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Public safety after dark in Madison By Allison Garfield and Abby Schinderle THE DAILY CARDINAL

Do you feel safe in Madison after dark? The answer is contested — among the public and its local officials. In June, Mayor Satya RhodesConway announced an increase in police efforts at the intersection of State Street and Capitol Square to eliminate the frequent criminal behavior at the popular summer junction. People engaged in public consumption of alcohol, aggressive panhandling, fighting, public urination, using and dealing drugs, as well as prostitution. Rhodes-Conway said that the atmosphere was inviting criminality and “party-like.” “The party’s over,” the Mayor said. “Illegal behavior will not be tolerated.” And while many approved of the step to reduce disorderly conduct, most knew it would not be enough. “I appreciate the mayor’s sense of urgency on this,” Central District Police Captain Jason Freedman said. “I don’t think it will be enough — I don’t think anyone involved in this would suggest it is. We need to have stronger mechanisms to connect people to services and also hold people accountable.” Summer has passed and Ald. Paul Skidmore, District 9, says there is much more work to be done. He is the council’s leading advocate for public safety spending. “I do not feel that it is safe [in Madison],” Skidmore said. “Somebody just walking around not knowing the lay of the land could be in danger at any given time. It is unthinkable for a public official to say that the police should not enforce


Local officials have opposing views on nighttime safety initiatives, funding and what the city can do to assist. the law of the land.” With 18 years on the city’s common council, Skidmore also works in the private sector, providing security for businesses, residences, apartments and hotels, which is “growing by leaps and bounds because of the deteriorating conditions.” They even provide security during the day now. Freedman also stated that the police department’s tactics to combat crime during the day is different than that at night because people’s behaviors are different. Still, Skidmore warns that, as of now, the city is “grossly underfunding their public safety initiatives.” The 2018 Madison Police Department Patrol Staffing Report demonstrated the division’s need for an additional 31 patrol officers in

UW-Madison provides ‘affordable experience’ By Dana Brandt COLLEGE NEWS EDITOR

UW-Madison is one of only four flagship universities across the nation that is affordable for low-income students, according to a new study. The study from the Institute for Higher Education Policy examined college affordability at all 50 states’ “flagship” universities, which IHEP defined as “often the most selective, rigorous, and well-resourced public schools in each state.” IHEP used five types of students to compare affordability experiences at each university, representing different income levels (low, middle, high) and whether the student has dependents — another person whom

they support financially. The study came to the conclusion that UW-Madison is affordable for low-income students using the university’s net price calculator and what the average low-income student can pay for. With financial aid and grants factored in, the average low-income student will pay $3,500 per semester, yet what they can afford is $3,625, according to the study. With only a $125 difference, UW-Madison barely meets low-income students’ needs. UW-Madison is one of only four flagship universities nation-wide that met this criterion of fulfilling the needs of its low-income students, the study reported.

order to be fully staffed. Since 2015, Police Chief Mike Koval has advocated for a gradual increase in staffing of 10 officers per year. “What the [city] is doing may even be counter-productive,” Skidmore said. “You cannot eliminate the enforcement — [or] limit the enforcement — to only what you want to do.” Ald. Michael Verveer, District 4, represents the State Street area and says that Madison has historically always been a very safe community, supported by national statistics. There has only been one homicide this entire year which is “remarkable for a city of our size,” according to Verveer. The downtown area still sees crime, though. Especially at bar time. So, approximately 11 years ago, Verveer began the Downtown Safety Three of UW-Madison’s biggest financial aid programs make this affordability possible, according to the Office of Financial Aid Communications Manager Karla Weber. Bucky’s Tuition Promise, launched in February 2018, covers four years of tuition and segregated fees for in-state students with a family income of $56,000 or less. In the program’s first year, it paid tuition and fees for nearly one-fifth of UW-Madison’s incoming Wisconsin students. The other two, Financial Aid Security Track and Badger Aid for Non-Residents — FASTrack and BANNER — cover total financial need for incoming freshmen, which includes housing, food and textbook costs in addition to tuition and fees. Junior Jared Wiese didn’t know he qualified for the FASTrack program until after he applied. Originally, he

Initiative: a program that allows MPD offices to work overtime in the downtown area between 11 p.m. and 3 a.m., in addition to the cops already on patrol. The city spends over $100,000 a year on the initiative — fairly robust funding. “It does sadden me when I hear people are frightened to be out and about at night because I think that’s overstating the reality,” Verveer said. “It concerns me that that’s the perception [of the downtown] because, as they say, perception is reality.” UW-MadisonPoliceDepartment’s Director of Communications Marc Lovicott also feels confident that the UW-Madison campus and the city of Madison are safe. “We’re never complacent [but] we are only part of the puzzle,”

Lovicott said. Lovicott cites the department’s proactive approach to the city’s safety, along with a successful partnership with the City of Madison Police Department. The two departments share many boundaries, so a lot of issues bleed into the opposite agency’s jurisdictions. “Obviously things do happen,” Lovicott added. “When they do, we work hard to find those responsible and hold them accountable for their actions.” In a survey conducted by The Daily Cardinal, 36 percent of students said they do not feel safe in Madison at night, while the same percentage still walk home alone. When asked for suggestions on how to improve public safety after dark, the most common response was to add more blue light emergency phones surrounding campus and more street lighting in general. While Alderman Skidmore and Marc Lovicott differ in their assessment of the city’s safety, they both urge citizens to take responsibility for their own wellbeing. Walking in well-lit and familiar areas, informing friends of your whereabouts and avoiding walking with earbuds in or while on the phone are recommendations for staying safe at night. The UW-Madison Police Department launched a free mobile app two years ago called WiscGuardian, which allows students to quickly reach the department via text or call if needed. Additionally, the safety timer feature allows students to designate a “guardian” who has access to their location. Students can set a timer as they walk to a specific location that will notify their guardian if it exceeds the allotted time.


UW-Madison is one of the nation’s most affordable flagship universities. had decided to attend UW-Madison because it was the cheapest option for him with in-state tuition. The grants, which cover Wiese’s tuition and living expenses, make his

UW-Madison experience more affordable — an opportunity he recognizes not everyone has.

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Seeking multicultural awareness in mental health By Alejandra Canales STAFF WRITER

Throughout her freshman year, Madeline Noreika struggled adjusting to life at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. But instead of seeking help, the stigma associated with needing mental health services led her to spend her first couple years of college handling her anxiety and depression alone. Although Noreika herself doesn’t identify as a student of color, when she finally sought out help and began volunteering in a peer support group, she observed a lack of diversity among members. Despite mental health’s growing presence in everyday discussions, making the decision to seek help and find the right resources can be hard for anyone. However, students from underrepresented backgrounds may face additional logistical hurdles. Language barriers For students whose native language is not English, communication with a mental healthcare provider may present a barrier to accessing competent care. “I think individuals feel a lot more comfortable when they can communicate directly with their provider, and especially being able to communicate in their [native] language just allows for a much better experience for the patient,” neuropsychologist Melissa Castro said. As the only Spanishspeaking provider in her field in Minnesota and Wisconsin, Castro noticed her patients feel more comfortable communicating their concerns to her. “You just see the patient get so excited that they can finally communicate directly with their provider, so they just feel like they want to tell them everything,” she said. “It just goes to show how appreciative they are when they have the opportunity to express themselves directly.” Although Castro herself is not a therapist, she added that she believes the same would be true in therapy. Throughout the last year, Mental Health Services and the broader University of Wisconsin-Madison community have been making changes to mitigate the influence that language or identity can have on students’ experience seeking out mental health resources. MHS provides UW-Madison students with mental health resources, including counseling, psychiatric care and various spaces to engage with mental healthcare providers on campus. Starting last fall, MHS began actively publicizing services available in Mandarin and

affordable from page 1 “Personally, I feel very fortunate for the grants that I have. I know that other students aren’t as fortunate as me,” Wiese said. “For my specific situation, I don’t think [the Office of Financial Aid] could really be doing much more. I was very lucky to receive the aid that I did.” However, one major strike against UW-Madison in the results of the IHEP report was its percentage of enrolled Pell Grant recipients. The Pell Grant


Students from underrepresented backgrounds sometimes must navigate additional barriers when seeking out mental health services. Spanish. In the past, language services had been provided on a case-by-case basis to students seeking out individual counseling in another language. Tiffany Jones, a student representative on UW-Madison’s mental health task force and a doctoral candidate in counseling psychology, said even more could be done to assist students in getting the help they need — like sharing additional resources located in the greater Madison community that provide these services. “What’s often happening is that we’re not communicating, we’re not talking,” Jones said. “There’s no real system in my opinion and in my experience to link students with resources in the community if we’re not able to meet them on campus.” However, English language competency can be a tricky subject to navigate when not approached with the appropriate cultural sensitivity. Fewer Latinx speak Spanish across successive generations born in the U.S., according to a 2018 report from Pew Research Center. This may be partly due to the long history of segregation against Mexicans and MexicanAmericans. Since fluency in Spanish tends to be a sort of litmus test for identity, many Latinx have described complicated feelings regarding their proximity to Spanish. “I think there’s a nuance to it, and I think the way that I see the services I provide is as just an option,” MHS provider is a need-based federal grant, and the number of recipients at a university can be used as a measure of how many low-income students are enrolled. UW-Madison’s student body is only 12 percent Pell Grant recipients, putting the university in the bottom three in the nation among flagship universities, the study reported. Weber said this figure can be explained by UW-Madison’s admissions process, which is “need-blind,” meaning income

Rachel Bitman-Heinrichs said. “I find that giving students that autonomy feels really important, so I never impose a suggestion on a language.” Bitman-Heinrichs and her colleagues often discuss the importance of checking assumptions and understanding that not everyone who identifies as a person of color needs language services, she added. “I’ve encountered students who identify as Latinx but may not speak Spanish or may not want services in that language,” Bitman-Heinrichs said. Feeling seen Beyond language, navigating the campus of a predominantly white institution as a student of color can pose other barriers to accessing mental health care. Those of certain cultural backgrounds are less likely to label and address mental health issues; even if an individual is struggling with depression or anxiety, they might not seek out help right away, Jones explained. “I think a lot of folx suffer in silence for a long time until they reach that peak level of distress,” she said. “I can’t say that that’s unique to every black or African-American person, but I know for myself that when I was in college, I didn’t seek out mental health services even though I could have benefitted from it. But I just didn’t have a label for what I was experiencing.” From her perspective, BitmanHeinrichs said she’s seen more stubackground is unknown during admission decisions. “What this [12 percent figure] is showing off is because we do have such a low number is that we, as a university, need to do a better job across the state of Wisconsin letting people know this message, that we are an affordable option, especially for low-income students,” Weber said. The Office of Financial Aid has been “actively working” to spread the message of UW-Madison’s affordability, which would hopefully

dents from underrepresented backgrounds distrust authority. These concerns have translated into a mistrust of UHS providers and stronger opinions about wanting to see a provider of color, she added. “That initial connection or sharing an identity with a therapist can lessen some of the hesitation that folks have about seeking out services,” Jones said. “That’s a real concern [for POC students]: is this person who’s different from my lived experience going to understand?” In response to student feedback, MHS has hired more providers of color and providers with experience working in community outreach for underserved populations. Staff attend different trainings on their own time and MHS has developed a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion committee that does its own multicultural competence training. “That committee works hard to provide support to the staff here around exploring their own biases and assumptions about interacting with other people as well as examining our own histories,” BitmanHeinrichs said. “Our own histories shape how we view the world and may or may not impact the work that we’re doing with the students.” Finding services on campus While MHS has a 10-session limit per calendar year on individual counseling, they do offer unlimited group therapy options for all students — with several POC-specific groups — and a student of color interpersonal lead to more Pell Grant recipients attending, Weber said. Even though UW-Madison enrolls a low number of Pell Grant recipients, it does graduate a higher number of these students than national averages. Between 2014 and 2018, UW-Madison’s six-year graduation rate for Pell Grant recipients rose from 75.4 to 83.9 percent. In comparison to national numbers, a 2017 study published on The Brookings Institution recorded a 51.4 percent six-year

process group, where students can share and get feedback on their experiences. Although group therapy requires a great deal of vulnerability, it is a space that can provide students support and validation. “I think therapy doesn’t have to be a one-stop shop. Oftentimes we have to maybe access mental health resources from different spaces or places,” Jones said. Beyond MHS, other counseling services options on campus include the Psychology Research Training Clinic and the Counseling Psychology Training Clinic, which offers affiliated students unlimited, free, individual counseling sessions with community support specialists from underrepresented backgrounds through a partnership with the Division of Diversity, Equity and Educational Achievement. Regardless of one’s background, Bitman-Heinrichs said that navigating such a big institution with many agencies and services can be challenging for all students, especially when paired with the internalized shame that often accompanies acknowledging and seeking out help for mental health concerns. But, she is optimistic that MHS is working towards easing this process. “We have done a lot of internal work here on a structural and institutional level,” she said. “I hope means that we’re heading in a direction that is helpful and supportive for the student body.” graduation rate, and a 2018 study from left-center think tank Third Way cited a 49 percent six-year graduation rate. “The students that we do get to campus that are Pell Granteligible are also then more likely to graduate and have a successful experience while they’re at school,” Weber said. “It’s just a matter of trying to get more of those students to our campus to let them know that this place is for them and that they can afford to be here.”

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THE BEST If your family is anything like mine, they’ll start the school year off by helping you move into your new place and send you off with a tearful goodbye … and then see you again just a few weeks later, as they return to Madison for a Badger game, decked out in red and white. A big, Wisconsin breakfast starts off gamedays with my parents, and we’ll definitely stop by a tailgate or two for brats (my dad fondly remembers trying his first-ever brat, back in ‘89). As the game starts and the jumbotron at the end of the field starts playing highlights from Badger football history, my mom will point out every famous game she was in the stands for. My parents shake their heads as the students start up their profanity-laced chants, and I frown along, as if I myself haven’t been swept up in the antics of the student section. And when the Badgers score, we high-five everyone around us, because the Camp Randall atmosphere makes everyone feel like family. -Dana Brandt

Game day means getting boozey enough to pretend like you actually understand football — that means an 11 a.m. kickoff calls for 9 a.m. mimosas. Drag yourself out of bed, maybe set your alarm to “Jump Around” or “On, Wisconsin” and pour one out for the beloved Nails’ Tales sculpture. Considering I don’t know the difference between a punter and a kicker, I keep my game day festivities centered around the bars. Red Zone, Lucky’s and Jordan’s — or pretty much any bar on Regent — are all great places to go for being part of game day without having to watch every tackle, timeout and third-down. But don’t miss out on watching the Badgers score a touchdown — that’s the best part! -Kayla Huynh


BADGER GAMEDAY Although Badger football games are ultimately about sports, the home gameday experience doesn’t have to start at kickoff and end with the final whistle. Want to stretch your gameday experience a few hours on each end of the game? Looking for a little more music in your autumn Saturday? Need a little pick-me-up because the Badgers are losing (God forbid)? The UW Marching Band has you covered. Hours before the game starts, catch a morning rehearsal at the Band’s practice field, located along Lake Mendota near the UW Hospital. Then, head to the bars on Regent Street for sick beats and performances by the drumline and tuba section. Even if you don’t have tickets to the game, you can still hear the music the Band has prepared for the day one hour before kickoff at Union South’s Badger Bash. Then, follow the band through the Camp Randall arch and into the stadium to catch the pregame performance, national anthem and Bucky Wagon entrance. While the halftime show might be the main attraction, stick around for a truly unique Wisconsin football experience, the fifth quarter! After that, the band will march down University Avenue to Humanities for a public dismissal and reflection on the day. If sports aren’t your thing or you’re looking for a unique Wisconsin gameday experience, become a band groupie for a day and get your college fight song fix! -Justine Spore

If you talk to anyone who knows me, one of the first things they’d say about me is that I’m a big sports fan. I grew up in the South, where college football is king and I cared about enjoying a gameday well before I stepped foot on campus in Wisconsin. It comes as no surprise that all the pageantry around gameday — the dressing up, the marching band, and especially the tailgates — truly make those fall Saturdays special. So, believe it or not, the best way to enjoy your game day is to actually go to the game. Sure, that means you gotta take care of some business early. It can be difficult to get season tickets in the lottery process, and the second-hand market for student tickets can be very pricey, something that most college kids have to worry about. But walking into the stands at Camp Randall and seeing the green grass is a sight to behold, and screaming on 3rd down, singing Build Me Up Buttercup and Jumping Around are traditions that are much harder to do from outside the stadium. Plus, you can still drink before and after. It’s just better to go to the game. -Bremen Keasey


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Jack Coan’s development in 2019 has fueled the Badgers to two opening blowout wins to start the 2019 season, giving Wisconsin a passing attack they haven’t seen in years.

Jack Coan has UW offense off to hot start By Raul Vazquez STAFF WRITER

“He just felt different,” said junior wide receiver Kendric Pryor when describing junior quarterback Jack Coan compared to last season. He said there was a visible difference in his confidence and the way he led the offense through two convincing wins to start the 2019 season. Much of the talk throughout the Spring and Summer and heading into the season surrounding Wisconsin football had been about Jack Coan and his readiness to be the starting quarterback. He was under the spotlight after threeyear starter Alex Hornibrook announced his decision to transfer to Florida State. So far this year, Coan has lived up to that spotlight, giving the Badgers a new, more dynamic offense they haven’t seen in years. “His confidence is just different,” offensive coordinator Joe Rudolph said after looking back at the tape from Wisconsin’s 49-0 opening win over South Florida. He also noted Coan’s poise in the pocket was vastly improved from last season. The junior signal-caller played the best football of his young career in a 61-0 beatdown over Central Michigan in Week 2, and his abilities as a passer were on full display. He had a historic afternoon, throwing for 363 yards and three touchdowns , completing 79 percent of his passes. His passing output was good for the fifth-most passing yards in a single game in UW history, and Coan was the first Wisconsin quarterback to throw for over 300 yards since Joel Stave in 2015. The 61-point total was only the 11th time the Badgers have ever eclipsed the 60-point mark. His performance was even more encouraging considering Coan had only thrown for 515 yards and five touchdowns in five appearances in 2018. Though just two games into the 2019 season, he now has

564 yards and five touchdowns, which he hopes only improves as he continues to spend more time developing chemistry with Quintez Cephus and his other receivers. Coan’s teammates and coaches alike are constantly asked about how he has improved since last year. The answers always point to his maturity and poise. Senior captain linebacker Chris Orr claimed Coan brought consistency and confidence to the offense. Head coach Paul Chryst went further, pointing to his improved understanding and command of the offense. Going into the season, an inconsistent offense in 2018 intensified the need for the offense to become more balanced. Wisconsin has always had plenty of talent at offensive line and running back, but the receiving group and Coan have acknowledged their need to add a more productive passing attack in 2019. The receiving core welcomed back Quintez Cephus with open arms after he was kicked off the team last season. After Cephus and Coan failed to connect on two deep balls against South Florida, there was some concern about Coan’s ability to make deeper throws and give the Badgers a vertical attack. “He’s a doctor on the field,” running back Jonathan Taylor said in response to Coan’s Week 1 critics, “I feel like Jack can make all the throws.” Coan echoed that sentiment, saying he felt he could make those throws and would connect with Cephus in the future. He was critical of himself, noting that he has to give Cephus a chance, but said that they would get better as they got more reps. With one more week of work under their belts, the tandem of Cephus and Coan caught fire in Week 2. Cephus had an incredible game, with six catches for 130 yards and two touchdowns. The two scores were perfectly placed by Coan ­ — one down

the left sideline for 36 yards and the other down the right sideline for 46 yards. “It was a beautiful play and a beautiful ball,” Taylor said. The two deep balls proved to everyone that Coan can make all the throws required of him, confirming the belief and trust that the coaching staff and players placed in Coan this offseason in naming him the starting quarterback. With a talented wide receiver group and a Heisman candidate in Jonathan Taylor, the offense expects to play well

week in and week out. With a balanced offense and stout defense, the Badgers are looking to surprise many in the college football world, and return to the Big Ten Championship after missing out last year. Next week, Wisconsin welcomes a much tougher opponent than they have faced thus far and their first true test of the 2019 season — the No. 10 Michigan Wolverines. When the two sides played a season ago, Hornibrook completed only seven passes for 100 yards and two interceptions in a

blowout loss. On top of that, he failed to complete a pass in the second and third quarters. Michigan also had success containing Taylor in that matchup, limiting him to just 101 rushing yards en route to a 38-13 win in Ann Arbor. With an improved passing attack this year, Coan and the Badgers offense should be able to be more dangerous against the Wolverine defense. No. 14 Wisconsin and No. 10 Michigan will kick off at 11 a.m. on September 21 at Camp Randall stadium.

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Dropped pledges don’t hold back when spilling the tea on sorority recruitment for 2019 fall semester at UW-Madison By Haley Bills and Natalie Tinsen THE DAILY CARDINAL

As the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s sororities see if their pledge class of 2019 fantasy drafts will become a reality, those who have already dropped formal recruitment are finally able to voice their pressing questions and criticism from the sidelines. Tiffany Smith, a pledge who was dropped after the first round, went on quite the rampage when finding that her envelope was empty. She just couldn’t shake the thought that perhaps her fate was determined when she wore the same designer purse two days in a row: “I mean, like other girls changed into like a new designer purse like before entering each house.” During another interview,

Maddie Baker, a pledge who was also dropped after first round, obviously had some pent up anger towards Greek life at UW-Madison. Before we could even ask the first question, Maddie spurt in a single breath: “did they not accept me because I don’t own a black Gucci belt? Is it because I weigh more than sixty pounds?! Is it because I live in Slichter?? It’s not my fault that I don’t own Nike Air Force 1s! Oh, I know what it is! I wasn’t carrying my metallic pink Hydro Flask!! Sksksksk.” Though she was dropped after the second round, Becki Brown seemed to be just as crushed as (if not more than) the other two girls. Her theory, however, differed ever so slightly in that she “did not have access to her daddy’s credit card at all times.” In

her interview, she admitted that “even though I come from old money, this probably wasn’t very impressive to the girls .” Not to mention, her high heels made her fumble all the way down Langdon Street, which easily made her a weak draft pick. Altogether, the dropped pledges sorrowfully banded together in acceptance that Greek life might not be what drafted members proclaim it is. For instance, Tiffany had a sneaking suspicion that her formal date would have probably been stolen by one of her new “sisters” anyways. Maddie didn’t even want to end up living with two of her “sisters” because she knew that they would all end up hating each other by week two. Becki deep down knew that when it came down to her last White Claw,

UW freshman experiences 7 stages of grief after losing beloved Juul at frat party By Jordan Simon STAFF WRITER

This past Saturday night Rebecca Gonzalez-Smith, a firstyear student at UW-Madison, was preparing to go out for the night. Nearly one week after she moved into her dorm room in Sellery Hall, and on the night after the first home football game, Rebecca was eager to go out with her new friends and experience the weekend scene. Yelling loudly and traveling in a pack of at least twelve other people, Rebecca and her friends made their way over to Langdon St where they were permitted entrance into a fraternity house. After about an hour and a half of socializing at the fraternity, Rebecca and her friends decided to go to Ian’s Pizza. Moments after leaving the fraternity, however, just as it seemed they were having a successful night out, tragedy struck. Rebecca, feeling the impulse to inhale from her electronic nicotine vaping device, frantically felt at her pockets to no avail.

Shock and Denial “Wait guys, wait hold on. I can’t like find my like Juul,” remarked Rebecca as she alerted her friends in a panic. “Oh my god I must have left it at the frat. Oh my god no this can’t be happening to me right now,” retorted Rebecca. Her friends briefly looked up from their Snapchat as they recognized the severity of the situation. Pain and Guilt “Ughh I need to hit my Juul. I just really wanna like hit my Juul so bad right now,” murmerd Rebecca as she began to cry – certainly not from alcoholic intoxication. Anger and Bargaining “Can we go back?! It might still be there!” Rebecca wailed “Becky it’s fine you can hit mine,” one of Rebecca’s friends graciously suggested. “No! If we go back now it could just be sitting there!” Depression, Reflection and Loneliness “I’m never going to find this Juul. It’s gone. I can’t believe

it’s gone,” uttered a melancholy and dejected Rebecca. Because Rebecca’s friends were loyal and caring after their week-long friendship, they consoled her by offering the timeless advice that she was being really obnoxious. The Upward Turn “Hey, could I maybe like hit one of your vapes instead?” inquired Rebecca, showing real progress. “My god that’s literally what we’ve said this whole time,” responded Rebecca’s friends with glee. Reconstruction “Maybe it’s time to quit Juuling,” said Rebecca. “It was like a lot of fun but it’s like really bad for you so I’ll just hit other peoples and not own one.” Acceptance In a moment of great catharsis, Rebecca finally concluded, “actually I’m just gonna get another Juul like tomorrow or something.” *Rebecca is from New Jersey, hopes to join Alpha Phi and also is not real.


Rebecca savoring an extra long hit from her favorite Juul, which she will never take for granted.

her “sister” WOULD steal it. And without remorse, no doubt about it. Other pledges, who wished to remain anonymous, couldn’t help but wonder how their supposed “sister” probably wouldn’t pop up on their relatives list on Also, they wouldn’t know which of the small cliques within the sorority they would end up joining. Though the draft is not over yet, the dropped pledges wish to communicate one last thought to those who are still hanging on: what are you going to do when your “sister” picks at your deepest insecurities when she just commented “that’s my little!! Drop. Dead. Gorgeous” with two heart-eye emojis on your last Instagram photo?


Rejects wince away from draft.

Self-proclaimed coffee drinker ‘only in game’ for prestige, speciality caramel drizzle on top By Haley Bills ALMANAC EDITOR

What started out as a story detailing the opening of a nearby coffee shop turned into a profound discovery: a self-proclaimed coffee drinker who is “only in the game” for the prestige and caramel drizzle. While surveying the premises, the subject stood out amongst the other seemingly content customers. Identified by the look of disgust and disappointment plastered on their face, the subject was also deemed “conspicuous” by the way they dramatically spewed a mouthful of their beverage into the pot of a closeby plant. When asked about their obvious dissatisfaction, the subject looked up with a smile and said, “Oh, it’s just that I accidentally got some of the coffee in my mouth.” “I just don’t understand how people can manage the offensive, vile, downright HORRIFIC flavor of coffee,” they ventured. After cursing the beverage a bit further, the subject sighed and took another sip from her coffee-containing-cup. “Yes, I know what you’re thinking… ‘I’m a hypocrite.’ But the caramel drizzle makes

the occasional sip of coffee sooo worth it!” the subject exclaimed. “It takes practice aiming the straw perfectly over a clump of caramel, but sucking it up with the correct velocity is what takes the most skill and precision.” Though seemingly inefficient, both in terms of money and time, the self-proclaimed coffee drinker made it clear that caramel was just the tip of the iceberg; to them, “five dollars is hardly a sacrifice,” and the daily expenditure is actually “a low key flex” and essential to the kind of image they hope to convey to others. Referring to an aura of power and prestige that a person can achieve when flaunting a cup of coffee, it seems that it all comes down to enjoying the “benefits” of being a coffee drinker without actually having to be one. Though proud to share the details behind their “pioneering work” at local coffee shops, the subject wished to remain anonymous because of their “controversial stance” on coffee. With the concluding words “I mean, who wants coffee shits?” the subject hopes that this story will inspire at least one person in their “pursuit of clout and an improved sense of self.”


Self-proclaimed coffee drinker goes yet another day undetected.

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opinion Reducing stigma around food insecurity


College students are hungry. That’s part of the bit, isn’t it? As much as taking their laundry home for mom and dad to do, the stereotype of the college student who subsides on instant noodles alone has been solidified in popular culture. In fact, as part of freshman convocation here at UW-Madison, each first-year student received a bag with a single packet of Ramen inside of it. The jokes about hungry students are partially a commentary on the price of a college education — there’s no money for food when you have to make a loan payment every month — but something that started out as lighthearted might not be so funny after all. A 2018 report by the Hope Center for College, Community and Justice surveyed nearly 86,000 students at two- and four-year colleges, where they found 45% of students to be food insecure in the 30 days prior to taking the survey. Food insecurity is defined as “the limited or uncertain availability of nutritionally adequate and safe food, or the ability to acquire food in a socially acceptable manner.” Of only four-year students, 41% identified themselves as food insecure. Students at UW are not immune to this issue. In fact, it is one of the universities that administered the survey. But in my experience, food insecurity is largely forgotten and unspo-

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ken of, while topics like the high cost of rent are becoming more socially acceptable to discuss. Like many topics that involve socioeconomic status, food insecurity on campus has to do with shame. It’s one thing to struggle to pay Madison’s exorbitantly high rent, as many students do. But if you can’t afford to feed yourself, what are you spending your money on? It’s much more complex than that, of course. But it can be difficult and intimidating to explain that to a UW student who buys a $9 salad from Forage for lunch every day. If we believe the research, then the truth is that some of the students sitting next to you in class struggle to access healthy foods on a regular basis. Yes — the same students who seem to have it all together based on their appearance and demeanor. Food insecurity is about more than skipping lunch and eating a big dinner later. It often means not being able to focus in class because you are too hungry, or being unable to study because you are worried about the source of your next meal. So what can we do? First, each of us can work to change the culture around money and food on campus. If you’re asking to go out for a meal with someone, this can be as simple as letting them choose the restaurant. This way, the other person can choose a place that fits in their price range, no explanation necessary. You could even go as far as offering to cook together at home, which is often

cheaper (and more fun). Additionally, normalizing the use of campus resources surrounding food will facilitate greater access to such resources for students that need them. For example, I’ve taken friends with me to the Campus Food Shed(s), refrigerators that are stocked with overstock items from local grocery stores, so that we can discover what goodies are currently in the fridge together — making me feel less self-conscious while also introducing them to a new university program. There’s still a bit of awkwardness there; I can tell that some of my friends are made uncomfortable by the phrase “food shed,” and that some of them wonder why I know about the program. There are many reasons that a student could be reaching into the fridge, and not all of them have to do with money: maybe students want to reduce food waste, or pick up an item for a recipe. Either way, it’s no one’s business which category anyone falls into. As more students are seen using these resources, others will feel more comfortable doing so as well. Many other organizations on campus collect food from university dining halls and offer it to students for free with a Wiscard. Others, like Slow Food UW, charge a small fee for those that can pay but also offer the option of a “Pay It Forward” meal, which students can receive for free. Going to these events with friends is a fun, environmen-




The UW Food Shed is one of the food resources available to students. tally-friendly way to hang out together without putting pressure on anyone’s wallet. While greater attention needs to be given to university policies surrounding food insecurity and basic needs for students, increased awareness of these issues by the student body will help students feel more comfortable sharing their experiences and getting help when they need it. Recognizing unhealthy behaviors, such as a friend remarking that they’ve “been so busy they haven’t had time to eat today,” and offering to help is another good step

(especially as disordered eating becomes more common on college campuses). Food insecurity is an issue that can affect anyone, regardless of their identity. Though you may not be affected, it is important to recognize that sometimes the people you least expect may be struggling. Izzy is a junior majoring in political science with a certificate in educational policy studies. Do you think the issue of food insecurity is being overlooked on campus? What can the university do to increase knowledge of existing resources? Send comments to

Walker may be gone, but Wisconsin’s unjust criminal justice system still exists By Sam Jones OPINION EDITOR

The prison industrial complex takes many forms in Wisconsin — whether it be through startling racial disparities in incarceration rates, unsafe conditions in our prisons, or petty convictions of nonviolent offenders. The money-hungry nature of the United States’ prison system is rearing its vicious head in our state, and doesn’t seem to be letting up any time soon. While Tony Evers included vast criminal justice reform in his campaign platform, and understandably needs more time to uphaul the current system, we must keep him accountable in order to combat the continuous implications of Scott Walker’s many years as governor. When serving, Walker enacted a “truth-in-sentencing” system, voted to hand off imprisoned Wisconsinites to out-of-state public prisons, was bankrolled by advocates of the Corrections Corporation of America, and authored 27 bills (in a single legislative ses-

sion, at that) with the intent to increase mandatory minimums, extend the definition of crimes, or diminish parole. Thus, the Dairy State is left with an overcrowded, underfunded, and arguably unjust criminal justice system. In June 2019, there were 23,755 people in our state prisons—the designed capacity, however, hovers around 17,830. In addition to the human rights violations associated with such crowding (e.g. poor ventilation, excessive heat) comes a hefty price tag. The Milwaukee Secure Detention Facility, which opened in 2001 for those prisoners who violated parole, has a daily operating budget of over $109,000. This is one of the less startling statistics, unfortunately, when considering the racialized nature of Wisconsin’s criminal justice system. In Dane County in 2002, black folks were sent to prison on drug offenses 97 times more than white folks were, according to the Justice Policy Institute. Similarly, the 2010

Census found that 4,042 of every 100,000 black males in Wisconsin are incarcerated, versus 416 of every 100,000 white males. Most alarming, in terms of the continuous impacts on segregation and inequality in the distribution of resources, at least, was a 2016 finding by a teenager with the Young, Gifted, and Black Coalition. Lew Blank discovered that, according to the Racial Dot Map, 31 of the 56 areas referred to as “black neighborhoods” in Wisconsin were actually jails or prisons. On the other hand, there is also a heavy concentration of prisoners released into already-segregated and at-risk communities like Milwaukee County — nearly one-third of statewide releases in 2016 — without the proper resources and intervention infrastructure to ease the difficult transition home after incarceration. The strain of incarceration on mental health is known to be arduous on individuals, family units tend to be heavily impacted, and the economic implica-

tions can put even more stress on marginalized communities. These inequitable realities, paired with other burdening factors, suggest that without intervention, this phenomena will only continue to profit and exacerbate racial tensions. For example, over 50 percent of Wisconsinites who went to prison in 2013, were sent due to nonviolent parole violations. These revocations can range from missing a meeting with a supervising officer to drug-related offenses to owning a firearm after receiving a felony. While there should be some form of conditions of release, our already crowded and underfunded prisons should not be filled continuously with nonviolent offenders — who oftentimes could benefit from some sort of treatment, training program, etc. — but rather dangerous members of society who intentionally have put others at risk. Unfortunately, however, beds will be filled and more people (disproportionately people

of color) will be incarcerated, effectively completing a cycle of profitable imprisonment. While Evers and his administration theoretically have the power to grant clemency, or in some cases reduce sentences, without further legislative cooperation, the real leg work — slashing maximum sentences, transitioning to a treatment-based criminal justice system — require concurrence with a Republicanmajority state legislature. We must hold our legislators accountable. By advocating to achieve a just and equitable criminal justice system, we can the necessary steps to not only dismantling institutionalized racist practices, but also to enforce reparations for marginalized populations in our state. Sam is a senior studying journalism with certificates in environmental studeis and development economics. What are your thoughts on the prison industrial industrial complex, both in Wisconsin and the United States? Send all comments to


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Love letter to women, LGBTQ+ folx in TV By Lauren Souza and Robyn Cawley THE DAILY CARDINAL

Every summer we compile a list of shows we watch together — 3 episodes a day and a long phone call to follow. This time was different; we made sure the shows honored women and LGBTQ+ folx by giving them the recognition they deserve. In between marathons of “Harry Potter” and “Anne of Green Gables,” we have designed a watchlist titled “Summer of Shows” that calls for long nights on the couch, the familiar whistle of the tea kettle and philosophical conversations about “that” tiny irrelevant scarf. This summer’s watchlist was dedicated to the female leads and LGBTQ+-centric storylines — there was no show without it. And luckily, unconventional femme roles, exploration of sexuality and the celebration of female friendship was at the forefront. In search of a bosom friend, it’s easy to find one in the titular character of “Anne with an E,” Anne Shirley. Her colorful imagination and stubborn determination fuel her whimsical spirit and transports the audience down the ‘White Way of Delight’. The resistance to traditional female roles is shown through her inability to

hold her tongue and ambition to become a teacher. While the original books are progressive in their own right, the new adaptation favors her independence and friendships as opposed to her blossoming romantic relationship with Gilbert Blythe. Yet, if you’re searching for an equal partnership within a heterosexual couple, this is a great place to start. However, Anne does not stand alone. The supporting cast provides a space for Indigenous and Black voices to be heard, alongside queer folx. Their stories are relatable and essential, encouraging viewers to recognize their privileges and see learning as a lifelong process. But somehow, nothing compares to the relationship between Diana Barry and Anne. Their comforting amid crisis, willingness to support and ability to keep each other grounded is what makes the show an inspiration — and a reminder that female friendships are just as valuable as romantic partnerships. And, just like Anne and Diana, we are kindred spirits. Thanks to “Derry Girls,” we got to see more kindred spirits on screen. A fresh release from Netflix, the homage to 1990s Derry, Ireland documents the hilarious day-to-day adventures

of four Irish young women — and honorary English gentlemen, James — as they navigate an allgirls Catholic secondary school. The premise alone is enough to peak a person’s interest, but their dynamics as a group of “pack animals” is reminiscent of the ups and downs of puberty. It’s a comedy, yes, but this comingof-age show is heartwarming and honest about love in all its forms. Between spot on dancing to “Rock the Boat” and attempts to make “Friends Across the Barricade,” it’s not hard to fall in love with Erin, Michelle, Orla, Clare and James and long to be a Derry Girl as well. And, especially since “being a Derry Girl... well, it’s a f***in’ state of mind.” The feeling of home and belonging is not only found in the town of Derry, but also in the ballroom culture of “Pose.” The show sets the stage in the late 20th century at a time of yuppie culture, Madonna’s “Vogue” and the AIDs crisis. While cocreated by “Glee” alum Ryan Murphy, the series is helmed by folx of African-American and Latinx trans experiences and gender non-conforming identities. Whether you’re a part of the House of Evangelista or House of Wintour, you are a part of a chosen family. Trophies and

voguing aside, the show represents the true meaning of being as you are without fear of rejection, shame and hate — but not without the tough love of Elektra Wintour. Everything about this show is beautiful: the costumes, cinematography and classic 80s bangers. And yet, nothing can match the beauty of Blanca fulfilling her role as a mother of her house. As she says, her rules are “tougher than most houses,” but it’s reflective in Damon’s dancing, Angel’s modeling and Lil Papi’s inclusive talent agency. If there’s one thing to take away from “Pose:” A home is the family you make. With the months of mooching off parents’ Starz account coming to a close, we wasted a few days on “Sweetbitter” before discovering one of the greatest programs we’ve seen yet: “Vida.” Breaking away from the realm of leading white roles, “Vida’s” cast is driven by Latinx women and shares the necessity of brown representation on and off-screen. This inclusive show explores Latinx culture in East L.A. through the lens of two sisters who have returned home after their mother’s death.

The unapologetic queer, female storylines provide a glimpse into familia drama and the reality of gentefication. Its real power comes from the writing room, who seek to create a level of authenticity in a story that has never been shared before. This is one of the few shows that has managed to tackle bilingualism and create a sense of community for both Latinx and non-Latinx folx. Though it explores universal themes of family, love and self-discovery, the heart of the show lies in its cultural roots. It begins with Vida and ends with Vida. Por Siempre. The turning tide of badass female characters to identify with has already inspired our “Autumn Show Watchlist.” One series that has caught our eye is “Why Women Kill,” which takes an unconventional route of female roles and the consequences of infidelity in marriage through three different timelines. And yet, we worry about the future of feminism and inclusivity in upcoming fall shows. But we will attempt, this time with Stella’s Spicy Cheese Bread, bottles of wine and frustrated conversation. Perhaps, we just might make it through to write a lengthy critique.

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