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Fewer arrests at Freakfest allow for lower costs By Caitlin Gath The Daily Cardinal

With Halloween and the annual citywide Freakfest celebration right around the corner, city officials said they are right where they want to be in terms of preparedness. “It’s really becoming a nice event that downtown can be proud of,” Cpt. Mary Schauf of the Madison Police Department said at Thursday’s Downtown Coordinating Committee meeting. “It’s about entertainment now. Our arrests have been dropping every single year.” According to Ald. Mike Verveer, District 4, free taxi services will be available this year thanks to donations from Budweiser distributors. Schauf said there would likely be taxi stands near the Langdon Street area, University Avenue and Madison Area Technical College on Johnson Street. Schauf also said that because the number of arrests at Freakfest has been dropping every year, it has led to a decrease in staff and a decrease in costs for taxpayers. Also discussed at the meeting was the need to pay close attention to the night-time economy in the downtown area, specifically with entertainment options, transportation and bar practices.

According to a survey provided by the Downtown Hospitality Council, students are looking for more latenight dining and shopping options, live music venues and especially a movie theater. Ninety-one percent of the population that comes downtown does so for casual dining, shopping and special events, but more entertainment options are needed, the survey said. Another option the city could use is a regulated taxi service, but cost is the biggest factor preventing that from happening. Verveer said the issue has not been on the city council’s radar for years and Madison has had one of the highest taxi rates in the country. The DHC also promoted its resource guide on how to properly deal with the city’s homeless population. ReachOut Downtown Madison, an educational program on why residents should not give money to panhandlers, says alcohol, drugs and cigarettes are the top three items purchased with money received from homeless persons. Choosing to donate to nonprofit organizations and volunteering can be a much more useful way of helping, according to the DHC guide. More information can be found at



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Yell Like Hell

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Members of the UW Spirit Squad participate in the Yell Like Hell competition at Library Mall Thursday.

SSFC approves budget for Sex Out Loud, postpones decision on GUTS By Kelsey Gunderson The Daily Cardinal

The Student Services Finance Committee voted to approve a budget of $92,279.84 for the UW-Madison student organization Sex Out Loud Thursday, but voted to postpone the budget decision for Greater University Tutoring Services until Monday’s meeting. The committee removed several hundred dollars from Sex Out Loud’s budget intended to pay for airfare for speakers before approving the final budget amount by a 5-0 vote.

Although committee members decided to postpone the final budget decision for GUTS until Monday, they removed several line items requested to fund new computer hardware from the organization’s budget, which currently stands at $161,082.39. SSFC Vice Chair Michael Romenesko said he wanted to remove the items because he felt they were not fiscally responsible since GUTS can easily rent new equipment at various places on campus. The Wisconsin Student Public Interest Research Group and Badger Catholic also presented

their budget requests Thursday. Badger Catholic requested nearly $5,000 more than the organization received last year. Badger Catholic Chair Nico Fassino said the money will go to various speakers, programming and events to increase awareness of the organization on campus. Following the hearing, some SSFC members said they were concerned about Badger Catholic’s request for funding for food at meetings and said they would make the final budget ssfc page 3

Landlords could face increased penalties By Allison Geyer The Daily Cardinal

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Cpt. Mary Schauf of the Madison Police Department said the number of arrests at Freakfest has continued to decrease over the years.

Members of the Madison Landlord and Tenant Issues Subcommittee had difficulty reaching agreements during Thursday’s meeting as they discussed several items involving the rights and restrictions of both renters and rental property owners. One issue that generated debate among committee members was a proposed increase in penalties for landlords and possible implementation of new bail guidelines for landlords in cases involving tenants’ rights. The proposal would give police officers the ability to write a citation in response to a landlord-tenant dispute, which supporters say would be more efficient than the existing long-form complaints

handled through the city. “When we have a long-form complaint, there is a lot more paperwork that the city has to complete as opposed to a citation,” Maureen O’Brien, a representative from the city attorney’s office, said. Yet several committee members questioned the necessity of such measures, including a representative from the Madison Police Department. “Just from experience in the 20 years I’ve been doing this job, I’ve never written a citation for [this type of dispute],” the representative officer said. “It is useful for officers to have as many tools available to them to gain compliance as they can, but this would not be the first way to deal with this.”

Committee members also brought up concerns that the amendment did not have an equal balance of protection for landlords against bad tenants. “We need to look at both sides,” subcommittee member Curtis Brink said. Amendments to the ordinances concerning properties considered a chronic nuisance were also discussed, including the proper licensing procedure for building managers and the approved procedure for posting notifications of chronic nuisance violations. “If one property becomes a chronic nuisance, we don’t want this to change the whole neighborhood or stereotype an area,” Brink said. “You’re only as good as your best tenants.”

“…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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oday, during peak Internetusage hours at a local apartment off of University Avenue, Junior Alex Rothman came to a disturbingly apparent realization. Rothman, 20, red-faced and teeth gritted, stared irately at his Macbook-Pro screen as it struggled to muster the Wi-Fi necessary to display his Facebook Newsfeed, and suddenly realized it. “I’m just not happy when my internet speed falls below a certain level, just the thought of a total loss of Internet connection scares me far more than global warming and North Korea combined.” Rothman is one of many, spoiled by high-speed Internet for the majority of his upbringing, who has conceded to the stark realization of having to deal with sharing a swamped, slow internet during peak hours. “I just don’t get it, I’m happy as a lark when I can stream an online

movie, but once that bastard next door starts downloading porn my bit-rate goes to hell, and I just feel all...empty inside,” said a downtrodden looking Rothman, who is now forced to compete for Internet with surrounding apartment residents. “My Internet is my lifeblood, what am I supposed to do without lightning speed music downloads and Facebook? Don’t even get me started on how it’s affected my Call of Duty career...I’ve dropped four ranks!” said Rothman, struggling to plug and unplug his wireless router. Rothman’s previous girlfriend, Cheryl, 19, had a few words to share about his condition. “It got to a point where it was hard for me to hang out with Alex. Every time I came over to study with him, and subsequently took out my laptop, he’d get really bummed out and distant. I tried to get him help but when he found out UW health services didn’t have Wi-Fi he refused to peel himself away from his dark room and the third season of the Sopranos.” When asked how Alex was able to manage his life when constrained to a habitat of only Wi-Fi hotspots,

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Erica andrist sex columnist My girlfriend and I just started having sex...we are having some problems because I cum before she does, and it takes her a lot longer. Is there anything I can do to ejaculate less quickly?



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he answered with only four phrases, his eyes unmoving, transfixed on his Macbook: “iPhone unlimited data package, online lectures, Badger Hustle, and eBay.” After hours of studying Rothman in his habitat, doctors compiled a rather complex diagram detailing this condition in a more visual manner, in an attempt to more easily interpret the data (See figure below). Rothmans not alone in his condition, as more and more similar situa-

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Fabulous question, M.E. and one that I have seen come up many times. The Mayo Clinic estimates as many as one out of three men will deal with eager ejaculation at some point in their sexual lives. Luckily, if you and/or your partner are concerned about it, then there are several things we can do to prolong the magic. We are sexy people, and we have lots of hot spots that can produce powerful feelings during sex. However, there is one organ which is more powerful than the rest: our brains. It may seem odd that thinking caps are hotter than crotchless panties, but let’s, ahem, think about this. There are lots of things that turn us on that have nothing to do with touching, like the way our partner’s ass looks in those jeans, the way her new perfume smells, the way he sounds when he sings along to Lady Gaga’s ‘Paparazzi.’ Our brains synthesize lots of sensory input, especially during sex. Sometimes, all that input speeds our cars on down the road to Pleasure Town. But sometimes, our brains are like our old driver’s ed instructor stomping on the brake—we’re trying our hardest, but we just can’t stop thinking about our stupid classmate who said the most bogus thing today. It really sucks to be your own personal cockblock, but that’s your brain for you. However, if we’re looking to extend the time to orgasm, this can work to our advantage. One of the simplest things to help delay orgasm is to teach our brains to pull back a little bit. If you

feel yourself on the verge of honorable discharge, focus on something else. You might try multiplication tables, fantasy football stats, or wtf was that guy’s name who played Uncle Joey on Full House. This doesn’t have to be so non-sexual we get turned off, but it gives our brains a little something to focus on besides how completely awesome we’re feeling. Some people don’t like this technique because it requires us to pull out of “the moment.” There are definitely other options if we prefer to focus on our partners during sex. The principle, however, is still the same—mix it up. Switch positions, slow your pace, do something else for awhile—again, not necessarily something completely non-sexual, like laundry, but try oral sex, manual stimulation, making out, etc. The more sex we have, the likelier it is that we’ll find certain things do the trick every time. When we know we’re just about to shoot the moon, we can avoid those things if we want to last just a little longer.

It really sucks to be your own personal cockblock, but that’s your brain for you

Finally, there are also a few accoutrements available to help delay the magic moment. The first is a cock ring. Cock rings are made of a variety of materials, and they are worn around the base of the penis, trapping blood in the shaft. This makes erections harder and bigger (alas, you’ll have to provide the faster, stronger yourself ). It also can prolong the erection, delaying time to orgasm. A couple safety tips for cock rings—make sure the fit is either adjustable or specifically fitted for you. If your dick gets cold or painfully hard, that’s a sign that your cock ring is too tight, or that you’ve been wearing it too long; first-time users should stick to 20 minutes or so. Finally,

all that extra blood in the penis may cause greater sensitivity, so it may not always work to delay ejaculation; some men find themselves crossing the finish line before their partners have gotten their racing shoes on. Additionally, what kinds of condoms are we using? Some condoms are made of thicker material than others, some have a snugger fit, etc.; experiment with a variety of rubbers to see if thicker material means a more gradual climb to the top, etc. That said, one trick I would not recommend is numbing lube. Sure, it might make you last longer, but when your dick is numb, you have trouble feeling pleasure—which may keep you from having an orgasm at all—and you also have trouble feeling pain, which may be a huge problem if, for example, you can’t realize your cock ring is too tight. Last but not least, you’ll notice lots of these suggestions include some idea of experimenting or practicing. For practice, we can have lots of sex—or we can masturbate. Masturbation allows us to see what works for us, and without a partner to please, we can focus exclusively on ourselves. And speaking of masturbation, take a second to ask yourself—how are you doing it? Maybe we light candles, take a bubble bath, put on silk boxers and a little Lionel Richie and take our sweet ass time; but maybe we take 60 seconds to vigorously rub one out and go to bed. Don’t get me wrong, sometimes all I friggin’ want is to rub one out and go to bed, but if we’re continually training our bodies to respond to that kind of stimulation, we can see how it might affect things when we bring a partner into the picture. Huge thanks to DC readers for their feedback on last week’s column, and thanks again to M.E. for supplying a question this week. Best of luck—keep at it, and I’m sure you will overcome. Interested in learning about other sexy accoutrements? Email Erica at Also, the actor who played Uncle Joey was Dave Coulier.

UW-Madison receives $75.5 million in funds for campus projects UW-Madison received $75.5 million out of $83.1 million awarded to the UW System by grants funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act Thursday. The grants come from agencies ranging from the National Science Foundation to the National Endowment for the Arts and will fund 263 university projects. “It means we’ve got qualified faculty members who can compete very effectively on a national stage for these kinds of competitive federal grants,” David Giroux, UW System spokesperson, said of the stimulus money. Giroux said the grants will be beneficial for Wisconsin’s econo-

my as a whole and the university should be proud of receiving them. “We are continuing to leverage our research capabilities in ways we think will be important for our society and will help improve our quality of life and have a real economic impact,” Giroux said. He said the stimulus money will create over 137 jobs across the UW System but the bulk of the grants’ benefits will need time to take effect. “The real economic impact of research comes after it’s done,” Giroux said. “When that research gets commercialized, when it gets out in the private sector ... it has a tremendous multiplying effect.” —Ariel Shapiro

Board of Regents reports successful negotiations with Huron on IT project New safeguards for the $81 million payroll and benefits IT system are in place with Huron Consulting Group, the UW System Board of Regents reported Thursday. Thomas Anderes, UW System senior vice president of administration and fiscal affairs, said negotiations with Huron have been successful. He said Huron has agreed to pay $100,000 in damages if any professional who leaves the company has not been suitably replaced within 10 days. The company came under criticism earlier in the year for falsifying reports. Earlier this month, the Joint Committee on Information Policy and Technology questioned Anderes on the payroll project’s cost efficiency

and oversight. The committee pressed Anderes on how the new IT project would differ from past failed attempts. At the regents’ meeting, Anderes said the IT project is in the “build” phase until June 2010. The regents also discussed UW System remedial education and reported the number of incoming freshmen who were required to take remedial mathematics courses increased to 21.3 percent from 17 percent. The percentage of students who needed remedial English courses decreased to 6.7 percent from 7.8 percent. Provosts in attendance proposed remedial education initiatives including intensive short-term courses and working with K-12 educators.

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Study suggests term limits for Wis. lawmakers By Alison Dirr The Daily Cardinal

Wisconsin has had one of the lowest turnover rates in the nation among state lawmakers over the last 30 years, according to a new study conducted by the Wisconsin Policy Research Institute, a conservative think tank. The study, published by Christian Schneider, a senior fellow at WPRI, advocates imposing 12-year term limits on Wisconsin lawmakers. The study said some lawmakers are out of touch with younger voters and are becoming apathetic to legislation as they focus on their next election. Youth voting rates in election years without a presidential race have fallen dramatically over the last 40 years, the study said. According to the study, younger

generations may feel out of touch because as lawmakers age, they may focus less on younger voters. Schneider said youth apathy toward political involvement could not come at a worse moment because the state’s debt has been growing over the past decade and will likely be paid off in the next several decades by currently young voters. According to the study, after 12 years in office, lawmakers propose significantly fewer bills per session. The study suggests this causes lawmakers to vote for short-term spending and focus more on campaigns. Schneider said he believes term limits are the solution. “A lot of legislators, if they are not up for re-election, wouldn’t be under the same pressure to do a quick fix,” Schneider said,

adding they would be able to think more about the long-term well-being of the state. Schneider said once lawmakers get into office, incumbency makes it easier for them to win re-election because “they manage to, through new laws, grant themselves all kinds of new advantages to try to keep their jobs.” However, he said the study showed some voters believe elections are a reliable way to determine who sits in the Legislature. Legislation to create term limits has been proposed, but none has been seriously considered, according to the study. Gov. Jim Doyle, who will not run for re-election in 2010, showed support for term limits this year and said in a statement that limits keep “the political world from becoming stagnant.”

Homecoming parade, fireworks, reception scheduled for Friday UW-Madison will continue Homecoming celebrations with its annual parade Friday at 6 p.m. on State Street. Aside from State Street, the parade will cover several blocks on Wisconsin Avenue, West Gilman Street and Lake Street. These streets will be closed to traffic from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

ssfc from page 1 decision Monday. WISPIRG Board Chair Scott Thompson presented the organization’s budget request, saying the organization needs funding to pay for new positions, to act

for the event. Bus routes 4, 6, 29, 81, 82 and 85 will also be detoured during the event. Following the parade, students can attend the fireworks show and reception for refreshments and entertainment at Memorial Union from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Other Homecoming events

occurring this weekend include the 12th annual charity golf outing Friday and the Badger football game against Iowa Saturday. For more information about the 2009 Homecoming events, visit, and for more details on the bus route detours, visit

on their public interest goals, to pay their Public Interest Research Group dues and to cover their administrative costs. SSFC members brought up concerns about the necessity of funding for certain administrative costs and for the creation of

new positions. Thompson said because WISPIRG is growing, the need for new positions has increased as well. SSFC also plans to make WISPIRG’s budget decision at Monday’s meeting.

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f State Rep. Marlin Schneider’s, D-Wisconsin Rapids, top priority is grabbing the spotlight, he certainly has accomplished this. Earlier, the Democrat proposed property tax exemptions for newspapers. Now he has a plan to limit public access to circuit court records online. Like his previous ideas, this is still a well-intended but impractical suggestion. The Wisconsin Circuit Court system has a popular website. Daily visits go well over half a million. By typing in basic information, anybody can get access to individual court records. The website has been a convenient and reliable source of public records, although landlords and employers have been known to use it in discriminatory cases. According to Schneider, however, the convenience also facilitates abuse of the online system. Since records of pending cases are available to the public as well, Schneider thinks this would discriminate against individuals who are later not convicted. Under his plan, these pending cases wouldn’t be accessible to public. Only professionals such as court officials and authorized media would be able to access the entire website. For any other parties interested, there would be a $10 annual fee and the system would track your browsing history. Granted, there are individuals charged for something they have never done. A simple Google search could ruin reputations. But plugging up a public information source simply isn’t a feasible solution to the issue. The public should have free access to all court records, with the exception of cases involving minors. The “free” here means not only “freedom to choose reading records”, but also “free of undue charge.” The system is provided for free under Wisconsin open records law. An extra fee on this service comes off as a breach of state law by

charging for public information. On the other hand, if Schneider really wants to tackle the discrimination issue, the $10 to outsiders wouldn’t help. The major users of this site are landlords and business owners. Even if the bill becomes law, they will still pay the amount and continue their routine background checks. Schneider’s proposal would grant privileges to authorized organizations such as accredited media. So these media outlets could pick out any information on any pending cases while most of us can’t. Imagine this scenario: what if the media, in turn broadcast the pending cases to all of us? Schneider’s anti-discrimination ideal could readily be crushed by a local news story. While the court website provides convenient access to background checks, it certainly isn’t the only source. Users have the option of switching to another search engine. To make it even easier, people can just Google search the name they’re looking for. Without an authoritative source, the plethora of information might throw employers and job applicants into further misunderstanding. For many Wisconsin residents, the CCAP database is more than a handy service. It also enables the public to check on the proceedings of our judiciary system. This is a key part of a transparent government. Shielding information from the public eye could further compromise their confidence in government operations. Schneider is bent on a great cause, offering solutions to some of the most nerve-wracking issues. But in the case of online court records, he fails to provide a realistic answer to the problem. Under his proposal, the government would be vested with more power to check on the public while conversely we can’t do the same to the government. This would be a different kind of discrimination.

Letter to the Editor:

Students integral to Union Redesign In May 2009, Union Council decided to discontinue the design committee in preparation for the end of the design phase and the beginning of construction of the New South Campus Union (NSCU). Dan Cornelius, former vice president for project management, was a voting member on Council when this decision was made. I became vice president for project management on May 7 after the May Union Council meeting. Dan Cornelius left office knowing there would be no permanent iteration of the design committee for the remainder of the NSCU building project, and that the next year of the project was entering a new phase because construction had begun. A plan to involve students over the summer in Furniture, Fixtures and Equipment (FF&E) selection was set at the May 18 Union Council Executive meeting. Plans included one midsummer meeting of an interim design committee to review decisions made to that point. This interim design committee never met because the FF&E process was postponed, as there were not enough students around

during the summer to provide adequate input. Therefore, no FF&E selections were made this summer until more students could be involved. Furthermore, since coming into this position in May, I had never heard of the need or desire for a design committee in the fall as there was nothing left to design. Cornelius is worried that without a design committee, there is no student involvement in the project, but that is patently false. Many students were asked to participate in the fall FF&E selection process. Emails were sent to former design committee members and current Wisconsin Union Directorate (WUD) committee members. There were posts on the project Facebook page, Twitter and blog, along with two “Chair Fairs” where any student could provide feedback on the selections. The Chair Fair at Memorial Union Bash in August elicited over 500 responses from new students. Cornelius sees the design committee as the end-all-be-all of student involvement. What he does not realize is that students have been adequately represented at all levels of the

project. Hoofers President Paul Davidsaver is a student representative at core committee and construction meetings, which deal with the nuts and bolts of the project. Along with Paul and Union student employee Taralinda Gushue, I serve on the advance team which organizes operational planning decisions. This Saturday I conducted a retreat with 17 students to discuss how WUD will function in the NSCU. Another component of the retreat was brainstorming how WUD can involve the broader student population in these discussions. We plan to hold public forums in the near future to achieve this. Another facet of student involvement is the Building Project Student Outreach Team that will begin promoting the project this week at Badger Bash. To this date, students have had and will continue to have control over every aspect of the project. —Patrick Tilley, WUD Vice President for Project Management

Fight for LGBT rights up to this generation Evan Giesemann and Maggie Bahrmasel COLLEGE DEMOCRATS

Last week, people across the nation joined together during National Coming Out Week to celebrate, support and raise awareness for LGBT issues. National Coming Out Week included many events and campaigns that honored the courage it takes to be open about one’s sexual orientation and identity, and provided support for those who feel forced to hide their identities for fear of ridicule. One such event was the annual Human Rights Campaign dinner, where President Obama spoke to reaffirm his vow to repeal both the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” military policy as well as the Defense of Marriage Act. The dinner fell on the eve of the National Equality March, as thousands of people prepared to march to the nation’s Capitol to demand equal rights for all people.

A large rally commenced with a dynamic range of speakers, from Judy Shepard, to Cynthia Nixon, to Dan Choi, to Lady Gaga.

The National Equality March represented the first gay rights march held in Washington D.C. since 1993, signifying a historic call to action with almost 200,000 people in the march. In addition to the rally, the weekend also included trainings and workshops aimed at helping young activists learn how to get more involved

and become stronger advocates of LGBT rights. We had the amazing opportunity to attend the march, along with about 200 others from the UW-Madison and nearby schools. Although the long bus ride was not the ideal form of travel, for us nothing could dampen the amazing experience we had while in D.C. The day began at 11 a.m. with marchers congregating at McPherson Square to get organized. At noon, the march kicked off with the student coalition leading the procession. The already energized crowd grew even louder as people began chanting and calling for equal rights. As the march continued for over two miles, past the White House and up to the Capitol, the never wavering chants and cheers continued. Once we reached the Capitol, a large rally commenced with a dynamic range of speakers, from Judy Shepard, to Cynthia Nixon, to Dan Choi, to Lady Gaga. All of them conveyed the same message: now is our time, and we must lead the movement for change. The most inspiring part of the rally was the people surrounding us. While there were still a significant number of older men and women, the vast majority of marchers were college-aged students. Additionally, the students were not just people who identify as LGBT, but young activists who care about the cause. The knowledge and experiences of the older activists, paired with the energy that students were able to bring to the Capitol, felt truly overwhelming and exhilarating. But perhaps the most exciting moment of the rally was when Lady Gaga herself took the stage.

Leading up to her speech, the crowd grew with excitement, rushing forward to get a better view of the pop icon. As she spoke, she directly addressed President Obama, shouting into the microphone, “Are you listening?!” generating anticipation among the crowd. While many criticize President

The students were not just people who identify as LGBT, but young activists who care about the cause.

Obama for not immediately driving equal rights policies in the same-sex marriage debate, we must remember that he is working in a recession and a broken health care system, trying to make progress on many different issues critical to the well-being of our country. This means it is up to us, the youth of America, to drive the force of the movement. Our generation voted Obama into office, and now we’re bringing that same momentum to the LGBT rights movement. This is our time to make a difference. Our moment is now. It is time to fulfill the promise of equality guaranteed in the Constitution to all citizens of the United States. Maggie Bahrmasel and Evan Giesemann are both meembers of the College Democrats. We welcome all feedback. Please send responses to

arts Argyle and autumn: Songs for the fall


Bon Iver - For Emma, Forever Ago Yes, this one is painfully obvious. Bon Iver doesn’t need me to blow this album up any more, but when it comes to definitive autumn music, nothing quite reaches the barren, desolate recordings of Justin Vernon’s fateful trip to Wisconsin’s north woods. Each frigid chord piling on the last, Vernon’s debilitating loneliness is the perfect soundtrack for when the leaves fall to the ground onto a pile of premature snow and you’re left to sit in the slush by yourself. Destroyer Rubies Autumn is especially unique for its mysticism, and nobody captures ambiguous elegance like Dan Bejar. Instead of

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addressing an issue head-on, Bejar meanders his way around each subject. He leaves a trail of yarn behind him as he grasps each nuance until he finally concedes defeat and falls into his web to bask in each song’s unconquerable glory, his gentle strums and hums soothing each falling leaf for a safe impact. Arcade Fire Funeral Funeral is a monumental achievement, not the least in how well it encapsulates the majestic beauty of autumn’s fleeting brilliance. Win Butler’s poignant shouts and wife Régine Chassagne’s shrilling shrieks highlight the highs and lows of life and death just as well as the horizon’s burning foliage. But even before the album’s heady overtones, an inherent sense of belonging pervades the vitalized orchestration, and that serves as the truest representation of life during nature’s most complicated season. While the leaves change

and winds start to blow, the waning days of autumn send many people inside; and that’s exactly where Funeral exists: wrapped in a blanket alongside friends and family in front of warm fire. Okkervil River - Black Sheep Boy Black Sheep Boy marks the last time that Will Sheff really hurt. I don’t mean the I-don’t-belong-withmy-friends hurt or the how-didI-piss-off-my-fans hurt, I mean the honest-to-goodness, give-memy-knife-so-I-can-wipe-my-tears hurt. And, incidentally, it’s his most introspective and chilling record. Whereas his first two LP’s chronicled his trials and tribulations with those around him, weaving narratives and lighting torches with his white-hot rage, Black Sheep Boy takes a different perspective. Everything around Sheff is still wrong, but he’s started blaming himself. His icy inward disposition barricades his raw soul

next to a kerosene lamp behind a stone wall, and each quiver in his voice or crackle in the speakers is his shivering body succumbing to self-preservation. He’s too worn out to be enraged; now he’d rather just freeze. So pour yourself some coffee and hurt with him. Tallest Man on Earth Shallow Graves Nobody writes songs like this anymore. Kristian Matsson’s songs are personal, but in a very natural way. He rides the waves of change and accepts that eventually his life, like nature, will find homeostasis. He inflates his emotions beyond human capacity by putting them into a context of natural phenomena. In this way, he becomes the nature around him so that when the leaves change, he changes too; and when you rake them into a pile, you’re consolidating his message; and when you leap into the pile of foliage, you fall right



into his ruffled mess; and when you roll around in the stack, you’ve fallen for his trap. The Wedding Present Seamonsters Unfortunately, autumn also spells the end of many relationships. Just as the ball starts to sting the bat and baseball teams pack it in for winter, Freddie Prinze Jr. and Jessica Biel are forced to face the blunt side of a heartbreak. And while Big Star, the Everybodyfields, the Smiths and Beck’s Sea Change all made very enticing arguments, when it comes to taking a breakup head-on and picking up the pieces, Seamonsters takes the cake. Its brutal honesty contradicts autumn’s gentle glamour, but it presents a true representation of the biting cold hitting your face on a bike ride across campus. It’s not that there’s no weight in poetry, but sometimes hearts just hurt too hard for forethought and language.

Three football flicks to fire up fervent Badgers By Kevin Slane THE DAILY CARDINAL

After a devastating—albeit unsurprising—loss to Ohio State last week, the Badgers take on the Iowa Hawkeyes at Camp Randall tomorrow. Given last year’s precipitous drop-off following their first loss, the team needs to win this game to show the nation it is a contender in the Big Ten title picture. Last week, Athletic Director Barry Alvarez gave the team a pep talk, hoping to spark enough excitement to pull off an upset at the Horseshoe. This week, I offer my own motivational technique in hopes of spurring the Badgers to a truly happy Homecoming weekend. Some of the most inspirational movies of all time are football films, and while there are some notorious exceptions (no one will be begging Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson to make a sequel to “The Game Plan” or “Gridiron Gang”), they’re usually a good motivational technique. Here are three football movies, all based on true stories, that will hopefully inspire Wisconsin to victory. 1. “Rudy” Your father gets emotional when even thinking about this movie, your high school football coach watched it to learn motivational speeches for your

team, and now the story of a classic underdog who gets a shot at the big time for the Notre Dame Fighting Irish can inspire the Badgers to play every down like it’s their only shot at glory. “Rudy” features a pre-hobbit Sean Astin as he tries to overcome his diminuitive stature, mediocre grades and a general lack of athletic ability to earn a spot on the greatest college football program in the nation (other than the Badgers, of course). If you don’t tear up even a little bit when the crowd chants Rudy’s name as he takes the field, you officially have no soul. 2. “Remember the Titans” “Remember the Titans” is not only an inspirational film in its portrayal of a town breaking through race barriers, but also in its depiction of a high school football team becoming much more than a team under the tutelage of embattled coach Herman Boone (Denzel Washington). Featuring breakout performances by Donald Faison (“Scrubs”), Ethan Suplee (“My Name is Earl”) and Ryan Gosling (“The Notebook”), “Remember the Titans” inspires action while also tugging at their heartstrings. It’s no wonder NFL teams often show the film to play-

ers to give them an idea of the hardworking, team-first attitude they’re looking for. 3. “Brian’s Song” Like “Rudy” and “Remember the Titans,” “Brian’s Song” is based on the true story of the relationship between Chicago Bears running backs Brian Piccolo (James Caan) and Gale Sayers (Billy Dee Williams). Brian is a well-liked, white veteran running back, while Gale is an upstart, physically gifted black running back trying to take Brian’s job. The two form an unlikely relationship, first as roommates, then as teammates trying to drive each other to be the best they can be. When Brian finds out he is dying of cancer, Gale is heartbroken, but steely in his resolve to play in “Pick’s” memory. “Brian’s Song” might be the sappiest film on this list (and considering how sappy “Rudy” and “Remember the Titans” are, that’s saying something), but it’s about as inspirational as they come. The film’s climactic scene has Gale tearfully telling an audience, “I love Brian Piccolo... and tonight, I want you to love him too.” And chances are, after watching “Brian’s Song,” you will, in fact, going to love him too.

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Daily Cardinal Autumn Mixtape This particularly chilly autumn, The Daily Cardinal has prepared a playlist for your painful walks across campus. The White Stripes - “Dead Leaves and the Dirty Ground” Deerhunter - “Nothing Ever Happened” Blitzen Trapper - “Furr” Paolo Nutini - “Autumn” Big Star - “Thirteen” Polaris - “She is Staggering” Silver Jews - “I’m Getting Back Into Getting Back Into You” Destroyer - “It’s Gonna Take an Airplane” Spoon - “Anything You Want” Yo La Tengo - “Autumn Sweater” LCD Soundsystem - “New York, I Love You But You’re Bringing Me Down” The Mountain Goats - “Balance” The National - “Fake Empire” The Replacements - “Bastards of Young” Cymbals Eat Guitars - “Tunguska”

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48 Ring around the collar? 49 Game that rhymes with its usual setting 51 Like many a junkyard car 53 Contempt 56 “Not a Pretty Girl” singer DiFranco 57 Spreadsheet line 58 Its cargo was in circulation? 64 “Where there’s ___, there’s ...” 66 Common contraction 67 Fibula neighbor 68 Father’s house? 69 Anatomical vesicle 70 Forceful proclamation 71 Cattle breed 72 Wild bugler 73 Drugstore dispensations DOWN 1 Socket insert 2 Aboriginal Japanese 3 Baseball Hall-ofFamer Musial 4 Toyota offering 5 Admirals’ commands 6 “Abie Baby” musical 7 Fruit from the tropics 8 Back biter 9 Artist’s board 10 Lady of the lea

11 Child’s string game 12 “Barbarella” actor 13 Submissive group 21 Churns up 22 Type of stove 26 Ireland’s alias 27 Prefix with “stat” 28 Bring in, as pay 29 Cause of a strike, sometimes 30 Emotional condition 31 Brief burst 35 Pincushion alternative 37 Trash bag closers 38 Day with the Knights 40 Took to court 42 Walker of whisky 45 Renders capable 47 Stood for 50 Wildcatter’s strike 52 Id-derived desire 53 Section at Blockbuster 54 Cedar Rapids native 55 Librarian’s bane 59 Typical model train track layout 60 Dealer’s handful 61 Spoonbill relative 62 Itch producers 63 Devours 65 Shaq’s college

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Men’s Hockey

Badgers jump into WCHA play with season opener against CC By Parker Gabriel THE DAILY CARDINAL

Athletic departments of powerconference universities, including Wisconsin, are often criticized for scheduling overmatched opponents early in the year. That certainly will not be the case for the Badger men’s hockey team this season. Wisconsin jumps right into conference play, hosting Colorado College this weekend to open its rigorous 2009 campaign. While opening the season with a slew of tough opponents seems like a daunting task, senior forward Blake Geoffrion sees it as a positive challenge. “I think that’s good for us, to get right in there and get used to it right away,” Geoffrion said.

“We’re going to face adversity this weekend. How fast we can get out of that adversity and move on will contribute to how confident we’re going to be this year.” The Badgers faced a tough start to the season last year as well, and did not fare so well. Facing primarily ranked teams, Wisconsin struggled to a 1-6-1 start, kicking off what would be an up-and-down campaign. This season, the Badgers are more experienced, a factor Geoffrion believes will help the unit avoid another poor start. “We all know what it takes to win,” Geoffrion said. “In years past we’ve maybe come out a little bit soft, but we’re going to come out and play hard. Just go out and play


Senior forward Blake Geoffrion led Wisonsin last season with 12 WCHA goals last season, good for seventh in the conference.

iowa from page 8 well-coached and disciplined in that hostile environment, and that junior quarterback Ricky Stanzi showed a lot of poise in the pocket. At this point, however, that group has not fully hit its stride, ranking seventh in the Big Ten in total offense and eighth in rushing, one season after losing 1,800-yard back Shonn Green. But despite the statistics, the Badgers are focusing on taking the

positives from the Ohio State loss and coming back to defend their home field against Iowa. “I think everything I’ve learned about this team, from the first day of camp to where we are today, is that they’re a very resilient group,” Bielema said. “Just the overall demeanor of this team shows me that they’re going to be able to bounce back ... I doubt very much that this group would ever be in the situation they found themselves in last year.”

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shift by shift, game by game.” That experience, combined with a deep and talented rotation of players, has the Badgers ranked No. 13 in the College Sports preseason poll. However, this is not a team without questions. The Badgers need to find a replacement for now-graduated goaltender Shane Connolly. The odds-on favorite for the job is junior Scott Gudmandson, who made three starts last year, but has never handled regular duty in the WCHA. Consistent play between the pipes could be the difference between another decent season and a run at a national title, and Gudmandson says he is ready for the challenge. “This is what I’ve been waiting in the wings for,” he said. “The opportunity to be a starting goalie in this league.” Colorado College has won seven of the last eight meetings between the two teams, and sports a wining record (7-6-3) at the Kohl Center. The Tigers also have a regular season series already under their belts, as they split with No. 20 Northeastern last week. “Colorado College has already had a weekend to knock off the rust,” Gudmundson said. “We’ve been trying to do that with practice and scrimmages.” Whether or not Wisconsin will come out this weekend and hit on all cylinders remains to be seen, but there is no doubt that the guys in the home locker room are itching to hit the ice. “We’ve been going [through training] for a month now,” Geoffrion said. “I’m just ready to get out there and play.” The two-game series begins tonight at 7 p.m., with the second game, also starting at 7 p.m., on Saturday.

twitter from page 8 collegiate and professional athletes have really grasped yet. I recognize the advantages Twitter has for promoting events and raising awareness about different issues. However, its use as a news outlet makes little sense to me and has already created great conflict in the sports world. This issue took local precedence in May when Madison Memorial High School basketball prospect Vander Blue made a controversial status update on his Facebook page. Blue had already verbally committed to the Badgers before he met with representatives from both Madison Memorial and UW because of concerns about his academic future. Following the meeting, Blue posted a status update on Facebook stating he had made a “big decision for me” and that he would “really take in” the recruiting process. Blue’s vague statement not only signaled the end of his verbal commitment to UW (to date, he hasn’t eliminated the Badgers from his list of potential suitors) but it also ignited a violent backlash from the campus community. Blue waited a week to comment on his status. During this time, several message boards attacked Blue’s intelligence with foul lan-


Freshman defender Danny Ahlering has had one assist this season.

Men’s Soccer

UW prepares for Northwestern By Caitlin Furin THE DAILY CARDINAL

The Wisconsin men’s soccer team needs an offensive boost. During their game Wednesday night against UW-Green Bay, the Badgers had plenty of opportunities but were unable to find the back of the net. They will be looking for more opportunities to arise when they travel to Evanston, Ill., for a Big Ten matchup against Northwestern at 7 p.m Saturday. Defensively, the Badgers (3-6-2) held their own against Green Bay’s dangerous offense, something that they need to continue against the Wildcats. “We always look to communicate a lot on defense, especially against Northwestern, who is a pretty good team,” freshman defenseman Danny Ahlering said. “They are all pretty solid players. They work well as a group.” Head coach Todd Yeagley knows Northwestern (7-1-4) will be a tough opponent, but his team should be well prepared. “They have a few players that can hurt you and we will make sure our players are aware of their tendencies,” Yeagley said. Offensively, the Badgers contintue to struggle, but hope they can break through against the Wildcats. “I feel like up top we are playguage and racist comments, causing Blue to further question his decision to attend UW. The poor behavior of the participants on message boards is a topic for another column, but Blue learned a valuable lesson that knowledge is power and the public does not always digest information in a kind and rational manner.

Athletes are close to the action, but they’re also very prone to misinformation and unchecked sources.

In today’s media landscape, athletes are given less privacy than ever. After all, pro athletes are regularly interviewed while changing after games, and can rarely go to a public place without being harassed. So why would an athlete give any indication as to where they are and what’s going on in their private life? This action has had ill effects at the professional level as well. In June, Minnesota Timberwolves’ forward Kevin Love posted on his Twitter that head coach Kevin McHale would be leaving the organization before the news broke to the national media.

ing really well together and combining really good,” junior forward Bryan Gerster, who led the Badgers in scoring attempts last game with four shots, said. Gerster almost found the back of the net against Green Bay, but his shot hit the cross bar. Failures to catch a break like that one have plagued Wisconsin lately. “We just aren’t getting that little break that every other team seems to get on us,” Gerster said. For tomorrow’s game, Yeagley wants his offense to assess its plays before they are made. “We have to look at our performance and dangerous situations we are creating,” he said. Despite the offensive slump, Yeagley’s confidence in his team has not faltered, and he knows this unlucky streak is breakable. “We are creating chances,” Yealey said. “We just need to be a little more composed with our final touch.” With only six games left in the regular season, including three Big Ten rivals and two in-state opponents, the Badgers are going to have to step up these next few weeks in order to be ready when postseason rolls around. “We have six very difficult opponents left, but that’s what our guys like,” Yeagley said. Love was not aware that the news hadn’t been released previously, but I believe it’s his own personal responsibility to look into that before releasing such a statement. Athletes are close to the action, but they’re also very prone to misinformation and unchecked sources. When non-media personnel participates in this, it not only robs sports reporters of their own duties, but greatly diminishes the credibility of the story itself. Twitter can be a valuable tool when it encourages communication and gives individuals a chance to speak out on important issues. Earlier this week, Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant posted a response to a recent TrueHoop blog criticizing his contributions to his team. I felt this was a very practical use of social media. It allowed Durant to defend himself when he lacked the resources to respond with an entire article or website. Still, for every practical use there’s another unfortunate case. If you have any doubts, just ask Vander Blue. One small status update shared with the public can create a whole world of unnecessary conflict—and it all could have been avoided had it remained a private matter. Think athletes should get a break when using Facebook and Twitter? Tell Matt at

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UW hopes to snap back for Iowa By Ben Breiner THE DAILY CARDINAL

In the last two seasons, the Badgers have not been quite able to shake off their first loss. In 2008, the team fell three more times after its first defeat, and in 2007 it followed its first setback with a 31-0 trouncing at the hands of a middling Penn State team. Head coach Bret Bielema’s squad will aim to reverse that history with a bounce-back performance when it takes on No. 11 Iowa at Camp Randall Saturday. Last season, the Hawkeyes handed Wisconsin a 3816 loss in Kinnick Stadium. “Just the overall demeanor of this team shows me that they’re going to be able to bounce back.” Bret Bielema head coach UW football

According to sophomore running back John Clay, dwelling on past mistakes and not looking forward were factors in the team’s past failures to rebound from losses. “People just thinking about what they shoulda, coulda, woulda, just thinking about that and not moving on,” Clay, who led the team with 89 yards against Iowa last season, said

Tuesday. “Today everyone seemed like they let it marinate, thought about it over this past weekend. [We’re] just looking forward to playing Iowa.” The going doesn’t get much easier for the Badgers’ offense, as the Hawkeyes boast a defense ranking third in the conference in scoring while forcing 19 turnovers. That unit is historically known for having strong defensive lines, and this year is no different with talented players like junior defensive end Adrian Clayborn and junior tackle Karl Klug. When looking over film, the players saw that the Iowa defense was much simpler that of Ohio State’s, and relies on strong execution. “They don’t have a very complex defense, but they do what they do well,” sophomore wide receiver Nick Toon said. “They have a pretty good secondary, very disciplined and they know what they’re supposed to do.” Iowa’s defense gave up 28 points to Michigan last weekend, but got a big game from senior tight end Tony Moeaki, one player the Badger defense plans to keep a close eye on. The Wheaton, Ill. native snagged six receptions for over 100 yards and a pair of scores after missing the three previous contests with foot injuries. The performance earned him Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week honors, as well as the attention of the Wisconsin linebackers.

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or at least contain him.” McFadden went on to say he was impressed by the Hawkeyes’ offense, which scored 21 straight points against a stingy Penn State defense in Happy Valley. He noted Iowa was

ocial media sites like Facebook and Twitter have infiltrated practically every part of our society, sports coverage included. To date, Facebook holds more than 300 million active users worldwide, while Twitter receives roughly 55 million users per month. It comes as no surprise, then, that not just fans and organizations, but also athletes and coaches have begun participating in this trend. I’ve been a Facebook user for roughly four years now, and for one reason only: to keep in touch with my friends and family from different parts of the world. You can call me old-fashioned, but I haven’t submitted to the Twitter craze yet, nor do I plan to unless my career requires it. I simply don’t understand the concept of informing others on every daily occurrence of my life. Sure, I post a status update on Facebook every so often when I’m excited about something, but my infrequent posting serves as a crucial barrier of privacy. And that’s a concept I don’t think high school,

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Sophomore wide receiver Nick Toon had four catches for 53 yards against Ohio State, including a team-high 33-yard reception. “We’re going to know where he’s at at all times, especially on passing downs,” senior linebacker Jaevery McFadden said. “You know he’s the hot route or the hot read when we blitz the quarterback, so we’re going to have to know where [Moeaki]’s at and try to stop him,


University of Wisconsin-Madison their budget requests Thursday. Badger Catholic requested nearly $5,000 more than the organization received...