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Tuesday, March 23, 2010

State reacts to passage of national health-care bill By Hannah Furfaro The Daily Cardinal

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Michael Johnson and Analiese Eicher, candidates for the District 5 seat on the Dane County Board of Supervisors, spoke about important issues facing Madison and Dane County at a debate Monday.

Following the passage of landmark health-care legislation Sunday, groups and individuals across the state are beginning to take a look at how the bill will impact Wisconsin residents, businesses and health-care providers. The $940 million bill, approved on a 219-212 vote, is expected to increase health coverage for 32 million Americans, according to the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office. The vote split mainly along party lines, with 34 Democrats joining all 178 Republicans in opposition to the bill. Although many of the bill’s provisions will not take effect until

2014, tax credits for small businesses that offer health plans and extended benefits for young adults could come into effect soon. According to Graeme Zielinski, spokesperson for the Democratic Party of Wisconsin, many provisions will take effect immediately. He said one of the immediate provisions allows young adults under 26 to remain under a parent’s health plan. Molly Rivera, chair of UW-Madison College Democrats, said this provision will positively affect college students nationwide. “In the past we haven’t been able to get health coverage in that age group, and now if we don’t get a job health care page 3

District 5 candidates debate county issues By Daniel Tollefson The Daily Cardinal

Two candidates running to represent the heavily student-populated 5th District on the Dane County Board of Supervisors discussed campaign policies at a debate Monday. The debate featured current UW-Madison senior Analiese Eicher and Michael Johnson, a student at Madison Area Technical College. The debate primarily focused on the candidates’ policies on affordable housing, environmental concerns, safety issues and constituent involvement in the board’s decision-making process. According to Johnson, a member of Progressive Dane and the Madison Affirmative Action Commission,

providing affordable housing for the Madison area’s workforce and students is crucial for economic and academic growth. If elected, he said he plans to restart the Dane County Affordable Housing Trust Fund. “The housing rates on campus are relatively a little high for your average UW student,” he said. “We need to continue to maintain that quality of life that people want to live here and want to work here.” To fund the Affordable Housing Trust Fund, Johnson proposed a $10 fee for realtors and buyers and sellers of real estate to avoid increasing taxes on the entire population. According to Eicher, a member of the College Democrats of Wisconsin, cleaning up Madison’s lakes and

waterways should be a top priority. “Our crew team is out there every morning. Hoofers is out there, students doing research are out there,” she said. “Having [the lakes] as a clean, safe place to be is incredibly important.” To fund the proposed clean-up projects, Eicher said she plans to apply for federal and local grant money through the Clean Water Act. She said one possible grant proposal would be for manure digesters that turn food waste into natural gas and methane for sale to Madison Gas and Electric. To promote constituent involvement within Dane debate page 3

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New Gordon Commons approved, Edgewater heard by Plan Commission By Maggie DeGroot The Edgewater project was discussed before the Plan Commission Monday night.

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After receiving initial approval from the Urban Design Commission, representatives of the Edgewater Hotel expansion project faced off with the Plan Commission Monday night in hopes of receiving approval for the redevelopment and construction on the Edgewater. Developer Robert Dunn of Hammes Co. said the company has continued to make changes to the plans in terms of height and overall size. Dunn said the current plans include the building being nine stories tall instead of the previously proposed eight stories. According to Dunn, this would better screen the penthouse. John Martens, a Madison resi-

dent, said he opposes the plans to renovate the Edgewater. “The project is not compatible with the scale of that neighborhood,” he said. Architect Ken Saiki disagreed. “This space could be one of those great spaces and really complete the John Nolen plan for Madison by putting this great open space on the lakefront,” he said. Concerns about noise and light pollution were brought up by some residents of the Mansion Hill area who oppose the plans. Other residents against the plans said the renovated building would not be compatible with the historic nature of Mansion Hill. Ald. Bridget Maniaci, District edgewater page 3

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erin kay van pay hail to the vp Spring break in a tropical or nearly tropical location Reason: Because it fucking rocks. In my suitcase: Flavored condoms, flavored lube, flavored swim suit, 10 pairs of board shorts, 10 bottles of Absolut Vodka, one shirt just in case, khakis for the club, Dunkaroos. Traveling with: Four of my most ballin’ bro-manskis and $100 worth of snacks. Place of residence: Between any pair of legs that open for me and I don’t see a nut sack. Drink of choice: Most delicious and holy Wop. Amount of ass gotten: You have no fucking idea, man. No fucking idea.

Amount of boobs seen: About 32, wait, make that 34. FUCK YEAH! Fucked up: Yessssshir or madammm! Highlight of the trip: Right before the alcohol poisoning took effect, I think there was a balcony, me wearing the top half of a string bikini, a giant, blow-up promotional Jose Cuervo, and something about a taco I kept petting because I mistook it for a small mammal. Spring break at home Reason: I hate myself. In my suitcase: All the laundry I’ve generated since winter break, W-2 forms to work on with Mom, coffee cup infested with mold to see if someone in the house knows how to fix that (Mom), all nine seasons of “Seinfeld” and a fucking PUZZLE of salmon spawning so that I won’t cry myself into a disappointment and subsequent boredom-induced coma, and the

The Dirty Bird

winter coat that I usually store at home during warmer months but will regret wholly and bitterly once I’m back at school. Traveling with: Dan, an awkward conversationalist, possible sex offender and guy I went to high school with but only hung out with once during sophomore year Homecoming dinner, who found out I was riding back home through a poorly filtered Facebook post and then sent me a desperate message about how he has a court date and absolutely needs a ride back, so will I please, please, please bring him, he will pay for gas? Place of residence: Sharing both a room and a full-sized bed with my younger brother Nate, who not only kicks in his sleep but also compulsively masturbates. Drink of choice: There is no choice—Lost Lake is the only beer I will have access to... And I have to make it appear like I haven’t been drinking them or

face the City Brewery Company LLC product-possessive wrath of Dad and/or Uncle Randy. Amount of ass gotten: When I sat on my hands for an hour in order to give myself a “stranger” Amount of boobs seen: Two, and they were my mom’s. WE ARE NOT GETTING INTO THAT, OKAY? Fucked up: Because apparently I don’t know that the stupid fucking gravy boat goes in the china cabinet. We only use that piece of shit like twice a year and for Christ’s sake, I haven’t lived with my parents since before I had nipple hair! Highlight of the trip: Scrabble with Gram Grams. She may be 75, but she’s a hoot and is damn strategic with the placement and timing of her Z words. Where are you going for spring Break, and how does that affect how much your own life is the bane of your existence? You can tell VP all about it at

sex and the student body

Spring break safety tips guaranteed to work! Erica andrist sex columnist


have been asked to put together a spring break safety column as we (well, you, since I will be plunked in Madison the whole time) depart for warm, relaxing locales. With a little help from Colleen Jameson at the “No, Not You” blog, I have assembled this list of spring break sexual assault prevention tips—guaranteed to work! 10. Don’t put drugs in people’s drinks in order to control their behavior. While alcohol itself is the most commonly used date rape drug, any drug with sedative, amnesiac or other incapacitating effects may sometimes be used to assist a rapist in overpowering someone else. If you find yourself contemplating pharmaceutical coercion of another person, remember... 9. If you have sex with someone, make sure he or she is awake! In all 50 states, individuals who are unconscious are considered incapable of giving consent. Whether this unconsciousness results from alcohol, fatigue or your failure to adhere to tip #10, it is now impossible to have consensual sex with this person. Even if this person “consented” immediately before he or she passed out, recall consent may be affirmed or withdrawn at any time. If someone is unconscious, then he or she is not participating in this process. If you engage in sexual activity when someone is not capable of participating in this process, it is called sexual assault. 8. NEVER break open a door or climb through a window uninvited. 7. Be clear and honest about your intentions! Consider telling someone you plan to assault him or her. If you don’t communicate your intentions, the other person may incorrectly believe you do not plan to rape them. Note the verb:

“plan.” Rape is not about uncontrollable sexual impulse, or even about sex, period. According to years of research by David Lisak of UMass–Boston on rape, sexual assault and interpersonal violence, 1 in 16 college men affirmatively answers one or both of the following questions: 1. Have you ever been in a situation where you tried, but for various reasons did not succeed, in having sexual intercourse with an adult by using or threatening to use physical force (twisting their arm, holding them down, etc.) if they did not cooperate? 2. Have you ever had sexual intercourse with someone, even though they did not want to, because they were too intoxicated (on alcohol or drugs) to resist your sexual advances (e.g. removing their clothes)? Of these 1 in 16, the average number of “situations” in which these men had found themselves was 5.8. None of these 1 in 16 are in jail. Nearly all of these 1 in 16 have committed multiple rapes. What this means is: the vast majority of college sexual assaults are not random, innocent misunderstandings. They are not simple unfortunate miscommunications. They are not regrettable one-time mistakes. They are methodical assaults by a small, but extremely active and incredibly damaging group of predators. If you are a member of this group, consider communicating your predatory plans to others so they do not mistake you for a caring friend or respectful human being. 6. USE THE BUDDY SYSTEM! If you cannot be trusted to refrain from assaulting people, ask a friend to stay with you while you are in public. Sexual assault can feel extremely isolating. If you are concerned you may harbor deep-seated power, control and/ or anger issues that lead you to violate the rights of others, seek help from a trusted friend or professional. 5. Stay in well-lit areas! It is important for people to be aware of your presence, especially if you are plan-

ning to attempt to assault them. 4. Be sure not to confuse clothing, solitude, possession of condoms or sexy dance moves with consent! Tight jeans are just jeans. Walking alone is just walking. Carrying condoms is just responsible. Sexy dancing is just dancing. It is very important not to infer anything about someone’s receptivity to sexual intercourse with you based on anything other than a freely given, “Yes, I am receptive to having sexual intercourse with you.” 3. Remember, nothing about your personal character permits you to have sex with someone against his or her will. Of course you’re an excellent student. Of course you do volunteer work. Of course you’re involved in lots of student organizations. Of course you’re active in your church. Of course you’re a great athlete. Of course you are extremely good-looking. Without consent, it’s still called rape. 2. Carry a whistle! If you have a rape whistle with you at all times, you can blow it if you are worried you might assault someone on accident. 1. Do not ever, EVER forget: If you have sex with someone without that someone’s explicit permission—even if that someone has given permission in the past, even if that someone “seemed like they totally wanted it,” even if that someone didn’t “actually” say no—you are committing a crime. That crime is called sexual assault. Erica is a first-year medical student who believes primary prevention of sexual assault is vastly more effective and more important than risk-reduction strategies. Though she has provided all of the commentary for this column, she has borrowed some of the tips from “Sexual Assault Prevention Tips Guaranteed to Work!” at For additional sexual assault resources, check out RAINN or the Rape Crisis Center hotline (608-251-RAPE), or email Erica at with any of your questions.

debate from page 1 County’s 5th District, both candidates said they intend to take steps to increase outreach. Eicher said she plans to maintain a blog and increase overall communication through the Internet and campus newspapers. Johnson said he plans to facilitate constituent involvement by contacting campus organizations and attending meetings, not relying on them to contact him. In a separate interview, Johnson responded to controversial comments he made about the Jewish community on a campus blog two years ago. His comments were first posted in 2008 and have since been brought up by another campus blogger in light of recent campus issues involving anti-Semitism.

health care from page 1 right away we can stay under our parent’s health-insurance plan … I think that’s the biggest provision that will affect people our age,” she said. In January, a new emergency rule in Wisconsin gave individuals up to age 27 the ability to remain on their parent’s insurance. Charles Franklin, UW-Madison political science professor, said it is unlikely any tangible effects of the bill will be evident in the short run. He also said Wisconsin’s high rate of currently insured individuals means Wisconsin may not feel the effects in the way a state with low rates of coverage might. However, Republicans and Democrats across Wisconsin agree the health-care issue will be a rallying point for many candidates going into the 2010 election season. According to Rivera, passage of the bill will be positive for Democratic candidates. “It’s going to be a really big rallying call for us, because it’s a great accomplishment of our party and of our

edgewater from page 1 2, said the project could revitalize the area. “The project has the potential to bring people back into the neighborhood,” she said. Earlier in the meeting, a proposed amendment on the creation of a new Gordon Commons and park area was approved with little debate. The project would involve the demolition of the existing Gordon Commons. The new Gordon Commons

Johnson said he has deep regret for the “insensitive and hurtful” comments and said he hopes to move on to further build a unified and stronger campus community. He said the comments are not representative of who he is today or what he stands for. “Definitely, relationships will have to be mended, and trust will have to be re-established,” he said. “But it’s something I can work toward.” The debate was sponsored by the Associated Students of Madison’s Legislative Affairs Committee, The Daily Cardinal, The Badger Herald, WSUM and the Wisconsin Union Directorate’s Society and Politics Committee. Elections for the Dane County Board of Supervisors will be held Tuesday, April 6. country,” she said. Kristin Ruesch, communications director of the Republican Party of Wisconsin, said she expects backlash against the bill from voters in November. She said the legislation is “partisan” and “flawed.” “So far the only bipartisanship on the bill has been opposition,” she said. “[Democrats] weren’t listening to the American people when they passed [the bill]. So, are people still going to be upset that their Democrat representatives didn’t listen to their voice when they were calling out? Yeah, absolutely. People are still going to be thinking about this in November.” Franklin said he thinks health care will continue to be a hot-button campaign issue but said the debate will likely be more about the “ideological and symbolic elements of it” rather than the bill’s actual effects. “I do think we will hear campaignrelated messages about health insurance, both pro and con,” he said. “I just don’t think it will be very tied to any tangible impacts here [in Wisconsin] or probably elsewhere.” and open green space will be constructed at 717 W. Johnson St., the previous site of Ogg Residence Hall. Gary Brown, director of the Office of Planning and Landscape Architecture at UW-Madison Facilities Planning and Management, gave an overview of the project at the meeting specifying the location and various design features of the new facility. “We have tried to enhance the overall design of the current space,” Brown said.

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Chancellor Martin to visit several Chinese universities Chancellor Biddy Martin will travel to China this week to promote international research partnerships and increase UW-Madison’s overall presence in China. According to a release, Martin and university representatives will leave later this week from Madison to visit Beijing, Tianjin, Hangzhou and Shanghai.

The group will visit Chinese universities in each city with the goal of forming bonds with UW-Madison’s partner schools. More than 1,200 Chinese students attend UW-Madison, according to the release. Martin will visit families of prospective students and parents of current students. “Anyone who follows the news

knows that China becomes more and more important with each passing day,” Martin said in a statement. “My goal is to ensure that engagement by our state and university continues to be both deep and meaningful.” The group also plans to meet with Chinese business leaders to share UW-Madison’s green technology and biotechnology research, the release said.

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Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Editorial Cartoon

By John Liesveld

Library snag may mean opportunity KATHY DITTRICH opinion columnist

P view Cardinal View editorials represent The Daily Cardinal’s organizational opinion. Each editorial is crafted independent of news coverage.

mystery of the missing contracts


isconsin’s Sunshine Act might as well be a legislative call for spring to come early. Enacted in 2005 in the spirit of a more transparent government, the bill mandated that all state contracts greater than $10,000 be posted to a centralized website. Four years later, that admirable piece of legislation has turned out to be a toothless joke.

According to the Pew Center on the States, at least 20 states have enacted similar legislation in the last decade. However, while residents in Kentucky and Texas can quickly search through comprehensive websites designated for state contract perusal, in Wisconsin only 14 out of 98 state agencies listed on its website, http://sunshine.sundialsc. com, contain even one contract.

Overall, approximately 1,400 contracts have been posted to the website between 2005 and 2010. Of those, about 80 percent came strictly from the Department of Transportation, which appears to be one of the few agencies even attempting full compliance, while only 55 contracts have been posted to the site in 2010. Most shocking of all, the entire UW System hasn’t posted a single contract to the website since its inception because of incompatible software. Considering the System has come under fire just this school year for its $81 million IT contract with Huron Consulting Group and the controversial contract to relocate Brothers Bar and Grill, UW students clearly deserve access to these contracts. To be fair, UW-Madison’s website currently lists some 300 contracts. To put this in perspective, UW System Spokesperson David Giroux said that for the UW System to completely comply with the law, it would have to plug in data for roughly 41,000 contracts. As justification, Giroux recently said posting to Wisconsin’s “Contract Sunshine” website was impractical because it required state agencies to manually input data about each contract, to make information like total cost and parties involved easily discernible. Part of the problem, according to Government Accountability Board Spokesperson Reid Magney, is that the original legislation had no enforcement mechanism whatsoever. Additionally, Magney said that the website—which looks to have been slapped together by someone whose web design skills do not exceed the first five minutes of an HTML tutorial—has gone without an official coordinator for much of its existence. We believe that UW-Madison students and residents have the right to know how their university and state are spending their tuition and tax dollars. Instead of forcing state agencies to pour resources into data entry, the state should focus on reformatting its centralized website to make it more user-friendly, and in the short term, allow agencies to simply post their contracts to the website.

lans for a new Central Library were altered last week when Mayor Dave Cieslewicz and Fiore Companies called it quits over negotiations concerning construction of the new building downtown. But even the disappointed must be breathing a sigh of relief now that all the uncertainty surrounding the future of the Central Library is finally over. There is no more worrying to be done regarding the location or architecture of a building, the costs of a construction company or developer, or role of public works and the taxpayer’s dollar. In fact, one could say that new life has been breathed into a project bogged down for two years with red tape and planning. It was two years ago, in the spring of 2008, that the Library Board voted to issue a Request for Proposals for a new Central Library. And it’s hard to believe, but it was just this past fall that a new downtown library seemed to be guaranteed. Even Mayor Dave could barely contain his excitement and expectation for a new library in a Nov. 11 blog post titled “Book It.” “I never expected back in August when I made the decision to try for this in my capital budget, that the new library would be approved with so little contentiousness in the end,” wrote Cieslewicz. “That’s owed in large part to the Madison Library Board and Foundation and to the Fiore Company, the library developer, for laying such a strong foundation for the project.” The question many are asking is, “What happened?” But the Mayor’s blog suggests that this is something the Mayor does not want to dwell on. “It was a complex proposal from the start with lots of moving parts. In the end, we just couldn’t reach agreement.” The Mayor is pointing out the fact that what is done is done. Apparently he and the Fiore Company have moved on, and so should we. Madison could and perhaps should be happy the plans with

Fiore fell through. It is more economically and environmentally beneficial to revamp the existing building. Despite the supposed letdown, Mayor Dave sounds optimistic that plans to renovate the library will be well received at City Hall, saying in a recent blog post, “My initial discussions with alders have been very positive on the reconstruction.” If there is one thing most Madisonians agree on, it is that downtown Madison and the South Central Library System are in need of an efficient and modern keystone library. This dream could be a reality now that some more of the red tape barring progress on the library project has been peeled away. A new downtown library has been long, long overdue, and in light of the dissolution of negotiations with Fiore Company the city should move ahead with the plan to renovate the existing Central Library structure. Frankly, it is somewhat surprising that renovation was not the city’s first choice. As previously stated, remodeling and working with the existing building will be cheaper (to the tune of $10 million) and greener, making this choice seem more attractive to the fiscally conservative and environmentally conscious alike. I have to say annoyed as I am about the duration of this library planning I like this renovation idea better. The city was smart to not have placed all their eggs in one basket. The Central Library back-up plan exists and the city should get going on the remodeling without further delay. I second the Mayor in his plea that time not be wasted in looking for other locations. Two years have been spent discussing locations, designs and budgets. Sooner or later, the talking must end. Future generations will not be able to appreciate or benefit from the Common Council’s notable decision to fund construction of a public library. Here’s to hoping the end of negotiations with Fiore Company is really a blessing in disguise. Kathy Dittrich is a senior majoring in English and French. Please send all feedback to


District 5 candidate responds to criticism of comments To the Madison and campus community: Recently, insensitive comments that I made two years ago concerning Jewish students have been discussed by both The Daily Cardinal and Badger Herald in relation to my current campaign. I know that words don’t have to have malicious intent to have malicious effects upon people. Sadly, those comments are mine and I own them. They don’t reflect on anyone or anything except my own poor judgment in using those words. I made them and I apologize in no uncertain terms because they were deplorable, offensive, and hurtful to the personal histories and struggles of many of my fellow students. As someone who has worked to defend and protect the histories and struggles of this diverse com-

munity of ours, I failed to take the things I had learned in my experiences and apply them to those of others, whom I had considerably less experience working with. However, let me be clear; I am in no way anti-Semitic. It saddens me greatly what my fellow students who are Jewish and their families have been through, and have always stood in solidarity against the threats that they face from those who wish to erase their history of struggle. No matter our differences, we share a common bond; that we call this small world of Madison home, and that it should always be a safe space where everyone can live and learn. Together. Michael Johnson District 5 County Board Candidate

arts Mixtapes make music more accessible



t the crux of his recent resurgence, Nas released Hip Hop is Dead, a strong, surprisingly production-focused record from the rapper attributed as one of the ones responsible for spurring the formation of east-coast rap. To put it simply, he’s been around the block, which allowed him to pull off the stale angle. Every year there are rappers who try to make a splash in the rap game by declaring that their art form is dead, but not to worry: They are ready to resurrect it right before our very ears. This has become a novelty motif at a point where artists are having a hard time achieving longevity unless they have a specific angle to lend them credibility—basically drugs, crime, misogyny, rags to riches, etc. However, there is a new reason why this motif is still just that, a motif, and not valid as a declarative. That reason also serves as the newest, massively successful motif in its own right: mixtape prowess.

Declaring rap deceased is, and really always has been, a cry for attention and a cohesive theme, nothing more.

On the surface, contemporary claims that “hip hop is dead” may seem lik an apt assessment with mainstream hip hop spiraling further from reason. And if you look at the diminishing number of record labels willing to keep rappers in the mix, you’ll see that old rappers are left at large labels where their names carry irrefutable credibility (Def Jam, Roc-a-Fella, etc.) and underground rappers dabble in specialized labels. Rap-a-lot finds quality southern flavor and Rhymesayers remains dependable, even though their only real rap release this year is Freeway and Jake One’s The Stimulus Package. Overall, though, labels are simply not in demand among new rappers looking to get noticed.

On the surface, contemporary claims that “hip hop is dead” may seem an apt assessment with mainstream hip hop spiraling further from reason.

Last year said a lot about the state of rap to indicate this shift. Aside from the fact that Mos Def and Raekwon— both old, very reliable artists—released stellar studio albums, mixtapes dominated the landscape both directly and indirectly, effectively taking over the scene. Indirectly, the format was highlighted by Wale’s attempt to cross over from his status as master of the mixtape, where he cued impressive thematically cohesive albums such as The Mixtape About Nothing and Back to the Feature, to studio-tamed rapper, which was anything but flattering for a man who has already proven he can spit with the best. Studio conventions, and the over-articulated production that tends to accompany them, usually don’t mix with rappers used to the more laidback approach of a mixtape.

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And with today’s technology, mixtape production by no means needs to lack the swagger and style of studio icons from Kanye to RZA. The ideal example of this comes from last year’s most striking direct example of how mixtapes can carry critical weight: Freddie Gibbs. The one-time victim of label politics, Gibbs got back into the game in a big way last year with two mixtapes, The Miseducation of Freddie Gibbs and Midwestgangstaboxframecadillacmuzik, and received recognition from critical sources spanning from Pitchfork to the New Yorker. They represent the potential that personal websites, MySpace and compilers like Datpiff have to spread these releases—which are cheap enough for anybody to partake in— without the assistance of a label or costly marketing. Effectively eliminating costs and hassles over image and crude language, mixtapes are released daily with notable names like Bun B and Lil’ Wayne continuing to lend further credibility to the medium. Declaring rap deceased is, and real-




With hip hop record labels losing credibility, mixtapes are a great way for artists to branch out from traditional hip hop. Freddie Gibs released two mixtapes last year that demonstrated the weight mixtapes can have. ly always has been, a cry for attention founded hip-hop culture and its key the claims declaring the industry dead and a cohesive theme, nothing more. elements—to support claims of hip that are failing to advance its cause. And the evidence is stronger than hop being more accessible and ingeDo you prefer studio albums to ever—at heart, mixtapes represent nious through the more direct mixtape mixtapes? Explain why to Justin at very do-it-yourself creative aspect that medium. Predictably, it turns out it’s

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"Buzz. Your girlfriend. Woof."

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Today’s Sudoku

The Swell Shark, found in New Zealand, barks like a dog.

Evil Bird

By Caitlin Kirihara

© Puzzles by Pappocom

Ludicrous Linguistics

By Celia Donnelly

Solution, tips and computer program available at

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

The Graph Giraffe Classic


By Yosef Lerner


Today’s Crossword Puzzle


Charlie and Boomer

By Patrick Remington

By Natasha Soglin

Answer key available at HAVE IT YOUR WAY

ACROSS 1 Is inquisitive 5 Chick’s pronouncement 9 White-flag waver’s desire 14 City with a high divorce rate? 15 The “A” in A.D. 16 From the boondocks 17 Bedouin bigwig (Var.) 18 Defeat narrowly 19 Madagascar primate 20 “Hush!” 23 Use a whetstone on 24 Faux finish? 25 Fictional works 28 Old Chinese money 30 Green target 33 Vertically, in nautical talk 34 “It Must Be Him” singer Vikki 35 River in Donegal 36 “Don’t be rude!” 39 Genesis grandchild 40 VIP section? 41 Give access to 42 J.F.K. or F.D.R., partywise 43 ___ listening (radio format) 44 Moves stealthily

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DOWN 1 Graceful equine 2 Conductor’s opening? 3 Make bootees, e.g. 4 Poor losers 5 Metrical feet 6 Provide, as with a quality 7 Bridge bldr. 8 Coffeehouse attraction, maybe 9 Having three parts 10 Ladder components 11 Language in Pakistan 12 Have concern 13 One of the NFL Mannings

21 Like some tempera paints 22 “Tosca” or “Thais,” e.g. 25 Dubbed 26 Make one’s views known 27 Gila monster’s delivery 28 Dawdle 29 It holds a lot of companies 30 ___ brulee (custard with a crust) 31 Tear open, as seams 32 Rats, gnats, etc. 34 “The Hustler” props 35 Lovable 37 Egg-producing organ 38 Prefix meaning “drug-related” 43 Down-producing ducks 44 Cling 45 Frozen downpour 46 Sound of old floorboards 47 Dance with a story 48 Elects (to) 49 “Sure, why not?” 50 Reverse an action 51 Greek colonnade 52 Eggshell shade 53 Fish of the herring family 54 Will Smith’s music

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By Derek Sandberg

featureslife&style Stock the fridge for creative cooking

By Alec Walker The Daily Cardinal

With the recent surge in popularity of heat-and-serve meals and premixed seasoning packets, many who cook simply never learn how to flavor their culinary creations. What were once common natural ingredients have given way to chemicals such as monosodium glutamate, maltodextrin and yellow #5, which now contaminate the majority of boxed meals that crowd the shelves of local supermarkets. To a discriminating diner, these seasonings add little in the way of palatal satisfaction and present few, if any, health benefits. Therefore, it may be a good idea to avoid any food product that comes pre-seasoned in favor of a few bunches of herbs and jars of dried spices on your next trip to the grocery store. Perhaps the most widely used herb across the globe, garlic provides a pungent yet familiar flavor to cuisines ranging from North African to Southeast Asian. Although it comes pre-minced in jars, frozen in cubes and freeze-dried in vials, garlic reveals its best flavor when used fresh. However, powdered garlic presents a viable flavoring option in a pinch—especially when sprinkled on nachos, combined with other spices in dry marinades or added to a simmering pot of spaghetti.

Two herbs essential to a plethora of dishes are basil and oregano. These savory spices work splendidly in their dried form, but carry dishes to a completely different level when used fresh. Chopped basil and oregano enhance everything from pasta salads to omelets, grilled salmon and hearty stews. In lieu of purchasing these spices dried, try planting a windowsill herb garden or a small plot in a sunny corner of the yard. As you become more creative and globally minded in your cooking endeavors, start experimenting with dried spices like cumin, coriander and curry, as well as paprika, thyme and ginger root. The most practical places to purchase these spices in Madison include Whole Foods on University Avenue, Woodman’s on the west side and any of the small ethnic groceries like Mercado Merimar or Asian Midway Market on South Park. Whole Foods boasts a bulk spice section—where one can purchase spices by weight—while Woodman’s and smaller markets sell a variety of inexpensive dried spices in their produce sections. In addition to herbs and dried spices, olive oil is a culinary entity often overlooked by the common cook. From vinaigrettes to vegetable sautés, olive oil adds a subtle yet irreplaceable zest to almost any dish. Use caution when purchasing olive

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A well prepared cook employs a heavy arsenal of spices, herbs and other flavors to make good dishes better. oil, because all oils are not created equal— quality counterparts. or, rather, processed equally. The highRemember the three tenets of creative est quality multi-purpose oils are labeled cooking: When possible, choose fresh over “extra virgin, first cold pressed.” Although dried herbs and spices; when cooking, use these sport a significantly higher price quality olive oil; and unless you find yourself tag, extra virgin olive oil provides a much camping, please do not buy any “food” that richer and smoother flavor than its lower advertises the need to “just add water.”

Facial recognition application for friends or stalkers? By Stephanie Rywak The Daily Cardinal

In the world of Facebook, Twitter and Flikr, Polar Rose’s facial recognition software seems a logical step in our currently hyper-connected and speed-obsessed reality. Created in 2004 by Jan Erik Solem, the software analyzes digital images and videos, then sorts, searches and shares digital media based on their content. More importantly, as a result of its face-detection algorithms, the computer vision technology can identify anybody in a given photo. The Swedish company The Astonishing Tribe (TAT) is taking facial recognition tech-

nology to the next level trough Recognizr, an application for Android phones. It promises a completely revolutionized reality through identification via cell phone camera. The software only requires a 5-megapixel photograph in order to function properly. Because the product has yet to hit the market, many speculate about the exact functionality of the application. There seem to be two camps debating the validity of facial recognition software. The first tends to believe increased connectivity between peers and acquaintances will become a reality, eliminating the concept of being a stranger. The second,

What’s in the fridge: Beef & Bleu Cheese + March Appetizer Madness This week’s video: Beef & Bleu During the past few episodes of “What’s in the Fridge” embarked on a culinary journey across sunny, southern Italy and windswept, western France, so I decided to bring my recipes for this week a little closer to home. Combining Wisconsin’s three favorite food groups­—beef, cheese and beer—I crafted a rather elegant sandwich. After hours of arduous battling with a beef tenderloin, a pound of bleu cheese and a host of other equally ferocious ingredients, one clear winner clawed its way onto my anxiously awaiting platter. Two thickly cut slices of sourdough led the victory march, followed closely by a mountain of braised beef, a stack of sautéed mushrooms and onions and a smattering of scrumptious blue cheese dressing. Boldly daring to venture where few side dishes have gone before, a heap of spicy sweet potato oven-fries and a crunchy tossed salad stood tall next to this looming giant of a sandwich. An ice-cold malty beverage rounded out the meal perfectly. Unlatch your belts, drop the fork and knife and dig in! —Alec Walker Check out Alec’s March Madness appetizer recipes online. See for details, recipes and pictures, and as always, cook creatively!

far more cynical, consider themselves privacy advocates and believe the application is Christmas-come-early for stalker-types. The application could also have huge repercussions for the job market, giving potential employers a host of information that applicants would rather keep hidden. Possibly harmful (and inconsequential) information could disqualify perfectly qualified candidates. Putting facial recognition software in a stranger’s hands could create the possibility of serious damage to one’s image, safety and even career. And what about our right to privacy? Google’s prototype software Google

Goggles used recognition software to identify objects and buildings. In lieu of this general intrusion into private lives and unpopularity, Google disabled the feature before it was launched. It is possible that the Recognizr application will elicit an even more vehement response. Many people believe that the right to privacy is one of our constitutional rights, creating a wall between private and public life. These questions will become more important as Recognizr and other facial recognition programs move to other platforms and become more accessible to the public and more pertinent to daily life.

New Beer Tuesday New Blegium Brewing Co. Ranger IPA India Pale Ales can be intimidating to the hophobic, but New Belgium Brewery’s Ranger IPA is inviting and refreshing. Lacking the bitter overly hopped smack stronger IPAs may wallop the Ranger is nicely herbal, offering a wildly floral bouquet. Poured in a chilled pint glass, the beer develops a substantial, lasting head. As the suds crash against the tongue, a pleasant citrus taste overtakes the mouth. The packaging complements the beer’s subtle robustness. With three pounds of hops per barrel, a seasoned drinker would expect a more intense flavor profile, but the brewmaster’s skill shines though with a joyous malty finish. Four hop additions of Simcoe, Chinook or Cascade result in a delightful medley. The beer’s smooth taste deceptively

masks its hefty alcohol content (6.5% ABV). The New Beer Board’s expert palates could barely detect the hidden hooch, though our reddened cheeks may have shown otherwise. Overall, the Ranger is a welcome addition to New Belgium’s consistently solid lineup. The Colorado brewery has yet to produce an underwhelming brew, and this one is no exception. It tastes great and is approachable for even the most hop-sensitive imbibers. Best enjoyed when: You want a strong, tasty beer you can sip on as you watch the sun setting over water. Best served: In a chilled pint glass poured from a bottle or on draught.

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Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Men’s Tennis

Illinois squeaks by Wisconsin in opener


The Wisconsin men’s tennis team suffered its first loss of the conference season in Sunday’s opener at the hands of No. 11 Illinois in a heartwrenching 4-3 decision. The rivalry came down to the No. 2 and 3 positions, both mustwins for the No. 34 Badgers (0-1 Big Ten, 10-5 overall) who trailed the Illini (2-0 Big Ten, 10-5 overall), 2-3. Senior No. 13 Moritz Baumann faltered first, unable to recover from a shaky second set tiebreak. Illinois’ No. 64 senior Marek

Czerwinski broke the Badgers in the first game of the third set and maintained control until the final result, wrestling away another break of serve to win 4-6, 7-6(3), 6-3. At No. 3, sophomore No. 116 Patrick Pohlmann played on and pulled through his third-set tiebreak. “It was really intense, I really wanted to win, and yeah, I showed my emotions,” Pohlmann said. “In the tiebreak it’s almost like a lottery, so you just have to go from point to point. In the end, I was the more lucky guy.” But Pohlmann’s 6-4, 4-6, 7-6(5)


Senior Moritz Baumann dropped a critical singles match, as UW fell to Illinois on Sunday, 4-3.

Men’s Hockey

Badgers earn No. 1 seed in NCAA Tournament Rivalry aside, the Twin Cities might be starting to feel a lot like home for the Wisconsin men’s hockey team. The Badgers learned Sunday that they would be the top seed in the West Regional, hosted at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minn. This marks the third time in the last four weekends that the Badgers will play in the metropolitan area, and the second straight at the Xcel. Wisconsin’s first round draw is the fourth-seeded Catamounts of Vermont. Vermont finished the season 17-14-7 overall and 9-11-7 in Hockey East action. Despite the rather pedestrian record, Vermont jumped from No. 19 to No. 14 after defeating New Hampshire

in the Hockey East quarterfinals, and had a strong enough Pairwise ranking to make the tournament. Senior forward Brayden Irwin led the Catamounts in both goals (15) and assists (19). The winner of this matchup will meet the winner of the contest between No. 2 seed St. Cloud State the No. 3-seeded Northern Michigan Wildcats. The WCHA is well represented in the NCAA tournament this year, as Denver and North Dakota are also in the field. Denver is the top seed in the East regional and will face RIT in the first round. North Dakota is the No. 2 seed in the Northeast regional and will face Yale in the first round. —Parker Gabriel

UW in recent NCAA Tournaments 2008 Badgers snuck in with an at-large bid as a No. 3 seed and were fortunate enough to play in Madison in the regional round. UW clobbered Denver 6-2, but lost a heartbreaker to No. 1 seed North Dakota in overtime, narrowly missing a trip to the Frozen Four. 2006 As a No. 1 seed, UW dispatched Bemidji State in the opening round in Green Bay, then outlasted Cornell in an unforgettable triple-overtime thriller, 1-0. At the Frozen Four in Milwaukee, the Badgers down Maine before defeating BC, 2-1, to win the national championship.

closing was too little, too late for the Badgers, who lost the match and any dreams of an opening upset 3-4, a bitter result for the program. “I was really disappointed we didn’t close out matches,” head coach Greg Van Emburgh said. “Hats off to [Illinois]. They played a good match, and they found ways to dig a little deeper today in third sets and get the wins.” And it was third-set opportunities that seemed to make all the difference in singles play. The Badgers earned a promising four first sets over Illini opponents, but only No. 25 junior Marek Michalicka was able to follow that with a second-set win. He took advantage of both of his break opportunities to roll through his first, 6-2, but was less efficient in his second, passing up two match points before sealing the deal, 7-5. “I missed the return. I felt like it was a pretty easy ball for me,” Michalicka said about watching his second chance to close whiz by. “That’s how it is. You win a point, you lose a point, and you just always find a way to come back.” Illinois cleaned up on the back three positions, forcing the match on Baumann and Pohlmann’s shoulders, a difficult position from which to play or to watch. “When I watched Patrick or Moritz, I was so nervous,” Michalicka said. “I was more nervous than if I had played the match.” Despite the fight from both sides, Pohlmann was the only Badger to come out of his three-set singles marathon on top. “It was pretty unlucky that we lost three out of our four, three-set


Sophomore Patrick Pohlmann took care of his singles match, but it was not enough to guide Wisconsin to victory. matches,” he said. “In tennis it’s all about confidence, so we’ve got to close up the matches by showing more confidence.” The confidence was there for the Badgers before singles play, however, starting the day with doubles wins at No. 2 and then No. 1, where Van Emburgh resurrected the once No. 3 tandem of Baumann and Michalicka. The aggressive pair earned 10 break opportunities against the No. 68 pair of Czerwinski and freshman Stephen Hoh. Despite only converting on

two, it was enough to down the Illini 8-4 and edge out the early lead. The final loss was devastating, but the conference is far from decided and the Badgers are ready to get back in the mix. “You have to make sure that you do everything right, the right way, and get us ready for the Indiana match,” Michalicka said. “We can learn a lot form this match today. It shouldn’t happen against Indiana,” Pohlmann said. “Just go match by match.”


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