment and pointed out that Tolzien’s quick release and understanding of progressions have been important to keeping him upright. The junior is completing over 65 percent of his passes and leads the conference in passing efficiency. When asked about the protection he has in the pocket, Tolzien

brought up Monday night’s PackersVikings game. He pointed out how Green Bay’s Aaron Rodgers (who was sacked eight times) was uncomfortable and second-guessing himself when he had so little time. Tolzien thinks he has honed his ability to feel pressure around him as the year has progressed. “I think that’s something that I’ve grown, you know, the more reps I get in games,” Tolzien said. “It’s one thing in practice when you’ve got the green jersey on, guys can’t hit you. But just to get the game experience, and getting used to being on the game field, having guys rushing and actually hitting you, the experience has really helped out.” The lack of sacks has been part of the reason Wisconsin has been so strong offensively in its first five games. The UW offense is tops in the Big Ten, scoring 35 points per game. A few of the players credited that success to that ability to avoid negative plays that might quiet a home crowd or ignite an opposing one. “A sack can really kill a drive, can really kill momentum,” Moffitt said. “And I feel like we’ve had a lot of momentum as an offense going forward with our third-down percentage, complesacks page 7


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