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Two students run for Dane County Board seat By Allison Geyer The Daily Cardinal
The race for the fifth district of the Dane County Board of Supervisors is beginning to take shape as two Madison students officially announced their candidacy Tuesday night. Michael Johnson of Madison Area Technical College and Analiese Eicher of UW-Madison will be running in this largely student-populated district currently represented by Wyndham Manning. Eicher, a member of the College Democrats of Wisconsin, said that her plat-
form would focus on serving the interests of UW students and giving them a voice in local government. “I have seen firsthand how different campus groups engage various student interests,” she said. “They often focus on solutions from the state and national level, but I strongly believe that positive change can be best enacted at the local level.” In addition to serving as the women’s issues coordinator for the College Democrats, Eicher has interned with
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UW-Madison canceled all classes Wednesday due to a declared “snow emergency” for the city. By Caitlin Gath The Daily Cardinal
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UW-Madison student Analiese Eicher officially announced her candidacy for the Dane County Board of Supervisors Tuesday.
Poll: majority believe Obama does not deserve Peace Prize By Jessica Feld The Daily Cardinal
As President Barack Obama travels to Oslo, Norway, to accept the Nobel Peace Prize this week, a national poll released Tuesday found only 26 percent of citizens believe the president still deserves the prize. Quinnipiac University found 66 percent of citizens disapprove of the Nobel Committee’s nomination.
According to a statement released by the Nobel Committee on Oct. 9, Obama was chosen for “his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples.” However, some believe the president’s decision to deploy more troops, such as his Dec. 1 order to deploy an additional 30,000
Due to the impending blizzard and wintry weather conditions forecasted for late Tuesday and Wednesday, the city of Madison declared a snow emergency Tuesday evening, and UW-Madison canceled all classes for Wednseday. The city, university and county will close all non-essential services until Thursday, Dec. 10. Mayor Dave Cieslewicz said in a statement that only the city’s essential and emergency services would be in operation on Wednesday. “We encourage residents to stay safe at home for the duration of the blizzard,” he said. Gov. Jim Doyle also declared a state of emergency for all 72 counties in Wisconsin. The Wisconsin National Guard will be on hand to assist if necessary.
The Madison Police and Fire Departments, Dane County Sheriff ’s Department, Dane County Highway Department and 911 Center will all continue to operate as usual. The Madison Streets Division will provide “around-the-clock” snow plowing and salting operations. Two Madison public health clinics are also cancelled for Wednesday, including the Madison South Clinic at 2202 S. Park St. and the Madison East Clinic at 2705 East Washington Ave. Appointment-based H1N1 clinics in Middleton, Stoughton and the East Washington offices are all cancelled, as well as the HIV testing and counseling clinic. The impending blizzard conditions caused a slew of cancelled snow page 3
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in Cottage Grove on Monday. Adair was allegedly responsible for the murders of Amber Weigel, 25, and her daughter Neveah WeigelAdair, 2, as well as Tracy Judd, 33, and her daughter Deja Adair, 23 months, which took place last Thursday. “The Weigel family is grateful that the search for Tyrone Adair is over and now families can begin to gain a sense of closure,” the statement said. The family plans to commemorate the lives of Amber and Neveah this weekend at Olbrich Botanical Gardens on the east side of Madison.
• Feb. 6, 2008 – Deteriorating weather and road conditions prompted Provost Patrick Farrell to cancel classes and events as of 3:30 p.m. • Feb. 16, 2006 – The threat of continuing severe weather, including snow, sleet and stiff winds, forced cancellation of classes being held after 4:30 p.m. The campus remained open for business, though by 4:30, most offices were closed. • Dec. 3, 1990 – Heavy snow caused Chancellor Donna Shalala to cancel classes around 10:30 a.m. when streets and highways became nearly impassable. More than 17 inches fell over a 12to 16-hour period.
Family of victim ‘grateful’ search for suspected murderer Adair is over The Weigel family spokesperson released a statement Tuesday following the discovery of the body of quadruple homicide suspect Tyrone Adair. In the statement, the Weigel family expressed their love and support for the relatives of the victims and the Adair family and thanked the Adairs for their cooperation. According to a preliminary investigation from the Dane County Coroner’s Office, Adair’s death was caused by a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Adair’s body was discovered in a silver GMC Acadia on a property
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• March 17, 1965 – St. Patrick’s Day classes were cancelled due to a major snowstorm, which began as freezing rain followed by 6.9 inches. **Courtesy of University Communications Lorenzo Zemella/the daily cardinal
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he thought of growing up scares the shit out of me. In fact, the only thing that scares me more is thinking about being old. Having to be an adult with a real job and car payments and bills is bad but thinking about wrinkles, saggy boobs and a leaky bladder makes me want to curl up in a ball under my sheets and just cry. Or at least devote my life to making a machine that can stop the aging process while allowing my life to continue on uninterrupted. That is until last weekend when I met the coolest old person alive (sorry Grandma). Sunday night I was bartending for a private party at the Nitty Gritty. Almost nobody was drinking, except for one anonymous boozer who ordered three glasses of white Zinfandel from a server within one
hour of being in the restaurant. Interested in ﬁnding out who this wino was among the crowd of lames, I watched the server bring the bottle of wine out to the customer. Not surprisingly, the wine was handed to the organizer of the party, who had totally earned the right to drink after planning a surprise party for 50 people. But she turned around and handed the glass to a woman who looked so old, when I ﬁrst saw her seated in the booth. I wasn’t sure if she was alive or not. Move aside, Lindsay Lohan, I’ve found a new personal hero. Totally intrigued, I began inquiring about the woman. Through a brief questioning of the other guests, I gathered the following information: She was 84-years-old, the grandmother of the birthday boy and earlier that week, learned how to give a seductive lap dance by attending a pole dance party at Miss Pole. Three very important things happened during the course of that private party: my fear of getting old semi-subsided, I made enough money to pay my electric bill and I decided who I wanted to be when I become
a member of the geriatric population. After years of tanning, drinking heavily and taking absolutely no health precautions whatsoever, I’m well aware of the fact that I will not be able to age gracefully and will probably look like the Crypt Keeper around age 64. Instead, inspired by the pole-dancing grandmother, I’ve decided to age awkwardly. I don’t want little kids to remark about how frail I look and how I smell like Vicks VapoRub like I used to do when my elementary school choir was forced to perform at a retirement home in third grade. I want to be that old lady that makes people uncomfortable when they’re around her. I want to be the one that dyes her hair blue, farts loudly without apology, has more cats than the legal limit and reads the obituaries to keep track of who she’s outlived. And I deﬁnitely still want to be in a pole dancing class putting skanky college girls (not unlike my current self ) to shame. To avoid turning into the cliché grandmother, complete with tacky sweaters and an assortment of hard
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Hometown: Appleton, WI Political Views: Hippie Religious Views: Jesus is my homeboy Activities: MadHatters Interests: Polly Pocket Favorite Music: Vanessa Carlton, Michelle Branch
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candy at the bottom of her purse at all times, I’ve come up with a few fool-proof steps: the ﬁrst is to never have children, and therefore make it impossible to ever have grandkids. I will refuse to ever wear a heel lower than two inches to any formal outing and will never purchase any holiday-themed clothing—or dangling earrings shaped like pumpkins, snowmen, etc. Additionally, I’ve written a letter to the AARP instructing them to never, under any circumstances, send me any kind of letters, magazines or membership offers. I guess I owe that random kickass old lady a thank you for making me realize there are worse things than turning 60. I’m sort of looking forward to being ancient now. Apparently, it makes you exempt from being a designated driver and having to pretend to be a classy woman. Come to think of it, I can’t wait. If you have stories about your grandma that make Jillian’s new idol look lame, let her know at email@example.com.
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Favorite Movies: The Brave Little Toaster, Finding Nemo, Aladdin, Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants Most Embarrassing Item: : Congratulations, Logan! Your proﬁle is like a strange compilation of all of my extended family’s Facebook proﬁles rolled into one! You have the same favorite movies as my six-year-old cousin, the same favorite interests as my 4-year-old sister and the same favorite TV shows as my stay-at-home mom. You also have the same favorite music as my deadbeat uncle, who is sweaty and has bad gas. I blame you for his shortcomings. Stupid Fact About Your Hometown: Appleton, WI, is home to none other than the famous Harry Houdini, a crowd-pleasing escape artist. Unfortunately for Logan, there is no escaping this humiliating newspaper ribbing. Missed Opportunities: It would be too cruel to bring up some of the embarrassing songs that the Madhatters have VOLUNTARILY sung over the years (such as “Party in the U.S.A.” by Miley Cyrus, “When You Wish Upon A Star” by N Sync), so we won’t. Wait. Whoops. Saving Grace: Okay, so MadHatters are pretty kickass, and everyone is jealous of those classy red suit jackets.
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UHS clinic a success, H1N1 cases down on campus University Health Services continues to see a low level of influenza activity on campus, potentially in thanks to the success of their H1N1 vaccination clinic Friday. According to UHS, more than 4,500 students are now vaccinated against H1N1, and over 1,500 of those vaccinations were performed at the SERF Friday. “We were very pleased with the
turnout,” Sarah Van Orman, executive director of UHS, said in a statement. “We had a steady stream of students coming in all day, and we were vaccinating two or three hundred people every hour.” There are still H1N1 vaccines available at the UHS location on East Campus Mall Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m for those with a valid student ID. No appointment is
necessary and there is no charge to be vaccinated. Van Orman said students who get vaccinated would have a lower chance of getting flu during exam week. “Students should try to get vaccinated as soon as possible,” Van Orman said. “It will help protect the whole campus from experiencing another outbreak when the spring semester starts.”
Two men arrested for burglary on Doty Street Two men were tentatively charged with burglary near the 300 block of West Doty Street Sunday night on suspicion of attempting to steal bicycles near an apartment building, according to a police report. Christopher Craven, 20, and Peter Hamilton, 18, were arrested at the scene. According to the report, the two men were found behind a Danny Marchewka/the daily cardinal
Freshman Luke Skoda slides down the stairs at Liz Waters Tuesday evening in celebration of UW classes being cancelled for Wednesday.
Barrett appoints campaign manager Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett appointed Bill Hyers Tuesday as campaign manager for his 2010 gubernatorial campaign. Hyers will leave his position as a White House liaison to join Barrett’s campaign team. He previously worked as the Midwest regional director in the Obama for America campaign. He also did campaign work for former U.S. Sen. John Edwards’, D-NC, 2004 campaign. “Bill brings a great combination of organization, energy and success to my campaign. He shares my vision that we can build on Wisconsin’s strengths to create good jobs and economic opportunity throughout the state,” Barrett said in a statement.
obama from page 1 troops to Afghanistan, conflicts with the Committee’s reason for his nomination. “Increased deployment of United States troops in Afghanistan will aggravate the division and trust deficit between the two civilizations in conflict,” said Bilal Allawala, chairman of UW-Madison’s Pakistani Students Association. “Mr. Obama does not deserve this Nobel Peace Prize because he is yet to prove himself, and by all means, so far it seems that Mr. Obama will only lead to more hate and suspicion in that part of the world for [the] United States.” The poll found that some Democrats disapprove of Obama’s
snow from page 1 meetings, including the Madison Common Council, which did not meet Tuesday. They were scheduled to decide the fate of the Edgewater Hotel appeal, but that will now be delayed for another week. “By the time people leave the meeting, maybe around midnight, conditions could be at their worst,” Cieslewicz said in his blog. “In addi-
According to a Des Moines Register article published last week, Hyers was recently offered but turned down the position of campaign manager for Iowa governor Chet Culver’s re-election campaign. “I am proud to be working with a leader who has proven himself in Wisconsin. Tom Barrett tackles tough problems, bridges political divides, and attracts good jobs to this state,” Hyers said in a statement. In other news, Gov. Jim Doyle called a special session of the state legislature Tuesday. The legislature is set to address two bills related to the controversial mayoral takeover of the Milwaukee Public Schools. The session is scheduled to begin Dec. 16.
county board from page 1 U.S. Rep. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wis., Associated Students of Madison and the ASM Diversity Committee. She has served twice on Baldwin’s re-election committee, and volunteered for the UW campus branch of Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign in 2008. “I feel that the experiences that I have had and the passion that I bring make me a compelling candidate for this position,” Eicher said. Eicher said she is a “UW student fighting for UW students.” She said she plans to advocate “funding for comprehensive and effective health and human services, improving the quality of the air and the safety of the lakes and working to protect the local economy and the jobs it provides,” according to her speech. Candidate Michael Johnson
nomination, with slightly less than half approving of his award. Molly Rivera, chair of the College Democrats of Madison, said she believes the nation should not question the Committee’s decision. “You do not apply for this award, you don’t put your name up for it,” Rivera said. “There’s a committee in Norway of well-distinguished men that sit down and decide who they think should get it. Our politics are not involved. It’s not up for us to decide.” According to Rivera, the war in Afghanistan was not a factor in the Committee’s decision. Had the Committee voted after the December announcement, they would have voted the same, Rivera said. “I think that it’s a great honor
that the President of the United States received the Nobel Peace Prize, and I think that people let politics get in the way of such an honor,” Rivera said. Still, some believe the order of additional troops will only hurt U.S. foreign relations, contradicting Obama’s reputation. “We must not negate that the reaction that we will see in [the Middle East and South Asia] to the new policy,” Allawala said. “It will be of immense importance in determining the fate of [the] U.S. economy, politics, and security. A president who is putting all of this at stake without solid vision has never and shall never deserve a prestigious award such as the Nobel Peace Prize.”
tion, there will be citizens who wish to speak at the meeting who will not come out due to the weather … it wouldn’t be either wise or fair to go ahead tonight.” Alternate side parking restrictions will also be in effect throughout the entire city. The snow emergency will likely be in effect until 7 a.m. on Thursday. Madison residents should remove all vehicles from the street
if possible, a city statement said. Parking will be available for free in any cashiered section of city-owned ramps in the downtown area from 9 p.m. until 7 a.m. Residents who must park on the street on Wednesday evening should be parked on the even house numbered side of the street. Violations of the alternate side parking rules are punishable by a $60 fine. Cars could also be towed.
vehicle in the garage of an apartment building. One of the suspects was found with a bandana on his face, and both had hoods covering their heads. A digital camera, Xbox 360, cell phone and other electronic devices were found near the suspects. The items were found in a bag and are likely items stolen in other recent burglaries, the
report said. The report also indicated that Craven previously admitted his involvement in other recent burglaries, including incidents at other apartment buildings and some businesses. Although these cases are still under investigation, Craven was issued a Probable Cause affidavit for a Dec. 4 burglary at Ian’s Pizza.
said he would focus more on the social issues relevant to Dane County. He advocated a “firm dedication to bold progressive action and leadership,” according to his speech. Having gained experience through involvement with Progressive Dane and the Madison Affirmative Action Committee, Johnson has also worked on Madison-area election campaigns for Katrina Flores and Brenda Konkel. He said he hopes to bring this experience to the County Board.
Johnson said he plans to “address the racial disparities in the Dane County criminal justice system, maintain social services to residents in poverty and despair, create economic housing for low income families, improve public transportation and move into a more sustainable future.” “These are the real issues of the 2010 election, and residents look to someone with the vision and principles to help solve these fundamental challenges in the community,” he said.
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new statute needed to curb racial profiling
he sad reality is that all to often, racial proﬁling occurs, with little recourse for the victim. It is time to look into this problem so that it may be deal with according to our highest values of equality before the law. Starting Jan. 1, 2011, police ofﬁcers in Wisconsin will be required to collect information on all trafﬁc stops to determine whether racial minorities have been disproportionately stopped. This long overdue measure will help to put an end to racial proﬁling in the police force by providing the data necessary to better assess the situation and deal with it accordingly. As a part of Wisconsin Act 28, the rule comes after 10 years of state efforts to understand and curb instances of racial proﬁling. Gov. Doyle and two former governors have all taken actions on racial disparity previously, but statistics still indirectly suggest that proﬁling is occurring under the current system. Data shows, for example, black inmates make up 40 percent of state prison population, while only six percent state residents are black. By writing the well-intentioned rule into its 2010-11 state budget, Wisconsin could make a productive change in the way it enforces the law.
This long overdue measure will help to put an end to racial proﬁling in the police force.
In comparison, Illinois started collecting trafﬁc stop data in 2004. Four years later, people already saw the disappearance of the gap between the percentages of stopped minorities and the overall driving population. Comprehensive and objective law enforcement is something that we deserve as citizens of Wisconsin, and in many ways it is a wonder that action was not taken sooner. A big impact of the provision will
be unifying policies among state police departments. Currently, initiatives to curb racial disparity are virtually up to individual agencies. Madison, for example, has already been complying with the same rule for some time. Its community-oriented policing style, which focuses more on public service, naturally makes the data collection a more urgent priority. On the other hand, bigger cities
Comprehensive and objective law enforcement is something that we deserve as citizens of Wisconsin.
like Milwaukee put a much greater emphasis on crime reduction rather than the problem of racial proﬁling. But since over half of the Wisconsin black population live in Milwaukee, racial disparity is a pressing issue for the city and thus deserves more attention. Once Wisconsin Act 28 comes into effect, all counties will be required to check on their law enforcement. This could improve the overall efﬁciency of police departments and foster cooperations between agencies. Proﬁling is an insidious form of racism based on stereotypes that leads to unwarranted arrests due to things like aggressive or unsure police ofﬁcers following procedures. What kind of message does this send to the youth of the black community, knowing that they could be prejudiced without evidence in police situations? According the Governor’s Task Force on racial proﬁling in 2000, “public perceptions of racial proﬁling erode public conﬁdence and trust in law enforcement.” This makes it more difﬁcult for law enforcement ofﬁcers to perform their duties. These counterproductive concepts of authority must not be allowed to perpetuate, and the ﬁrst step to stopping this is to include race for all arrests in Wisconsin.
Numbers don’t lie: Trafﬁc violations in Wisconsin 726, 562 -The total number of trafﬁc violations in Wisconsin since 2008 16.51 percent -The percentage of those violations that are speed related (11-19 mph over the speed limit) 31.83 percent -The percent of minority drivers pulled over in Illinois compared to total pullovers Source: Wisconsin and Illinois Department of Transportation
Turkey’s actions can no longer be ignored Jeff Butters SOCIETY AND POLITICS COMMITTEE, WUD
Today’s Student Organization Neighborhood guest editorial comes courtesy of Action in Sudan. The Student Organization Neighborhood is a biweekly column dedicated to giving a voice to student groups across campus. It is all well and good that our president spouts rhetoric that gets him recognized by the Nobel Peace Prize Commission, but that should not overshadow some of his poor foreign policy decisions and reneging on campaign promises. Some of the allies that the United States supports most ﬁrmly are violators of international law, including human rights, religious rights, and non-proliferation violations. Turkey is a prime example. Turkey is a de facto military dictatorship that opposes the U.S. in every major conflict yet we still call them our staunch and supportive ally. President Obama must affirm his campaign pledge to recognize the Armenian Genocide and end America’s silence on Turkey’s denial of this heinous crime. Turkey should also recognize the Pontian and Assyrian Genocides, as defined by the U.N. Genocide Convention. These atrocities, which receive absolutely no attention in the U.S., resulted in the deaths of over two million of Turkey’s Christian population. After his tour of the European Union, instead of confronting Turkish ofﬁcials about these genocides, Obama used his rhetoric of peace to pay lip service to government ofﬁcials complicit in human rights violations. Unless Obama exerts some kind of pressure on the Turkish government, he sends the message that the U.S. is apathetic to the deaths of millions, so long as those deaths do not directly threaten U.S. interests. It is not even as though Turkey is a particularly cooperative ally. Turkey has refused to open the northern border of Iraq without extorting massive fees from us. During the Cold War, they repeatedly privileged Soviet interests over
those of the U.S. Below are some the of Turkish violations of U.S. and international law. The executive branch and particularly the State Department actively support Turkey diplomatically and ﬁnancially, despite these realities. Turkey has invaded and continues to occupy 37 percent of the EU country of Cyprus, including Nicosia, the last divided capital of the world. Turkey has also committed war crimes on Cyprus, including the illegal seizure and sale of territory in the occupied zone and the illegal transfer of U.S. arms and equipment to Cyprus, as well as their ethnic and cultural cleansing in Cyprus. Turkey also settled 180,000 Turks on Cyprus in conﬂict with the 1949 Geneva Convention. They also have violated religious freedoms by denying rights granted in the Treaty of Lausanne and the UN Charter. They have also abridged the rights of the Ecumenical Patriarchate of the Eastern Orthodox Christian Church. The worst part is that these
facts are unknown to the average American due to millions of dollars of propaganda in the form of lobbying groups, PR ﬁrms, think tanks, and media contributions. Turkey’s lobbyist minions, hired under the Foreign Agents Registration Act, include former majority leaders of the House of Representatives, Richard Gephardt (D-MO) and Richard Armey (RTX), and former Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert (R-IL). The fact that our media and government can be so easily manipulated should be sickening. If you take nothing else away from this article, remember to do your own research through European and international sources and not believe what is spoon-fed to you by our own corrupt system. Jeff Betters is the civic engagement associate director for the Society and Politics Committee, part of the Wisconsin Union Directorate. Please send responses to email@example.com.
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he following is an excerpt from the script of an inproduction episode for the hit NBC comedy “30 Rock.” Liz Lemon walks into Jack Donaghy’s ofﬁce. A large, complex ﬂow chart sits behind his desk with Jack standing in front of it with a plastic “Comcast” logo in hand. He studies the chart, apparently puzzled at where to place the new addition amidst the maze of arrows. LIZ: Uh, you wanted to see me? JACK: Lemon, yes, I’m hard at work to make sure this sale of the majority of NBC to Comcast goes smoothly. Well, more accurately, Comcast’s purchase of Pokerfastlane. com, who will hold 51 percent controlling stake in NBC Universal while Sheinhardt Wig Company will own the remaining 49 percent through subsidiary shares held through Winnipeg Iron Works and Chanagi Party Meats. LIZ: Wait, so now the meat guys are our bosses? I was getting used to talking down to anyone with a “Festive Sausage Coordinator” name tag. Does this mean I have to learn Chinese? JACK: Focus Lemon, we need to discuss a few changes you can make
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LIZ: I’m not comfortable with that combination of alliteration and stereotyping.
JACK: We also need to get customers used to some of the possible directions that Comcast could take NBC properties like Hulu. It stands to reason that they could make the NBC shows on Hulu a subscription service to stop them from competing with its own subscription content services. Or, in theory, they could make Hulu super slow to anyone without Comcast broadband access, forcing streaming TV fans to switch over to Comcast.
JACK: First off, we need to start branding NBC and Comcast together so that within the next year, viewers won’t be able to tell the difference. You and the other writing drones need to come up with at least 10 more catchphrases that include the word “Comcast” so the brand is burned into the audience’s mind grapes.
LIZ: But how will I watch free episodes of “21 Jump Street”? No way Jack, I won’t be party to some telecommunications giant segmenting the Internet into paybased tiers. This whole Comcast thing could take a giant crap over all that net neutrality stuff nerds like Barack Obama have been fighting for.
LIZ: Like “I’m having massive Comcasms”?
JACK: Don’t talk about Chairman Obama in the ofﬁce of the President of East Coast Television and Internet Bundle Programming.
on TGS that will make the sale of NBC to Comcast go more smoothly. The Feds could torpedo the whole deal if they think it isn’t in the interest of consumers. We need to shape all the mushy brains of your audience so they think a Comcast-controlled NBC will make their beer-swilling, Bible-beating lives easier.
JACK: Is that “Comcast” combined with orgasms or spasms? LIZ: Uh, hadn’t thought that through. Do you think anyone will know the difference? JACK: Try to keep your personal problems out of my marketing mix Lemon. LIZ: I wonder if Tracy can even pronounce Comcastic... Maybe Comcastizzle? Is that racist?
LIZ: So you lost microwaves in this deal, huh? JACK: Bundles are bigger than microwaves, Lemon. Even a No. 4 combo at McDonald’s is a bundle, you remember that. Your job right now is to start hyping the forthcoming Comcastacular Metered Super Internet. Trust me, it will be worth the $200 per month. LIZ: And if I refuse?
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With Comcast’s recent purchase of NBC, everybody is wondering what changes to expect, including Jack Donaghy and Liz Lemon. JACK: Your show moves from NBC to PBS Kids Sprout, and every sketch will end with a clip of The Wiggles saying, “Wow kids, that was sure Comcastic.” LIZ: Blerg!
Mark is pretty sure he’s siding with Liz on this one—he was right on Greenzo, after all. Google “Comcast Consumerist” to get a more fact-based critique of the Comcast-NBC deal, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org if you’d like Mark to write a script including your topical media consolidation woes.
Top 10 Bands of the 2000s Spoon by Kyle Sparks, Arts Editor 2009 For the past two years, I’ve made adamant assertions that Spoon is the Pavement of this decade. They’re the two bands every indie kid can agree on. The two are both immediately recognizable and accessible. They cue emotion more like ﬁlm directors than actual musicians, relying on a vision of inter-studio relationships more than musical talent. Spoon undoubtedly lost votes on this list because they are so welldeﬁned within their own infrastructure. They are entirely self-contained, leaving little room for interpretation and thus are not often recognized as having the broad impact on music a list like this seems to imply. If you look hard enough, however, you can see their inﬂuence in nearly every song on college radio stations, but it’s too hard to accurately gauge their inﬂuence because it exists in the most remote areas of a band’s sound. Deﬁnitive Spoon moments are often the barest, evoking as much visual stimuli as auditory.
Spoon introduced itself to the millennium at a second formative period in their history. Having just been dumped from their record label, the group met the loss with a poignant narrative that never actually told a story. The emptiness in their hearts became the emptiness on record, and they cut ties with their past by losing their Pixies, Sonic Youth and Wire inﬂuences. They were more barren, having taken sandpaper to the brash, punk persona until it became the smooth, pop entity most commonly associated with the group today. That deceptively cookie-cutter persona is predicated on the fact that Spoon emotes a different kind of reﬂection. They don’t treat their music as catharsis, but rather as a document of their cathartic behavior. On one of the decade’s most perfect songs, Girls Can Tell’s “Anything You Want,” lead singer Britt Daniel whimpers, “If there’s anything you want, come on back ’cause it’s all still here / I’ll be in the back room drinking my half of
the beer.” What follows is the kind of resolution/retreat that is ostensibly happening in Daniel’s back room, bouncing from optimism to fatalism with inebriated indecision. And while the deep subject matter might seem compromising to their airy pop, it actually gets right to the heart of Spoon’s deﬁnitive tone of masculinized romanticism. Their minimalism allows them to be one degree removed from everything, an isolated third party that can objectively weigh in on its own affairs. Daniel and Co. are merely vessels for romanticism, not attached directly enough to be considered emo, but close enough to the action to be able to dictate it accurately. If Spoon has one downfall, it’s that they make excellence predictable. Their standout album is a purely subjective statement, as any can be defended well enough to justify the claim. From 2002’s looser, more freewheeling Kill the Moonlight to 2005’s more mysterious
Gimme Fiction and 2007’s hearty and buoyant Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga, Spoon has solidiﬁed itself as the musical leader in ephemeral extrapolations. They corner the nuances of a “Little Japanese Cigarette Case,” the rousing tale of “The Underdog” and the futile securities of a “Paper Tiger” with equal grace and ease. But beyond their mastery of music in the moment, what makes Spoon such a relevant and consequential group in this decade is their crossover appeal. They get played on everything from Top 40 to adult contempo to college radio stations without seeming disingenuous or passé to any crowd. Without any active attempt at uniﬁcation, Spoon integrates vast brackets of citizens under one simple, profound umbrella the way Pavement reunited hordes of disinterested, unaffected pop fans in the ’90s. Between their mass appeal and dependably brilliant output, Spoon belongs at the forefront of the decade’s pantheon of excellence.
This list was compiled by tallying the votes from each of the decade’s Daily Cardinal arts editors.
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Honorable Mention - System of a Down Combining Deftones heaviness with Frank Zappa weirdness (not to mention a generous sprinkling of Rage Against the Machine political activism), System of a Down inhabited a unique spot on the Venn diagram of ’00s hard rock. Not many bands could say they were featured on the soundtracks of both “Fahrenheit 9/11” and “Tony Hawk Pro Skater 4.” They scored some success from their 1998 self-titled debut, particularly with “Spiders” and its Mansonian video. It was 2001’s Toxicity, however, that presented a mass audience with the fully-realized bizarrefest that featured a pharaoh-goateed bassist, a guitarist who coated his torso with elaborate henna and a Borat look-alike for a singer. Much like the Dead Kennedys, the absurdity was a front for a serious message of social justice, and System was at their best when directly taking on issues like the punishment of non-violent offenders (“Prison Song”) or the commercialism of political movements (“Hypnotize”). They embedded their viewpoints into a musical package that was raw, and at various times, droningly deliberate and mathematically fast. It’s also worth mentioning that System’s members—all four of whom were ﬁrst-generation Armenian-Americans—gave the country an image of the immigrant experience that was gladly liberated from the inner-city stereotype. In the beginning of the twenty-ﬁrst century, new Americans just as often end up in endless suburban Sun Belt wastelands, and, to believe vocalist Serj Tankian’s bemoaning of “the toxicity of our city,” they hate them as much as anyone. —Dan Wohl, Arts Editor 2006
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
Previewing NFL bowls
Badgers travel to UW-GB
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By Scott Kellogg THE DAILY CARDINAL
Rarely do the Badgers’ travels take the team north, but that is where they they head tonight as the men’s basketball team gets ready to face UW-Green Bay. No. 20 Wisconsin enters the game with conﬁdence, and rightfully so, after its landmark victory against No. 6 Duke last week. “We showed what we’re capable of in the game against Duke,” senior guard Jason Bohannon said. The Badgers may be facing a mid-major squad in Green Bay, but it is a team off to a hot start in the 2009-’10 season. The Phoenix enter the game 8-2 overall (2-0 Horizon), and the last time Green Bay won eight of its ﬁrst 10 regular season games in 1994, they went to the NCAA Tournament. Another factor working against the Badgers is the road environment. Wisconsin rarely makes trips to the home of mid-major teams such as Green Bay, as this is only the fourth road game the Badgers are playing outside the six power conferences in basketball in the last ﬁve years. But assistant coach Howard Moore does not expect that to get into the heads of his players. “There’s no label on their chest that says ‘mid,’” Moore said. “It says Green Bay.” The Phoenix rarely get the opportunity to host a ranked opponent, making it likely their players and fans will be revved up
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Senior guard Jason Bohannon is one of three Badgers to average double-digit points per game, with an average of 11 points. tonight at the Resch Center. The last ranked opponent to come into Green Bay was No. 11 Butler last season, when Phoenix downed the Bulldogs, 75-66. “It’s going to be a tough environment, Green Bay’s playing really good right now,” Bohannon said. The Phoenix’s successful start to the season can be credited to their guard play and their offensive production, particularly long-range shooting. Green Bay is second in the Horizon League in scoring offense, with 74.2 points per game. And the Phoenix are second in the conference in ﬁeld goal percentage (.469) and ﬁrst in 3-point ﬁeld goal percentage (.444). Junior forward Keaton Nankivil mentioned the scoring prowess of their guards, and the space they can create with ball screens from their big men. Junior guard Rahmon Fletcher leads the way for the Phoenix, scoring 17.2 points per game. Senior guard Troy Cotton is scoring 14.9 per game, and shooting
46.6 percent from 3-point range. And junior guard Bryquis Perine is adding 12.8 points per game, while shooting 54.5 percent from long-distance. Coming off the bench for Green Bay is another accurate shooter, freshman guard Seth Evans, who is hitting a team-high 54.8 percent from behind the arc. It may be a challenge extending a lead against a squad who can hit so many 3-pointers. Wisconsin’s offense has been powered by senior guard Trevon Hughes as of late. Hughes averaged 23 points per game last week in two games, and is scoring 16.7 points per game on the season. The Badgers’ best bet offensively, however, could be an attack inside, where Nankivil and junior forward Jon Leuer have a size and strength advantage on the Green Bay frontcourt, which starts 6'9" senior Randy Berry and 6'7" freshman Matt Smith. The contest tips off at 7 p.m. and can be heard on the Wisconsin Radio Network.
his time of year, everyone argues about how great it would be for NCAA football to use a playoff system, like the NFL does. But nobody asks themelves “what if the NFL borrowed the postseason system from the college game?” Maybe it’s the NFL that has to reconsider its postseason structure, not college football. I ﬁgure if the NFL adopted the bowl system, we’d have a pretty exciting postseason. Here’s how it would shape up this year. First, because all bowls have conference tie-ins, we have to align the NFL divisions with the FBS conferences, which I’ll do according to the power of the divisions and taking into account geographic considerations. To start off, the NFC North will become the Big Ten, because of obvious geographical reasons, as well as the fact that the best teams from this division always ﬂame out in the postseason (Packers in the 2008 NFC Championship at Lambeau, Bears in the 2007 Super Bowl). The AFC North will tie into the Big East with teams such as Pittsburgh and Cincinnati, the AFC East will connect to the ACC with teams in Miami and Boston and the AFC West will match up with the Pac-10. Then the AFC South will take the Big 12 with those highpower passing attacks (Indianapolis and Houston) and the NFC East will take the SEC, the two powerhouse divisions in their respective leagues.
Maybe it’s the NFL that has to reconsider its postseason structure, not college football.
That covers the six BCS conferences, but we’ve still got two NFL divisions left. So the weak NFC South will go with the mid-major Conference USA, and the NFC West will tie into the WAC. Now that that’s taken care of, we’ll move ahead to the bowl games. Remember, a team must be .500 or better to qualify for a bowl game. There are 18 such teams in the NFL, creating nine bowl games this winter. We’ll begin with four non-BCS bowl games. Kicking off the bowl season is the International Bowl between Baltimore and Atlanta. Both teams are coming off losses, but squeak into postseason play at 66. Fans will surely ﬂock to Toronto to see Joe Flacco attempt to top a career performance in his season ﬁnale last week against Green Bay, while Atlanta will start Chris Redman in a quarterback duel for the ages. Next is the Holiday Bowl between Denver and Houston. Broncos fans will be unhappy their team’s 8-4 record wasn’t good enough to qualify them for an at-large berth to a BCS bowl after losing the Pac-10 title to San Diego. But they have to remember there are sexier teams out there that the pollsters want in the big bowl games. Meanwhile, Texans fans have patiently awaited head coach Gary Kubiak to guide the Texans into the postseason, and now they
ﬁnally see their dreams materialize. Steelers fans will be disappointed with their bowl selection, as Pittsburgh accepts a bid to the Meineke Car Care Bowl with a lackluster 6-6 record. The Dolphins also had a down year after looking to build on their surprise 2008 ACC title, but their 6-6 record places them in this lower-level bowl game. Two teams not expected to make the postseason get their chance in the Peach Bowl, with the Jacksonville Jaguars matched up against the New York Jets, setting up a ﬁerce rematch after the two teams battled for bowl positioning a few weeks ago. Now it’s time for the big boys and the BCS bowl game matchups. Rose Bowl The Chargers take their Pac-10 crown into Pasadena to gear up for the annual stomping of a Big Ten team in the Tournament of Roses. Minnesota won the Big Ten, but is destined for bigger and better things, so the Rose Bowl continues to show its loyalty to the Big Ten by bumping up the fortunate Packers, like it did with Illinois a few years back. Sugar Bowl Later on New Year’s Day the SEC champion Dallas Cowboys take on the Conference USA champion New Orleans Saints. This selection elicits the most controversy, but fans can’t expect the media to reward the Saints when they play in a mid-major conference. Think of New Orleans as the TCU of the NFL. Thrashing each and every opponent isn’t enough to go to the national championship game. The strength of schedule for the Saints is poor, with their best win coming against a ﬁve-loss Patriots team. The Saints did beat the 8-4 Eagles in week two, but no voters remember anything that happened that early in the season. Fiesta Bowl Two at-large selections fall here with the Arizona Cardinals and the New York Giants facing off in Tempe. The Giants enter the game with ﬁve losses, but with their fan base and exciting, big-name players, they get the nod for the ﬁnal at-large berth over Denver. The Cardinals’ respectable 8-4 record is also good enough to obtain an at-large bid out of the WAC (like Boise State). Orange Bowl The ACC champion New England Patriots earn the trip to Miami to face an at-large selection in the Philadelphia Eagles. The Patriots come out of a weak conference, but are fortunate enough to receive an automatic BCS bowl bid. BCS National Championship Finally, a week after New Year’s Day, we get to the national championship, and the people get what they want with Peyton Manning and the Colts taking on Brett Favre and the Minnesota Vikings. New Orleans fans can’t believe the Vikes get the nod here, but the national title game has gotten in the habit of taking Big Ten teams no matter how they fare the year before. The BCS once again satisfies itself by winding up with two big name teams and two big name quarterbacks in its title game. Want to see the bowl system take over the NFL? Start the petition by emailing Scott at email@example.com.