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City in favor of rail station downtown By Beth Pickhard The Daily Cardinal
Madison’s Common Council passed a resolution Tuesday supporting construction of a high-speed rail station in the Downtown area. Council members said they want a major role in selecting the station, though the final authority is with the state of Wisconsin. The state will receive more than $800 million in federal funds to establish a high-speed rail connection between Madison and Milwaukee. Ald. Bridget Maniaci, District 2, said Madison’s citizens have been working on this issue since funds were granted to Wisconsin in January. She said the Common Council and other city committees need to begin their discussion of the issue. “We don’t get to call the shots on this, we don’t get to decide the timetable, and this is a really important opportunity that we don’t want to lose out on,” she said. Although the Council has not endorsed any of the downtown stations, the Yahara Station on East Washington Ave. and First Street began months ago. Ald. Mike Verveer, District 4, urged council members to analyze and consider each of the three locations. “The reality today is that the Monona Terrace and Kohl Center should be seriously considered and
studied along with Yahara Station,” he said. Council members also debated vending in the Mifflin Street area during the annual block party. A proposal passed unanimously allowing only pre-approved vendors to sell during the block party within a confined area. Maniaci said landlords rented out their properties to vendors last year and it created tension on the morning of the block party because it interfered with security plans in place by the Madison Police Department. According to Verveer, also a member of the Vending Oversight Committee, UW-Madison officials were unhappy last year because vendors located themselves near university facilities. Madison resident Rosemary Lee said “small business vendors are not really any competitor to the university.” Council members also voted to suspend Jeffrey Okafo’s vending license for Jin’s Chicken & Fish for one year, following what some members said were repeated violations of city codes. Okafo has received citations within the last two years for leaving his cart unattended and vending without a license, among other issues. His license has been revoked for both six months and 30 days prior to this incident.
Students learn rights, how to interact with police at Mifflin By Grace Urban The Daily Cardinal
As the annual Mifflin Street Block Party approaches, students were given the opportunity Tuesday to learn how to conduct themselves should they be confronted by law enforcement. Erik Guenther, an attorney with Hurley, Burish and Stanton, S.C., spoke with students at the Know Your Rights workshop. The event was organized by the American Civil Liberties Union and was the second this semester. Guenther said there are three basic rules students should follow when attending the block party: be polite to police officers, never lie to them and make no statement without a lawyer present. “Your chances of being convicted of a crime go up if you give the police something to convict you,” he said. “You can’t get charged with obstruction [of justice] for lying if you never say a word.” Guenther said there are basic laws
every student should be aware of. “You’re not allowed to say, ‘I didn’t know that was against the law’ [in your defense],” he said. Guenther added it is important to remember that citizens are under no obligation to speak with police or let them into their home or apartment without just cause or a warrant. “You never have to let them in,” he said. “Just say no.” Partygoers should be careful to follow the rules and not attract attention to themselves if they want to avoid being arrested, Guenther said. “The police have limited resources, and they’re going to single out people that stand out to them,” he said. “So make sure you’re at least the second-drunkest person [there].” The three main rules for the block party are not to have open alcohol, not to hold glass bottles and not to urinate publicly, he said. Guenther left attendees with one final thought: “Be polite, assert your rights.”
Wednesday, April 21, 2010
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David Redick (top), Crystal Lee (left) and Danielle Willerman (right) competed in All-Campus Idol Tuesday night. Ten finalists were chosen to perform in the event as a part of All-Campus Party.
PACE project yields discussion on alcohol consumption initiative By Estephany Escobar The Daily Cardinal
UW-Madison campus and community leaders held a final meeting Tuesday to honor the accomplishments of a 14-year initiative to reduce alcohol consumption. Policy, Alternatives, Community and Education, based in University Health Services, is a project focused on reducing the consequences of high-risk drinking in Madison. The project conducted alcoholrelated research to improve the city and campus alcohol culture. PACE created a chancellor’s alcohol policy group and collected yearly data of campus drinking habits, according to Aaron Brower, UW-Madison Associate
Vice Chancellor and PACE codirector Aaron Brower. Other efforts included sending a letter to incoming students about issues on the transition to college, and the role of alcohol, in addition to creating parental involvement. Carol Lobes, co-director of the Center for Democracy in Action, said the project generated significant changes in the community. “The change in attitude, what we laugh at, what we ignore and what we just define as a Badger are actually very different [from what it used to be],” she said. Brower said ideas regarding alcoholism and recreational drinking have also changed radically. “[Previously], alcohol abuse meant alcoholism. Now, we
think of this phenomenon of college drinking as its own special case of normative activity,” he said. However, he said part of the problem is some students view the behavior as a recreational activity rather than an alcohol problem. Brower said the involvement of the community played a major role in the project’s accomplishments. “I think it was successful because we have a strong campus and the community partnership,” Brower said. Lobes said PACE members knew the project needed strong student involvement to be successful. “We knew they had to help us pace page 3
UW Transportation Services face setbacks during construction By Melanie Teachout The Daily Cardinal
UW Transportation Services officials highlighted lost parking permit and meter revenue during its Tuesday meeting which addressed its $1 million budget deficit. According to Director Patrick Kass, new building projects have reduced the number of UWTS parking spaces, forcing the UWTS to look elsewhere for funding streams.
“We’ve already paid the cost to build that [parking lot] and with that income, we were able to fund other expenses in our department,” Kass said. “As we lose that lot, we lose that revenue source.” According to the comprehensive campus plan, 2,300 parking spaces will be lost from construction but UWTS plans to build 3,700 more. According to Kass, there are 75,000 faculty, staff, students and
visitors on campus every day and only 13,000 parking spaces to accommodate them. Currently, about 80 percent of UWTS revenue is permit parking and visitors’ parking. The majority of UWTS revenue is derived from permit holders, and Kass said they may have to make up some of the budget deficit. uwts page 3
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s the academic year draws to a close and the total number of weeks of class remaining can be counted on one hand (or foot if you don’t have hands or happen to be wearing mittens), my desire to write interesting or entertaining columns has begun to wane. However, it turns out that people besides my dad actually read this column and sometimes the ones with wayyy too much time on their hands decide to respond by e-mail. And more often then not, their responses are hilarious, especially when taken out of context and edited by me. Below is an abbreviated compilation of some of the most epic emails I received throughout the year. Two of my favorite responses to “Hot older professors sparks Jillian’s interest”—written about history buff and stud mufﬁn John Sharpless: From a friend of John Sharpless: “Hey there Jillian, don’t know if you’ll get this in time, but all of John’s friends loved your article and Sharpless
is hosting our yearly party celebrating male stupidity and the charge of the Light Brigade... think of all of us drinking with swords... we think it would be a hoot if you showed up; kind of a practical joke, opportunity for positive teasing. [Insert information about location and time of said party] Pardon the lack of punctuation... cell phone e-mail lol... cheers!” I almost cried when I read this e-mail and realized that because of my stupid job I had missed a oncein-a-lifetime opportunity to interact with Sharpless/take advantage of a room full of drunk older men. More advance notice next time and I’ll be there. From a huge creep: “SINGLE, athletic, 57, 6’, 195 lbs, successful, professional, worldly :)” Wow. Thanks, but no thanks. I was extremely honored to receive this email from a member of the Lucky building staff after they read “Students live the suite life on Lucky Island”: “I just wanted to drop you a quick note on behalf of the staff at Lucky ... If you’re interested, we’d love to have you over for a tour of the building and apartments. If we have time, we could swing through the hurricane shelter too. I’m pleased you mentioned it in your article as we feel it is an important amenity that our competitors fail
to provide. You never know when one of those things is going to make landfall in the Midwest...” When I first read through this e-mail I almost peed my pants. I was expecting an angry, not humorous, response to my sarcastic critique of life in the Lucky. To the author I must say, touché sir. Touché. After writing about my Farmville addiction—which I have kicked, thank you very much—in “Finals feeding fervent ‘Farmville’ fetish” I got a couple e-mails offering advice on how to cut down, one misdirected e-mail containing information about substance abuse rehabilitation and this little gem: “I love your piece! And yeah... I know all ‘bout it... I’m selfemployed and need to frickin’ work all the frickin’ time in this lousy economy... but damn... those reindeer need brushing!!! I pulled an all-nighter the other night; expanding and rearranging and making everything red and green for Christmas. And I’m old. I can’t be pulling crap like all-nighters!” Maybe I should have forwarded her the rehab center information. But my favorite e-mail of all came from one very upset, very devout Christian man who was absolutely horriﬁed by my anti-
baby stance in “Babies and pregnant women are repulsive.” In his e-mail he quoted some Psalm 127, told me about his new baby boy and told me a story about two of his friends, Adam and Eve. He ended his rant/ sermon with the most spectacular farewell I’ve ever read: “Thank you for reading. The reason I wrote is because I care about you. However, based on your article, it seems as though you have given up to vile thoughts and affections, and love yourself more than you love God. So I encourage you to turn from your sin today and towards Jesus Christ, your only hope.” I’m super ﬂattered that you care about me angry Christian guy but, sorry... I’m a Jew. Hopefully anyone who sent me an e-mail realized that I’m not a nice person and I rarely care about anyone but myself and therefore aren’t insulted by my decision to print their words. And if anyone doubts people actually read and respond to my columns, send me an e-mail... see what happens. Seriously, send Jillian e-mails at email@example.com. Making fun of the people dumb enough to waste their time reading her column brings a little laughter into Jillian’s highstress life.
Campus Briefs The best in fake news delivered in briefs for your reading pleasure Despite subtle hints from friends, student-formed band still doesn’t get that they totally suck Little Whispers, an emorock band formed by UWMadison Juniors Karl Latridge and Max Venders, still has aspirations to become a world famous band, despite neardaily subtle comments from close friends and even the band members’ girlfriends that the band “totally sucks.” While Little Whispers has yet to have an official gig, the band has played original songs such as
“Why do I care if you care about me?” and “I’m crying because you weren’t crying [about us]” at friends’ and girlfriends’ house parties for nearly two years, often against the wishes of the hosts themselves. “When Max ﬁrst told me he had gotten a band together with Karl [Latridge] I thought it was pretty cool,” said close friend John Skoble. “He asked if they could play at the upcoming party I was having that Friday and I just thought ‘yea, why the fuck not’?” After the ﬁrst minute or two it became immediately clear that Karl couldn’t hold a
tune if his life depended on it. After 20 minutes it also became clear that not a single member of the band knew how to play their instrument. Skoble told the band they had to stop due to a noise complaint, but was really merely attempting to salvage the party. Even after Little Whispers stopped playing they had killed a party of 200 people in less than 30 minutes. Despite constant attempts by friends to convince the band members that super-stardom may not be in their future, the band members themselves seem oblivious to the subtle hints. “My girlfriend Casey, she told me the other day that maybe I ought to start going to class since my father expects me to do well ’cuz I’m in the business school and blah blah blah. But I just said ‘baby, its really sweet of you to worry about how my father feels but it won’t matter that I failed business school when we’re totally fucking rich and I’m literally rolling around in the millions of dollars our band’s gonna make,” Latridge said. “I mean, I’ve been getting pretty much straight D’s since we formed the band, do you think I’d be dumb enough to completely throw away my future if I wasn’t sure we were going to be totally fucking rich? She’s so cute, always worrying about little, unimportant things like that.” The exact source of Little Whispers obsessed, delusional optimism concerning the band’s future is hard to pinpoint, but friends believe it stemmed from an incident nearly a year ago, when Latridge and Venders, while walking down state street intoxicated with acoustic guitars in
hand, sang one of their songs to local Madison area homeless man Burt Hopkins. “We was all drunk, and we started talking about music and whatnot, they gave me 20 dollars! Twenty fucking dollars, that don’t happen everyday!” Hopkins said. “Anyways, they played me some song and asked what I thought and I said.....well, I don’t remember exactly what I said, but I mean, they gave me 20 dollars so I think I said it was good.” Unfortunately, the band’s horrible music and total lack of any talent whatsoever is no longer contained to the friends of the band members, as Little Whispers have recently started to practice on the front porch of Latridge’s newly rented two-story house on Langdon. “You try to ignore it, you never want to be rude, but god, its just so bad,” said Latridge’s new neighbor Katey Taylor, who described the band’s music as a “melting pot of pure shit that sounds like some kind of twisted mixture emo rock, the sesame street theme, country music and Nickelback rolled into one.” “I’ve been in Madison a long time, so I know that there are many, MANY shitty bands that form here, but never in my life have I heard anything like this,” Taylor said. “My ears were bleeding and I literally started to feel dizzy from the music. After I started to vomit blood I had to go across the street and ask them to please stop playing.” Little Whispers’ music can be found on their MySpace page, which has zero pageviews. —Phil Vesselinovitch
Assembly pushes deadline on major bills By Hannah Furfaro The Daily Cardinal
After spending most of the day in partisan caucus, the state Assembly rushed to pass multiple bills Tuesday before the legislative session comes to an end later this week. The Senate passed a green energy incentive bill, legislation that gives more protection to journalists and their confidential sources and a number of economic development bills before adjourning early in the day. The Assembly passed a resolution that limits the governor’s veto power. On a 50-48 vote, the Assembly voted in favor of prohibiting the governor from vetoing portions of a bill without rejecting a bill in its entirety. The resolution’s vote split along party lines, with state Rep. Bob Ziegelbauer, D-Manitowoc, voting with the Republicans. Both the Senate and the Assembly passed the “Green to Gold” bill that increases investments in green energy and provides incentives for businesses and manufacturers to use green practices. The Senate passed the bill on a 28-5 vote and the Assembly passed the bill on a 78-20 vote.
pace from page 1 do this,” she said. According to Brower, the university’s involvement within the project was a good indicator of its commitment in the issue. However, he said the finger point-
uwts from page 1 “Permit holders are going to be challenged ... as we just look at parking permits,” Kass said. He said UWTS is looking for many other ways to balance the budget as well. “We have a lot of different transportation alternatives and we need to be able to sustain and strengthen those alternatives.”
The bill now moves on to Gov. Jim Doyle to be signed into law. A bill that creates procedures for complaints about racially based mascots passed the Assembly on a 53-45 vote. The legislation, which places the burden on school boards to prove a school’s mascot is not discriminatory, passed the Senate last week on a 17-16 vote. The Assembly voted to place a bill that would establish a BadgerCare Basic plan and a bill that places restrictions on payday loans at the bottom of the agenda. As of press time, the Assembly had not taken up a scheduled resolution that calls for the expulsion of a state legislator, state Rep. Jeff Wood, I-Chippewa Falls, who plead no contest Monday to a charge of operating a vehicle while intoxicated. Wood was charged with operating while intoxicated three times in one year and has since said he does not plan to run for re-election this fall. The Legislature will resume in full session Thursday with prospects of passing more legislation including the “Clean Energy Jobs Act” and a bill that streamlines the election process for absentee voters. ing and lack of cooperation from members of the community and campus made the efforts difficult when they started the project in 1996. The campus and city alcohol policy groups will continue to meet and work on projects to move forward. UWTS’ main mission is to provide innovative transportation solutions for the campus, including buses, cars, carpooling and bicycle alternatives. According to Kass, feedback from public transportation users is key to implementing new programs. UWTS is looking for ways to balance their budget and provide programs for the future. For more information, visit www2. fpm.wisc.edu/trans/.
Wednesday, April 21, 2010
Claim in Zimmermann case to move forward A Dane County judge ruled Tuesday that a negligence claim filed by the family of former UW-Madison student Brittany Zimmermann will move forward, according to the Wisconsin State Journal. Zimmermann, 21, was stabbed and strangled to death
by an intruder in her Madison apartment in April 2008. Her family is seeking to hold building owners Russ Endres and Carl Van Rooy and Wisconsin Management partially accountable for her death, alleging that there were defective locks and building code violations.
According to the Wisconsin State Journal, Circuit Court Judge Maryann Sumi has denied a motion for summary judgment by the building owners and management company. A summary judgment would have allowed the claim to be addressed without a full trial.
Wednesday, April 21, 2010
opinion Let’s cut the crap on manure digesters dailycardinal.com/opinion
ANTHONY CEFALI opinion columnist
few weeks ago I took a tour of Statz Farm in Sun Prairie. The tour came after the State Journal’s incriminating report about concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFO) in Wisconsin. Statz Farm is a CAFO, something they don’t try to hide, and as far as I could tell, it’s a farm run with consideration to the animals and the environment. No surprise, Statz Farm had a manure digester on the premise, and what I learned there inﬂuenced how I viewed the District 5 race. Supervisor-elect Analiese Eicher needs to expand her environmental policy to ﬁt with our expanding campus community.
Unfortunately, there are no silver bullets for the environment.
Manure digesters are machines that harness energy from cow manure. The energy is methane—a greenhouse gas with devastating atmospheric effects. Methane is separated from other compounds
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found in manure and used as a fuel on farms with manure digesters. It sounds gross, but CAFOs themselves are rather disgusting. After the methane is separated, the rest of the compounds are filtered out and treated. Without manure digesters, manure is spread directly on fields because of its high concentrations of nitrogen and phosphorus, elements necessary for plant growth. The problem in Dane County is that phosphorus is also responsible for the massive amounts of cyanobacteria growth in Lake Mendota. When farmers dump manure in fields, the runoff makes its way into the lakes, polluting them with phosphorus. Phosphorus locks itself up in lake sediments, contributing to the growth of cyanobacteria, also called blue-green algae, that have toxic effects on the lake. Sequestering phosphorus is a priority in Dane County, a county rich in dairy production and agriculture that also highly values the health of its lakes. During the District 5 race, Analiese Eicher made manure digesters her only environmental policy, enforcing sustainable agricultural practice over community participation. The issue is not the manure digesters themselves or Eicher’s support of them, but the perceived effects of the digesters and their environmental impact. Manure digesters are a bright spot in the existence of CAFOs. Since CAFOs
aren’t going anywhere any time soon, we might as well make them as efﬁcient as possible. The digesters have shown they have the ability to eliminate thousands of pounds of harmful phosphorus from the lakes, while allowing farmers to retain nutrients to spread in their ﬁelds. Where the phosphorus goes after its removal from the manure is another story. If it’s used as a fertilizer, then we have done nothing to combat the phosphorus contamination problem plaguing our lakes. But it appears most farms are shipping it off to places where it cannot contaminate natural waters.
ious, problem, especially when we are dealing with lakes. So what do we do in this situation? Obviously, we keep supporting the manure digesters as part of the plan, but Eicher must acknowledge that they are only one part of the plan, not the silver bullet. The real focus of her campaign was re-establishing lines of communication, fostering a connection between larger issues and the students they affect, in a district that has fallen by the wayside. Eicher is in a unique position to help build a community of well-informed students who can carry ideas of conservation and civic duty to wherever their ambitions take them. So don’t stop at manure digesters, Analiese, because students don’t
really care about shit. Give them wisdom they can carry on beyond Dane County. As UW Professor Bill Cronon said yesterday at the Nelson Institute’s Earth Day celebration, “Think locally, act globally,” a reversal of the adage. Little things matter, like composting and using energy-efﬁcient lightbulbs, perhaps even starting a solar energy project in the District. Eicher needs to show her student constituents that they are now part of the Madison community, and they can have an immediate effect on its environment and culture beyond manure digesters. Anthony Cefali is a senior majoring in biology and English. We welcome all feedback. Please send responses to firstname.lastname@example.org.
So don’t stop at manure digesters, Analiese, because students don’t really care about shit.
In my discussions with Eicher, it was apparent she thought manure digesters were an environmental silver bullet for her campaign. Append them to every farming operation in Dane County, and we’d never have to worry about the cleanliness of our lakes again. Unfortunately, there are no silver bullets for the environment. Her dedication to manure digesters only sidesteps environmental responsiblity. Eliminating one problem only creates another, sometimes more nox-
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All good TV must come to end MARK RIECHERS jumping the mark
ack in ninth grade English class, my teacher Mrs. StocksGlover drew a triangular plot diagram on the chalkboard. The linguistic geometry lesson had one fundamental point—all great stories have a beginning, a climax and an end. That last bit—the end—is something that TV series seem to screw up on a regular basis. But thankfully, Matthew Weiner, creator of AMC’s “Mad Men,” seems to get it. Weiner announced at a press appearance last week that his series would air its sixth and ﬁnal season in 2012. That means that the divorcecausing, agency-shaking shitstorm that was the Season 3 ﬁnale is posted as the “Climax” part of the “Mad Men” plot diagram on a white board in Weiner’s ofﬁce, and presumably he has the rest of the plot sketched out and ready to go. Mrs. Stocks-Glover would be proud. That also means that by the end of the series, we’ll have seen the global uprising of 1968 (prepare for even more pot-smoking hippies—maybe Peggy will become a ﬂower child) and the beginning of the 1970s. But what if we wanted to see the Draper kids as angsty teens rocking out the ‘70s, or Don taking on the go-getting young execs of the 1980s? Isn’t throwing down an end date to a television shows effectively a preemptive cancellation? Far from it—making a TV series ﬁnite makes for television that can employ better pace for the plot, richer character development and, most importantly, a complete story arc with a (usually) satisfying conclusion. The most notable example of this face is my oft-mentioned obsession, ABC’s “Lost.” When the series began, many viewers were uncertain of how long the series could continue with revelations of hatches, Others and Hurley
birds. In fact, the writers thought the same thing—remember when Kate and Sawyer were locked in the cages for what felt like an entire season? That was the writers stalling, afraid of showing all their cards without any idea of how much space their mystery would ultimately have to ﬁll. At this time, producers Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse negotiated something with ABC that was unheard of for a popular network show at the time—an end date that would give “Lost” a total of six seasons that are ﬁnally drawing to a close in just a few weeks. The end date allowed “Lost” writers to parcel out mystery and plot in delicious bites over the last three years, slowly building to the time-traveling, alternate-dimension hopping show we all know and love. Need more proof? Look at all the great shows that suffer an excruciating downward spiral from excellence to mediocrity to wretchedness when the writers refuse to throw in the towel. Case in point: “Scrubs,” which slowly cut off every aspect of the “young doctors making it” until it was just about every fucking character suddenly having a baby. In fact, “How I Met Your Mother” is starting to show the same signs of plot-stalling and watered-down premises—perhaps setting a timetable for revealing that mother is in order. The “Mad Men” end date has yet to be made ofﬁcial by AMC, but I for one hope it sticks. TV producers and writers should be allowed to craft complete experiences, and not be forced to prolong the life of a series just to keep people watching until they are forced to turn away in disgust (I’m looking at you, “Heroes”). Three exquisite seasons of Sterling-CooperDraper-Price will be much better than 10 mediocre ones. Mark has a theory that Season 3 is the turning point for all TV shows, and if by Season 5 no end is in sight, the show is almost always doomed to a decline in quality. Send your inevitable counterexamples to email@example.com. “The Simpsons” does not count.
“We lose our troubles in the sun.” Lyrics to the track, “You know I’ve also been a dreamer / How you’d laugh about all my silly, silly dreams / To fly away / To make a big mistake / Before we come undone,” reflect his sunny city escape. The cliché inspiration and uninteresting sound the song delivers almost adds insult to injury. Magnetic North also features collaborations with other pop/ rock artists Sara Bareilles and A Fine Frenzy. “Remember Us,” which was featured on “Grey’s Anatomy” and Hales’ MySpace, is backed by the soulful sounds of Sara Bareilles. The ballad finds itself in a syrupy paean to old hits like “Strange and Beautiful.” “It’s heavy and sad and fond and sadder still because of how much fondness there is,” Hales explains. A Fine Frenzy’s Alison Sudol also contributed to Magnetic North with the track “Time Moves Slow.” The light, non-cynical side of the album, songs like “Fingertip,” Hale’s first single released from the album, and “New Friend,” are likely to find a following among the mom and maudlin crowd. “New Friend” begins with
a piano melody and tempo reminiscent of the theme song to the “Peanuts” franchise. These buoyant, sing-a-long songs have an over-zealous, hey-listen-to-howupbeat-I-am quality that nags at the listener. Magnetic North seems to be the album that will take Aqualung out of retirement
and back into touring. Whether or not that is a good thing will depend on who’s listening. So then, the question is, who is listening? The ever-so-faithful crowd of thirty-somethings hoping for another “Brighter Than Sunshine?” Probably, and they will be the only ones.
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Matt Hales provides an array of different styles on his new release, but the album’s inconsistencies weaken the possibility of meaning.
Wednesday, April 21, 2010
Badgers split doubleheader with Huskies By Ryan Evans THE DAILY CARDINAL
The Wisconsin softball team split a doubleheader with Northern Illinois Wednesday in a pair of onerun affairs. In the ﬁrst game, the Badgers fell in extra innings 5-4, before taking the second 4-3. The ﬁrst game did not start off well for the Badgers. In the top of the second inning, a pair of inﬁeld errors allowed the Huskies to plate the game’s ﬁrst run. Soon after, with the bases loaded, Husky freshman Amanda Sheppard hit a bases-clearing double to deep left center to open a 4-0 lead for Northern Illinois. The Badgers would respond in the bottom half of the frame, however. With runners on second and third and two outs, junior outﬁelder Ashley Hanewich ripped a triple to left center for the ﬁrst of her three hits on the day, scoring both runners and cutting the Husky lead in half.
Wisconsin would tie the game in the bottom half of the ﬁfth inning when freshman Shannel Blackshear singled on a ground ball up the middle with the bases loaded, scoring the runners on second and third. With the game still tied at the end of the seventh inning, the two teams headed for the extra frame. In the top of the eighth inning, Northern Illinois was allowed to start the inning with a runner on second base according to college softball tiebreaking procedures. The Huskies quickly took advantage of that runner. After the runner was bunted over to third, Northern Illinois senior Michelle Williams doubled to right-center, scoring the go-ahead run. The Badgers were not able to take advantage of their runner on second in the bottom half of the inning. Freshman Abby Gregory started the inning at second, but after being moved to third, tried
to score on a ground ball and was tagged out at the plate. Senior Letty Olivarez grounded out to seal the 5-4 win for Northern Illinois. The Badgers weren’t without chances in the game, leaving runners in scoring position in the third, ﬁfth and sixth innings. After the game, players talked about their trouble getting the big hits. “I think we need to be relaxed and attack our pitch in those clutch situations,” Olivarez, who took the loss in the ﬁrst game, said. “If we get our pitch and hack at the ones we know we can get ahead on, we will be ﬁne.” “We can’t go up to the plate with big eyes,” junior Dana Rasmussen said. “We can’t be looking to hit a home run in those situations, we just have to be making contact and putting the ball in play.” In the second game the Badgers got off to an early one-run lead in the third inning, when a single by freshman Molly Spence drove in senior Katie Soderberg. The Huskies would rally in the ﬁfth, however. With the bases loaded, Williams singled to right-center scoring two. Freshman Jennifer Barnett followed that with a runscoring single of her own to give the Huskies a 3-1 lead. With the Badgers still trailing in the ﬁnal half of the sixth inning, Molly Spence walked and eventually made her way to third base with two outs, when Dana Rasmussen was able to drive her home to cut the Northern Illinois lead to one. Still with two outs in the inning, freshman Kendall Grimm followed with a single of her own, putting
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Molly Spence had a run and an RBI in Wisconsin’s win over Northern Illinois. The Badgers will face South Dakota Wednesday. runners on ﬁrst and second with two outs for Olivarez, who was able to come through with a clutch triple and stake the Badgers a 4-3 lead. Olivarez then shut the door on the Huskies in the top of the seventh to close out the Wisconsin win. Rasmussen said the earlier loss motivated the Badgers. “After the ﬁrst game we thought ‘did that really just happen?’” Rasmussen said. “So we really needed to come back and make a state-
ment in the second game.” After the game, Olivarez talked about her big hit. “It felt good,” she said. “I was struggling all day today, and to come through when we really needed it really pumped me and my teammates up. We talked about how we wanted this game, and we weren’t going to let it slip away. We were focused on just getting one hit after another, getting the little hits and moving runners around.”
Goodell takes commissioner role too far in dealing with controversial stars SCOTT KELLOGG the cereal box
ver since Roger Goodell took over as NFL commissioner in 2006, he’s been a no-nonsense guy. He decided he was going to put his stamp on the league by being a disciplinarian, making it seem more and more likely that Goodell’s lasting image in this league will be the commissioner who wasn’t afraid to impose harsh penalties on any player—even if you’re a superstar in the NFL. And I’m sick of it. It’s apparent Goodell wants to send a message to the players: If you screw up, you’re going to pay for it. But Goodell has taken this too far, because he has now gotten involved at the state level. He has decided the government and the law isn’t good enough—it has to be Goodell making the calls on how much debt players owe for their actions. First, there was the Michael Vick saga. Vick did some disturbing things, broke the law and took a lot of heat from people around the country, especially from dog lovers. As a result of his actions, Vick was sentenced to 19 months
in prison. He served the time, paid his debt to society and was ready to return to football. But then he had to deal with Roger Goodell. Goodell, who apparently did not believe the legal system did its full part in punishing Vick, slapped Vick with a two-game suspension in the preseason, then did not reinstate Vick for regular season participation until week three. Vick may have made some poor choices and caused harm to some people, but he paid for it. He was arrested, indicted and sentenced by the criminal justice system. Vick’s so-called debt to society had been paid. So why did Goodell extend the punishment? The latest example of this trend came recently with Pittsburgh Steelers’ quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, and this case is even more absurd than Vick’s. Roethlisberger was accused of sexual assault in Georgia; charges that were later dropped. But that didn’t matter to Goodell, the angel sent from heaven to right the wrongs of the legal system. Goodell forced Roethlisberger to sit down with him, and Goodell is now reportedly considering suspending the quarterback. For what, exactly, I’m really not sure. Some point to the police report, which includes some disturbing information about what
happened that night. But if the evidence contained in the police report isn’t concrete enough to try Roethlisberger, why should the document be grounds for Goodell to discipline the player? This is another clear example of Goodell deciding the legal system isn’t good enough for him, and that he should be the authority in decisions such as these. There is a good chance that Steelers’ owner Art Rooney will suspend Roethlisberger, and as silly as I think that is, at least Rooney owns the team and is perhaps looking out for the image of his team. But Goodell, on the other hand, does not own the Steelers. Maybe his initial intent is respectable, that any NFL player, regardless of his status on the field, is not subject to special treatment. But Goodell has taken this idea and gone completely over the top. He’s unfairly added sanctions to the players and has disrespected the law by either deciding its punishments have not been severe enough or that the decision made by the law was the wrong one. Goodell should focus his attention toward on-the-field issues. If a player is accused of wrongdoing, leave it up to the state. Does Roger Goodell overstep his bounds in disciplining players or are his suspensions justified? E-mail Scott at firstname.lastname@example.org.