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The UW-Madison campus gets into the Halloween spirit, with the Hoofers Haunted House (left), and Trick-or-Treat with the Greeks (right).

UW student dies in motor accident Craig Houston, a UW-Madison student, was killed in a motorcycle accident Saturday Oct. 24 near Oshkosh, Wis. Houston was traveling on his motorcycle on Highway 41 late Saturday night when he crashed and died on the scene, according to the Wisconsin State Journal. Officials are still unclear if Houston was hit by another car. Houston was a junior at UW-Madison, according to UW-Madison spokesperson John Lucas. “It’s tremendously sad, and a loss to our entire community whenever we lose a student,” he said. According to his obituary from Westgor Funeral Homes, Houston graduated from Neenah High School in Neenah, Wis., in 2007. The obituary also said he was an excellent student who was involved in various extracurricular activities. Houston’s visitation is scheduled for Saturday Oct. 31 at 9:30 a.m. followed by the funeral at 1:00 p.m. at the St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Neenah, Wis. ‘Muffin man’ robs teenager A 17-year-old boy was robbed along West Johnson Street early Tuesday morning while he was robbery page 3

ASM supports student voting member on ALRC By Andrew Kasper The Daily Cardinal

Associated Students of Madison unanimously voted to officially endorse a Common Council amendment that would make a permanent position for a student representative on the Alcohol License Review Committee. According to ASM Legislative Affairs Committee Chair Adam Johnson, the amendment would modify the pending expansion of the ALRC from seven voting members to nine, mandating that one of the new positions remain permanently set aside for a student representative. UW-Madison student and Ald. Bryon Eagon, District 8, proposed the amendment. Johnson, a proponent of the amendment, asked the student council to support the amendment before the vote. He said he plans to attend the Common Council meeting next Tuesday with other members of

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Committee considers stricter late-night vending regulations By Erin Banco The Daily Cardinal

Late-night vendors on Broom and Johnson Street may be moved to Library Mall because of complaints from residents in the area, members of the Vending Oversight Committee said at their meeting Wednesday.

Karen Foxgrover, member of the VOC, said residents of the area often complain about the noise vendors bring to the area. Warren Hansen, street vending coordinator, proposed assigning spots for vending carts on Broom and Johnson street to help stop disputes between

vendors. “The police are very uncomfortable dealing with this … monitoring the [area],” Hansen said. “The idea of having specifically assigned areas is so people don’t show up wherever they vending page 3

University Health Services has postponed a Nov. 3 H1N1 vaccination clinic due to vaccine shortages throughout the entire state of Wisconsin. Stephanie Marquis, spokesperson for the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, said the state has received only 300,000 doses of the 407,000 promised by the Center for Disease Control. As a result DHS has narrowed priority groups even further from those recommended by the CDC. Currently pregnant women, health-care workers, people who care for infants less than six months and kids six months to four years will receive the vaccine first. According to Marquis, most health-care workers in the state have already been vaccinated so they can remain healthy and continue to see patients. Although the CDC has also named six- to 24-year-olds a priority group, DHS has asked healthy people over 18 who do not have underlying medical conditions such as respiratory and cardiovascular problems to be patient. “We all want the vaccine as quickly as we can,” Marquis said. “The reason these individuals are targeted is because they could really become very seriously ill if they receive the virus.” Sarah Van Orman, executive director of University Health Services, said in a press release Wednesday UHS expects to receive more doses of the vaccine and will let students know as it becomes available. Currently UHS is only providing H1N1 vaccinations to people in designated high-priority groups. Mae Knowles, spokesperson for Meriter Medical Clinic-McKee, said the clinic would follow DHS recommendations when administering the vaccine. In the meantime, she said priority and non-priority groups can take simple precautions to stay healthy. According to Knowles, people should wash their hands, not share straws and drinking cups, avoid people with flu-like symptoms and cover a cough with a sleeve. Knowles said that most people who contract the flu will be fine if they follow self-treatment guidelines, such as drinking fluids, getting rest and taking feverreducing medications. However, she stressed that patients who experience shortness of breath, pain or pressure in the chest, sudden dizziness, severe vomiting or who get better and then get worse should immediately seek emergency care.

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’ve never really understood country music. I’m not exactly sure what a honky-tonk bar is, but I’m pretty JON SPIKE sure that if one academic burned down, misjonduct nobody would care. However, recently I was lucky enough to receive a sneak peek into the gritty underworld of country music and its stars. It all started when I was trying to enjoy a sub-par burger at a local Texas Roadhouse. After one too many kiddie cocktails, I excused myself and stumbled to the bathroom. Three wrong turns later, I found myself in a labyrinthine basement area. The door at the end of the maze-like cellar had a window barely large enough for me to glance through, and I peered in to see where the door led. To my amazement, I saw every major country music star gathered for some sort of meeting. My memory is a bit fuzzy, but here’s their exact conversation in its entirety: Tim McGraw: Hello everyone, glad you could make it. Let’s get this Country Music Stars meeting underway. First things first: Trace Adkins, we’ve received numerous complaints about your songs. You just aren’t singing about God enough, hoss. Trace Adkins: I know, I know. Honestly, I don’t go to church all that much. Don’t know nothin’ ‘bout the bible or Jesus and stuff. McGraw: Are you kidding me? Do you think any of us know anything about God or Christianity? We all just make stuff up. I mean, I know God did something important or is sort of a big deal or something

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Toby Keith: Hey, wasn’t God like... uh, the invenentor of the alphabet or something?

McGraw: Haha, how embarrassing! I make a motion that we hereby refer to Big & Rich as Small & Impoverished. Is there a second to the motion?

McGraw: Yeah, that sounds right to me. Taylor Swift: I think I heard God was the first dinosaur to trade with people. McGraw: Uh, Taylor... maybe you should leave now. Is your mother coming to pick you up? Shania Twain: Yeah, are you even old enough to have your driving temps yet? (Taylor Swift leaves room crying) McGraw: Well, I guess we’re the reason for the “Teardrops on her guitar”! Am I right? (Room erupts in laughter) McGraw: Alright, next order of business: how to treat women. We’ve had some country singers asking about if they should change their lyrics to imply that women should do something other than just be a stay-at-home mom. Reba, what do you think? Reba McEntire: Hey, I think it’s just fine treating women like they won’t make it out of the kitchen. Women should aspire to be one of two things: either a country singer or a stay-at-home mom. McGraw: Good, I’m glad we got that figured out. Say Big, where’s your partner Rich right now? Big: Uh, he’s actually at our bankruptcy hearing right now. We’re a

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gettin’ off-topic here! The next order of business: NASCAR. We need to bring up NASCAR more in our songs! We’re going to lose sponsorships if we don’t talk about how great it is to crack a beer and watch NASCAR races on Sunday afternoons. Zach Brown: Hey guys, what’s going on in here?

McGraw: All in favor? Everyone: Aye. McGraw: It’s settled then. Your band name is now as embarrassing as your songs. McGraw: Has anyone seen Eric Church? He’s 30 minutes late! Brad Paisley: Uh, you know how he always sang about loving his truck? Well, he actually tried literally making love to his truck the other day. Had to go to the emergency room when he got his, uh, lower extremity stuck in the fuel tank of his pickup. The doctors aren’t sure if he’ll ever be able to have children. McGraw: I’m starting to think maybe it’s better if Eric Church doesn’t ever reproduce. Ever. Kenny Chesney: Hey guys... What tired catchphrase should I turn into a song next? I was thinking of using “What goes around comes around,” but I’m not sure how to incorporate alcohol into it. Ideas? Garth Brooks: How about “Shut up woman, get on my horse?” It’s short and to the point.

McGraw: (Whispering to Chesney) Oh goddamnit, who told Zach Brown where the meeting was this week? Brown: So yeah, I went to Tokyo for the meeting like you guys told me to, but I think you made a mistake. Our meeting wasn’t in Tokyo at all! But no worries, I found it! McGraw: Yeah, Zach... listen... the meeting’s getting a little crowded, y’know? We don’t want to violate any fire codes. Maybe you should leave... Brown: But my mom made you guys cookies! Look, they’re shaped like cowboy hats! Hilarious! McGraw: You know what? Meeting’s over. Christ, could we have just one meeting where some no-talent Nashville washout doesn’t show up to ruin everything? Blake Shelton: Sorry, hombre. No can do. Would you interrupt Taylor Swift mid-speech to state your case for why “Single Ladies” is the best music video ever made? Let Jon know at spike@wisc.edu.

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With Halloween on the horizon, pumpkins are everywhere. It certainly is the season of pumpkin carving, roasted pumpkin seeds and homemade pumpkin pie. For those of you craving a warm slice of pumpkin pie with fewer pesky calories, look no further. The final installation of pumpkin ales has brought us to Shipyard Brewery’s Pumpkinhead ale. The best overall description of pumpkin head is simply put—pumpkin pie in a bottle. Of all the other pumpkin ales reviewed in October, none have come close to tasting like a piece of pie. That being said, Pumpkinhead falls short of being declared a beer. Over-the-top pumpkin sweetness and savory cinnamon and nutmeg lack the full body and hint of hops that several other seasonal brews bring to the table. Right off the top, an aroma of pumpkin and nutmeg wafts from the bottle, granting a gift to whatever keen nose is nearby. It

truly is a wonderful scent if you can find it. The lack of strength in any respect, with the exception of pumpkin taste, is a key, but unfortunate feature to note. Wheat beer is commonly thought of as a summer drink, so it’s questionable as to why Shipyard uses it in this case. It would be interesting to see if the particular ale were any better if made with a barley base. There’s no doubt that it would add a bit of body and some deeper flavor. Only one thing could recover a good beer status—alcohol content. Yet again, Pumpkinhead falls short. Instead of a punch-in-the-face, warmyou-up-high content, Pumpkinhead crawls in at a measly 4.5 percent alcohol by volume. Any lower and you just have a screwed up batch of a new Jones’ Soda flavor. Intense sweetness and high carbonation make this statement somewhat feasible. Take away the alcohol and you definitely have a marketable soda. All critical comments aside, Pumpkinhead set out to do one thing—taste like pumpkin. And for this, Shipyard deserves a prize—there’s no doubt they succeeded. The 2007 West Coast Brew Fest agreed and awarded a first place in the specialty competition. Much better suited for a drinking with a dessert than a dinner, Pumpkinhead certainly isn’t made for a full session, but makes a wonderful addition to a fall feast. Don’t let this review steer you away, Pumpkinhead is definitely worth a try this holiday season.

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Edgewater developer revamps design plans By Caitlin Gath The Daily Cardinal

After enduring several months of criticism, the company behind the Edgewater redevelopment has gone back to the drawing board. After taking into consideration the concerns of neighborhood residents, as well as city officials, Hammes Co. has redesigned much of its previous plan. The main concerns over the original plan centered on the height of a new hotel tower, cars blocking the planned lakefront view corridor and buses and trucks creating too much of a disturbance. Tax incremental financing was also an issue, as was making sure the hotel remained a public space, said Amy Supple of Hammes Co. The new proposed designs include a removal of the top level of the 1973 tower to create a public terrace with cascading steps down

to the waterfront. The terrace will allow for more green space, as well as a level of interaction for the public, Supple said. During the winter months, an ice rink will be added into the space. The company also removed the top three levels of the new hotel tower, significantly lessening its height and reducing the 228-room capacity to somewhere between 180 and 190 rooms. Supple said the goal of the redevelopment is to make it a destination within the city and especially the Mansion Hill neighborhood. “There is no place that utilizes the waterfront,” she said. “We don’t leverage our greatest assets: the lakes.” Construction of the new hotel is estimated to create 700 to 800 jobs and between 400 and 500 permanent jobs once it is complete, according to supporters.

Sheridan names committee to consider expulsion of Wood Assembly Speaker Mike Sheridan, D-Janesville, appointed a Special Committee on Ethics and Standards of Conduct Tuesday to consider a resolution to expel Rep. Jeffrey Wood, I-Chippewa Falls, from the Assembly. The committee was formed in response to a proposal by Rep. Steven Nass, R-Whitewater, to have Wood removed from his seat following three OWI arrests over the last year.

robbery from page 1 waiting for the bus, according to a police report. The victim, who is a resident of Stoughton,Wis., was waiting on the corner of West Johnson and North Frances Street sometime before 8 a.m. when the suspect walked up to him, asking to see his wallet. When the victim responded that he did not have one, the suspect replied, “Gimme what you got.” The victim complied and gave him the few dollars he had on him, the report said. After the victim handed the money over, the suspect then reached into the boy’s pocket and stole his banana nut muffin. The suspect was described as a black male, approximately 27 to 29 years old, between 5'9'' and 6'0'' and 175 to 200 pounds. He is also said to have black hair, brown eyes with the “whites” of his eyes looking very yellow and shaved lines in his eyebrows. The report also said he was wearing a pulled-up black hoodie with dark jeans and

Wood has stated that he will not seek re-election, but he will not resign from his seat in the Assembly. Wood said he did not think a replacement lawmaker from his district would be able to serve his constituents as well as he could, according to WKOW 27 news. The Wisconsin state legislature has only ousted a colleague twice in the past. It would require a twothirds majority of the Assembly, equivalent to 66 votes. tan boots. The suspect is still at large and was last seen walking south on West Johnson Street.

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Ald. Thuy Pham-Remmele, District 20, and Ald. Mike Verveer, District 4, discuss the consequences of late-night vending at Wednesday’s Vending Oversight Committee.

vending from page 1 want.” However, representatives from the city attorney’s office, who attended the meeting, said the city could not make site assignments on roadways, but could on pedestrian walkways. Ald. Mike Verveer, District 4, said if the noise was not controlled and disputes between vendors did not cease, the committee might have to “bite the bullet” and vote to move the vendors to Library Mall, a pedestrian walkway.

asm from page 1 ing will work to prove that students feel strongly about the issue. “It will give students a chance to speak in open forum and to be one of the primary responses to one of the biggest criticisms of this: that students don’t care enough about it,” he said. Students are currently rep-

Rosemary Lee, a member of the VOC, said she would not be happy if the committee voted to relocate vending carts to Library Mall. She said it would be “unfair” to the small business people. “I am all for having the vendors there too,” said Hawk Schenkel, also a member of the VOC. “But the reality though is that there are problems associated with it, if we can’t change it legally then we need to get rid of it.” Schenkel suggested assigning vendors to specified zones

of Broom and Johnson Street, rather than to certain spots. The VOC referred the proposal to the city attorney’s office, which will report back to the committee at their next meeting. The VOC motioned to invite all late-night vendors to the meeting for discussion about the proposal. The VOC also discussed raising fees for special-event vending, prohibiting vending near public schools and implementing a stricter seniority system for vending outside of Camp Randall.

resented on the ALRC by a “technical advisor,” which is a student who had speaking rights at the meetings, but no voting role. However, the passing of the new amendment would not give ASM control over the student representative. If it is passed, the ALRC student representative will be a “generic citizen” chosen by the mayor and could come from

any of the Madison colleges, not necessarily UW-Madison. Johnson said if the amendment is passed, ASM will send a list of approved students to the mayor in hopes that he will consider their recommendations. ASM Secretary Kurt Gosselin said the placement of a student member on the ALRC with full privileges, regardless of the stipulations, would be “a complete victory.”


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How did Halloween start? Halloween on campus revolves around getting three sheets to the wind and not getting arrested. But where exactly did this holiday originate? Story by Diana Savage

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andy and costumes dominate the UW-Madison campus when Halloween arrives. Students leave Walgreens carrying candy bags the size of pillowcases and insist that their parties be “costumes-only.” Such things raise the question of why this holiday came to be centered on candy and dressing up. Americans will spend approximately $4.75 billion on Halloween this year, according to a September 2009 survey by the

National Retail Federation. The study—the Halloween Consumer Intentions and Actions Survey— found that on average, each consumer this fall will spend approximately $17.99 on candy and $20.75 on costumes. Halloween originated in the Celtic festival, Samhain, during which the boundaries between the living and the dead dissolved, says UW-Milwaukee anthropology professor Bettina Arnold. On Halloween, the graves of the dead

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open, and spirits and humans can pass back and forth between the supernatural world and the world of the living. But candy companies and modern advertising have conspired to change the original meaning and customs of Halloween. Halloween now serves “a business which has resources,” and has become “a social phenomenon,” said UW-Madison professor of marketing research Neeraj Arora. “Kids are into candy because of that,” and “there are social welfare implications in what companies do.” The mass advertising for candy “is pretty typical for America,” said UW-Madison sophomore Melissa Balch. “I think it’s bad on a lot of levels, for nutritional and general celebratory reasons.” Candy companies gear their campaigns to maximize profit and Arora supports companies doing what is best for them. “They do what they do to maximize their bottom line, and if that takes more candy then that’s what they’re supposed to do,” Arora said. UW-Madison associate professor of marketing Joann Peck said candy companies have more affected the type of candy bought on Halloween than the traditions of Halloween itself. “Candy companies do holiday promotions [because] most of the candy sales in the U.S. are during Halloween,” Peck said. “For chocolate, [sales are] bigger than Valentine’s Day. So they spend a lot of money advertising those brands because they know that’s when most of the sales for the year will be.” Larger candy companies like Hershey’s thrive during the Halloween season. “People splurge at Halloween,” Peck said. “They know the brand names, and they had them as kids, so they treat themselves at Halloween. A lot of private labels are increasing, but not in Halloween candy.” But there are things aside from advertisers contributing to the commercialism of Halloween. “Halloween. What’s the first thought that comes into your head? Candy. If there’s one part that needs to take a stand a little more, it is parents needing to educate their kids that...

Halloween is not about candy,” Arora said. “[Candy] is a very small piece of the whole rationale for having something like that.” Arora said candy companies should alter their advertising, but not necessarily cut down on advertising. “There’s a responsible way to conduct business, and the one thing perhaps we could do better as businesses is probably be a bit more responsible about the ingredients that go into the candy,” Arora said, adding that children cannot rationally evaluate a candy commercial to discriminate between the good and bad things about the product. “Kids don’t quite see that, they will latch onto the feel-good aspect of that behavior.”

“Maybe it’s sort of a corruption of the holiday but I don’t really see it as a bad thing.” Melissa Balch student UW-Madison

Peck said candy companies are making an effort to conduct business in a way that is healthier for the consumer. “One thing the candy manufacturers are doing is using smaller packaging,” Peck said. “If you think of the ‘200 calorie packs,’ [they are] not exactly healthy, but it makes people aware of how much they’re eating.” In addition to portion control, Peck said candy companies are also making nutritional information more available for consumers. Costume sales also play a role in commercializing Halloween. College-age consumers tend to go overboard on spending for costumes more than the general population. On average, they spend $29.26 per person each year, according to the NSF survey. College students are twice as likely to celebrate Halloween by dressing in a costume than by handing out candy. Halloween has been transformed from a spiritual tradition into a holiday of commercialism, according to Balch. “Children dressed in scary cos-

tumes, haunted houses—I don’t see anything wrong in it,” she said. “Maybe it’s sort of a corruption of the holiday but I don’t really see it as a bad thing.” UW-Madison students typically celebrate Halloween by dressing in costumes and attending Halloween parties. For them, it is hardly a holiday to commemorate the dead. “It’s more about partying and drinking and not really celebrating Halloween, but having an excuse for a party,” UW-Madison fifth-year senior said. “I don’t think they’re really dropping the tradition, I think they’re just focusing more on parties and hanging out with people their age,” adding that the concept of Halloween changes with age. For children, Halloween is centered on trick-or-treating. According to Arnold, some scholars believe that trick-ortreating originates from Samhain. Historically on Samhain, people in Wales would leave food outside the door to pacify the dead and leave the doors unlocked for dead relatives to revisit. Geigler said she trick-or-treated until she went to college, adding that she did not think there was an age limit on that tradition. “My costumes were more girly things, like princesses—Dorothy from ‘The Wizard of Oz,’” Geigler said. But Geigler’s trick-or-treating experience shows how American customs have further altered the traditional idea of Halloween as a ceremony to recognize the dead. “I come from a Christian family, and we weren’t allowed to celebrate Halloween,” said Geigler. “We could dress up in normal costumes, but not goblins and ghosts. [My mom] didn’t want us to celebrate anything doing with evil spirits.” Despite the influence from candy companies and costume stores, the traditions of Halloween still serve as a foundation for what is now mainstream U.S. holiday. “I think business is doing what they’re supposed to be doing and it’s a happy time of the year,” Arora said. “Kids and parents can go crazy one time of the year and celebrate Halloween... as long as we don’t forget the real meaning of it.”


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Russian Circles’ latest album makes their aimlessness a strength.

Group ends up going in ‘Circles’ By Anthony Cefali THE DAILY CARDINAL

There is a moment in the Explosions in the Sky song “First Breath After the Coma,” when the listener is enveloped by the combination of sound and the song title. It may have taken five minutes to get there, but the patience pays off. Explosions in the Sky achieve a variety of emotions without the use of discernable vocals, a challenge that often pays big when done right, and in this case it truly does. But it makes us ask, “why?” What can we get across in music that we can’t express with words?

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Geneva Russian Circles Chicago-based post-rock trio Russian Circles has been wrestling with this question since their debut release “Enter” in 2006. While their songs are incredibly effective, alive with rapturous drums and brick-wall guitars, the overall experience of their third release, Geneva, rings largely incomplete. Other than the pleasantly melodic “Melee,” the uncomfortably optimistic “Malko” and the uncannily climactic “Philos,” the record feels lost amidst the search for some higher purpose. As far as post-rock is concerned, Russian Circles definitely display the most energy and affinity for gut-wrenching bombastics and cold, desolate atmospheres. Russian Circles as a product echoes this intensity, with a name reminiscent of the Cold War, foreboding album art and obtuse song titles. Since their first incarnation as Dakota/Daktoa, the members of Russian Circles have been flirting with the more lucid ideas presented in Geneva, burying any chance at comprehension behind song titles like “Death Rides a Horse” and “Don’t Pee in my Bed and Tell Me it’s Raining.” “Geneva” pushes itself out beyond this cryptic tomfoolery, approaching the concept of a cohesive whole moreso than any previous release. Album opener “Fathom” begins raucously, like a symphony trying

to coordinate itself in the dark, and finally finds rhythm just before hitting bottom with the introduction of an anxious drum kit. Unfamiliar strings permeate Geneva, and along with inaudible vocal samples, help to provide us with a location that feels like one of David Lynch’s dreams, a harsh and unforgiving reality. But these songs aren’t meant to feel like anything other than that. They are devoid of comfort, leaving a frigid metallic aftertaste. Even when they slow down the tempo in the tracks “Hexed All” and “When the Mountain Comes to Muhammad,” the songs give off an air more akin to prostrate complacency than that of approaching a meditative enlightenment.

Geneva was more of the same from a promising group of atmospherically intriguing musicians.

The title track is the most disjointed. Rhythmically, the bass and drums lay the listener down on a torture rack and pull to a triplet rhythm punctuated by lackadaisical guitars. Somewhere during relocation, “Melee” begins its slow, thermodynamic ascent. “Malko” is the stand-out track on the record precisely because of its ability to be recognized. Before the song descends into fuzz and blast-beat fills, it sports the only genuine guitar riff, leading us fearlessly closer to the end of a brazen experience. The album closes with “Philos,” a track that reverberates with a maturity and grace that the title implies. The rest of the tracks on the album search for the focus and structure of “Philos,” building up to a fantastic finish a long time in the making. The problem with Geneva is that it answers the question, “How can we create emotions without words?” with another question: “Where do we go from here?” Geneva was more of the same from a promising group of atmospherically intriguing musicians. At the same time, this aimlessness is a strength. The repetitions echo time, which marches on to nowhere in particular. Thankfully, there is nothing wrong with this.

efore I get too far into this topic, I have to admit something to all of you: I am absolutely, no-holds-barred 100 percent the worst horror movie viewer of all time. I can’t stand getting scared. Even the mildest of scary movies leave me covering my ears, squinting my eyes and praying for the film to be done already. The only time I force myself to watch horror movies is when they seem ready to become a cultural hallmark, or when they are so critically acclaimed (“The Sixth Sense,” “Let the Right One In”) that I can’t truly call myself a movie expert without seeing them.

Even the mildest of scary movies leave me covering my ears, squinting my eyes and praying for the film to be done already.

The thing is, when I do sit through a horror movie, I marvel at the technical wizardry in the film. The ambient sound, pulling us into the action; the dim lighting and quick editing alerting us to the impending danger ahead— It’s a filmmaker’s dream come true. But for me, that dream is a horrible nightmare. The film’s

respective elements come together so well in their intent to freak me out that I can’t appreciate a film like “Halloween” for what it is because I managed to see less than half of it. So, for those of you who were hoping I’d give out a helpful list of must-see screamfests for this Halloween, I’m afraid I wouldn’t be doing it justice. So instead, I crafted my own list of three Halloween-themed films that are masterpieces in their own right but won’t leave you clutching your pillow, screaming at the dumb bimbo on the screen to quit walking by herself down by the foggy pond. 1. “The Nightmare Before Christmas” “But Kevin,” you say, scratching your overly dense noggin, “isn’t ‘The Nightmare Before Christmas’ more about Christmas?” Fortunately, this couldn’t be further from the truth, as I already have my own list of ritualistic Christmas movie viewings that simply can’t make room for another Tim Burton film. Jack Skeleton, the Pumpkin King of Halloweentown, is bored with celebrating Christmas over and over. When he finds Christmastown, he decides to combine the two, resulting in the most creepy Christmas ever. Despite its fantastical characters and strange animation, “The Nightmare Before Christmas” is still grounded in reality; after all, once Halloween finishes, isn’t Christmas eagerly awaiting just around the corner? 2. “Donnie Darko” Sure, “Donnie Darko” is scary, but not in the slice-em

dice-em “Scream” type of scary. The film messes with your concept of reality and features one of the scariest supporting characters in Frank the Bunny, a creepy giant rabbit who follows Donnie at every turn, convincing him to do devilish things. The film reaches its climax in the midst of a drunken costume party, as the protagonists explore a haunted house. If you don’t think that’s Halloween enough for you, then I really doubt your commitment to Sparkle Motion.

“Donnie Darko” messes with your concept of reality, and features one of the scariest supporting characters in Frank the Bunny.

3. “Ghostbusters” While not expressly situated around Halloween, this Ivan Reitman classic not only features creepy ghosts and otherworldly beasts, but features Rick Moranis hosting a costume party before being possessed by demons. Be sure to check out Dan Aykroyd before he disappeared off the face of the Earth and Bill Murray before he limited himself to droll Wes Anderson comedies and silly cameos. “If you piss your pants/ When you watch ‘Scream 2’/ Who you gonna call? ‘Ghostbusters!’” Kevin’s most embarrassing moment was crying at the first scene of “Ghostbusters” when he was seven. To share your horror movie phobia, e-mail him at kevslane@gmail.com.


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Evil Bird

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Angel Hair Pasta

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Sid and Phil

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Solution, tips and computer program available at www.sudoku.com.

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

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Charlie and Boomer

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Beer component 1 5 Eighteenth U.S. president 10 Mil. letter drops 14 Bar in a narrow dish 15 “... bad, bad ___ Brown” 16 They won’t boost a 2.0 GPA 17 Drove 90 in a 75 zone 18 Certain American dogwood 19 NFL snappers (Abbr.) 20 Library feature 23 Spotted cat of the Americas 24 Hatch from Utah 27 Angler’s boot 28 “Keep your pants on!” 31 Critters with eyestalks 34 “Beloved” author Morrison 35 Book’s guide 40 Fonda role 41 Become attracted by 42 Meat retailers 44 Old Testament song 49 ___-surface missile 50 Kind of diver 52 Book written in first person

6 Space travel meas. 5 58 Medalworthy behavior 59 Frosty coating 60 “Dies ___” (mass hymn) 61 “Spirited Away” genre 62 Victorian and Mesozoic 63 Best buds 64 “... to say the ___” 65 Car insurance topic, perhaps DOWN

Site of Gorky Park 1 2 South American llama 3 Looked lasciviously 4 Take baby steps 5 Act self-satisfied 6 Catches one’s breath 7 Opera highlight 8 “Silent Night” or “The Little Drummer Boy” 9 Trainee 10 Right on the nose 11 Norm’s last name on “Cheers” 12 “___ the land of the free ...” 13 Frying pan sound 21 Corsica, to the French 22 “I ___ You Babe” (Sonny and Cher hit) 25 Attachment for “len” 26 CBS maritime drama

28 Candle cords 9 Facial tissue additive 2 30 Stevie Wonder’s “___ She Lovely?” 32 Thing jotted down 33 A good way off 35 Brass instrument 36 “C’est ___” (“it’s his”) 37 Act of aiding an enemy 38 Professorial talks 39 Barfly 43 Word with “potato” and “pepper” 45 Left unharmed 46 Be ambitious 47 ___ Brothers (failed investment banking firm) 48 Word used to express possibility, in the Bible 50 Brings to ruin 51 Bird with long plumes 53 Speedskating track shape 54 Source of misery 55 Skater Kulik who won gold at Nagano 56 “Keep a stiff upper ___” 57 “La-la” lead-in

Washington and the Bear

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alrc seat about more than alcohol policy

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hen we declared a boycott of the Nitty Gritty bar for owner Marsh Shapiro’s comments about a student voting seat on the Alcohol License Review Committee, we were not just asking students to seriously consider where they spend their money. We were also pointing out to city officials and businesses that students have a clear impact on neighborhoods across the Madison community. The new Segredo Madison bar at 624 University Ave. is the perfect example of how students shape the business community. It will spur jobs and surrounding businesses for years to come, but the reason it is there in the first place is because its owner saw a student demand for 18-and-up establishments. The ALRC has approved Segredo’s liquor license, apparently indicating they think students are smart enough to spend money there, but members balked at the idea of a student voting seat. The city’s Common Council must not show such a cavalier attitude for the distinct impression such actions make, that city officials are content to see student money support Madison’s economy while denying them the right to advocate for themselves. If city alders care at all about students, not as cash dispensers but as community members who work to make Madison a more vibrant city, then they will approve a student voting seat on the ALRC. We do not see this even as a strictly alcohol-related issue. Our issue is with some alders and business owners who do not think students are mature enough to handle the responsibility a voting seat brings. Others correctly realize that students will lend a thoughtful, innovative and prag-

matic voice to a committee that impacts their community. As a city we already allow 18-yearolds to run for Common Council seats, yet to listen to some alders creating a student voting seat would be to invite pandemonium

City officials are content to see student money support Madison’s economy while denying the right to advocate for themselves.

into city affairs. Students already showed in the spring 2008 city elections that their electoral impact is just as significant as their economic clout. When Ald. Bridget Maniaci, District 2, beat eightyear incumbent Brenda Konkel, some observers claimed there was a political conspiracy to remove Konkel. But the reality is students, who make up a major portion of the district, wanted a representative who better advocated for their interests and the interests of the area. A rational, nuanced approach is needed to address an issue like the student voting seat, one that gives students the respect they deserve as a thriving part of the city. This applies not just to alders on the isthmus, as student-supported projects like Segredo, University Square or even Halloween increase downtown profits to raise tax bases for the city as a whole. We call on the Common Council to enthusiastically endorse the proposal for a student voting seat. Students are the engine for economic development in the city, and we are demanding alders not take that for granted.

The ALRC Student Vote Campaign For the past week, The Daily Cardinal Editorial has urged readers to e-mail city alders with their opinions about adding a student vote to the Alcohol License Review Committee. How could a student vote help the ALRC? The student angle would help to focus new development on projects similar to Segredo, the new bowling boutique on University Avenue. The concept of Segredo is more about atmosphere than alcohol, and it is a fine example of how student dollars are important to the local community. We need a voice to ensure students are considered in future development. We encourage students to show they care about having a voice in city affairs by attending the next common council meeting in full force. The next common council meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 3 at 6:30 p.m. in the City-County Building. Check out The Daily Cardinal in the upcoming days for more on how you can work to bring a student vote to the ALRC. Contact city alders The contact information for all city alders can be found at cityofmadison.com/council. Send an e-mail to city officials to let them know your stance on creating a student voting member on the ALRC.

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The thin line between funny and “too soon!” JAMIE STARK opinion columnist

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hen is a costume “too soon?” We’ve all joked, cried and projectile vomited about the crucial question. But, as with the war in Iraq, there can be no standardized timetable to redeploy costumes from distasteful to hilarious. Some feel there should be a Halloween code of conduct stating costume wearers must wait at least one year after a celebrity’s passing to impersonate them for Halloween. However, before briskly walking away, a random girl I asked in Grainger said it was never too soon. What’s the standard we Badgers must operate under while purchasing leftovers from Ragstock and ransacking our mothers’ closets? The legend that was a ticket-less Halloween can only be remembered by the senile seniors. But a Freakfest ticket is not a contract of submission to The Man. Where else will you find a $7 ticket to a decent concert? Although this is the first year almost all UW students have never experienced a free Halloween on State Street, our city has a reputation as one of the biggest and best Halloween parties in the country. If we want to keep up our image as a top spot on All Hallow’s Eve, a steep standard of decorum must be upheld when it comes to impersonating deceased stars. Consideration of fl atlined celebrities’ attitudes is integral to costume appropriateness. Billy Mays would feel honored by the plethora of costumes in his likeness; the man is beating that Australian Sham Wow whacka from the grave. However, the means of passing may occasionally be inappropriate to display in conjunction with a celebrity’s likeness. Crocodile Hunter Steve Irwin costume with matching sting ray wound? Sounds like the definition of “too soon.” The man was recently canonized in Australia and children look up to him even six feet under. What about dressing as the late Ted Kennedy? But add cranial scars to that parade floatsized head you’re wearing, and you’re sporting a “too soon.” Perhaps a nice Biddy Martin get-up would impress your friends. Presidents before JFK are standard appropriate costumes. Wheelchair-bound FDR with

a harem of vamps and flappers—never too soon. Just don’t forget your martini. One costume is destined to be the most hackneyed, repulsive costume of the season— Michael Jackson. There will be plenty of variety—MJ with wine-sipping Macaulay Culkin, Michael and a pill-toting doctor, Jackson 5 edition Michael, Michael holding his infant son Blanket over a balcony, perhaps even a Jackson family complete with half-exposed Janet Jackson. But is it too soon to moonwalk down State Street with one bedazzled glove? Not for a true fan. As you stumble up and down State Street this weekend, know there are worse fates than pay-

ing $7 for Freakfest. Those $7 dollars get you in to jam out to Third Eye Blind. $7 for a time machine trip back to eighth grade sounds like a great value. Freakfest is more than just walking on a public sidewalk. Not to mention, who doesn’t pine for a Facebook profile picture with

cops on horseback? Is it worth it to have big name bands like O.A.R. and Third Eye Blind play Freakfest? Why not hire less than the 110 private event staff used this year and book bands with smaller salaries? Ticket prices could drop significantly, but there would still be entertainment to make the festivities involve more than binge drinking and ogling suggestive costumes. With 30,000 to 40,000 expected to attend, it would be difficult to negate the costs of Madison Police out in full force. The city will not likely go back to covering the costs of the increased attendance and accompanying police. If we continue having tickets to fund police overtime, they might as well charge a few bucks extra to bring in musical entertainment. The real cost associated with Halloween in Madison is the risk of being exposed to friends and neighbors masquerading as a pill-popping Heath Ledger. Or even more tacky and “too soon,” Farah Fawcett as an angel. If you see a dead version of Brett Favre or a living Billy Mays, say “hi” and let me be the one to judge the appropriateness of your offensive celebrity costume. Happy Halloween. Stay classy, Madison. Jamie Stark is a sophomore intending to major in journalism and political science. Please send responses to opinion@dailycardinal.com.


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Behind Geoffrion, power play threatening By Parker Gabriel THE DAILY CARDINAL

When an opponent goes into the penalty box and a two-minute one-man advantage is given to the Badgers, senior center Blake Geoffrion and the rest of the Wisconsin power-play unit have one thing in mind: put the puck in the back of the net. Through the first two weekends of the regular season, Geoffrion has already tallied three goals, and they have all come on the power play. All too often, a team will see a power play coming and get overly aggressive, often rushing shots or trying to slot the perfect pass through the opposing defenders. Wisconsin head coach Mike Eaves tries to harness that aggressiveness, using an approach he refers to as “TWIG,” or “take what is given.” “When each young man has the puck on his stick, he is like the quarterback in football,” Eaves said. “He has to have the ability to read the defense and take what is given.” Geoffrion has been the enforcer on the unit so far this year for Wisconsin, spending most of his time in front of the net scrapping for re-directed pucks, trying to take away the opposing goalie’s vision, and capitalizing on rebound opportunities. That dirty work suits the senior just fine. “A lot of times people think that because you have a man advantage you don’t have to work as hard,” Geoffrion said. “I think you have to work harder.” Eaves has seen the work ethic,

and knows what to expect when Geoffrion is on the ice. “He is really good at understanding what his role in the power play is and he becomes a fulcrum of that,” Eaves said. Despite the three early goals for the senior, he is quick to point out that, without good puck movement and decision making from the players on the blue line and on the wings, he would not have any chances to score. “It’s really all about the guys finding me. I just kind of sit in front of the net and dig at the puck and hopefully it goes in,” Geoffrion said. “Those guys [outside] make plays and get me the puck.” Geoffrion is joined on the primary power play line with true freshman Justin Schultz, sophomore Derek Stepan, and juniors Brendan Smith and Michael Davies. Every time this line is on the ice, no matter how long or short the advantage, the course of the game can change. “You always want to score, or give your team some momentum off of that, Geoffrion said. “You don’t want it to be a negative effect where you don’t get set up or you have guys getting frustrated.” So far this year for the Badgers, Wisconsin has scored on five of their 28 power-play opportunities. This translates into a 17.9 percent scoring rate, currently good for fifth in the WCHA. The stat is a bit misleading, however. On opening weekend against Colorado College, Geoffrion scored on the power play less than

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Wisconsin scores on 26.3 percent of its power plays when senior forward Blake Geoffrion is healthy. five minutes into the contest. Later in the period, though, he suffered a concussion and missed the rest of the weekend. The Badgers went 0-9 on the power play after he was knocked out. Last weekend in two games against Minnesota State, Wisconsin notched four power play goals in 18 chances. While the Badgers rank in the middle of the league in power play

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h e mantle for Badger athletics is usually carried by football and basketball, two sports that have a certain style to them. Both have an aura of teams that boast less talent than top foes, but can hang with the best due to strong fundamentals, good coaching and a slow-paced, disciplined approach. Furthermore, neither sport was considered a powerhouse in any fashion before 1990, and since have been seen as spunky overachievers. On the ice, however, consider the Badgers a powerhouse. The Wisconsin hockey program is an outlier among its top three sports, as it is one of the strongest in the history of NCAA ice hockey competition. This is a team with history, prestige and a massive edge in getting top talent. In fact, Badger hockey may be the equivalent of an Alabama or Miami in college football, or a Duke in college basketball. Wisconsin ranks fourth in national titles all-time, and since the program started in 1963, no other team has won more NCAA crowns. Even though the state of Minnesota is considered the most hockey-crazed in the country, the Badgers hold a 6-5 lead in championships over the rival Gophers.

From 1973 to 1990, Wisconsin won it all five times (one every 3.4 seasons). Even in the 16-year gap between the 1990 and 2006 titles, the team went to the NCAA tournament 10 times, appeared in the title game once, won a MacNaughton Cup for a WCHA regular season championship, produced a Hobey Baker runner-up (Steve Reinprecht) and, just for good measure, an NHL star in Dany Heatley.

Badger hockey may be the equivalent of an Alabama or Miami in college football, or a Duke in college basketball.

Two of Sports Illustrated’s top-20 American hockey players donned the cardinal and white (Mike Richter and Chris Chelios). Alums Ryan Suter, Brian Rafalski, Heatley and even Joe Pavelski, who left campus just over three years ago, could find themselves representing their countries in the Olympics this winter. That’s probably not something most casual crease creatures were aware of. But with this lofty history comes built-in recruiting advantages, which make the struggles of the last few seasons even more troubling. The group of defensemen has

been the most talented in the country for the last two years, and this season features seven players drafted by NHL clubs, three of them first-round picks. All together the team has 11 drafted players accounting for nearly half of the players who have seen ice time thus far. The problem recently has been losing great talents before they get comfortable on the college level and produce. In the last three seasons, potentially special players like Kyle Turris and Jack Skille (both top-10 draft picks) left before they were juniors. This season’s team, however, is deep, talented and, for the first time since the 2005-’06 championship year, experienced. But with that, and the records over the last three seasons, the expectations and pressure also grow. To maintain the standing and level of success the program has attained, this year must be different. It can’t be another season when a talented UW squad finishes just within or just outside the 16-team NCAA tournament field. The hockey team stands apart from basketball and football because of its history as a powerhouse and ability to bring top recruits to Madison. Now, even after a 1-2-1 start, the team needs to start playing up to the level of that historical caliber. Still don’t think the marquee hockey program compares to UW football or basketball? E-mail Ben at breiner@wisc.edu.

efficiency, Eaves said he expects the results to improve as the season moves on. Once the offense is set, the passing sequences and decision-making can get technical, and group chemistry can take time to develop. “We’re getting there,” he said. “Guys are getting in rhythm, our power play needed repetitions and we got that last weekend. I think

we’re on the right track.” With a roster that features the talent and depth that the Badgers have, a dynamic power play unit can provide an element that very few teams will have the ability to combat. In order for this particular unit to unleash its full potential for the rest of the season they will have to remember fundamentals, such as TWIG.

Football

Around the Big Ten: Week 9 By Scott Kellogg THE DAILY CARDINAL

The conference race is heating up and teams are beginning to battle for bowl game positioning as the Big Ten surpasses its halfway point in the schedule. Indiana at No. 4 Iowa After downing Michigan State on the road last weekend, Iowa is now clearly the Big Ten’s only shot at a BCS National Championship Game participant. Now that Iowa is squarely placed in the national spotlight, pundits around the country are bashing the Hawkeyes for their close calls against Northern Iowa and Arkansas State, but select defendants, such as ESPN.com writer Adam Rittenberg, are pointing to the Hawkeyes’ feats of going into State College, Madison and East Lansing, and coming out without a loss. It will be interesting to see the national opinion of Iowa if the Hawkeyes keep winning. Indiana (1-3 Big Ten) is in the midst of another poor conference season after allowing Northwestern to overcome a 25-point deficit last weekend. New Mexico State at No. 17 Ohio State The Buckeyes’ season already feels like a disappointment, considering Ohio State already has two losses at this point in the season. But the Buckeyes have to keep their head up, realizing if they win their remaining games, including the late-season clash against Iowa, the Big Ten title will be theirs.

Purdue at Wisconsin The Boilermakers are still riding high after upsetting Ohio State two weeks ago. Purdue took care of business against Illinois last week, and is now in the middle of the Big Ten with the Badgers with a 2-2 record. While Purdue looks to keep its momentum going, Wisconsin is hoping to halt the force of its twogame losing streak. This game will have bowl game ramifications. While both teams have little chance of taking the conference crown, both are still hoping to play in a New Year’s Day bowl game. Michigan at Illinois The Wolverines’ dream start is now a distant memory, as Michigan now has a 1-3 record and finds itself near the basement of the Big Ten. In that basement are the Fighting Illini, struggling through a brutal season. No. 12 Penn State at Northwestern The chances of a conference championship for the Nittany Lions are slipping with each Iowa victory, as the Hawkeyes own the tiebreaker with Penn State. Penn State’s eyes may now be on a New Year’s Day bowl game. Michigan State at Minnesota The Spartans’ chance for a Big Ten title went out the window last weekend, but they are still looking to position themselves for a good bowl game, and should help their positioning with a win this weekend against the struggling Gophers.


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Wisconsin seniors Chris Maragos (left) and O’Brien Schofield (right) will be pivotal this weekend against Purdue’s quick offense. Coming off two losses, the Badgers need for the defense to put an end to this skid. when guys continue to do that we allowing only 65 rushing yards and going to work the edges. We need eniors Chris Maragos and O’Brien Schofield end up having success. People talk 20 points. Some defenses might be to make sure we’re assignmentabout the defense being accountable discouraged if they play well but sound and playing aggressive.” are leading an improved Wisconsin defense to the team but in between that the offense can’t pull through the The team will be without fresheach person needs to be accountable win, but Maragos said the squad man linebacker Mike Taylor. He this season. Both are enjoying career years. for the defense. I think that’s what just concentrates on progressing leads the Badgers in tackles but are doing and they’re handling each week. was lost for the season against the Maragos leads the Badgers in interceptions with guys their business,” Maragos said. With Purdue coming into Camp Hawkeyes. It’s a tough blow, but It was a shaky start to the season Randall, the defense is focused and the defense has replacements ready three, including one to secure the victory over Fresno for the Badgers. At times in the for the most part healthy. Schofield, to step up. “Mike’s a good player,” Maragos State. Schofield has racked up 6.5 sacks and 16.5 Fresno State game it looked like the who’s quietly having a monster year defense was ready to implode. They for the Badgers, was thankful for the said. “He’s young and Badger fans tackles for loss while getting national attention for allowed 468 yards to the Bulldogs bye but ready for the team to get have all the right reason to be excitand gave up third down conversions back on the field. ed about him for the future. We his skills. While the defensive is prone to struggle to almost at will. “A lot of guys were kind of a little got guys that are going to step up, When the conference schedule banged up after the first seven games,” Blake Sorensen and Chris Borland. stay strong all game, the leadership of Maragos and began, the squad solidified itself he said. “It was good for guys to get They’re both playmakers and the loss a bit, but they still struggled with healthy and really get in some extra of [Taylor] is going to hurt but the Schofield is the key to this squad’s success. giving up big plays late in games. rehab in here so we could be full- next man’s in.” Against Michigan State, the Badgers fledged ready to go for Purdue.” This weekend marks the beginning Story by Nick Schmitt gave up two late-passing touchThe Boilermakers provide a chal- of the final stretch for the Badgers’ downs, letting the Spartans get lenge defensively for the Badgers, defense, and Schofield took it upon within a touchdown of the Badgers. especially because of Purdue’s quick- himself to make sure the team is Wisconsin’s defense was near the the Big Ten for passing, rushing, On the team’s trip to Minnesota the ness. They have sophomore running prepared. He, along with fellow senior top of the “Things-To-Improve” turnover margin and total defense. defense almost coughed up the late back Ralph Bolden, who Schofield Mickey Turner, went to head coach list over the offseason and heading It’s also important to note that 24-13 lead. said was one of the most athletic Bret Bielema and asked to give a mesinto game eight, the hard work is they have yet to totally collapse Ironically, the squad’s best backs he’s seen, and their quarter- sage to the other seniors. paying off. like last year’s team did against performances this season came back, senior Joey Elliot, is second in “The biggest thing was we wanted The improvement is in the Penn State and Iowa. in Wisconsin’s two loses. In the conference in total offense. to relay we’re in the middle of the numbers. The 2009 squad is givSenior safety and captain Chris Columbus they held Terrelle Pryor “Watching them on film, season, this is all we have right here, a ing up less points (24.9), rushing Maragos said the improvement comes and the Buckeyes to 184 total years they’re guys that have a lot of 5-2 football team,” he said. “It’s really yards (114.6) and total yards (326) down to the defense taking responsi- and only 10 points (the offense and speed,” Maragos said. “The quar- important for us to be leaders as a per game compared to 2008. And bility for themselves and teammates. special teams were responsible for terback has a live arm. He can group of seniors and not accept the they are performing well enough “Guys took it upon themselves the other 24). Then, against Iowa, really throw. It’s going to be an losing feeling and not allow guys on to be in the top-five defensively in and took accountability and I think they contained the Hawkeyes, edges type of game; they’re really the team to accept that.”

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Wisconsin’s Bret Bielema (Fourth year as head coach: 33-13 career) and Purdue’s Danny Hope (First year as head coach: 3-5 career).

The Badgers and Boilermakers have not met since 2006 when Wisconsin traveled to West Lafayette and defeatd Purdue 24-3.

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It should be interesting to see which Wisconsin offense shows up against the Boilermakers. The group that had its way on the ground against opponents like Michigan State and Minnesota or the group that failed to put points on the board against Ohio State and Iowa. The second half against Iowa was especially painful. Junior quaterback Scott Tolzien finally showed why he was third string last season, throwing three interceptions. Two of the picks came during pivitol drives the Badgers needed for a comeback. On the bright side, it looks like sophomore running back John Clay has a new partner in the backfield. True freshman Montee Ball stepped up against the Hawkeyes, scoring his first touchdown and showing Badgers fans why the coaches are excited about his future. The Boilermakers’ defense is about as unknown as Wisconsin’s offense. They’ve been sharp over the last two games, but are known to give up a large amount of points. Junior Ryan Kerrigan leads Purdue’s defensive line. He’s accumulated 7.5 sacks already this season and should cause trouble for the Badgers offensive line. But as long as Wisconsin doesn’t go braindead this Boilersmakers defense shouldn’t stop them from moving the ball.

Wisconsin defensive end O’Brien Schofield anchors a Badgers’ defense that is allowing just 3.27 yards per carry in 2009. Schofield is second in the Big Ten with 6.5 sacks and first in the conference in tackles for loss with 16.5. Despite a successful rushing defense, the Badger’s secondary has struggled at times in 2009. Wisconsin allowed 396 passing yards against Michigan State and 271 passing yards against Minnesota. Purdue is led by senior quarterback Joey Elliot, who has shown that he can effectively manage the Boilermakers’ offense at times this season. Elliot has completed just over 60 percent of his passes in 2009. His 14 touchdown passes, though, are overshadowed by his ten interceptions. Bolden’s production has dropped off significantly since the beginning of the season. After rushing for 234 yards in his first game of the season and 123 yards in the second, he has failed to surpass 100 yards since. Elliot’s effectiveness on Saturday will most likely be determined by his ability to minimize mistakes against the Wisconsin defense and Bolden’s ability to establish a semblance of a running game. Wisconsin should be able to contain the Boilermakers on Saturday after having two weeks to prepare for the matchup.

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Philip Welch has yet to miss an extra point during the 2009season. Field goals, however, are a completely different story. After converting 20 of 24 field goals in 2008, Welch is a dismal eight for 14 thus far in 2009. Welch has clearly demonstrated he has the leg to be one of the Big Ten’s premier kickers, but his lack of consistency may lead to head coach Bret Bielema testing out backup freshman kicker Alec Lerner if Welch’s performance continues to be lackluster. Wisconsin’s kick and punt returning has also been disappointing in 2009. With David Gilreath returning most kicks, the Badgers rank tenth in the Big Ten in kickoff return average and eighth in punt return average. Purdue sophomore kicker Carson Wiggs’ 2009 season has not been much better than Welch’s. Wiggs has converted nine of 13 field goals on the season, but was instrumental in the Boilermakers’ upset of Ohio State contributing four field goals. With Purdue’s red zone defense ranking among the top in the Big Ten, Wisconsin’s field goal woes could catch up with them if Saturday’s game is close.

For the first time since the Badgers played Northern Illinois Brett Bielema holds the experience advantage as head coach. With Wisconsin’s 5-2 start, most of Bielema’s critics have gone semi-dormant, but the two game losing streak could cause the antiBielemas to re-emerge. Usually there wouldn’t be much wrong with losing to two highly ranked teams, but it was the way the Badgers lost that places a lot of the blame on the coaching staff. Wisconsin basically dominated the Buckeyes in Columbus and were up by 10 on the Hawkeyes, but both games featured a mental collapse for the Badgers. Purdue’s Danny Hope is coming off consecutive wins, including a huge upset over Ohio State. In his first year, Boilermakers fans have nothing to complain about. Hope looks like he was the correct choice as Joe Tiller’s replacement.

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Badgers approach a crossroad Saturday versus Purdue JAMES ADAMS revolutionary thoughts s disappointing as the Badger’s last two games have been, their season is far from unsalvageable. All Badger fans are familiar with the horror stories that accompany the team’s two losses. Scott Tolzien, after starting the season as one of the Big Ten’s most impressive quarterbacks, threw five interceptions and failed to complete a touchdown pass over the last two games. Phillip Welch, believed to be one of the nation’s premier kickers, was three for six in his field goal attempts against Ohio State and Iowa. Meanwhile, John Clay managed to accumulate just 134 rushing yards in the two games. Sure, had the Badgers corrected those mistakes and played as well as we know they can, they, not Iowa, would most likely be occupying the No. 4 ranking in the BCS poll. Well, hindsight is 20/20 and that just isn’t the scenario at this point in the season. Instead, the Wisconsin football team is at a very important juncture in both the 2009 season and the program’s future. The 2008 version of the Badgers, much like the current team, rattled off four wins to start the season and had their destiny in their own hands with key games versus Ohio State and Penn State on the horizon. As history reads, however, Wisconsin overlooked Michigan and their chance at a Big Ten title was instantly squashed. The Badgers were unable to rebound and finished the season with an embarrassing 7-5 record. The way Wisconsin performed in their last two games, it’s conceivable they fall this weekend to a rising Purdue team coming off

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respectable bowl game in 2009 and vying for a top spot in the conference in 2010. Wisconsin has already surpassed many of the expectations set forth by pundits before the 2009 season. Assuming history does not repeat itself, the Badgers will be in position to recover some of the respect they lost in 2008 and end 2009 on the upswing.


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Better Know a Badger: Tight end Garrett Graham Class: Senior Eligibility: Senior Major: Sociology Hometown: Brick, New Jersey High School: Memorial Height: 6'3" Weight: 250 lbs. Most Memorable Athletic Moment: Catching his first touchdown pass against Washington State in 2007 Favorite Professional Athlete: Derek Jeter Favorite Professional Sports Team: New York Yankees 2009 Heisman Prediction: Florida quarterback Tim Tebow Halloween or Mifflin: Halloween Favorite late-night snack venue in Madison: Five Guys Best 2009 Performance: On September 26, Graham hauled in five receptions for 58 yards and three touchdowns in Wisconsin's 38-30 win over Michigan State

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Conference standings begin to take shape ers in the conference. Minnesota’s Eric Decker currently ranks second in the conference with 758 yards, while Michigan State’s Blair White is right behind at 730. White leads the league with seven touchdowns catches, while Decker is tied for third with five. Look for both receivers to have big days in a game that should emulate the even nature of the Big Ten.

(19) Miami (FL) vs. Wake Forest, 2:30 p.m. Georgia vs. (1) Florida, 2:30 p.m. (3) Texas vs. (14) Oklahoma State, 7 p.m. (5) USC vs. (10) Oregon, 7 p.m.

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WEEK NINE POLLS AP TOP 25 1. Florida (30) 1463 2. Alabama (23) 1448 3. Texas (7) 1407 4. USC 1217 5. Cincinnati 1211 6. Boise State 1177 7. Iowa 1148 8. TCU 1132 9. LSU 1040 10. Oregon 933 11. Georgia Tech 923 12. Penn State 843 13. Oklahoma State 768 14. Virginia Tech 734 15. Houston 601 16. Pittsburgh 551 17. Ohio State 508 18. Miami (FL) 501 19. Utah 400 20. West Virginia 323 21. South Carolina 270 22. Oklahoma 210 23. Arizona 164 24. Mississippi 142 25. Notre Dame 135 Dropped From rankings: Brigham Young 16, Texas Tech 21, Kansas 24 Others Receiving Votes: Brigham Young 80, Central Michigan 76, California 24, Texas Tech 18, Wisconsin 16, Navy 13, Kansas 12, Clemson 11, Rutgers 1

BCS 1. Florida .973 2. Alabama .945 3. Texas .893 4. Iowa .825 5. USC .794 6. TCU .789 7. Boise State .775 8. Cincinnati. .774 9. LSU .703 10. Oregon .646 11. Georgia Tech .589 12. Penn State .585 13. Virginia Tech .492 14. Oklahoma State .449 15. Pittsburgh .342 16. Utah .316 17. Ohio State .315 18. Houston .308 19. Miami (FL) .249 20. Arizona .224 21. West Virginia .196 22. South Carolina .189 23. Notre Dame .120 24. California .092 25. Mississippi .091

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Adam Weber and the Golden Gophers are one of many Big Ten teams that will look to improve their records this weekend and separate themselves from the middle of the conference standings. By Parker Gabriel GAMEDAY

Cincinnati and Texas, the lone unbeatens in the Big East and the Big-12 respectively, will be put to the test Saturday. Meanwhile, the winner of the USC and Oregon matchup in Eugene will likely produce the frontrunner for the Pac10 title. With Iowa comfortably leading the Big Ten, some of the middle of the pack teams will try to separate themselves this weekend.

USC vs. Oregon When No. 5 USC and No. 10 Oregon hit the field on Saturday night in Eugene, the Trojans will boast the higher rank, but the Ducks will hold control of their own destiny within the Pac-10 Conference. Oregon still maintains a perfect record (4-0) in league play, while USC sits at 3-1 after a conference opening loss to Washington. Losing to one supposedly inferior conference opponent per year has become a strange theme for the Trojans and head coach Pete Carroll. However, USC still has the inside track at a BCS bowl game, and possibly even a national championship. That will all go out the window, however, if the Trojans fall against a very talented Oregon team. The Ducks are led by junior multi-threat quarterback Jeremiah Masoli. Masoli has thrown for 905 yards and nine touchdowns and has rushed for 272 yards and seven more scores on the year. Since the loss to Washington on September 19, USC has won four straight games. The Trojans have continued to run the ball effectively despite losing one of their best tailbacks, Stafon Johnson, to a weightlifting accident. The stable of USC running backs has taken pressure off of freshman quarterback Matt Barkley, who looks more comfortable running the team than he did early in the year. Barkley must stay poised and get a good effort from

the Trojan defense on Saturday night, as Autzen Stadium will be buzzing and the Ducks will be out to defend the top spot in the Pac-10.

Texas vs. Oklahoma State Colt McCoy and the Texas Longhorns square off with the Oklahoma State Cowboys on Saturday in a clash of Big 12 foes. The Longhorns sit at No. 3 in the BCS Computer Rankings and need to stay unbeaten to remain in the immediate National Championship conversation. While McCoy has continued to be a playmaker (71.7 completion percentage) and leader on offense, the defense of the Longhorns has been the dominant force over the last month. Texas has not allowed more than fourteen points since Texas Tech managed twenty-four on September 19. That defense will certainly be tested this weekend against the highoctane offense of the Cowboys, headed by senior quarterback Zac Robinson. Oklahoma State has scored at least thirty-three points in each game since their opener, and has racked up an average of over 417 yards per game. Even more impressive is the fact that the production has not dropped off over the last four games despite playing without allAmerican wide receiver Dez Bryant, who has been ruled ineligible due to conduct that may have affected his status as an amateur athlete. Oklahoma State stands as the last ranked opponent on Texas’ schedule, but the Longhorns cannot afford to get caught looking down the road against a quality opponent like Mike Gundy’s Cowboys.

Michigan State vs. Minnesota The beginning of Big Ten play has once again left the middle of the Big Ten conference standings clustered and jumbled. This matchup between the Spartans and Gophers could either provide some clarity or further enhance

the confusion. With a win, the Spartans could separate from the group a bit and move to 4-2, but a loss would drop them into a tie with Minnesota, possibly among others, and make the league nearly impossible to sort out. After a Big Ten opening loss to Wisconsin, the Spartans won three straight before losing on the last play from scrimmage to an undefeated Iowa squad. Michigan State is no stranger to competitive games, as their last seven have been decided by ten points or fewer. The Gophers have struggled as of late, losing three of their last four Big Ten games. In the last three games, Minnesota has mustered together just 27 points, causing some Gopher fans to call for the benching of senior quarterback Adam Weber. Despite the erratic quarterback play from the Gophers, this game features two of the most dynamic receiv-

With Ohio State dropping to No. 17 in the polls, another team from the Buckeye state is making a stand in the top ten. The No. 8 Cincinnati Bearcats (7-0, 3-0 Big East) will travel to Syracuse this weekend to take on the Orange (3-4, 0-2 Big East). The Bearcats boast the second-ranked scoring offense in the nation, averaging over 40 points per game. Senior quarterback Tony Pike has taken the majority of the snaps this season for the Bearcats. Besides completing just under 65 percent of his passes, Pike has thrown for 15 touchdowns and just three interceptions. Former Duke basketball star Greg Paulus is at the helm of the Syracuse offense this season. Despite struggling at times this season, Paulus has shown that he can put up big numbers against credible opponents. Against Northwestern, Paulus threw for 346 yards and the Orange offense put up 34 points. Syracuse will have a difficult time repeating that performance against the Bearcats, as their defense has not allowed more than 20 points all season. As the lone remaining unbeaten in the Big East, Cincinnati will certainly have a bull’s-eye on their back Saturday at the Carrier Dome. With matchups against Connecticut and No. 21 West Virginia on the horizon for the Bearcats, don’t be surprised if they overlook the Orange and Saturday’s contest proves to be a competitive game.


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JEKYLL AND HYDE The Purdue football team began the season with a resounding 52-31 victory over Toledo. The Boilermakers then proceeded to lose five games in a row, falling to Oregon, Northern Illinois, Notre Dame, Northwestern and Minnesota. Despite a dismal 15 record though, Purdue welcomed No. 7 Ohio State into West Lafayette in week seven and sent them home with a loss. The Boilermaker’s sudden wave of confidence then translated over to the next week, as the team defeated Illinois 2414. Now, Purdue looks to march into Madison, searching for their third straight Big Ten win, a feat the team hasn’t accomplished since 2006. So which Purdue will show up against Wisconsin? Will the Badgers see the Boilermakers, who lost five straight this season, or the team that upset a top-ten opponent?

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TRICK OR TREAT After making one of two field goal attempts against Iowa, kicker Philip Welch’s season field goal percentage fell to just 57 percent, or 8/14. Welch began the season on a down note, missing both field goal attempts in the Badger’s opener against Northern Illinois. The sophomore redeemed himself though, launching a 57 yarder the next week against Fresno State. However impressive that mammoth kick was though, many of his misses have been equally unbelievable. In the past two games, Welch has missed field goals from 33 and 38 yards. It’s become a crapshoot every time Welch steps up to attempt a kick. The Badgers have to know that they can rely on their kicker, especially in a late game situation. Welch has certainly proven to be a legitimate kicker with a strong foot. However, he must begin to make the easy kicks too.

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GHASTLY PROTECTION Through the first five games of the season, the Wisconsin offensive line allowed just two sacks. In the Badger’s last two contests, between Ohio State and Iowa, Scot Tolzien has been taken down behind the line of scrimmage 10 times. As a result, the junior quarterback has thrown five interceptions, while failing to pass for a touchdown. Although Tolzien took the blame for his three interceptions against Iowa, saying they were just poor decisions, a solid defensive line would give Tolzien a better chance at making good choices. Tolzien is still averaging a 63.6 percemt pass completion, but too often, his passes are falling into the wrong hands. Wisconsin will continue to face a tough defensive line this week against Purdue, and the Badgers must step it up for any chance at an effective passing game.

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SCARY GOOD According to the NCAA, Wisconsin has, thus far, played the 11th toughest schedule in the nation, and second toughest in the Big Ten. The two teams that Wisconsin has lost to, Ohio State and Iowa, have a combined 14-2 record. Don’t look for any player or coach to cower behind those statistics, though. The Badgers know that they are capable of beating any team, regardless of their record. Wisconsin certainly played with that sort of confidence in the first halves of their last two losses, only to fall flat in the third and fourth quarters. Coming off their bye week though, Wisconsin has put the past behind them as they focus on Purdue. The Badgers first played the Boilermakers in 1892, and have since compiled a 39-29-8 record in the series. Additionally, this will be the first match-up since 1996 in which neither team is ranked.

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ON FIRE TERRENCE CODY Cody, who walked on at Alabama last year after spending time at Mississippi Gulf Coast Junior College, skipped the riches of the NFL Draft this year to come back and refine his physique and game. Lucky for the undefeated Crimson Tide, as Cody blocked two Field Goals this week, including the potential game winner with just a few seconds left on the clock, to propel Alabama to the No. 2 team in the country.

STATE OF IDAHO The University of Idaho has had a remarkable and unpredictable start to the season, boasting a 6-2 record. It may not be the hottest record in the country, but for a team that only had six wins in the prior three seasons, they certainly deserve some recognition. And lets not forget about Boise State. Coach Chris Petersen has his Broncos on a roll as they once again set out for a BCS bowl bid. These two teams meet on Nov. 14 in the Potato Bowl.

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Despite shaky performances in the Badgers’ losses versus Ohio State and Iowa, John Clay still ranks among the Big Ten’s best running backs with 716 rushing yards on the year.

The Big Ten’s Best

ATHLETIC TRAINERS Has there ever been a better time to be an athletic-trainer then right now? Sam Bradford, Tim Tebow, Corey Pike, and Eric Decker are just some of the names that have been in and out of their respective trainers offices in the past two months. Bradford has decided to have season ending surgery in preparation to enter the 2010 NFL Draft. Tebow has not put up numbers similar to any of his prior years and it would not surprise anyone if another star goes down soon.

ICE COLD SEC REFS

Rushing 1. Evan Royster, Penn State 2. Ralph Bolden, Purdue 3. John Clay, Wisconsin 4. Adam Robinson, Iowa 5. Darius Willis, Indiana

Yards 741 720 716 629 405

Avg 5.7 4.7 4.7 4.7 5.3

TD 4 5 7 5 5

Long 41 78 72 43 85

Passing 1. Mike Kafka, Northwestern 2. Joey Elliott, Purdue 3. Daryll Clark, Penn State 4. Ben Chappell, Indiana 5. Ricky Stanzi, Iowa

Yards 2067 2022 1884 1827 1715

Pct 66.1 60.6 62.1 63.0 57.1

TD 9 14 17 8 12

Int 7 10 7 7 8

Receiving 1. Keith Smith, Purdue 2. Eric Decker, Minnesota 3. Blair White, Michigan State 4. Tandon, Doss, Indiana 5. Zeke Markshausen, Northwestern

Yards 771 758 730 716 553

Avg 13.1 15.2 15.2 13.3 9.5

TD 4 5 7 2 2

Long 61 53 47 56 30

Scoring Offense 1. Michigan 2. Penn State 3. Ohio State 4. Wisconsin

TD 36 31 27 25

FG 6 8 13 8

Pts 271 242 234 198

Avg 33.9 30.2 29.2 28.3

All the talk this week in SEC country has been about the bad calls by referees and it isn’t the first time this has happened. Three SEC coaches have been penalized by the conference for comments made about referees but recently, replays have been showing that the coaches are right. Tennessee Head Coach Lane Kiffin and Mississippi State Head Coach Dan Mullen were the culprits this past weekend.

MICHIGAN WOLVERINES A notice of inquiry is never a good sign for any school, and it doesn’t come as any surprise after offseason rumors that the Michigan Wolverines are going to be investigated by the NCAA. The rumors that surround this investigation are based on former players reports that Michigan coaches exceeded time limits on workouts and practices. It is unclear how long the investigation will take but this is certainly not a bright spot for the Wolverines.

HEISMAN TALK Remember the start of the year where everyone thought it was going to be Sam Bradford, Tim Tebow, or Colt McCoy fighting for the Heisman Trophy? Well the biggest debate in the preseason has turned into the quietest topic during the season, as none of the three quarterbacks have posted superb numbers. With no frontrunner for the Heisman Trophy, talk has been rather quiet, and it will be interesting to see if one player can make the Heisman relevant again. —Drew Simon KYLE BURSAW/CARDINAL FILE PHOTO

Michigan senior running back Carlos Brown is probably glad he is leaving Ann Arbor after this year as the NCAA has announced they will launch an investigation into the team’s alleged workout and practice violations.


2009-10-29