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Students celebrate the Natatorium referendum results Wednesday.

ASM announces 17th session student council The Associated Students of Madison announced the members of the 17th student council session Wednesday, after the student body voted April 12-14. The election resulted in a small turnover from the 16th session, as several current members of ASM Student Council earned seats, including current Chair Tyler Junger, Vice Chair

Tom Templeton and Student Services Finance Chair Brandon Williams. Madison People Organizing for Wisconsin Educational Rights, a slate of ASM candidates who organized to address several issues relating to higher education, had 10 members elected out of three open posiasm page 3

With a record turnout, UW-Madison students voted against raising student-segregated fees to fund the proposed renovations for the Natatorium. The referendum failed 8,616 to 5,311, with a record 34.5 percent of the student body turning out to vote, according to an Associated Students of Madison press release. The proposal, which included renovations to the Natatorium’s weight and cardio rooms, as well as adding new basketball courts, a turf field and a running track, would have been funded partly by an increase in student segregated fees by about $54 a semester. Peter Rickman, co-president of the Teaching Assistants’ Association and member of No New Seg Fees—the organization pushing for students to vote down the Natatoriums referendum—said he was thrilled with the results. He said he feels the voter turnout shows that students care about the rising cost of education.

“Tonight’s results demonstrated going to have to step up and make what we’ve been saying all along, an investment for the future,” he and that’s that students don’t want said. new segregated fees,” he said. “We Although members of NatUp can’t afford new segregated fees at said they were disappointed with a time when our university needs the results, Jen Werwie, a first-year to be prioritizing its core education graduate student and NatUp memand academic mission.” elections page 3 Mike Bernatz, president of Yes (5311) No (8616) NatUp, the Student Vote 38.90% 61.10% group that Nat Referendum Voting Results pushed for the Natatorium renovations to 61.10% pass, said he believes students made the wrong decision 38.90% in this referendum. “In the next few years as these facilities continue to go u n a d d re s s e d and continue to get worse, people will realYes (5311) No (8616) ize that at some Graph by Natasha Soglin/the daily cardinal point someone’s Percentage of Vote

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Mifflin Street Block Party, Library plans considered at neighborhood meeting

Preparing for Mifflin 2010

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Permits for Mifflin Street Block Party poised for approval By Dan Tollefson The Daily Cardinal

The Madison Street Use Staff Commission discussed approving the permit for the annual Mifflin Street Block Party Monday. DCNY Pro, which sponsored the party in 2009 with the help of WSUM Student Radio, addressed the commission to review details of its street use application for the upcoming event this year. In its permit application, DCNY Pro presented an official event schedule, map and security plan. The commission also reviewed vending, traffic

and clean-up operations for the party. The party, which will be held Saturday, May 1 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., stretches from the 400 to 600 blocks of West Mifflin Street in addition to the 10 to 100 blocks of North Bassett Street and Bedford Street. In addition to the DJ stage introduced last year, this year’s event will also host another stage for live music from local artists. A new beer garden will also appear on the 400 block of West Mifflin Street to sell alcohol to partygoers over the age of 21. Cpt. Mary Schauf, Police Captain of the Madison Central District,

attended the meeting to offer insight into police presence at the party. Outside of minor scheduling changes, Schauf outlined plans for parking and security enforcement while the streets remain closed off. Last year, arrests and citations at the party dropped dramatically from previous years. According to Ald. Mike Verveer, District 4, most arrests in years prior resulted from open intoxicants, he said. Police seemed more accomodating in 2009 due to the official permits page 3

The Mifflin Street Block Party and Central Library plans were discussed Wednesday during the West Mifflin Street Neighborhood meeting. The city’s Common Council already approved two sponsors for the block party, as well as plans to block off Mifflin Street. Local music company DCNY Pro will accompany the UW-Madison’s own radio station WSUM as the sponsors. Among the two sponsors of the party, the plans also include implementing a beer garden on a former Planned Parenthood site. “This will cut down on the people filling the streets with no place to go,” said Ald. Mike Verveer, District 4. “It also opens up a location to legally consume beer; you won’t have to literally be in a house or a yard to drink.” Plans on the renovation of a new Central Library were also discussed during the meeting. The current plan is to remove everything out of the current library and remodel it on the same site, temporarily moving the circulation and books. Although the library board unanimously voted to accept Mayor Dave Cieslewicz’s earlier plan to build a totally new library, the

proposal failed. “I feel very disappointed and let down,” Verveer said. “I was looking forward to a beautiful new structure on West Mifflin Street, but in reality I just don’t think it’s going to happen.” Verveer said the deterioration of the structure of the existing building is an issue, along with possible complications of the temporary move. “What the public doesn’t see in this building is more important than what they do see,” Verveer said, and said the falling plaster in the bathrooms was a “possible catastrophe’’ if the city waits much longer to go into construction. The Madison Plan Commission has already interviewed ten potential architects for the site, with the possible new structure occurring in one year. Also discussed at the meeting was the demolition of the former Plant Parenthood building, which will be replaced with a 33-unit apartment structure. A representative of the aparments, Jerry Connoly, said they do not own the building yet, and are in the initial stages of planning. The neighborhood group proposed having another meeting with renderings of the prospective apartment during the first week in May.

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jon spike academic misjonduct Jocker Spaniel This breed is distinguished by its fine coat of sweatpants bearing the dog’s name and number, as well as a flock of female dogs (bitches, if you will) following it around campus. This dog enjoys travelling via moped, and often believes that its feces does not stink. The Jocker Spaniel is an incredibly athletic dog, but it often wastes its potential by drinking too much water and urinating itself in front of the police. English Sleepdog This breed can be distinguished in the lecture hall by its long, greasy hair, distinct body odor and penchant for falling asleep and snoring loudly in the middle of class, much to the chagrin of the other breeds near it. This breed is generally a loner, as its complete lack of social skills and poor hygiene scares even the most persistent butt-smelling breeds. It should be fed a steady diet of hot pockets and kept away from female breeds at all times. Bassett Street Hound This breed typically likes to live

with five to seven other hounds in a beat-up house-turned-apartment, especially if the apartment smells vaguely of vomit and urine. This breed’s hair is shaggy, unkempt and often has bits of food stuck in it. The breed likes to take short walks to the Echo Tap, where urinating indoors is acceptable and encouraged. Beware of inviting this breed to any parties.

perfect class attendance and semester grades. This breed always stays in its dorm on weekends and takes only short walks to the nearest library. The Saintly Barnard also tends to be the favorite breed of TAs because of its excellent participation in discussion groups. The breed was named for its “perfect” behavior in the dorm, where it often lives on campus.

Sororian Husky This breed is always groomed extensively and takes great pride in its coat. This particular breed also comes highly accessorized by its owners. Sororian Huskies may become aggressive and growl if any other breed tries to take the seat next to them in a lecture hall, as that seat is saved for the husky’s large purse and Blackberry. Sororian Huskies somehow do not poop.

Frat Terrier This breed is easy to pick out due to the symbols on its coat, as well as its very loud and raucous behavior regardless of the social situation. This breed is not easily housebroken, so be prepared for many accidents inside. The Frat Terrier will do whatever it takes to hump any other breed, especially Sororian Huskies, so owners should make sure to get it neutered very young. Seriously, do it immediately. For all of us.

Poodler This breed is noted by its tendency to completely zone out in lectures and carve intricate designs into the wooden seat in front of it. The Poodler is also characterized by its absurd coat, horrible semester grades and embarrassment the breed causes its parents. Do not associate with the Poodler if at all possible. Saintly Barnard This breed is distinguished by its almost disgusting work ethic and

Potweiler This breed is noted by its red eyes, relaxed attitude, laziness and distinct smell of smoke and Funyuns. Strangely enough, the Potweiler likes to be fed large amounts of food right around or after 4:20. The Potweiler loves to play catch with the frisbee, and many veterinarians believe the Potweiler would love to play Ultimate Frisbee if the breed had opposable thumbs. Instead of barking, the Potweiler just says “man” a lot and mumbles.

Great Dayne This breed lives in Madison, gets showered with praise and awards, then flames out once it moves to New York. The breed then brings up how it won the Heisman in the Puppy Bowl that one time, but no one listens. O Chem Labrador Re-Taker This breed is noted for its refusal to accept that Organic Chemistry is impossible. Despite all of the other breeds explaining to it that O Chem is horrific and will eat your soul, the Labrador Re-Taker will still sign up next fall and fail all over again. This breed is known for tearing up lab reports in frustration and leaving them in pieces all over the floor. Froshund The Froshund is known for its comical appearance, absentminded nature and tendency to drink too much water and make a fool of itself in front of the other breeds. The Froshund, like the Frat Terrier, will do anything to hump other breeds and should be hit often with a rolled-up newspaper. This breed likes to travel in packs to parties on Friday and Saturday nights, where it will look for large drinking bowls and more breeds to hopefully hump on the dance floor. Did Jon forget any breeds in his breakdown of the UW-Madison campus? Let him know at

New Beer Thursday Oskar Blues Brewery Rocky Mountain Pale Ale Oskar Blues Brewery’s American pale ale had us guessing all sorts of wrong. Dale’s Pale Ale, as it’s known, hales from Lyon, Colorado. It comes in a can, draped in red, white and blue with hint of Buffalo Bill Cody on the label. We always knew we weren’t supposed to judge a book by its cover, lest we be humiliated, but we couldn’t help ourselves; Dale’s Pale Ale looked like a great American train wreck. All those preconceived notions changed upon first pour. Where to start with such a

conscientious beer? It pours a wonderful, vibrant amber color, alluding to the floral flavors to come. Dale’s is pleasantly effervescent, contributing to a solid head that reverently laces the side of the glass throughout the drinking experience. The flavor holds its own with other pale ale’s of the American tradition, similar to that of New Belgium’s Ranger or Goose Island’s new Green Line APA. Dale’s has a nice bitter flavor because the hops play a complimentary role rather than a dominant one. Pale ales

are supposed to be served at colder temperatures, and this is no exception. While imbibing, the inert flavors establish themselves, ardently spreading out over the pallet. A relatively alcoholic beer, 6.5 percent ABV, the alcohol does nothing to impinge on the taste, letting the nice citrus undertones assert themselves. The only drawback is the price. At $8.99, Dale’s is not a steal, especially when compared to cheaper APA’s. This beer is not meant to sit still, and that’s why it comes in cans. Dale’s knows it’s everything an APA is supposed to be and a little bit more. It’s secure with its identity, because it is a damn good beer, so it forgoes bottles for cans. It seems to be taunting drinkers to rethink their drinking experience. Is Dale’s a great brew to drink at home? Yes, but it’s probably even better to drink while exploring the American frontier. Best served: Cold, straight from the can. Best enjoyed: At a party where you do not want to seem pretentious with your beer choice.

Oskar Blues Brewery Rocky Mountain Pale Ale Price: $8.99 ABV: 6.5%


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tions to next year’s student council, according to MPOWER organizer Maxwell Love. “This sends a statement that students care about increased transparency and student issues,” he said. Love said he hopes the members of MPOWER can increase the student input next year on these issues, such as higher education costs and campus safety. Members of the 17th session will meet May 1 to vote for the ASM chair, vice chair and secretary.

sanctioning and sponsorship of the event, something that had been absent recently. “It went extremely well with the partnership last year,” he said. Verveer and DCNY Pro intend to meet with Mifflin neighborhood residents in the last week of April to facilitate discussion between residents, police and organizers as the party approaches. Members of the Street Use Staff Commission said they plan to grant the permit as soon as the certificate of insurance quotation has been approved.

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Sex Out Loud’s 7 Sexiest Sex Out Loud’s 7 Sexiest seeks to showcase a variety of sexy students in celebration of Sexual Health Week, which runs from April 12-17. These students have been nominated by their peers as exemplars of the wide range of attractive qualities present in the student body. WISPIRG member Jeremy Blomberg wants the world to know two things about Scott Thompson, the UW’s most Admirable Activist: his work and his facial hair. “He is a sexy bitch who I have worked with for 2.5 years on a ton of issues. He organized a campaign that stopped a new coal plant from being built outside Madison, has traveled to DC to lobby our congressman for stronger climate change legislation, and has put together numerous campus events urging students and faculty to push for a more sustainable America.  He also has the sexiest mustache in the the world.” For his part, Scott likes to focus on his efforts to increase awareness of climate change and ways to combat it (though we’ve got to admit, he rocks the ‘stache pretty hard). “I never thought of what I do as something to be admired, I really was just pissed off that people weren’t doing enough to stop climate change. But maybe that’s all it takes, a bit of anger coupled with a desire to do something important and then you can change the world.”


State lawmakers introduce amendment to clean energy bill By Alison Dirr

Co-writers and co-producers Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsis of “Lost,” shared details about their upcoming movie at an event hosted by UW-Hillel.

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The State Assembly Special Committee on Clean Energy Jobs introduced an amendment Tuesday to the Clean Energy Jobs Act to remove certain standards regarding vehicle emissions, low carbon fuel and appliance efficiency. Implementing the changes would reduce the projected cumulative cost of electricity over the next 15 years by $1 billion, according to the Public Service Commission report conducted at the Committee’s request. In addition, they said that under the amendment, taxpayer savings are as much as $6.4 billion over the next 15 years, compared to the status quo. The PSC said “the proposed changes to the legislation are significant, but the remaining components continue to represent sound energy and economic policy for Wisconsin.”


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ber, said she is proud of the group’s overall campaign efforts. Rickman said the referendum also demonstrated how powerful students can be when they organize for a cause. “[Students] can have a major impact on things that affect us and this election really ratified that idea that not only do we need to stand up against new segregated fees but that we can also stand up and fight for things in education,” he said. Bernatz said NatUp currently does not have any plans to bring this issue to referendum again.

The Committee spent 30 hours in hearings, listening to concerns from the public and the legislators who drafted the original bill, according to Committee Co-Chair, Rep. Spencer Black, D-Madison. The PSC said its the report that some revisions have greater impact than others. It highlighted the provision “allowing a specified amount of conservation to count toward the Renewable Portfolio Standard” as having the most significant impact on the cost of the legislation. Black said the bill, even with the substitute amendment, “will invest in energy conservation and energy efficiency to a level sufficient to cut our energy use by 2 percent per year.” At that rate, Black said the bill would cut greenhouse emissions causing global warming by 25 percent by the year 2022 and by 75 percent by 2050 by requiring 25

percent of all energy used comes from renewable sources. According to Black, the bill was made to effectively create jobs and “to make sure the bill saved consumers— electric ratepayers—the maximum amount of money and that it was the most effective bill we could have to reduce Wisconsin’s dependence on out-of-state fossil fuel.” Some Republican lawmakers have been critical of the overall bill in recent weeks. State Rep. Mike Huebsch, R-West Salem, said in a statement the renewable energy mandates in the bill had the potential to cost Wisconsin utility companies $1 billion annually, which could be passed onto consumers.“We hope it will be passed within the next two weeks, by April 22, which is the last day of the legislative session and coincidentally the 40th anniversary of Earth Day,” Black said.

Thompson to announce decision on Senate run at rally Former Governor Tommy Thompson has neither confirmed nor denied a potential bid for the U.S. Senate race against U.S. Sen. Russ Feingold, D-Wisconsin, but will announce his decision Thursday at a Tea Party rally in Madison. “I’m going to make a decision tonight and so far I’m still tussling with it. I know I can win. There’s no question in my mind I can win. That’s not a factor,” Thompson told NBC’s WTMJ-TV. “Do I want to serve for six

years?” he told WTMJ. “My family does not support it. So I’m weighing all those decisions.” A source close to Thompson told, according to WTMJ’s Charles Benson, said that Thompson is leaning against a run. According to the Milwaukeebased television station, Thompson will announce his intentions as to the potential Senate run at the Americans for Prosperity organized rally that is scheduled to take place at 11:30 a.m. on Thursday outside the capitol.

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Picking your favorite childhood cartoon

Today’s Sudoku

Evil Bird

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Ludicrous Linguistics

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

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Charlie and Boomer

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FREE FALLING ACROSS 1 Freeway exits 6 Gimlet’s cousin 9 Tries to determine the weight of 14 Dickens character Heep 15 Onassis’ X 16 Not aflame 17 Gal’s guy 18 Adult elver 19 Uninviting to a vegan 20 Remote function 23 Start of many titles 24 What travelers hope is accurate, briefly 25 Wine containers 27 Like some cafe dining 32 Kind of chop 33 Hawaiian handout 34 “Dally” starter 36 Phoebe and Rhea, to Saturn 39 Outlaw group 41 Brogan bottoms 43 Sign at a RR crossing 44 Hundred-eyed giant of myth 46 Lively duple-time dance 48 Long intro? 49 Enjoys a buffet 51 On-again-off-again 53 Kind of stamp

56 “___ many cooks spoil the broth” 57 Currency arm of the U.N. 58 Burger side order 64 Good-humored parody 66 Need a sawbones 67 “Take ___ down memory lane” 68 Sierra ___, Africa 69 Wet retreat 70 Nigerian currency 71 Someone to respect 72 The sixth sense 73 Ruhr Valley industrial center 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12

DOWN Dennis the Menace’s dog Word with “Bay” or “gray” Thousandths of an inch Talk insincerely Swindled Whiz at tennis serves “I’m glad that’s over!” Lavender bloom Dull Pittsburgh-to-Boston dir. How a surprise might catch you Contribute a tenth

13 Eyelid afflictions 21 Place of refuge 22 Rerun’s buddy on “What’s Happening!!” 26 Big fusses 27 Pond scum 28 Jet type 29 Party munchies, e.g. 30 Footwear that’s hard to run in 31 Spanish pots 35 Pup’s cry of pain 37 “Me neither!” 38 Work-order detail 40 Pacific island 42 Word with “sayer” 45 Office aide 47 Obscene 50 Stevie Wonder’s Ellington tribute “___ Duke” 52 Blood carriers 53 Usher’s walkway 54 Push forward 55 Tenancy period 59 Little sips, as of booze 60 One way to request an encore 61 Colorful bearded flower 62 Michael Collins’ land 63 Duration 65 What I might mean?

Washington and the Bear

By Derek Sandberg

Wisconsin Spring Game Camp Randall • 2 p.m.

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he Wisconsin Badgers were a welloiled machine in the 2009 season. There were certainly some kinks along the way, but for the most part, many would call a 10-3 record and bowl win over Miami a successful year. Story by Mark Bennett

That was last year, though, and while many faces remain the same, 2010 presents a new team. “You have to remember that it’s a new season and it’s a new team and we have new goals and there are new challenges,” senior offensive lineman John Moffitt said. Moffitt and the rest of the offensive line will be responsible for protecting a Wisconsin attack that looks very similar to the 2009 team. Returning for the Badgers are senior quarterback Scott Tolzien, as well as the reigning Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year,

junior running back John Clay. For his part, the Wisconsin offense will rely on Clay to deliver a performance at least as dominating as he had in the 2009 season. Last year, Clay led the Big Ten and ranked eighth in the country with 1,571 yards—an average of over 116 yards per game— and scored 18 rushing touchdowns. But once again, 2009 was last year, and 2010 will pose different challenges for Clay, who will be under pressure to defend his Big Ten honor. “I just [have to] motivate myself... [and establish] some goals and try

to achieve more as a team perspective than my own individual goals,” Clay said. Clay is currently recovering from an offseason ankle surgery and has missed the entire spring practice schedule while on crutches, but will be ready to return to action in June for conditioning. In fact, Clay said his recovery is ahead of schedule. “This summer ... I’ll be done [with the recovery] before they want me to and that will give me extra offense page 7




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What to expect in the spring game (hint: not much) NICO SAVIDGE savidge nation


lot of people might go into this year’s spring game wondering what they will see on the field at Camp Randall Stadium—will it be a gritty bat-

tle for starting positions between teammates? Will it replicate the atmosphere of Camp Randall on a fall Saturday? Will it give us a preview of how the Badgers will perform in the Big Ten? The answer to those questions is a resounding “no,” but here are some things you can count on if you spend your Saturday watching the Badgers squaring off against each other in the Spring game.

It will look like a practice, probably because it is Remember the first few home games of the year, when the Badgers play some nowhereville school you’ve never heard of and it’s hotter than hell in the stands, but we all love it because we’re back in Camp Randall for another season? Well the game you’ll see Saturday will be a lot worse than those, because you actually still

have another four months before college football season. Oh, and the game on the field sucks. The team will split into two squads—the red team of starters and the white team made up of second-, third- and lower-string players—and you will watch the red team run all over the white team for a little while. Nobody hits the quarterback and everyone just tries to avoid getting hurt while putting on a show that makes it look like they’re actually somewhat trying. You will try to understand the scoring system. You will fail How they determine the “winner” of the spring game is about as complicated as the formula for quarterback ratings. Because they’re playing a team of starters, the white team gets double points any time they score, and at the end of each quarter there is a field goal kicking competition worth one point for every kick made. If you need proof that the spring game is a complicated mess, look no further than its scoring system.

People will try to act like it’s a game worth tailgating for I get it, Breese Terrace residents: It’s been a while since you got to host a good pregame party, and by all means, more power to you. But anyone who sets up shop to tailgate for the spring game is just a little too desperate for college football season to start. Reporters (myself included) will write like it has any bearing on the upcoming season What did we think at last year’s spring football game? Well, we saw it as a contest for the starting job between unproven freshman Curt Phillips and then-junior Dustin Sherer. Oh, and some kid named Tolzien was in there too, but there was no way he would get meaningful playing time. As you can see, what we prognosticate about in the sports media about the spring game tends to have little correlation with what we will see come September. Think the spring game is a wonderful experience for fans and a preview of the season to come? You can send your comments to


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Four ways to make the spring scrimmage relevant SCOTT KELLOGG the cereal box


here’s a reason no one on campus goes to the spring game. It’s boring. It’s just a practice. The starters on offense go out and run over the second-team defense, then the defensive starters go out and shut down the second-team offense. Guys like Scott Tolzien, John Clay and Nick Toon will go out there and have huge days against inferior competition. The quarterbacks are going to wear a red pinnie so no one can touch them and the coaching staff is going to run a vanilla scheme. Maybe people in Tuscaloosa or South Bend get excited to go out in the middle of the offseason and watch their teams scrimmage, but people in Madison aren’t as obsessed and have better things to do. That is why, even though the scrimmage is free to attend, it still has putrid atten-

dance numbers. I believe the spring scrimmages will always be useless to fans, but the way the game is currently set up makes it especially unappealing to the public. While watching a team scrimmage is never particularly exciting, there are some methods that the athletic department could employ to make this contest a little more relevant and exciting. Bring in another school This idea is a long shot, but it would absolutely bring more attention to the spring game. The Badgers should work out a deal with a local Big Ten school, such as Minnesota, Iowa or even Northwestern. Then, Wisconsin and its opponent can alternate home venues. This doesn’t have to turn into a real game, it can be similar to the training camp scrimmage the Viking and Chiefs used to play in annually. Coaches could still use a basic playbook and quarterback could still wear that pinnie. But obviously fans would rather see Wisconsin square off against

another Big Ten foe than its second team, especially if it turned out to be rival Minnesota. And the players would naturally become more intense, as now at least some level of pride would be at stake facing another school rather than UW’s back-ups.

The Badgers should work out a deal with a local Big Ten school, such as Minnesota, Iowa or even Northwestern.

I’m not sure what’s preventing this from happening, I can’t imagine Wisconsin is too worried about losing a home spring game every other year as I doubt it makes too much money. And instilling some healthy competition in the spring should only help Badger players. Match up the squads If Wisconsin won’t play another school in the spring game, it

offense from page 5 time to work out,” he said, “So [right now, I’m] just focusing on getting back and conditioning.” Tolzien will be handing the ball off to Clay for the second consecutive season. The senior quarterback will look to build on a solid 2009 season—this time with a full year of experience under his belt. Tolzien, who went through a three-player quarterback battle last season, does not expect to prepare any differently this year, however, even knowing his job is secure. “I don’t think it’s too much different,” Tolzien said. “I think you have to prepare the same whether you’re a first string or a second string, and that’s all about the preparation. So I don’t think anything’s changed. You don’t take your foot off the gas just because you’re the quote unquote starter.” Tolzien, who started all 13 games last season, and threw for over 2,700 yards and 16 touchdowns, expects to take more responsibility in 2010. “I think it’s a little more leadership being a senior,” Tolzien said. “There’s some more responsibility on my shoulders in that respect.” Protecting Tolzien this season will be a Wisconsin offensive line that struggled last season to keep opposing defenses away from the quarterback. Although Tolzien was not sacked in five of 13 games in 2009, the offensive line surrendered 23 sacks in total, including six against Ohio State in the


Senior offensive lineman John Moffitt is one of five starters coming back to the offensive line for the 2010 season. team’s worst defeat. Moffitt does not believe the line will make any significant changes, however. Instead, he said the team will focus more on simply performing stronger as a group. “It’s a simple formula,” Moffitt said. “We won’t reinvent the wheel.” Moffitt is excited to see many play-


Senior quarterback Scott Tolzien is the first returning signal-caller for UW since John Stocco.

ers returning to full strength on the line this year. Additionally, the senior leader noted two younger players who could make an impact on the offensive line in 2010. Sophomore offensive lineman Travis Frederick became the first true freshman in school history to start a season opener last season, and started three additional games at both center and left guard, including the Champ Sports Bowl against Miami. “We have a lot of depth this year, and the young guys are all playing real well,” Moffitt said. Moffitt also said freshman Ryan Groy is potentially a player who could begin to make an impact on the line this year. In addition to protecting the pocket for Tolzien, Moffitt mentioned that the offensive line takes pride in protecting Clay and the rest of the running core as well. “I think it goes both ways. John runs hard for us and we block hard for him,” Moffitt said. “It helps when we open a hole but it helps when he’s falling forward every time he gets tackled or getting yards after a hit.” Fans can catch their first glimpse of Moffitt, Tolzien, Clay and a preview of the rest of the 2010 squad this Saturday, as the Badgers take the field for the spring game.

should at least match up its starters with one another. Last year I covered the spring game and got sick of watching the first teams dominate the backups each and every possession, as they game got out of hand fairly quickly. I understand the Badgers want their starters to get used to playing with one another, so why not keep them together, but have them face the starters on the other side of the ball? This would clearly make the game more competitive for the players and more exciting to watch for the fans. The second-teamers could still have their chance to play, they could just do it against each other as well. This way they’re not getting embarrassed all day by the starters. Spice up the play calling I know the creedo of Wisconsin football since the stone age had been to pound the ball on the ground with a conservative offense, but it wouldn’t hurt the Badgers to get a little loose out there with the playbook. Run

some no-huddle, some spead offensive formations, maybe even some wildcat. And on defense try some complex blitzes—it’s just a scrimmage after all. Wisconsin doesn’t have to run this stuff in games, but why not have a little fun out there for the fans four months before the season starts? Stakes Give the fans some incentive to watch the game, or at least care about the outcome. It doesn’t have to be a huge deal, but you could create a scenario in which, if the red team wins, juniors and seniors get a free shirt from the book store, and if the white team wins, freshmen and sophomores get it. The book store is always partnering up with athletics so a deal with them should be able to happen. Maybe this will attract a few more students to Camp Randall, or at least have people checking out the score. Have any other ideas to improve the spring game, or do you think it’s fine the way it is? E-mail Scott at




Thursday, April 15, 2010

Five things to watch: Keep an eye on Budmayr, Henry What to look out for during UW’s spring game By Scott Kellogg the daily cardinal

Experience Entering the 2009 season, the Badgers had a huge question mark at the quarterback position, running back P.J. Hill had bolted for the NFL Draft and Wisconsin had to replace several impact players on the offensive line and the defensive side of the ball. But entering the 2010 season, Wisconsin returns 18 of 22 starters on both sides of the ball, including senior quarterback Scott Tolzien and last year’s Offensive Big Ten Player of the Year, junior running back John Clay. Wisconsin also returns all of its five starters on the offensive line and eight defensive starters. Fans should expect this team to be confident and poised during spring practice and this spring scrimmage. Players should already more or less know what their roles are going to be with only a limited number of position battles still out there. Tolzien to Toon The Badgers return 10 of their 11 starters from 2010, but the one player departing from the starting lineup is tight end Garrett Graham, Tolzien’s primary target last season. In 2009 Graham was named to the All-Big Ten Second Team after catching 51 passes for 624 yards, which led the Big Ten at his position. TOON Badger fans should not be worried about the team’s passing game, however, mainly because of Tolzien and junior wide receiver Nick Toon. Toon led the Badgers in 2009 in both receptions (54) and receiving yards (805). The tall, athletic receiver should continue to improve this season and become the No. 1 target for Tolzien in the upcoming season. Backup Budmayr Tolzien is the clear starter for Wisconsin heading into 2010, but backup Curt Phillips tore his ACL earlier this spring, meaning freshman Jon Budmayr is now the No. 2 quarterback for the Badgers, and potentially one injury away from being W i s c o n s i n’s BUDMAYR starter in 2010. T h e Wisconsin coaching staff probably felt comfortable with the sophomore Phillips, who took a handful of regular-season snaps last year, and was not expecting Budmayr to be the primary backup for the upcoming season. But Budmayr, who took a redshirt in 2009, can ease some of the nerves around UW football by performing well in spring practice, including the spring game this Saturday. And without Phillips in Wisconsin’s plans at the moment, this is Budmayr’s chance to impress the staff and make an early play to become

Wisconsin’s starting signal-caller in 2011. Henry on the move Junior Aaron Henry has already had an interesting career for Wisconsin, and it is going to take another twist heading into next season. Henry began as a cornerback, but never found his niche as a starter. He started two games late his freshman year in 2007, but an injury in the Outback Bowl forced Henry to take a medical redshirt in 2008. He returned to game action in 2009, but only started three games as a corner. Now, with the departure of safety Chris Maragos and an opening in the defensive backfield for 2010, the coaching staff decided to move Henry to safety alongside senior Jay Valai. This spring scrimmage will be the first time for fans to see how Henry is handling the transition tosafety. New look D-line The Badgers will enter the 2010 season as one of the most experienced teams in the Big Ten. But one area Wisconsin lacks experi-

ence in is its defensive line, where only one starter came back for 2010, J.J. Watt. UW will greatly miss defensive end O’Brien Schofield, the only Badger on the 2009 All-Big Ten first team on defense, who is also departing. KOHOUT The Badgers will also lose defensive tackles Dan Moore and Jeff Stehle to graduation. Wisconsin should be in good hands with Watt, who made an impact last season in his first year with Wisconsin after transferring from Central Michigan. Watt finished second on the team with 15.5 tackles for losses, and added 4.5 sacks. But after Watt, this unit is a question mark. Junior Louis Nzegwu is likely to take over opposite Watt at defensive end, and junior Patrick Butrym and sophomore Jordan Kohout are primed to take over as the defensive tackles.


After moving in and out of the lineup as a cornerback, junior Aaron Henry will try his luck at safety.


Thursday, April 15, 2010



Nonfiction a realistic reading suggestion for reality TV world alex kuskowski the big bookowski


ny good follower of my column should know that, despite my highly refined tastes, I am a reader who’s too easy to please. I’ve mentioned before that even the back of cereal boxes fascinate me, and I don’t just mean the really cool ones like Wheaties; I’m talking the off-off brand Marshmallow Mateys that don’t merit a cardboard box. When you’re still interested in what’s on the back of a plastic bag there is nowhere to go but up.

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Although Justin Nozuka may not show brilliant creativity in the limited variety of his lyrical choices, his album is pleasantly chill.

Nozuka gives off mellow vibe By Emily Crain

soul away / soul away.” We get it. If you put aside the lack of disIf there is one skill that Justin tinguishing lyrics, Nozuka is very Nozuka has mastered, it is the art of talented. His voice is relaxing, and repeating himself. Not just once or the music is never too out of control twice, but frequently, so that it becomes CD REVIEW throughout almost over whelming. every songs on his The instrumennew album, You I tation he uses is Wind Land and Sea. relatively simple, It is almost as if he using mostly could not think of acoustic guitar, any other lyrics to piano and some put in, so he gave up drums. You I Wind Land and decided it would In the title and Sea be best to sing the track, we hear a Justin Nozuka same thing over and change in music over, changing the musical lines for for the first time on the album. each song. His voice is soothing, The song starts out right away but certain words can get really with a fast, upbeat tempo and with annoying quickly. Some might Nozuka singing in a huskier voice. remember Nozuka as the one- The rest of the album is pretty melhit wonder responsible for “After low, with similar music throughout Tonight,” in which he began this most of the songs. sometimes obnoxious repetition. Both “Carried You” and The redundancy issue aside, “Heartless” start out with what though, Nozuka has a great sing- sounds like a similar mood from ing voice and is easy to listen to. In the accent of the inital downbeat, “Gray,” the first track on the album, only in a slightly different chord. the lyrics and music work together They go in different directions as as a mantra, creating an altogether soon as the second chord hits creatsoothing listen. It leaves the listener ing an entirely changed atmosphere in a trance, only to be woken when than the previous song through harthe beat picks up a little at the end monic direction, rhythmic attack of the song. The music here adds a and tempo. stronger beat, imitating African tribPutting aside all obvious al percussion. The mix-up is nice in annoyance with his redundant the end, but it would have been nice song writing, Nozuka has proto haveseen Nozuka do something duced a decent album. He is more with the lyrics than monoto- talented enough in the singing nously repeating, “Come take my department to overlook his lack soul away / my soul away / take my of lyrical creativity.

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Any good follower of my column should know that despite my highly refined tastes, I am a reader who’s too easy to please.

Unfortunately, the rest of you lot are probably a bit more selective in your reading material. With the options of just about any other type of entertainment at your fingertips, I don’t blame you. I think it is a shame that reruns of “Jersey Shore” probably get more views in a week than half of the books that have come out in the last six months do. In my well-meaning but generally futile search to get some-

one on campus to pick up a bit of non-required reading, I thought: Why not take a page out of this so-called “reality” TV show world and give non-fiction a gander? Now, I’ll admit, despite being a groupie of the written word, I’m not the biggest fan of books on reality. I generally cannot make it through a layman’s book about science to save my life. I usually shut memoirs halfway through wondering why people are so whiny these days. Even reputedly “fun” nonfiction books lose my interest fairly quickly. But for the sake of you, my reading populace, I thought I’d give them another shot. For science, Bill Bryson’s “A Short History of Nearly Everything” was easy enough and held my attention, despite its door-stopping length of over 600 pages. Frightening to look at, not so bad to actually read. He’s even got a version for kids, “A Very Short History of Nearly Everything,” for those of you who still need pictures in your light reading. Looking for something a bit more specifically scientific, I found “Alex’s Adventures in Numberland,” by Alex Bellos, which explores how and why people understand math—quite exciting, though that may have been because of the author’s fantastic first name. In my search for appealing memoirs, I came across the fairly singular “Orange is the New Black.” Piper Kerman’s record explores her experience as a mid-

dle-class bohemian doing time for a forgotten college misdemeanor. If law-breaking females aren’t interesting enough, there is always the old standby of David Sedaris’ short accounts of his hilarious life. “Me Talk Pretty One Day” had me bursting into giggles at inappropriate times for weeks. If laughing until milk spurts out your nose at breakfast doesn’t sound like your cup of tea, there’s always the mostly real account of Dave Eggers raising his younger brother in “A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius.” It’s even got drawings in it for you visual people.

Why not take a page out of this so-called “reality” TV show world and give non-fiction a gander?

Last but not least, “The Animal Review” by Jake Lentz and Steve Nash, a nonfiction book about something everybody I know already does in their free time anyway: Rating every animal by how totally awesome it is. I mean, who hasn’t already given the Great White Shark an A+ in their head right now? Seriously. With a book that awesome you can’t ignore nonfiction anymore. Has Alex resurrected yet another genre, or should reality in books stay buried? Air your grievances at

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Thursday, April 15, 2010

JAMIE STARK opinion columnist


isconsin’s 2010 U.S. Senate race is shaping up to be nearly as interesting as a Minnesotan election. Last Friday, Dick Leinenkugel––yes, one of those Leinenkugels––suddenly resigned his post as Wisconsin’s Commerce Secretary to announce he will run for Senate. The Menomonee Falls native is part of the fifth generation of the Leinenkugel Brewing company, and since 2008, oversaw Wisconsin’s economic development policy. According to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, unnamed sources close to the Bürgermeister of Beer say he will be entering the Republican Senate primary. Rumors circulated for months that Leinenkugel was considering a run for governor, but Leinenkugel found the gubernatorial race already crowded by a big-name Republican in Scott Walker. Aside from former governor Tommy Thompson’s tepid consideration to run, the Senate race is wide open. Perhaps Leinie was dragging his feet and weighing his options between races until the ferocity of the tea baggers convinced him that Russ Feingold could possibly lose. But unfortunately for Leinie, Feingold will be easily re-elected to a fourth term and Leinenkugel will face an intense battle for the GOP nomination.

Conservative credentials during the era of Obamacare and socialism may matter more than Dick’s famous family.

In Wisconsin, name recognition isn’t everything. Probably because you won’t find many big name Wisconsinites outside of the Packers and the Brewers. Conservative credentials during the era of Obamacare and communism may matter more than Dick’s famous family. In the GOP primary, Leinenkugel faces David Westlake, a Watertown native whose tea-bagging tendencies will undoubtedly turn off moderate Republicans; and Terrence Wall, a Middleton real estate baron. Leinenkugel should be the Republicans’ first choice. But if

anything, Leinenkugel’s entry may help the tea bagger candidate by dividing the moderate, businessminded Republican vote and leaving the more conservative wing to coalesce around Westlake. For the Republicans’ sake, Leinenkugel is by far their best chance, and perhaps the only current candidate who can even compete with Feingold. Although partisan Republicans will disagree during the primary, Leinie’s work with a Democratic governor proves he is somewhat reasonable and willing to work with both sides. True, Gov. Jim Doyle, Leinie’s boss until last week, is unpopular. But to beat a liberal senator like Feingold, the Republicans would need a fervently moderate candidate, not a right-winger. Plus, the number of people who would vote for “the beer guy” is astounding. Perhaps such posturing is unnecessary—Feingold will win in 2010. He has made a popular name for himself across the state, fighting for fiscal responsibility and job creation since long before the currently waning recession. The only Republican who could possibly unseat Feingold, Thompson, has sat on his hands too long in this race. Thompson would appear indecisive and slowmoving if he announced now, not qualities that would help a Senate candidate. At the Madison tea bagger rally Thursday, he may finally take a public stance. If Leinenkugel doesn’t want to quickly become peripheral, he needs to learn from Tommy’s mistakes and jump in quickly. So far, the only people who have reacted to Leinie’s decision are committed partisans from both sides. The Dems are smartly sitting back and poking fun at the now comical GOP race, while the Republicans quickly begin infighting for the nomination. Conservative radio host Charlie Sykes asked about Leinenkugel’s decision to run as a Republican, asking “Isn’t this like running for the presidency of PETA while wearing a beaver skin coat?” Terrence Wall already has a page on his campaign website dedicated to exposing “liberal Leinie.” Apparently being progressive and associated with beer is a bad thing in their circles. Tricky Dick Leinenkugel already began defending his conservative credentials, saying “I served in the military as a marine officer during Ronald Reagan’s presidency. I grew up being heavily influenced by Ronald Reagan.” But among conservatives, invoking Republican Jesus may not be

enough to explain away his support for the budgetary and business policies of a Democratic governor. With such mudslinging already underway, it’s unclear whether or not Leinenkugel will win the Republican primary. He started later than he should have, but there isn’t much ground to make up between himself and the two other unknowns vying for the GOP nomination.

The Dems are smartly sitting back and poking fun at the now comical GOP race, while the Republicans quickly begin infighting for the nomination.

At the very least, Leinie’s foray into the senate race may even serve as a nice advertising campaign for the Leinenkugel Brewing Company. Leinie isn’t the first beer mogul to attempt a bid for the U.S. Senate: In 2004, Republican Pete Coors, a well-known silver bullet enthusiast, narrowly lost the Colorado senate race to Democrat Ken Salazar. The Coors brand hasn’t seen extensive boycotting by too many Democrats, at least not to the extent that my conservative grandpa refused to buy Heinz ketchup during John Kerry’s 2004 presidential bid. Coors received national attention for his run, and enough free press to turn mountains blue. If Leinie is lucky, he can do the same for the family brand. Perhaps Leinenkugel knows his chances at victory are slim, and sees this as, at worst, a way to boost his political cred statewide for a future race. When Herb Kohl is done in the U.S. Senate, U.S. Rep. Ron Kind, who currently represents Wisconsin’s 3rd district just on the border of Leinie’s familial home Chippewa Falls, will hopefully fill the senate seat. That could mean an easy run for Congress for Leinenkugel if he were to move into the district. Kind’s territory is more than conservative enough to support a moderate Republican. But up against senatorial giant Russ Feingold, Leinie has no chance. Unfortunately for lovers of Sunset Wheat and Honey Weiss, Leinenkugel’s next seasonal brew will smack of bitter defeat. Jamie Stark is a sophomore majoring in journalism and political science. Please send responses to


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Thursday, April 15, 2010



Gimmick of novelty hockey games needs to come to an end BEN BREINER boom goes the breinamite


f ter the Camp Randall Hockey Classic, there was a wave of excitement, harkening to the glory of the sport outdoors in more expansive arenas. It wasn’t the first exhibition of its kind as Fenway Park, Ralph Wilson Stadium and Wrigley Field have all played host to similar events. Well now it’s gone too far. Holding the Frozen Four in Ford Field was all the proof necessary to show that this fad, this gimmick, this trend needs to be kept exactly as it is: a once-in-a-while novelty. The record attendances not withstanding, a few key issues should serve as a lesson to organizers that hockey belongs in standard hockey arenas (or centers, gardens or ponds). And it all starts with the ice. The quality of the rink at Ford Field was visibly poor, with noticeable gaps in the paint of the crease. During timeouts, crews with snow shovels came out to scrape off excess ice and dump it into trashcans.

This trend needs to be kept exactly as it is: a once-in-awhile novelty.

seats had a better view than ones that cost nearly $200. In the distance you could see the wide expanses of seats behind a massive curtain, a reminder that this sport was a visitor rather than at home in that space. In fact, there was something akin to a hockey cathedral (Joe Louis Arena) just a few blocks away from Ford Field. There are plenty of great buildings built for hockey that would do better than the home field of one of the NFL’s worst teams (another example of those buildings is the Xcel Energy Center, where, not coincidentally, the 2011 Frozen Four will be). This isn’t to say that games in football stadiums are not novel, different or cool once in a while, but they should end at novelty. The most important games of the year need to be played on well-kept ice in stadiums properly equipped for the sport. This year was an experiment, and the results were less than acceptable. What do you think of hockey games being played outdoors or in non-hockey venues? E-mail Ben at

Recent nonhockey venues 2010 - Frozen Four Ford Field, Detroit 2010 - Camp Randall Classic Camp Randall, Madison 2010 - NHL Winter Classic Fenway Park, Boston

This makes sense because the ice was laid out over field turf and only put in place a few weeks prior to the Frozen Four. After the title game Mike Eaves was asked about it, and he quickly put an end to the discussion. “I’ll make one comment about the ice, and I don’t think we need to address it anymore,” Eaves said. “The fact is both teams had to play on it. Was it the best ice? It was slow and soft, but both teams had to play on it. You deal with it.” One factor in that quick answer may have been a scoring chance for senior forward Michael Davies that was undone by the poor surface. Davies had a breakaway with only the goalie to beat before the puck hit an imperfection in the ice, popping it up and away from his stick.

This isn’t to say that games in football stadiums are not novel, different or cool once in a while, but they should end at novelty.

At the time the score was 1-0 and a goal could have made a big impact on the game (on the other hand, it may have made no impact but in hockey these key moments often make really big impacts). On another level, the sight of a rink jammed into the end zone of a football stadium for the sport’s biggest weekend just seemed wrong. The sightlines on the lower level were pretty poor, meaning that $40

2009 - NHL Winter Classic Wrigley Field, Chicago 2009 - NHL Winter Classic Ralph Wilson Stadium, Buffalo


Senior forward Michael Davies lost a scoring chance because of poor ice quality at Ford Field.

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Thursday, April 15, 2010


Iowa keeps Badgers winless in Big Ten By Jessica Bell THE DAILY CARDINAL

The Wisconsin softball team faced the Hawkeyes in a double header Wednesday and fell to the Hawkeyes in both games, 1-0 and 14-1. Senior pitcher Letty Olivarez began the first game strong with six straight strike outs, but Iowa soon got to Olivarez, as hit-by-pitch, stolen base and a single set them up for a run. Another Iowa single allowed the Hawkeyes to cross the plate, making the score 1-0. Olivarez pitched a strong game throughout, striking out 10 batters total, a season high for her, and only allowing two hits. Freshman infielder Molly Spence, who leads the team in batting average, said the game was frustrating. “Letty pitched literally one of her best games. She threw amazing. She was on all day. But as an offense, we just couldn’t help her out,” she said. “That’s disappointing, because when she’s pitching such a great game, we want to be able to help her out.” However, Olivarez did not leave the blame on her teammates. “I put a lot on myself,” Olivarez said. “If I wouldn’t have given up that one run, we may have had more innings. It’s a tough situation, but it’s frustrating for everyone,” she said. “Letty pitched literally one of her best games. She threw amazing. She was on all day. But as an offense, we just couldn’t help her out.” Molly Spence freshman infielder UW softball

The Badgers defense was spoton as a whole, with four innings of three-up, three-down play, but the hits just were not there for Wisconsin. Freshman infielder Shannel Blackshear and junior outfielder Ashley Hanewich contributed the only two hits for the Badgers, but neither produced a run, and the game ended in a 1-0 loss. The second game against the Hawkeyes went even worse for UW, with Iowa decimating Wisconsin 14-1. The Hawkeyes racked up the

hits early. The first three batters hit the gaps to crank out two singles and a double. Iowa scored twice to make the score 2-0 after the first inning.

“If I wouldn’t have given up that one run, we may have had more innings.” Letty Olivarez senior pitcher UW softball

After a three-up, three-down inning from Wisconsin, the Hawkeyes again battled back, adding three more runs to the scoreboard. The bottom of the second inning brought an opportunity for the Badgers to score, with singles from sophomore infielder Karla Powell and freshman outfielder Kendall Grimm, but nothing came of the opportunity. The Hawkeyes had a long fourth inning, producing nine runs against the Badgers and increasing their lead

to 14. After both freshman Meghan McIntosh and junior Kristyn Hansen struggled through about an inning each, Olivarez returned to the mound to finish the game up for the Badgers. Wisconsin attempted to battle back against Iowa in the bottom of the fifth, when singles from senior Katie Soderberg and freshman Whitney Massey drove in a run, but it was far too little too late. “Hitting is contagious. Once one person starts hitting, the whole team catches on. We just needed one person to spark it in the beginning, and it just didn’t happen,” said Spence about why the team could not pull out a run sooner. Although Wisconsin remains 08 in Big Ten play, the Badgers said they will stay positive and stick together as a team. “We all have the fight in us. Sometimes it doesn’t come out, but we all have that mentality. We want to win games,” Spence said. The Badgers will take on Purdue in pursuit of their first conference win this weekend in another Big Ten matchup.


Freshman outfielder Kendall Grimm made one of two errors for UW that led to seven unearned runs in the nightcap.


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