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Doyle creates DNA task force, discusses Asia trip By Hannah Furfaro THE DAILY CARDINAL
A task force will begin to track down at least 3,000 convicted felons on parole or probation with DNA missing from the state database starting this week, Gov. Jim Doyle announced at a press conference Friday morning. Between 3,000 and 4,000 convicted felons have DNA samples that do not match up in the DNA database. Doyle said at least 3,000 individuals on probation or parole have been ordered to submit DNA samples. He said although taking DNA from individuals who are arrested but not convicted may be “too invasive,” other proposals including taking DNA at the time of sentencing or through routine collection by probation
officers, may create a more centralized system. Doyle said the initial count of 12,000 felons with missing DNA didn’t “add up,” and said some of the missing DNA can be attributed to mismatched first names and to a number of individuals who served time in jail but never entered the corrections system. Despite the number of felons with accidentally mismatched DNA, Doyle said the number of felons who are not accounted for is of “real concern.” “We need a much better set of communications coming from the Department of Justice and the Department of Corrections,” he said. “There’s no way under the current [sysdoyle page 3
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CWC member Yun-Jung Kim speaks at the “Save the CWC volunteer meeting” at Memorial Union Sunday.
Group decries loss of women’s center funding By Lydia Statz THE DAILY CARDINAL
Save the Campus Women’s Center, a student group formed after the Campus Women’s Center was denied funding for the 2010-’11 school year, held a volunteer meeting Sunday to discuss possible future actions in support of the CWC. “I feel that women are traditionally marginalized in society, but on this campus we are 52 percent of the student tudent body body.” Jenny Wustmann co-founder Save the CWC
The Associated Students of Madison’s Student Services Finance Committee denied funding to the
CWC Wednesday. The SSFC concluded the CWC did not meet the requirement of focusing over 50 percent of its time on direct, nonevent services to students. Representatives from the CWC were in attendance to update students on recent events. They emphasized their belief that the SSFC’s denial of funding was an honest mistake based on the vague nature of required paperwork. A hearing for the CWC is scheduled for Thursday night at the Student Activity Center. Save the CWC is comprised of concerned students in support of the campus resource, and is not afﬁliated with the CWC. “I feel that women are traditionally marginalized in society, but on this campus we are 52 percent of the student body,” Save the CWC cofounder Jenny Wustmann said.
“Women do confront different issues than men, and there needs to be a safe space for them on campus where they can come talk about these issues, where they can have access to resources,” she said. “I think that’s what’s really important.”
“There needs to be a safe space for [women] on campus.” Jenny Wustmann co-founder Save the CWC
The group’s goal is to secure funding for the CWC for the 2010-’11 school year. They have cwc page 3
Falk proposes new mental health care center By Caitlin Gath THE DAILY CARDINAL ISABEL ÁLVAREZ ÁLVAREZ/THE DAILY CARDINAL
Gov. Jim Doyle spoke at a press conference Sunday about forming a task force to locate over 3,000 felons’ DNA samples.
Greenbush Bakery robbed at knifepoint Greenbush Bakery, 1305 Regent St., was robbed Saturday, with the suspect ﬂeeing on foot with an undisclosed amount of money. No one was injured in the robbery, according to Madison Police Department officers at the scene. The suspect is described as a white male in his 20s, 6
feet tall, weighing roughly 185 lbs. with brown hair and blue eyes. He was last seen wearing a turquoise shirt, according to a MPD incident report. The crime took place at approximately 7:35 p.m., with the suspect displaying a knife to a Greenbush employee before fleeing with the money, according to the report.
Mental health care could become more of a priority in the city of Madison, thanks to a new 24-hour mental health care crisis center recently proposed in the county budget. Dane County Executive Kathleen Falk announced Friday her plans to include a stabilization center in the 2010 budget, speciﬁcally for what she called a “growing need for services for those with the most critical mental health needs.” According to a statement released by Falk’s ofﬁce, Dane County would fund the center with $700,000 in federal medical assistance and com-
munity development block grant funding. An additional $95,000 in county tax levies is proposed in Falk’s budget to help with initial costs of the facility. Currently, county taxes pay up to $1,200 a day per bed for patients who need to be housed in the Mendota Mental Health Institute. When police officers or other law enforcement officials come across people with mental health needs, they are taken to local hospital emergency rooms. Many are eventually transferred to the MMHI. The proposed Dane County Crisis Care Stabilization Center would have 12 beds and be speciﬁ-
cally designed for people at risk of psychiatric hospitalization. “This new Dane County Crisis Care Stabilization Center is a smart, cost effective way to get help to those in crisis,” Falk said in the statement. “Through a communitybased treatment approach, we can better help these individuals in a less costly and less restrictive setting, and help get them back on their feet.” Falk will introduce her budget to the county board Oct. 1. If approved, the county will issue a Request for Purchase to any companies who want to be involved with the construction and operation of the proposed facility.
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sed.” Just the word itself conjures up images of teenagers crying in their bedrooms yelling, “He/she never loved me!” surrounded by white blankets of snotty tissues and doting friends. However, when it comes to buying your textbooks for college, this word couldn’t be more dynamite. For me, purchasing a used book is like ﬁnally making it to the bathroom after guzzling a soda on a long car ride: what a relief. Suddenly, I realize that the $80 I was about to spend on a book I’ll hardly read is actually (gasp!) slashed to half the price! Ooooooh, yeah. (cue psychedelic, trippy music) It’s at this exact moment that I enter a state of euphoria I like to call my “Scholastic Fantastic I-SavedMoney” state. As I grab the used book off the shelf, the store morphs into a swirl of rainbow delight; reds, greens and yellows emerge from the exit signs and
institutional ﬂoor tiles. The walls melt, like a cup of strawberry ice cream left behind at the Terrace as the room warps into a kaleidoscopic surprise. The shelves turn sideways, and out ﬂoats every used item in the store. Like autumn leaves swept up in a breeze, the books ﬁll the air and become weightless. Of course, in such a sublime state, one can do nothing but dance! Recalling the ballet classes from my childhood, I start to twirl, leap and bound across the room, onto the tables and desks, cash register and overturned bookshelves. The employees and fellow shoppers join me in a dance that rivals “West Side Story” and a Beyoncé music video—combined. However, like all highs, my Scholastic Fantastic I-Saved-Money” state does not last forever. Seconds later, I am brought back down to reality; the swirls of color seep back into the walls, the shelves restore their upward position (books included) and the employees and shoppers return to their usual routine. Leaving the store with several used books in my bag, I feel lighter and signiﬁcantly more productive. Maybe I didn’t write a paper, study for an approaching exam or save a person
from drowning—but I sure saved money. YES! But used books are more than just a couple of pages, words and bindings. Like the dollar bill, they pass from one hand to the next and from one home to another. They’re like a form of currency. You never ﬁnd out who owned that book last, what they did with it or if they even read it. All you know is that on one fateful day, it showed up on that shelf of the bookstore and yelled out in all its yellow-and-black-stickered goodness, “TAKE ME! I’M USED.” Sometimes, as I read/browse/consider opening one of my used books, I imagine all of the history behind it, all of the generations the book has passed through in its lifetime. I think back to the days of our founders (cue stately trumpet music) at UW-Madison in the mid-1800s. I imagine little Tommy Jones, just a freshman here at UW. Clad in a brown suit and rufﬂed shirt, he walks across Library Mall with my book in his hand. He sits on the lawn, reads several pages and takes out his pocket watch to check the time. Late for class! Fast forward several decades and we’re in the 1920s (cue jazzy tune). Sophomore Louise Day, adorned in a
silver necklace and ﬂapper dress, meets several friends at a nearby club. With my book inside her purse, she starts to dance. The book falls out, a guy nearby picks it up, they get to talking and eventually marry. Nonetheless, she sells it back. Smart little broad. Fifty years later and it’s the 1970s (cue the Beatles, baby). Juniors Stanley Michael and Stu Ferguson are sprawled out on Bascom Hill with their book bags, staring up at the sky and endlessly analyzing the lyrics to “Strawberry Fields Forever.” Two hours later, they’re hit with an unshakable case of the munchies and order a cheeseburger and fries at the Gritty. As the food arrives, Stanley gets overly excited, grabs for the ketchup and ends up squirting it all over his book bag—speciﬁcally onto the cover of my book. Nice job, stoner! Hello to 2009, and here I am, a senior, with the book on my bed that is teeming with swirls of yellow highlighter and streams of blue and red pen along its pages. Whether a used book is 100 years old or two, for such a reduced price, you get not just a book but also a history. Want to join me in my “Scholastic Fantastic I-Saved-Money” euphoric state? Let me know at email@example.com.
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Pollan, panelists discuss agriculture By Anna Discher
U.K.-based band Micachu & the Shapes played at the Memorial Union Terrace Thursday night. The Soft Pack and Chairlift also performed.
Michael Pollan, author of “In Defense of Food,” discussed his book and the agriculture industry along with three other panelists Friday as part of UW-Madison’s Go Big Read program. Students, faculty, alumni, organic grocers, farmers and Madison residents joined to listen and ask questions about food production and consumption as a follow-up to Pollan’s presentation Thursday at the Kohl Center. According to Pollan, his book tends to polarize debate about the food industry, especially because it categorizes different groups of farmers and seems to only portray one way of doing things. Panelist and UW Health science writer Susan Lampert Smith began her thoughts with an introduction to Mildred, a chicken she and her husband raised on their farm. According to Smith, it is expensive to raise chickens, which is why her chickens cost so much more than those at grocery stores. She said there have been a lot of problems getting the chickens processed
into an edible product. Smith also discussed Pollan’s book and how it was a “hot topic” in her class. “We talked about [“In Defense of Food”] in my class yesterday,” she said. “It was a rocking discussion; class got out 15 minutes later than it usually does and I finally left about five of them in the classroom to carry on the discussion because I had to leave for work.” UW-Madison senior Andrea Bloom represented the student population on the panel. Bloom grew up next door to her grandparents’ dairy farm and believes the people who work hard with passion and pride every day strengthen the agricultural industry. “I am very much engaged in and influenced by the Go Big Read program,” Bloom said. “Because I am from a small town ... reading Mr. Pollan’s book ‘In Defense of Food’ in a way took me back home.” Bloom said she is “living her dream” at UW-Madison and studying what she loves because of the assistance of farmers.
UW Foundation president Andrew “Sandy” Wilcox to retire After serving as UW Foundation president for 21 years, Andrew “Sandy” Wilcox announced Friday he will retire at the end of 2010. According to University Communications, the Foundation’s assets have grown to $2.5 billion from $190 million since Wilcox became president in 1988. Gift receipts during that time
amount to $2.9 billion, and distributions to the university total more than $2 billion. “Sandy’s contributions as president of the UW Foundation are nothing short of extraordinary,” Chancellor Biddy Martin said in a statement. “I look forward to what we can achieve together over the
course of this year on the Great People Scholarship Campaign, our undergraduate ﬁnancial-aid support effort,” she said. Wilcox made the early announcement in an attempt to give the appointed search committee sufﬁcient time to ﬁnd a proper successor and allow for a smooth transition.
Henry Vilas Zoo to announce new ﬁnancial partnership The city’s criminal justice system is not the only department facing setbacks because of the county budget. The Henry Vilas Zoo is also working to secure funding so it can continue to operate at its current level without having to charge customers. Dane County Executive Kathleen Falk and Zoo Director
doyle from page 1 tem] that the DOC would know that there are thousands of names that aren’t in there.” At the press conference, Doyle also discussed potential 2010 gubernatorial candidates, a drunken driving bill that passed through the state Assembly last week and his recent trip to China and Japan.
cwc from page 1 begun a promotion encouraging students to wear blue on Thursdays as a sign of solidarity with the CWC. They intend to continue this campaign until the desired funding is secured. Improving awareness and gathering support in the community will be a main focus of the group.
Jim Hubing, as well as members from the Henry Vilas Zoological Society, will hold a press conference Monday to announce a new zoo financial partnership. The zoo opened in 1911, thanks to William and Anna Vilas, who donated the land Vilas Zoo currently sits on to the city of Madison in 1904. They stipulated that admission must always be free.
Community members can look forward to the annual Halloween celebrations at the zoo fundraiser this year, taking place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on October 25. There will be free trick-or-treating, as well as a fun house and live music. The zoo is located at 702 S. Randall Ave., across from Vilas Beach and Lake Wingra. It is open from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.
He said Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, who has expressed interest in the Democratic gubernatorial bid, would be a “very good candidate” and a “tough campaigner.” Doyle declined to comment on whether he encouraged Barrett to run. He also touched on the drunken driving bill that passed the Assembly and said he would prefer to sign a bill that makes a
third conviction on a drunken driving charge a felony. Doyle said he met with potential dairy investors in China who may look to expand business opportunities with Wisconsin. He said both China and Japan are “well aware” of Wisconsin’s energy conservation projects, and hopes to expand trade with both countries in the coming months.
“We actually have been getting a lot of e-mails from alumni, from current students, from friends of students who have all been positively affected by the Campus Women’s Center over the years,” Wustmann said. A letter-writing campaign will appeal to concerned individuals and other community members as the group seeks alternative sources of funding.
Save the CWC is heartened by the support they have seen so far from the student body. “I am very encouraged by how many people have approached me personally,” Save the CWC cofounder Jessi Indresano said. “I do, however, know that we have a large student body, so there is always work to be done. That’s why we’re here, and that’s why we’re going to move forward.”
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Michael Pollan, author of “In Defense of Food,” discussed his book with students, faculty and community members at the Kohl Center.
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partner benefits long due at uw
ast Monday saw a longdue celebration for the authorized domestic-partner health insurance beneﬁts at UW-Madison. After years of ﬁerce debates, Gov. Jim Doyle signed the plan into law this summer. This is also seen as a solid move to support education and promote equity. Since 2005, UW-Madison has been the only Big Ten school without these beneﬁts. The University of Iowa, in comparison, started offering its faculty and staff the option in 1992. In 2002, the UW-Madison Faculty Senate called for healthcare beneﬁts for domestic partners, but the motion went unanswered. Early in 2007, Doyle came close to signing the beneﬁts into law. Even the state Senate passed a budget including the beneﬁts that June. But they were dropped in Doyle’s later version of the budget bill. Since then discussions on the topic have stayed heated, yet the actual situation remains stagnant.
It is a shame that we lost such distinguished faculty over domestic partner beneﬁts, but thankfully this exodus should come to an end.
For many faculty members, years of waiting were harsh torture. Health-care support for domestic partners is not only about the ﬁnancial beneﬁts they deserve, but also tied up in the broader issue of equality. After a frustrating ﬁght, some of the most brilliant individuals among them chose to leave. Karen Ryker was a star theater professor and distinguished teaching award winner. She resigned in 2001 after 10 years at UW-Madison because of “a lack of domestic-partner beneﬁts.” Enjoying civil union status and
related beneﬁts at the University of Connecticut, Ryker still thinks about returning to Wisconsin once domestic-partner beneﬁts become recognized by law. Robert Carpick, now an engineering professor at the University of Pennsylvania, left UW in 2006 for to the same reason. In a later interview, Carpick said, “I found it’s problematic to work in an environment where you are not treated equally.” Also gone with him was $3.4 million in research grants from the National Science Foundation and other organizations. It is a shame that we lost such distinguished faculty over domestic-partner beneﬁts, but thankfully this exodus should come to an end. The cost of domestic partner beneﬁts is almost nothing compared with humongous projects like Union South, which guzzles over $140 million. According to Chancellor Biddy Martin, the estimated general purpose revenue cost of the plan is $550,000 for the UW system, and $112,000 for UWMadison. Just by giving these beneﬁts to our faculty, we could attract talent among both prospective students and faculty. As for current students, more of us would be able to enjoy more quality courses, something that takes the Madison Initiative for Undergraduates millions of dollars to do. Even though the merits of this legislation are plain to see, controversy over domestic partners’ rights overall is far from over. On Tuesday right after the celebration, supporters of partner beneﬁts announced their intervention in a lawsuit that is challenging the domestic partner registry. Wisconsin Family Action, an opponent of same-sex marriages ﬁled this lawsuit, declaring the registry unconstitutional. While the focus of each dispute varies, we choose to stand on the side of respect for education and equality.
Numbers Don’t Lie: Domestic Partner Beneﬁts
ASM should champion rights of LGBTI community As many of you know, there has been a recent outcry over the ASM endorsement for the LGBT Equality March in Washington D.C. Perhaps you didn’t know that over 50 student body presidents around the country have endorsed this march already, among them being leaders from UCLA, Princeton, Yale, Cornell, Tufts, Stanford, University of Chicago, University of Minnesota, and American; need I go on? The question of rights for LGBT people is certainly far more than a simple political question. The question of LGBT rights in America is a question of equality; something that goes far beyond normal politics. Certain rights are inherent for all individuals, and when some rights apply to some individuals (such as marriage rights), and not others, then there is a problem. This indicates injustice and oppression.
QI GU opinion columnist naking through the crowds, I found myself sitting in front of an ideal gameday brunch: an omelet sprinkled with shredded cheddar, toast and slices of crispy bacon, all washed down with a blueberry milkshake. Then, time to wobble your way to Camp Randall for the second half of a greasy, sweaty day. It’s not until now that you start longing for a refreshing bite of tomatoes. That’s how the idea of vegetarianism came to be. Especially in the ﬁrst half of 20th century, technological advances such as Freon brought a boon to the meat-packing industry. Meat consumption rose dramatically as a result of affordable prices. After 50 years of binge eating, Americans began to miss the merits of fresh garden fruits and vegetables.
In a well-balanced diet pyramid, serving amounts of vegetables and fruits come second only to staple foods.
UW-Madison was the 11th school in the Big Ten to approve domestic-partner beneﬁts
6 Number of criteria used to determine eligibility for domestic partner-beneﬁts, in addition to ﬁve subcriteria.
2 Number of Big Ten universities currently appealing legal decisions forcing them to end domestic partner beneﬁts (Michigan and Michigan State) Source: UW Human Resources and Workforce Diversity
as a whole. This movement affects EVERY person in the United States whether that person is gay, lesbian, bi, trans, inter-sex, or straight. How does this affect straight people you ask? After reading Martin Luther King Jr.’s “Letter from a Birmingham Jail”, I realized how much it applies to this movement. King said, “injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere”. Essentially those who do not fight the injustices in the world are prolonging them. Just as people have proclaimed ASM support unwise, so too did King’s peers deem support for the Civil Rights Movement as “unwise and untimely”, and so too did King reply, “justice too long delayed is justice denied”. —Maxwell Love Freshman, International Studies
Vegetarian Day puts new focus on dietary options
January 1, 2010 Date the domestic-partnerships law goes into effect
The application for funds from ASM has been attacked for a few reasons. First off, the mission of the march has been deemed “unclear”. The mission of this trip is to begin a grass roots organizing campaign to end LGBT injustice. The mission of this trip is to raise visibility for LGBT rights. Interestingly enough, opponents of this movement have done just that; by negatively publicizing this march they have raised issues surrounding LGBT rights.Thus they have fulfilled at least something a little more than providing “emotional benefit” to participants and “a hope for a better world” as some people have claimed are the only benefits of this march. Because the opponents have addressed this issue they are helping the march participants complete their goal of raising awareness, imagine that. Lastly, I can’t see what would better represent the student body
In the ‘90s, the government ﬁnally abandoned the long-standing basic four food groups sponsored by the meat and dairy industry, switching to the Food Guide Pyramid we know today. Even if you don’t care about the well-being of animals, taking meatless meals makes you healthier by avoiding troubles like the notorious E. coli. In the past few decades, food scares have swept across most kinds of livestock. Mercury poisoning in ﬁsh, salmonella in eggs, mad cow disease
and bird ﬂu. Each time they rock our faith in food safety while vegetables, on the other hand, keep a rather clean record. This always gives vegetarian advocates more to say, especially when the 33rd World Vegetarian Day is right around the corner on Oct. 1. Although you see vegetarian options in most restaurants, vegetarians make up less than 10 percent of the nation’s population. It may be more effective to look at minor, practical changes to eating than seeking to convert the masses.
Even in the food pantry of America’s most voracious carnivor, all you need is one more bunch of green vegetables.
In a well-balanced diet amounts of vegetables and fruits come second only to staple foods, about 1.5 to two times those of meat and dairy. But the true story is three out of four individuals eat less than the suggested servings. All too often, we get tricked by the stunt of heat in advertisements. The pepperoni pizza fresh out of the oven, the beef stew shrouded in steam and the boiling chicken noodle soup all become gloriﬁed by high temperatures. In comparison, the unpretentious looks of veggies can hardly get our attention. Encouraging vegetable intake is thus one priority of World Vegetarian Day, and it is a suggestion helpful to almost everybody. But sometimes it can be narrowed down to stiff idealism. Do a Google search of “vegetarian.” Most of the time you come across “vegetarianism” instead. The “-ism” creates an antagonizing dichotomy of meat lovers and vegetarians and pulls all food choices into a grudge war. A friend, for example, constantly ﬁnds
herself struggling between the temptation of meat and the commitment to vegetarianism, inhaling lettuce in guilt after a visit to a steakhouse. Staying healthy doesn’t need to be so painful. Hurling all chicken nuggets out your window won’t help. Even in the food pantry of America’s most voracious carnivore, all you need is one more bunch of green vegetables. Artichoke, for example, helps protect the liver from potential damage and helps the organ regenerate. A typical working day for the liver starts at around 11 p.m. Staying up late thus puts a serious strain on the largest organ in your body. For any night owls, artichoke could be an ideal part of your dinner. Even though the vegetarian lifestyle has only been embraced by a small few, most of us could take a veggie-friendly stand, eating more vegetables but not to the extreme.
Even though the vegetarian lifestyle has only been embraced by a small few, most of us could take a veggie-friendly stand.
This is also the idea of Michael Pollan, whose “In Defense of Food” boils down to a defense of vegetables and fruits. You probably have already devoured five cucumbers since his lecture. Keep working on that. It’s still not too late to fix your twisted diet pyramid. Once again, feel the tomato juice squirting out to cool your shirt, and enjoy the sensation of crunching cabbage aloud. After all, more veggies a day helps keep the doctor away. Qi Gu is a junior majoring in journalism. We welcome all feedback. Please send responses to email@example.com.
Monday, September 28, 2009
Avett Brothers add pop emphasis on latest By Gena Rieger THE DAILY CARDINAL
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Running from angry gangsters is hard work, and opportunities to sit and think are few and far between. Viewers should keep this in mind and pack a Red Bull before seeing this hectic, ramshackle ﬁlm.
Gang chase hurt by haste By Dan Sullivan THE DAILY CARDINAL
Even the most renowned filmmakers are still trying to figure out how to make cinema do and say things that no other artistic medium is capable of doing or saying. Particularly puzzling is the question of whether cinema is better at producing poetic truths or documentary truths. “Sin Nombre,” which screened this past weekend at the Play Circle Theater in Memorial Union, seems to suggest that you can’t have both poetic and documentary elements in the same film— which, truth be told, is hardly the case.
The ﬁlm aspires to confront incredibly heavy issues, but it refuses to dwell on any of them in a meaningful way.
The film aspires to confront incredibly heavy issues, but it refuses to dwell on any of them in a meaningful way. The pace of “Sin Nombre” is a total sprint: Director Cary Jojo Fukunaga’s strategy is to show, show and show some more without allowing for much in the way of reflection, contemplation or digestion. Like so many other contemporary ﬁlms, “Sin Nombre” combines handheld cinematography with cut-happy editing to tell the story of Willy (aka Casper), a mem-
ber of the notorious El Salvadoran gang Mara Salvatrucha who ﬁnds himself ﬂeeing from his former gang aboard a train bound for the U.S.-Mexico border. The train, despite appearing to travel very slowly, manages to cover the length of Mexico in a mere 90 minutes. Willy makes it to the border at about the same time as his absurdly murderous pursuers, typically tragic events result and the viewer walks away feeling bummed out but not exactly stimulated. “Sin Nombre” is dead-set on conveying its plot, which is deﬁnitely engaging but far too breakneck to grab onto satisfactorily. Visually, this film is frustrating. Fukunaga’s mise-en-scène is very interesting, a field of found objects serving as the setting for the film’s high-speed tragedy. It’s so interesting, in fact, that one inevitably becomes annoyed by the distractingly shaky framings and blunt image quality. Not much in “Sin Nombre” really pops off the screen, which is unfortunate given the visceral intensity of the narrative’s subject matter. “Sin Nombre” will never be mistaken for a light film; it concerns itself with extremely heavy subjects (gang violence, illegal immigration, revenge, mourning, etc.) from an overtly moral position. However, “Sin Nombre” is a highly ethical film with little new to say about moral issues, and at times the sentiments aroused comes off as cliché. It seems to argue that gangs are inherently immoral because they produce horrific acts of violence, many
examples of which are shown to get the point across. The condition of the U.S.-Mexico border is criticized because it serves as the ideal site for desperate living and senseless violence; this, too, is unsubtly hammered home through the film’s images. The “showing rather than telling” phenomenon is certainly a big part of why cinema is so powerful as an artistic medium, but it really helps for a film’s form to be provocative or affecting in its own right. “Sin Nombre” attempts to tackle weighty things in a way that isn’t particularly novel—in other words, the film “works,” but “working” often isn’t enough.
“Sin Nombre” is dead-set on conveying its plot, which is deﬁnitely engaging but far too breakneck to grab onto satisfactorily.
I also didn’t care much for the soundtrack, which consists of mildly provocative mood music designed to provide emotional cues for the viewer. If “Sin Nombre” is at all melodramatic, it’s because this music intrudes so often on the already frenetic presentation of events that the film begins to lose its visual potency and thematic suggestiveness. “Sin Nombre” has many poetic and documentary truths that it wants us to see; one only wishes that it didn’t try to cram all of them into such a brief block of time.
I and Love and You is the Avett Brothers’ 10th full album release, but their first on a major label. This type of jump for an established band can be a difficult change, and not so surprisingly, a theme of letting go and adjusting is woven throughout their latest record. I and Love and You’s title track also happens to be one of its strongest. In it, the Avetts tell us their bags are packed and they are ready to leave, instructing us to “inform the ones that need to know.” Who are these ones? Perhaps the old fans they are hoping will follow them to a major label, or maybe the new ones they are hoping to find there. Whomever this song is directed at, it is in many ways the album’s standout. The gravelly, rural twang in the lead singer’s voice mixed with the rising piano chords creates a stirring blend of trepidation and fatigue. When the Avetts lean more toward country rather than straight pop, both brothers are able to coax more feeling and range out of their vocals. However, as lovely as the string and piano arrangement in this piece are, they are betrayed more than a few times by trite, simplistic lyrics. How many times have we heard about the difficulty of telling someone you love them? Contrary to what the Avetts believe, breaking this sentiment apart into three simple words does not make it any more original. Their lyric choice goes on to hurt them again in “And It Spread,” in which Avett recalls how his lover “shot my arm full of love and it spread into the world.” Luckily, the soaring cello in the arrangement saves the piece from becoming a victim of its treacly sentiment. The masterful string arrangement helps make it one of the only noncountry songs that
really succeeds on the album. “Tin Man” and “It Goes On and On,” both of which lean toward a mainstream rock/pop feel, seem like fillers with their predictable chord progressions and uninspired melodies.
I and Love and You The Avett Brothers Although the Avetts did push back their release date to release “the album in its best form possible,” it’s still easy to wonder if I and Love and You could have benefitted from further editing and adjustment. The standout tracks like “Laundry Room” are filled with such inventive harmonies, and in this case a skillful banjo and fiddle jam, that it’s all the more unfortunate that several tracks barely manage to make an imprint. This sense of an uneasy balance pervades I and Love and You. The duo’s concerns about future success and leaving the past behind is especially evident on “Ten Thousand Words.” Avett sings, “And after we are are through / 10 years in making it to be the most glorious of debuts / And they’ll be quick to point out our shortcomings and how the experts have all had their doubts.” This is certainly a very strong major label debut, but it would have served the Avett Brothers far better if they had dropped the pop filler and focused more on writing the heartfelt folk-country songs they are known for. The Avett Brothers have the tools to prove those experts wrong, and here’s to hoping they begin to do it.
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Home sweet home: Win keeps Badgers unbeaten at McClimon By Jack Doyle THE DAILY CARDINAL
After a rough weekend in California, the Wisconsin women’s soccer team regrouped and continued its unbeaten streak at home with a tie against No. 15 Purdue (5-2-2) and a thrilling 3-2 victory over No. 19 Indiana (8-3-0). Friday was “Pac the Mac” night, and fans did just that with a season-high crowd of 844 showing up to watch Wisconsin (5-4-2) take on Purdue. The ﬁrst half didn’t see many scoring opportunities, but each team had one major chance to get on the scoreboard. The Badgers’ best opportunity came when they had a shot blocked
by Boilermaker goalkeeper Jenny Bradﬁsch from six yards out in the 20th minute. Purdue’s chance came when one of their players ripped a shot from 25 yards out that was deﬂected by the ﬁngertips of Badger sophomore goalkeeper Michele Dalton onto the crossbar and out of play. Wisconsin came out controlling the tempo in the second half and scored seven minutes in. Sophomore midﬁelder Meghan Flannery curved the ball in just inches too high for Bradﬁsch on a corner kick to put the Badgers up 1-0. After 22 shots, Purdue scored in the 78th minute when sophomore forward Katie Leinert redi-
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Laurie Nosbusch earned a hat trick against Indiana, powering the Wisconsin offense to a 3-2 win over the Hoosiers Sunday.
recap from page 8 the Wisconsin defense, which hounded Spartan quarterback Kirk Cousins for much of the game and forced four turnovers that the offense turned into 21 points. “We always talk about being opportunistic, and if our defense gives our offense a chance to score, we’ve got to ride that momentum,” Bielema said. “When those things happen and you don’t get points off it, that’s how you lose ball games, and we have to take advantage of them, and we did.” Bielema also credited his defense for ﬂawlessly executing
analysis from page 8 mance. Graham proved Saturday he was more than up to the task. The junior from New Jersey deserves much of the credit for Tolzien’s good day, as he found seams in the defense and came up big as a target in the red zone, gathering three touchdown passes and leading the team in catches. His effect on the passing game, however, went far beyond those numbers. “He’s awesome. When Travis [Beckum] was here, those guys drew a lot of attention, and he’s
rected a cross from freshman forward Vanessa Ibewuike. Neither team made any real threats in the 20-minute sudden-death overtime period, resulting in a 1-1 draw. After the game, head coach Paula Wilkins said she was not satisﬁed with the team’s performance. “I felt we came out in the second half and did a much better job,” she said. “We scored that goal and put them under a lot of pressure, and then we sort of fell apart.” The Badgers did not fall apart against Indiana Sunday afternoon, however. With a hat trick from sophomore Laurie Nosbusch, Wisconsin was able to hold off a late Indiana comeback and preserve a 3-2 victory. It was a breakout game for Nosbusch, who scored her ﬁrst three goals of the season against a talented Hoosier team. “[The hat trick] felt great. It’s obviously my ﬁrst goals of the season, so it was great that they came in a game when we actually needed them and helped our team get a win,” Nosbusch said. Indiana sophomore forward Carly Samp almost spoiled Nosbusch’s day when she tied the game at 2-2 with less than 10 minutes left in the match. But with just under three minutes remaining, Nosbusch scored on a rebound after Indiana goalkeeper Lex Dickison blocked an initial shot by freshman Monica Lam-Feist. Wilkins said she was pleased with the overall performance of the team this weekend. “Anytime you get to play against good teams like Purdue and Indiana and get a result you’ve got to be happy,” she said. “Obviously for this young group to come back and battle on the second day, I think we can build on that.” Wisconsin will host rival Minnesota Thursday night at 7 p.m. at the McClimon Sports Complex.
its game plan of shutting down Michigan State star receiver Blair White, who ﬁnished the game with a single catch for 8 yards. Coming into the game, White was second only to Minnesota’s Eric Decker in receptions and receiving yards in the Big Ten. Senior safety Chris Maragos, who had two of Wisconsin’s three interceptions, echoed Bielema in stressing the importance of shutting down White. “He’s the type of guy that makes their whole show run, and we wanted to make sure that we took him out of the game and make sure we were limiting what they do best,” Maragos said.
While the score appears close, Wisconsin dominated almost every aspect of the game before Michigan State scored two late touchdowns when the game was already well in hand. The game also served as an opportunity for revenge for the Badgers, who lost to the Spartans last year in East Lansing on a lastsecond ﬁeld goal. “There was a little bit of animosity going on with us and those guys since from last year how we lost that game on that ﬁeld goal,” senior defensive end O’Brien Schoﬁeld said. “Our biggest thing today was to stop the run and force them to pass, and I think we were able to do that.”
still drawing a lot of attention,” Toon said. “He opens up the rest of the passing game for me and Isaac and [David Gilreath] and the rest of the guys that are out there.” The three scores were a personal best for Graham, who said he had never scored three times in any game. It was also the most scores in a game for one Wisconsin receiver since current Houston Texans tight end Owen Daniels had three in a 2005 game against Temple. He got the call on Wisconsin’s ﬁrst trip into the red zone, and after his touchdown reception was nulliﬁed by a holding call, Tolzien went right back
to him for a 15-yard score. Graham’s second touchdown may have even been more impressive. With Tolzien getting pulled down by a linebacker, Graham just got his hands under a short pass to put Wisconsin up 14-0. Ofﬁcials reviewed the play, but decided that he did indeed have it. “The coaches were trying to get the offense together to go back out [during the review], but I was positive I caught it,” Graham said. “I was supposed to run like a ﬁve-yard out [but they blitzed],” he added. “So I just turned around real quick and Scottie saw it.”
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Aaron Nichols had a good opportunity to score in the 26th minute of the Badgers’ match against Indiana, but his shot sailed just high.
Despite Pac’d Mac, UW drops conference opener to Hoosiers By Parker Gabriel THE DAILY CARDINAL
The Wisconsin men’s soccer team took a tough loss at home Friday, dropping its Big Ten opener to No. 13 Indiana 1-0 in front of a large crowd. The match featured high-quality play from both sides for the majority of the night, with the lone goal coming from Hoosiers sophomore Will Bruin on a breakaway in the 57th minute. The game-winning score only temporarily quieted the 1,703 fans who ﬁlled the McClimon Complex stands, marking the sixth-largest attendance in stadium history. The Badgers came close to scoring in the 26th minute when junior Aaron Nichols beat his man from the left wing and ripped a shot that went just high. The Hoosiers had chances in the ﬁrst half as well, but the Badgers’ defense repeatedly turned away Indiana runs. In the second half, Wisconsin’s defense had more trouble fending off Indiana’s offensive attack. The Badgers’ senior goalkeeper, Alex Horwath, made spectacular stops on two shots that would have put the Hoosiers on top. Indiana kept the pressure up, however, and eventually capitalized in the 57th minute. A scrum for the ball in the midﬁeld ended with sophomore Hoosier Tommy Meyer clearing a long volley down the middle of the ﬁeld. Senior UW defender Eric Conklin went up to control the ball over Bruin, the reigning Freshmanof the Year in the Big Ten, but was knocked off balance by the forward and could not recover. Bruin broke away from the defense and snuck a shot by Horwath for the game-winner. The contact was enough to incite some controversy, as Horwath immediately came out to plead his case with the ofﬁcial. He was issued a yellow card, and a UW assistant received a red card and was sent off. Wisconsin head coach Todd Yeagley pointed to the high stakes and the competitive nature of the moment
when asked about the reaction from Horwath and others. “You just know that when you give up [a goal] against Indiana it’s going to be a tough one to get back, and that’s where that emotion came from,” he said. From that point on, Indiana packed in the defense and controlled the ball, making it difﬁcult for the Badgers to muster momentum and snufﬁng out any opportunity that came Wisconsin’s way. For the night, the Badgers had just two shots on goal and did not get one from their top offensive threat, senior Scott Lorenz. “They’re a good passing team; they spread the ﬁeld and make it hard to chase,” Lorenz said. “They make us chase the game, which is tiring and takes away from our ability to counterattack.” The Badgers did get some help from the crowd in their offensive attempts, however. “I hope tonight some people became fans of Wisconsin soccer and will come out in the future.” Alex Horwath senior goalkeeper UW Men’s Soccer
Sets of bleachers were placed on both ends of the ﬁeld so students could watch the game up close. The Wisconsin students switched ends at the half to stay directly behind the Hoosiers’ freshman goalkeeper, Luis Soffner. It was an effort that had the players raving, even after a tough loss. “They were awesome,” Horwath said. “This is the best environment I’ve played in since I came here. I hope tonight some people became fans of Wisconsin soccer and will come out in the future because it really does help.” The Badgers continue a tough stretch this week, traveling to the Windy City for a match with Illinois-Chicago Wednesday.
Monday, September 28, 2009
Badgers start Big Ten season with strong win RECAP
Memories of 2008 loss fade with dominant victory By Justin Dean THE DAILY CARDINAL
With the exception of a wobbly last four minutes of a game that had long been over, John Clay and Wisconsin made a statement to the rest of the Big Ten Saturday as they stampeded to a 38-30 win over Michigan State. The sophomore running back rumbled for 145 yards and a score while carrying the ball a careerhigh 32 times, 25 of which came in the second half as the Badgers ran down the clock and eroded the Spartan defense. More importantly, Clay didn’t fumble the ball once, helping Wisconsin ﬁnish plus-three in turnover margin. Head coach Bret Bielema lauded Clay’s effort after the game, particularly coming off a rough game against Wofford in
which Clay fumbled three times. “He knew he had to get it right and the only person that was going to do that was him,” Bielema said. “You can see when he gets those knees driving and those double forearms on the ball, as a head coach you really like to see that.” Clay wasn’t the only offensive star in Saturday’s victory. Junior quarterback Scott Tolzien threw for 243 yards and a careerhigh 4 touchdowns as the offense continued to perfect its multifaceted attack that no longer relies solely on the rush to score points. Senior tight end Garrett Graham caught three of Tolzien’s touchdowns, and wide receivers Isaac Anderson and Nick Toon maintained their reliable play as dynamic downﬁeld threats. Anderson made a crucial 45-yard reception down the sideline to help set up a 19-yard touchdown strike to Toon that gave Wisconsin a 14-point lead at the start of the fourth quarter. Much of the offense’s success was because of the aggressive play of recap page 7
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Garrett Graham: 5 receptions, 58 yards, 3 TD. John Clay: 145 yards on 32 rushes. Chris Maragos: 5 tackles, 2 INT
Tolzien, Graham team up to power aerial attack By Ben Breiner THE DAILY CARDINAL
A late Spartan scoring barrage made Saturday’s game look close, but Wisconsin controlled almost all of the contest. The Badger defense forced four turnovers and Garrett Graham scored three times as Wisconsin started Big Ten play with a strong victory.
Quote of the Game: “He’s so sound in what’s going on around him, and he’s got a good understanding of the bigger picture.” Bret Bielema on Scott Tolzien
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Clockwise from top: Chris Maragos picked off a pair of Michigan State passes, Garrett Graham caught three touchdowns over the Spartans, and Scott Tolzien threw for 243 yards and four TDs Saturday.
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Coming into Saturday’s game, most of the talk was about Wisconsin’s chances of slowing down the Spartans’ proliﬁc passing offense. At day’s end, however, it was the Badgers’ signal caller who made the big impression. Junior quarterback Scott Tolzien distributed the ball to seven different receivers en route to four scoring passes—the most for a Wisconsin quarterback since 2006—did not turn the ball over once and made several big plays in the fourth quarter to put a one-score game out of
reach for Michigan State. “The thing I like about Scotty is he is just constantly moving forward,” Wisconsin head coach Bret Bielema said. “He’s so sound in what’s going on around him, and he’s got a good understanding of the bigger picture. They were taking away certain things and we thought we could take advantage of the air, and he went out there and kept executing, made great decisions.” Early in the game, the Spartans were giving up short passes in the ﬂats, and Tolzien took advantage with underneath throws. Then as the defense collapsed on those, the offense went vertical. Tolzien hit junior receiver Isaac Anderson in stride for 45 yards late in the third quarter to set up a 19-yard touchdown strike to sophomore wide receiver Nick Toon over a pair of defenders. Moments later, he hit junior tight end Garrett
Graham, who got behind all of Michigan State’s defenders. “I felt like it was good plays called and guys just making plays,” Tolzien, who ﬁnished with 243 yards, said. “Nick had a guy on him on the one touchdown, and he just beat his guy off the line of scrimmage and made a play.” Toon added that Tolzien was hitting players in stride, putting them in the best position for yards after the catch and big plays. On his ﬁrst two touchdowns, Tolzien also showed off his accuracy, lacing the ﬁrst one over a linebacker and tossing the second with a Spartan linebacker hanging off him. Graham goes big With family and friends from out of town in the stands, most players aim to put on a good perforanalysis page 7