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Common Council members introduced a proposal to expand late-night food cart vending sites, approved an amendment to extend the expiration date of the alcohol license policy and adopted a Lamp House Ad Hoc Committee report. Council members introduced the ordinance to expand late-night food vending sites as recommended unanimously by the Vending Oversight Committee. A final decision is scheduled to be made during the council’s March 18 meeting. Madison’s city council also approved an amendment to extend the Alcohol License Density Ordinance expiration date from April 1 to July 1. The amendment would allow city committees a chance to create a potentially permanent ordi-
nance that would take advantage of the bar and tavern market in the downtown area, according to Ald. Mike Verveer, District 4. The current ordinance places a quota on the number of bars in a broad region within the city and only permits new bars that replace existing establishments. Verveer said he expects to see the quota reducewd to an area already highly concentrated in liquor licenses and police activity, which would allow more flexibility for new bars and taverns. Lastly, Council members approved the Lamp House report after lengthy debate with opposition from members of the Council. The report states Frank Lloyd Wright designed the house in the 1900s specifically to give his childhood friend, Robert Lamp, a view of the sailboat races on the lakes before Lamp passed away in 1916.
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City Council decides on local issues By Patricia Johnson
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Ald. Mark Clear, District 19, expresses his opposition to the Lamp House report due to building height limitations. Ald. Mark Clear, District 19, proposed a failed amendment rejecting the ad hoc committee’s recommendation to preserve the view of Lake Mendota from the Lamp House by implementing height limitations on surrounding establishments. “I think it’s radical to begin to talk about either conveying or eliminating potentially millions of dollars worth of air rights from properties all over the north side of
the Isthmus,” Clear said. Despite contention, many attendees agreed with the report’s conclusion. Bill Gates, a neighborhood representative on the Lamp House committee, supports the report and said the Lamp House is historically valued for the views it offers. “There’s a story to be told and a story to be preserved,” Ald. Lisa Subeck, District 1, said.
Assembly Republicans demonstrated unity Tuesday as they voted to remove Bill Kramer from his post as majority leader and replace him with the state’s first woman majority leader. Republicans voted unanimously to replace Kramer with state Rep. Pat Strachota, R-West Bend, according to The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Strachota is not running for re-election and will be replaced at the end of session in 2015. The closed Republican caucus voted to remove the Waukesha representative after allegations surfaced that he groped a woman in Washington, D.C. last week during a fund-raiser event and then later passed inappropriate remarks to a women on a plane. Kramer has since checked
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State Senate passes Gov. Scott Walker’s tax cuts as part of ‘Blueprint for Prosperity’ By Siddharth Pandey THE DAILY CARDINAL
Senate Republicans approved large income tax cuts Tuesday after a tense state Senate debate punctuated with Democratic disapproval. The tax cuts come as part of Gov. Scott Walker’s “Blueprint for Prosperity,” which prioritizes putting money back into taxpayers’ pockets, according to state Republicans. The cuts return approximately $500 million to taxpayers and delegate $35 million toward worker training programs.
Contention arose over a Democratic amendment that would eliminate the structural deficit of $658 million while remaining under the GOP proposal. The Democratic amendment would also triple funding for worker training and eliminate cuts for the wealthiest taxpayers. Average homeowners would also see $231 in property tax savings as compared to $100 under the GOP proposal. “[The proposal] is a stark contrast to the failed policies of the past that saddled our state with double-digit tax increases, billion
dollar budget deficits and major job loss,” Walker said in a statement. “The facts show our historic reforms are working, and our state is in much better financial and economic shape than it was just four years ago.” Democrats disagreed, with state Senate Minority Leader Chris Larson, D-Milwaukee, telling his colleagues to stop the “borrow and spend” trend that has become a Walker government hallmark and exhorting
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University police arrest Madison man for third OWI ON CAMPUS
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Two crows and a hawk perch on a tree behind the Social Sciences building on a wintry Tuesday. + Photo by Tommy Yonash
University police arrested Sean Lee, 44, of Madison after he crashed his vehicle into a light post and fled the scene early Tuesday morning, according to a University of Wisconsin Police Department statement. Lee was arrested for a third offense of Operating While
Intoxicated with a blood alcohol content of .11, according to the statement. He was also charged with failing to notify the police of an accident. The incident occurred around 2:23 a.m. at the intersection of Fish Hatchery Road and South Park Street, according to the statement.
The police found Lee’s abandoned vehicle locked and heavily damaged. A UWPD officer located the escaped driver on Brooks Street, according to the statement. He identified Lee with the help of a description from a motorist who witnessed the incident and first notified the police.
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For the record An article on the University of Wisconsin-Madison Teaching Assistants’ Association response to Chancellor Rebecca Blank did not include the Division of Recreational Sports’ stance on the Athletic Department’s contribution to the Master Plan but has since been updated online. An article on frac sand mining in Wisconsin incorrectly referred to frac sand mining as “fracking” in Monday’s headline.
By Mike Schwanke
ou can’t do Madison in a day. Most can’t even do Madison in four years, often sticking around for a fifth or even a sixth if they’re so ambitious. With all of the red and white sporting events, stale Keystone Light parties and remarkable people everywhere you look, it’s difficult to figure out how to spend your tenure here outside of class. Luckily, our dear friends at The Badger Herald and Elitedaily. com put it upon themselves to compile lists of 45-50 activities to cross off your “Bucky List.” These activities have apparently all been “tested and approved” by current and former Badgers. Some items on the Herald’s list are obvious, such as 13: Take a nap in College Library or 5: Drink a fishbowl at Wando’s. Others, like 34: Pregame a final exam and 47: Swim at a nude beach, provide activities for the more courageous faithful red. One activity that caught my eye, which graced both the Herald’s 2010 list (2) as well as the list posted this fall by Elite Daily (18), was to sneak into Camp Randall and stargaze from the 50-yard line. What a great idea for a divine starlit evening, right? This idea hid in the back of my mind until catalytic amounts of alcohol provoked it forward. One fateful night last October, my two friends, Tony and Cam, and I were passing by the stadium around 1 a.m. and decided to give it a go. After devising a drunken plan to infiltrate the stadium, we climbed up a few dumpsters on the southeast side of the stadium, hopped the fence and were seemingly home free. We nonchalantly
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strolled through the halls of Camp Randall, searching for a gate to the field. Then, I saw a blinking red light in the corner of my eye. I froze in my tracks, coming to my senses, seeing dozens of blinking red lights. All of them cameras. All of them recording my every move.
“GUYS!” I shout-whispered, “WE GOTTA GO!” I sprinted back to the fence, somehow managing to boost myself over it and hide in a bush a quarter-mile away. When I peeked out of the bush, Tony and Cam were nowhere to be found. They had pressed onward, tiptoeing around the stadium
until they finally found a golden gate to the promised land. A gate accompanied by a pair of Madison’s finest. “Hey, do you know where the exit is?” Cam said to the approaching policemen, attempting to outsmart or at least confuse them.
is the point where I’m guessing Cam and Tony did all they could to not poop themselves. “You know that 80,000 people sit in these stands every Saturday, right? We’ve got this place surrounded by 30 policemen. You’re not exiting anywhere.” This is the point where I’m guessing they pooped themselves. The police then went on to explain that my friends and I were just a few of the many idiots who try to live out their football dreams every weekend. They had already caught multiple other offenders earlier in the evening and were expecting more after bar close. For the safety of the Badger faithful, they couldn’t just let random individuals into the stadium. So they slapped my homies with underage tickets and hefty fines, then sent them off to view the stars from a different location. I guess the moral of the story is one I’ve learned many times already in my young life: Don’t believe everything you read on the Internet. Perhaps it was just bad timing for me and my crew; perhaps we were not as sneaky as our predecessors. Or, perhaps drinking stupendous amounts of PBR and trespassing in a Division I football stadium is as dumb of an idea as it sounds. Nevertheless, my advice to my fellow Badgers is to not attempt Graphic by Mikaela Albright to check off this Bucky List item. Well, only “Well, the exit is that way,” unless “Be questioned for terrorresponded one of the men in blue. ism” and “Get smashed by the “Yeah, that’s where terrorists firm hammer of the law” are also get out,” piped in the other one. on your list. In that case, best of Yes, my friends were not only luck to you; your fallen brothcaught drunkenly trespassing on ers will be cheering you on from the hallowed grounds of Camp the sidelines… Well, not actually Randall, but were now being from the sidelines, but you know questioned for terrorism. This what I mean.
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State senators introduce campaign finance legislation The state Senate plans to take up legislation in the coming months that would make major changes to the state’s campaign finance laws. State Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald, R-Juneau, and state Sen. Mary Lazich, R-New Berlin, introduced two bills Monday that would narrow the circumstances under which individuals and organizations must report political contributions and disbursements. The bills would remove financial reporting requirements for political advertisements that do not explicitly advocate for the election or defeat of individual candidates or include the words “vote for,” “elect,” “support” or five other
similar terms. Communications over the Internet, as well as those lacking the specified terms or that refer to an individual candidate’s name, would not be subject to financial disclosure requirements. The bills would also remove reporting requirements for administrative costs incurred by organizations not explicitly dedicated to political advocacy. They would also expand the period of time in which lobbyists may donate to political candidates. Common Cause in Wisconsin, a nonprofit political organization that aims to promote transparency in government, according to its website, called the legislation
“a sudden, surprise attack on the ability of Wisconsin citizens to know who is trying to influence their vote at election time,” according to a statement. “The result would be more undisclosed campaign communications … and much more dark money in Wisconsin,” Jay Heck, Executive Director of Common Cause in Wisconsin, said on behalf of the organization in a statement. The Senate Committee on Elections and Urban Affairs has scheduled a hearing on the bills Wednesday. Neither Lazich nor Fitzgerald could be reached for comment. —Andrew Hahn
WAA recognizes alumni with ‘Forward under 40 Award’ The Wisconsin Alumni Association named seven University of WisconsinMadison alumni winners of the ‘Forward under 40 Award,’ an honor given to former students under the age of 40 who promote the notion that experiences at UW-Madison should extend benefits beyond campus, according to a Tuesday news release. The selection committee chose winners who inspire their communities, both on campus and within a larger global scope, Kurt Bauer, a 1991 UW-Madison graduate and member of the national WAA Board of Directors, said
in the release. “Each of them has turned their personal passion into something meaningful for society,” Bauer said in the release. Peter Drobac, who graduated in 1996, is an executive director at Partners in Health-Rwanda and works to improve treatment options for critically ill persons in rural poor areas. Ayse Gurses, a 2005 Ph.D. graduate and associate professor at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, centers her work on preventing health care errors to enhance patient safety. Luxme Hariharan, who graduated with an MD in 2009, treats and works to prevent
childhood blindness. Jarius King, 2009 graduate and creator of Wisconsin’s first annual urban art and movement showcase, travels throughout the world nurturing youth arts appreciation. Tom Koch, a 2005 Ph.D. graduate, helps to advance agriculture in some of the world’s most impoverished regions by developing plant hybrids. Anil Rathi graduated in 1997 and works at Innovation Challenge, the largest online innovation competition in the world. Jessica Sack, a 1996 graduate, works to advance cultural opportunities for children and adults in New Haven, Conn. —Adelina Yankova
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R-Franklin, said in a press release, mistreatment of women, especially from people in positions of power has no place in society. Rodriguez also said Kramer’s “poor judgment” should not be left out of politics. “Any attempt to use what happened to score political points only serves to trivialize the problems that many women face,” Rodriguez said
in the statement. Kramer is already registered to run for re-election, according to Wisconsin Government Accountability Board records. State Rep. Mary Williams, R-Medford, will fill Strachota’s spot on the Joint Committee on Finance for the remainder of the session. —Eoin Cottrell
himself into rehab, according to a release from his office. Assembly Speaker Robin Vos, R-Rochester, said he is confident in Strachota’s ability to handle her new responsibilities due to her decade of service on the Joint Committee on Finance. State Rep. Jessie Rodriguez,
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The proposed ‘Debt-Free Future’ national campaign aims to increase transparency over university and private bank transactions.
University committee starts ‘Debt-Free Future’ campaign The Associated Students of Madison University Affairs Committee introduced a campaign that aims to increase transparency over contracts between universities and private banks in a meeting Tuesday. The national campaign, call Debt-Free Future, encourages school leaders to help in revealing these contracts. According to committee Chair Hannah Kinsella, private banks are benefitting from tuition dollars through private lending and loans, although the amount depends on the university. Jobs with Justice, Student Labor Action Project and United
States Student Association originally initiated the Debt-Free Future national campaign. The committee and several registered student organizations plan to deliver a letter to the Board of Regents and Chancellor Rebecca Blank March 6, the national day for universities to drop letters off to chancellors or government officials. The committee also gave an update on a textbook affordability campaign and is planning on sending postcards to University of WisconsinMadison faculty and department chairs addressing high textbook costs.
UW System payroll director Larry Henderson to resign March 14 The University of Wisconsin System announced Monday that Larry Henderson, Human Resources System director, will step down after two years of employment, according to a Wisconsin State Journal article. UW System brought Henderson in to fix problems in the payroll and benefits system, according to the article. His resignation follows a recent audit, which found the payroll reporting is not secure. The system processes almost $2.9 billion in payroll-related expenses a year, and recent
errors could cost the University of Wisconsin-Madison between $10.6 and $12.7 million in overpayments, according to the Legislative Audit Bureau. “Together, we have worked day and night to bring HRS to a much more stable place,” Henderson said in a staff email, reported by WSJ. “I’m proud of what we have accomplished together.” Henderson said in the email he will resign March 14 and fill a new, unnamed role after taking time off. UW System will announce plans for a replacement next week.
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Gov. Scott Walker’s tax cut bills passed through the Wisconsin state Senate Tuesday.
walker from page 1 them to be more responsible. Larson received support from numerous legislators who voiced their disapproval regarding the proposal. State Sen. Lena Taylor, D-Milwaukee, reminded her colleagues the state’s debt stood at $213 million when Walker came to office
and has increased to $658 million. “Our state is hurting, and our economy is hurting,” Taylor said. Further criticism came from state Sen. Kathleen Vinehout, D-Alma, who said the state should be more fiscally responsible. “We are the stewards of the people’s money,” Vinehout said. On the other hand, GOP legislators including state Sen.
Mary Lazich, R-New Berlin, and Jerry Petrowski, R-Marathon, praised the Senate’s decision. “It is very simple; the hardworking citizens of our state should be able to keep more of their money and these tax cuts do just that,” Petrowski said in a Tuesday release. The bill will move to Walker’s desk.
The entire University of Wisconsin-Madison campus gained access to the new Guided Expense Tool, which will become the main device of filing for expense reimbursement over the course of the year, according to a Tuesday university news release. GET was created in response to demand for a more instinctive and user-friendly system for expense submissions, according to the release. The new tool will feature specialized functions to better track travel expenses, such as built-in wizards for selecting funding and mileage rates and receipt require-
ment indicators. While the vast majority of reimbursement requests can be submitted through GET, cash advance reimbursements will still need to go through e-Reimbursement, UW-Madison’s current web-based expense compensation tool. E-Reimbursement will continue to serve as a platform for auditing and approvals. For more information and to start using GET, visit the Accounting Services’ Expense Reimbursement website at http:// www.bussvc.wisc.edu/acct/e-Re/ index.html.
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New barre3 studio gives new meaning to a workout By Courtney Pelot The Daily Cardinal
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The barre3 workout helps you acheive better posture as well as stay fit.
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Bring this article to the Madison barre3 studio for a complimentary class.
Early last fall, as barre3 was training its amazing instructors and excitedly planning for the opening of the studio, I fell in love with the barre3 workout. After taking just one class, I was hooked. I could feel myself working all of my muscles, many of which I hadn’t used in a while. The soundtrack, including a little bit of Britney Spears, as well as the knowledgeable staff, kept me motivated through the intense workout. After each class, I left with a tightened tummy and a sense of better posture. Luckily, the studio has recently opened and is located very close to campus, so you can try barre3 for yourself! To learn more about my favorite workout, check out my interview with Patti Steinhauer, a UW alumna and barre3 Madison’s owner and instructor. Courtney Pelot: Why did you decide to open barre3? Patti Steinhauer: I started doing the barre3 workout five years ago when I lived in New York, and I fell in love with it. It became part of my lifestyle and an excellent way to start my day. I decided to move back to the Midwest to be closer to family and was inspired to open my own barre3 studio. For two years, I researched various barre3 techniques and decided to join the barre3 family, which originally started in Portland, Oregon. Barre3 is not only an amazing workout; it cultivates the feeling of community, which is a great fit for the culture already in Madison. Trying a new method of working out can be intimidating, but we strive to make the barre3 experience welcoming and inviting.
What exactly is barre3 and its workouts? Barre3 is a fusion of yoga and Pilates using the ballet barre as a prop. These workouts are set to an upbeat soundtrack and follows a vigorous pace moving through a sequence of postures designed to shape and lift the entire body. How is the barre3 workout different from other workouts? Barre3 is different from any other workout because it has a unique three-step sequence that creates the strength of an athlete with the long, lean, graceful lines of a dancer. Throughout our workout, we focus on isometric holds and small-range motions, which align and strengthen the muscles, low impact dynamic movements to energize and elevate the heart rate and recovery stretches to elongate the muscles. How can college students incorporate barre3 into their own lives? The great thing about barre3 is that you can do it anywhere. We don’t fuss with heavy equipment and you don’t need crazy weights to get a great body. Barre3 teaches people how to use their own body weight to tone and elongate muscles. Life gets crazy, especially as a college student, so while you’re waiting in line for Badger games or waiting for your laundry to finish, you can do simple barre3 movements focusing on target muscles. Grab your workout clothes and hurry to the studio! The barre3 family is offering a special for Daily Cardinal readers. Bring in this article and receive a complimentary class. Want to learn more about the barre3 studio and their impressive workout classes? Email Courtney at email@example.com.
Style Guru Sara Weber’s fashionable tips and tricks By Mekea Larson The Daily Cardinal
Sara Weber is a senior at UW-Madison and is about to complete her major in communication arts. This semester, she has been a Style Guru for CollegeFashionista covering her column, Fashionista Spotlight. Head to CollegeFashionista every Wednesday for her reports on stylish girls and guys she has spotted on campus. To learn more about Sara, her style and what she looks for in a Fashionista or Fashionisto, read my Q&A with her. Mekea Larson: What is your favorite part about being a Style Guru for CollegeFashionista? Sara Weber: I’d have to say my favorite part about being a Style Guru is the chance I have to talk to a variety of people on campus about something I love. While walking down the streets of Madison, I am always on the lookout for looks I love. Now I don’t have to hesitate to ask what they are wearing because it’s my job to do so! How would you describe your personal style?
You can consider me a neutral-colored girl that loves to add a pop of color. Looking in my closet, 90 percent of it is filled with light neutrals. If you look at my accessories, 90 percent of them are dashing with color. How has this internship influenced your personal style so far? The internship thus far has opened me up to new looks that I’ve yet to try. I usually stick to a pretty consistent style, but seeing all of these Fashionistas mix and match things I never would have inspired me to add some new things to my closet. What’s your go-to outfit? My go-to outfit for class is a pair of leggings, an oversized sweater or top, an infinity scarf and some riding boots. My go-to outfit for a night on the town is a pair of black jeans, leather paneled leggings, or a skirt and chiffon top. And I never forget a piece of statement jewelry and a pair of booties or pumps. Which trends are you looking forward to sporting the most in spring?
I can’t wait to pair some high-waisted chiffon shorts with a simple crop and a pair of colorful wedges! What are your favorite places to shop? If shipping from Australia didn’t range from $30-70, I would own everything from boutique stores that are headquartered down under. But, because shipping puts a damper on everything, I like to do most of my shopping at Forever 21, Nordstrom, Macy’s, Urban Outfitters and lululemon. Do you have a style icon that you look to for inspiration? Blake Lively. She is beautiful, classy and looks stunning in everything she wears. What do you look for in a Fashionista? Everyone’s sense of fashion is different, so it isn’t fair to say that one look is right or wrong. All looks are great, as long as the person wearing it is confident in rocking it. Want to learn more about CollegeFashionista? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Weber along a snowy University Avenue.
Sunroom Cafe proves to be good for more than just a weekend brunch spot for students By Sammy Silverman The Daily Cardinal
Many people attend Sunroom Cafe as a regular spot for brunch. It can be expected when attending on a Sunday morning around 11 a.m. to have to wait in a line that goes down the stairs, if not out the door. But Sunroom Cafe has many more options than just your typical omelette or pancake breakfast. What many people do not realize is that it has a spectacular dinner menu as well. Sunroom Cafe’s dinner menu explores a wide variety of cuisines that can fill any craving. For example, if you’re in the mood for Italian food, Sunroom’s pesto pasta is a great option. This cream sauce with pesto and sun-dried tomatoes is delicious.
By adding chicken or shrimp you can add some protein as well. Keeping with the Italian flavors, Sunroom also offers multiple pizza options. These personal pies both look and taste spectacular. If you’re in the mood for some healthy Asian food, look no further. Again, Sunroom has options for you. My personal favorite is their vegetable & tofu fried rice. This option is much healthier than typical fried rice. It includes many vegetables that are fresh in addition to tofu and eggs for protein. The crispy thai peanut noodle bowl is Sunroom’s version of pad thai. This dish is filled with thick noodles and vegetables in a delicious spicy peanut sauce. Sunroom uses a similar peanut sauce in
its thai stir fry. This dish includes grilled chicken or beef with fresh vegetables over rice, covered in the peanut sauce. Are you feeling like it’s time for a fiesta? Sunroom Cafe also offers some Hispanic cuisine. You can choose between slightly spicy chicken, shrimp, vegetarian or beef quesadillas. These quesadillas include green peppers, tomatoes, red onion, mushrooms, spinach and jalepeno. The dishes also come with a side of rice, salsa, and guacamole. These slightly spicy plates are sure to hit the spot. Even if you just want to grab a quick sandwich, Sunroom Cafe can provide a source of quality food that you know is healthy. It offers a portabella mushroom sandwich, grilled
salmon sandwich and a grilled chicken sandwich. All of these are served with a choice of either potato or tabouli. Looking for another healthy option? Try the turkey burger or the organic veggie burger. Both of these choices come with a side of vegetables that are always full of flavor. No matter what you’re craving, Sunroom Cafe has something to offer. From a variety of flavors, to healthy and delicious meals, Sunroom Cafe can provide you with a scrumptious dinner. Next time you aren’t sure where to go, be sure to remember that Sunroom Cafe has plenty of options beyond brunch. Want a few more options for your next dinner out? Email Sammy at email@example.com.
opinion US lacks easy solution to Ukraine crisis dailycardinal.com
SEAN HOEY opinion columnist
hanks, Obama! Russia invaded the Ukraine over the weekend, and as is their favorite pastime when things run amok, Republicans in Congress have fired a barrage of obtuse and scornful quotes at President Barack Obama for his failure to do, you know, whatever they’re complaining about on that given day. Most recently, they’ve rebuked the president for not being assertive, for weakening the country’s military, for failing to lead the international community and so on—what Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., called “a feckless foreign policy where no one believes in America’s strength anymore.” This extreme stance, however, is misguided. While certainly Russia’s unprovoked aggression is a dangerous violation of international norms, something the United States should react and in fact is reacting to, the truth is that any leader of this country, Democrat or Republican, would have the same difficulty Obama is having to find a successful response to the crisis. Indeed, there are no realistic options that would effectively rebuff Russia’s hasty, reckless advances. It’s an election year, and it’s easy for Republicans to rouse their base and earn a few votes by blaming the president for America’s ohso-significant decline in international
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status. It’s especially easy after last week’s announcement from Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, who released his department’s budgetary plans, including a sizable reduction in U.S. military forces. Republicans have called on Obama to restore plans to a greater number of soldiers, proclaiming these sorts of policies make the United States look weak.
Russia is still a major international power, and it has its hands in other conflicts around the world in which the United States has a stake.
Aside from the fact this policy is taken out of context (the military is preparing for a peacetime where fewer numbers are necessary—a peacetime, I might add, following two very unpopular wars under a leader of the GOP), it isn’t the reduction that dwarfs our nation’s power. Rather, it’s Congress’ obstinate refusal to authorize our military might when it’s needed. Case in point: Syria. Following reports of chemical weapons in the fall of 2013, Obama proposed to perpetrate a strike against the Assad regime. But instead of acting on his own, he, as requested by Republican legislators, sought the approval of Congress, where the initiative failed to gain enough traction to even come to a vote. But, even if Republican leaders did whip up enough votes for
a measure to use military force, there would probably be little popular support. After two long, costly wars, the American public isn’t exactly eager to be involved in another international crisis. Still, the use of force isn’t the only possible reaction to Russia’s attack on the Ukraine. Just as the president announced earlier, economic sanctions are a strong option. However, this sort of retribution has serious humanitarian consequences Russian President Vladimir Putin may never feel or even care about. The idea behind these sanctions is if it’s able to cripple the country’s economy, the U.S. might be able to force Russia to give in to its demands. But Putin won’t be the one bearing the burden of these sanctions. Instead, ordinary Russians, those who didn’t provoke the conflict, will be the ones to feel the weakening economy, and it’s their plight that is supposed to bring Russia to the bargaining table.
It’s an election year, and it’s easy for Republicans to rouse their base and earn a few votes by blaming the president for America’s oh-sosignificant decline in international status.
Yet, as is with nearly all the states the U.S. wants to manipulate, Russia’s leader more or less disregards what the Russian public feels. He’s not exactly the most caring guy. Over the last few years, he’s ignored
and blanketed massive protests for democratic reform in the country, even jailing his political opponents or forcing them to flee. Thus, sanctions aren’t a great option either. They’ll only cause distress for the Russian public without forcing any real movement from Putin. Even if he did issue real sanctions or bypass Congress to use military force in the Ukraine (what a creative round of vitriol from Republicans that would surely cause), the issue is still more complicated. There are other dimensions of the conflict and ramifications to consider. While its power has diminished over the last 25 years, Russia is still a major international power, and it has its hands in other conflicts around the world in which the United States has a stake—maybe even a greater one. For instance, Russia is a major player in the goings-on in Iran, where over the last several months, Secretary of State John Kerry has assiduously worked with other key leaders to negotiate an end to Iran’s nuclear program. Should Obama provoke Putin too much, the U.S. might lose the support it needs from Russia to bring the dangerous program to a close. And there could surely be a similar effect in Syria, where Russia still backs the tyrannical Assad regime. Alas, say about President Obama what you will, but if you choose not to support him, I challenge you to seriously consider the options, and then I think you’ll come to the same dreary conclusion. What do you think the U.S. should do about the Ukraine-Russia conflict? Do you agree with Sean that it doesn’t have an easy answer? Please send all feedback to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Democracy has no place for corruption: Scott Walker must go TONY PASTAGNOLI opinion columnist
e are lucky to live in Wisconsin right now. Why? In New Jersey, the voters are stuck with Gov. Chris Christie for another four years. Here, we have a chance to bring justice to Gov. Scott Walker by voting him out this fall. It really is a shame the George Washington Bridge scandal was brought to light two months after Christie’s election, because now the blindsided people of New Jersey have to accept that they were used as pawns by their governor all for the sake of the man’s presidential aspirations. After all, there is no way the voters would have given Christie a second term if they knew about his behind-the-scenes political operations. In that East Coast blue state, they believed they elected a bipartisan leader, when in reality, he turned out to be just as corrupt as the next Republican. #Nixon. This issue has more to do with the ethics of statesmanship and our democracy, rather than a competition between political parties. When you’re chief executive of a state like New Jersey and your “innercircle” (aka your most critical staff members) coordinates a four-day traffic jam on one of the busiest bridges in America for political retribution, and then you lie to the press and say you never heard about it going on, then you need to go! You abused your privileges granted by your constituents and have defecated on the noble principles of leadership. I’ve been saying since the bridge scandal broke that Christie not only needs to resign, but he also needs to go to jail. If attempting to sell a United States Senate seat is bad, then the severity of this situation is crystal clear: This corruption directly affected the lives of ordinary civilians. One of the days of the traffic jam was on Sept. 11. I’m glad I wasn’t on that
backed-up bridge on the 12th anniversary of America’s most horrifying terrorist attacks. If you want to talk about counter-terrorism, how about we lock up governors who think they can get away with this kind of civil damage? After all, nobody is above the law. At least, no one is supposed to be. It’s not like coordinating traffic jams is the only way a governor can be corrupt. Establishing a secret email system among your innercircle where campaign strategies and racist jokes are exchanged on taxpayers’ dollars, is just as serious. That’s right, I’m talking about our current governor, Scott Walker. As a public servant, when your salary comes from others’ taxes, it is absolutely unethical to work on any political campaigning. This is a very simple, yet extremely critical rule to follow when you are in office. Recently, over 27,000 documents were released from an ongoing investigation into Walker and his staff’s activities during his time as Milwaukee county executive. It’s already been discovered Walker’s innercircle took amusement at belittling gays, orphans and people of color via this secret email system of his. Further, there is indication that he was much more involved in the behindthe-scenes political operations than we knew of before these documents were released. Walker, like Christie, claims he didn’t know about any of the unethical communication that was going on within his most senior staff members when he was Milwaukee County Executive. Walker, like Christie, has 2016 presidential aspirations. At best, both Christie and Walker really didn’t know what their staff members were doing, and therefore they are piss-poor leaders. At worse, they both lied and cheated for political gain. My guess, as a well-informed citizen and vocal defender of democracy, is the latter. Why does all of this matter? To start off, this totally changes the outlook on Wisconsin’s gubernatorial election this fall. Whether or not you agree with Walker’s policies, there is no debate that he failed to manage his staff’s ethical behaviors. Right now
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Wisconsin voters will have the chance to vote Scott Walker out of office in the gubernatorial election this fall. in Wisconsin, we can’t afford this type of ineffective leadership, especially by a “leader” who is more willing to promote the billionaire Koch brothers’ agenda rather than help ordinary families of hard workers and students. The unemployment rate in Wisconsin is above the national average. Walker never used the words “minimum wage” in his State of the State address this year, and I still see no high-speed rail connecting Wisconsin’s two biggest cities, Madison and Milwaukee. I could go on and on about Walker’s failures, but that isn’t necessarily the point. The point is we now know
our governor can’t play by the rules of democracy. Had these 27,000 documents been released before his recall, I suspect that he wouldn’t have survived it after all. Still, what’s in the past is in the past in terms of the recall outcome. The voters in 2012 didn’t know the full scope of this scandal, but we do now. This is why we are lucky in Wisconsin—because we still have the chance to kick out the corruption this fall. Our democracy is too important to disregard anyone’s corruption in office, whether it’s a Democrat or Republican. Do you agree with Tony? Please send all feedback to email@example.com.
Wednesday, March 5, 2014
Fantasizing about the next big ‘Twitch Plays’ adam paris sega WHAT?!
nyone who decided to try out the Internet this past week likely stumbled upon the popular “Twitch Plays Pokemon” stream that just finished up a few days ago. Although it may have taken over everyone’s lives and provided the one reality show that actually seems worthwhile, the dramatic conclusion merely spawned a fresh stream of “Pokemon Crystal.” For the non-indoctrinated out there, Twitch is a video game streaming service. Someone rigged the chat system to allow viewers to input commands into “Pokemon Red” so that they can proceed. It’s already spawned a number of other knockoffs, including “Mario” and “Street Fighter,” but I thought I may as well throw out a few other suggestions that might be entertaining to see the tepid mobs try to control. “Twitch Plays NHL” People have a hectic enough time controlling a team individually, now imagine the insane amount of inputs required for thousands of people to somehow collectively score a goal in the difficult hockey franchise. You could even set up matches against a separate stream so the computer doesn’t mop the floor with you. Getting into fights
would probably be the easiest portion to even consider managing, so I would expect a host of those. “Twitch Plays Typing of the Dead” Pretty self-explanatory—endless opportunities for screwing each other over. I can see any attempt to run through this typing tool ending in nothing but ceaseless anarchy, devolving into zombie hordes biting into Detective Washington’s face over and over. That being said, the one group that does finally make it to the end would probably be hailed like actual heroes from a zombie flick. “Twitch Plays Super Meat Boy” Otherwise known as masochism, trekking into this platformer would require the knowledge that beating anything beyond maybe the first level is a feat unto itself. Lightning fast platforming probably isn’t the best genre to unleash onto the Twitch masses, but it would be hilarious to see the final replay of a single run. I’m envisioning an all-encompassing slab of meat collectively falling to its death until one tiny speck manages to reach the end. Yum. “Twitch Plays Civilization” Creating your own society would actually be fairly well-attuned to Twitch. Providing extensive time to determine what your next move would be, “Civilization” seems like it could almost work
as a proper team-building activity for all of the streaming service. Then again, I could also see it spiraling into a continual cycle of cities engaging in warfare far before they’re developed enough to have more than a few farmers grabbing their pitchforks and heading over to throw them at fortified city walls. The latter does sound more realistic, I guess. “Twitch Plays Defense of the Ancients 2” With a community that is perceived as one of the most toxic in gaming, “DOTA 2” is known for uber-competitiveness that results in a fair amount of shouting at any new players. It also requires almost pitch-perfect reaction time and a copious amount of clicks while onscreen. I have literally no idea how this would work or whether it would. However, if someone could create a “DOTA” match composed entirely of Twitch players, I’m fairly certain the confluence of these two groups prone to anarchy might create an online apocalypse. Twitch Plays will probably be a fad. Assuredly it will continue to attain some level of viewership, but I fully expect it to fall off fairly precipitously in the coming weeks. Whatever the case, it’s always worth concocting stupid applications of the concept that would end up being wildly amusing. Have your own idea for a “Twitch Plays” game? Pitch it to Adam at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Best-selling author Cheryl Strayed will speak on campus Wednesday at an event hosted by the Wisconsin Union Directorate Distinguished Lecture Series.
Author Cheryl Strayed talks life as a writer By Aaron Durlauf The Daily Cardinal
Cheryl Strayed’s best seller “Wild” chronicles her journey as a young woman on the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) and how the trip helped her find herself during a time of great difficulty in her life. But that’s not all she has to offer. “Tiny Beautiful Things” is a collection of anonymous advice columns that Strayed wrote for the website TheRumpus. net under the penname “Dear Sugar.” Additionally, her novel “Torch” tells the story of a family coping with grief after loss. In an interview with The Daily Cardinal, Strayed, now 45, said her upcoming talk would mostly involve telling stories from her life as a writer and what she has learned. “I’m mostly going to talk about ‘Wild,’ but in so many ways that ends up being a talk about really my whole journey as a writer, starting with my first book ‘Torch,’ and of course my experience with ‘Dear Sugar’—but first of all, I’ll speak to this idea of journey and how much that journey on the PCT taught me and has meant to me as both a person and a writer.” However, she went on to say the talk would be more than just a retelling of what was in her memoir. “I’ll tell… deeper versions of some of the stories that are in ‘Wild,’ and maybe some of the stories that didn’t make the cut in the book. I always love when I hear other writers talking about the story behind the story if you will, so I’ll talk about that, and really also ... how I even came to the place where I decided to write about the hike.” Strayed also spoke about how people often ask her why she waited so long to write about the hike, but she says she “only thought of [her]self as writing when [she] had something to say.” When asked what advice she would give to aspiring writers, she
emphasized the importance of personal care in the writing process, particularly when it comes to confronting your own doubts and the doubts of others. “I would say you really have to take care of the emotional component of it. It’s a really difficult thing to say to yourself and give yourself permission to be a writer and to ignore the voices around you who will express doubt and who will tell you to do something a little more practical and say that it’s very unlikely your book will ever be published.” She was nevertheless realistic about what outcomes aspiring writers can expect. “Most people who write books are not published, and most people who publish books don’t really have much to show for it in terms of financial gain or fame or all of those things we really associate with success… One thing I learned early on was that I had to measure success differently than society measures success.” She further argued that writing for writing’s sake rather than for particular results, as well as taking care of your mental health, would in fact help you to write your best and receive the initial desired rewards such as publication. “And when you really do believe in that, you start to put yourself where you should be, which is in your work, instead of obsessed with things like what everybody thinks or where it’s going to get published. What ends up happening is that those positive outcomes become more likely… I always encourage aspiring writers to respect themselves and to try to write the things that they really have to tell, that thing which is burning in them.” Strayed will visit campus Wednesday, March 5, to give a talk sponsored by the Wisconsin Union Directorate Distinguished Lecture Series at 7:30 p.m. in Union South’s Varsity Hall.
Wednesday, March 5, 2014
Badgers bid farewell to Ben Brust Story by Jack Baer
hen the lights dim in the Kohl Center Wednesday night, there will be one senior whose achievements the whole crowd will feel lucky to remember: Ben Brust. In a way, one could say he is Wisconsin basketball personified. It’s probably not far-fetched to say that Wisconsin is the most disciplined team in the country. The Badgers lead the nation in fewest turnovers per game and are tied for the lead in fewest personal fouls per game. How did this happen? A big part of it is Brust playing 34.8 minutes per game. Throughout his career, he has been a comically erroraverse sharpshooter, exemplifying all of the traits that come to mind when the national audience thinks of Wisconsin basketball: 3-pointer after 3-pointer, extreme discipline and pesky defense. “You’ve been on a picnic before, you’ve been camping, you’ve been outdoors; how big is a mosquito? Not very big. But, boy, can it be a nuisance,” said head coach Bo Ryan. “That’s pretty much what Ben does — if he happens to be on a bigger guy, he’s trying to pester them as much as he can. I know he’s a real nice, fine, young man, but when he wants to pester someone, he can.” The shortest player in the Badgers’ lineup, the 6-ft-1-inch Brust has never doubted his own abilities. “Never tell somebody who’s
vertically challenged that they might not be good enough or might not be this, might not be that. He knew he was a good player,” Ryan said. What’s crazy to think about is that Brust was very nearly banned from being a Badger, as he had signed a letter of intent to play for Iowa, but decommitted when the Hawkeyes fired thenhead coach Todd Lickliter. Big Ten rules stipulated that Brust could not get a scholarship from any other conference school once he had signed, and it was only through a Wisconsin appeal and support from Iowa that Brust was given an exception. Brust, then a consensus three-star combo guard from Mundelein, Ill., was expected to be a solid future cog. But he needed a little development first.
“Never tell somebody who’s vertically challenged that they might not be this, might not be that. He knew he was a good player.” Bo Ryan head coach Wisconsin men’s basketball
“The thing with Ben is that you look back to his freshman and sophomore year, he wasn’t a guy you saw diving on the floor a lot, wasn’t playing a whole lot of defense, probably hadn’t taken a charge in his whole career until he got here,” assistant coach Greg Gard said. “He’s a guy that figured out if [he’s] going to be on the floor consistently, [he’s] got to do some of these other
things defensively, on the glass, understand how valuable every possession is, and add more to his game than just the 3-point shot. He’s done that.” Through the years, that commitment to diversifying his game has shown itself more and more, like when he began his junior season with three points-and-rebounds doubledoubles in four games. Or when he nabbed three steals in a row to keep his team competitive against Northwestern at home this year. Or shooting free throws, where he has evolved into the best percentage-wise shooter in the Big Ten, just a year removed from shooting a below-average 67.4 percent. As he finishes his senior year, he won’t be remembered as a vocal leader but as a leader by example. “Ben doesn’t yell at guys or get on guys or say too much outside of ‘let’s go.’ He’ll lead more by example. Coach Ryan always compliments him on always doing the correct things the Badger way,” freshman forward Nigel Hayes said. “As freshmen, we always see him getting the praise for doing the right things and we try to replicate that.” This Badger way is all about consistency and playing as a team. Brust’s role is to always be moving, hoping to set up an open 3-point look. Ryan has said that Brust comes off a screen as quick as any player he has ever coached. This has led to an abundance of career 3-pointers for Brust, who ranks fifth in Wisconsin history with 210 and counting. However, one of those easily
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Ben Brust embodies “Wisconsin basketball” with his pesky defense, rampant 3-point shooting and disciplined play. stands out above the rest. We see it before every game at the Kohl Center, the 35-foot contested buzzer beater that blew the roof off the arena and sent the Badgers to overtime against an eventual national runner-up in Michigan. When we see it one last time, it’ll be time to honor a player who has been nothing but a player to be exalted by Ryan and loved by fans, always ready to dive for the ball or shoot a
3-pointer, some more memorable than others. As Brust said in one of his final practices before Senior Night, “I remember walking through the hallway and Jordan [Taylor] or Tim [Jarmusz] or Jon [Leuer] or all three of them told me ‘Enjoy it, because it’s going to go fast.’ Now, I’m that kid telling all of those guys ‘Enjoy it, because it’s going to go fast.’ It’s been a fun ride. I’m looking forward to doing what we can the rest of the way.”
Three Badgers set to play in their final game at Kohl Center By Blake Duffin THE DAILY CARDINAL
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Sophomore forward Sam Dekker and the Badgers are looking to complete the season sweep against the Boilermakers.
As the Big Ten season closes, so do the college basketball careers for three Badgers. Seniors Zach Bohannon, Ben Brust and redshirt junior Evan Anderson will play at the Kohl Center one last time at Senior Night Wednesday against Purdue. Wisconsin (11-5 Big Ten, 24-5 overall) will try to close its final home game of the season by adding another win to its current seven-game win streak. The last time UW clashed with the Boilermakers was back in January, when the Badgers won easily, 72-58. That win marked the only victory for Wisconsin amid a midseason five-loss rough patch. “I thought we stuck to our defensive principles,” said freshman forward Nigel Hayes. “When we had that little losing stretch that we were on, we got away from those and I would say Purdue was one of those games when we were trying to get back on the winning streak that we are on now.” Despite the convincing victory in the box score, the game
should have been closer if not for early foul trouble by Purdue’s go-to sophomore forward A.J. Hammons. The likely NBA draft pick averages 10.6 points per game and is third in the conference in rebounding with 7.4 per game. Purdue is coming off two recent losses this time around, but are perhaps showing signs of improvement as it played firstplace Michigan to overtime and played Iowa down to the wire. “They’ve got a lot of young guys playing, that the more experience they get, you’re going to expect them to grow and mature from it,” said UW assistant coach Greg Gard. The Boilermakers are indeed a young team, but it was their freshman guard Bryson Scott who put up a team-high 10 points in their last contest. Purdue’s leading scorer this season is senior guard Terone Johnson, who is averaging 12.1 points per game. “We know how they play, and what they’re about, how they’re going to be, and they’ll come in here very tough-minded and get after you,” Gard said. Wisconsin has been able to overcome slow starts in its past two games against Indiana and
Penn State, and if a slow start becomes a reality on Wednesday, they will look to overcome that once again. “It’s a game of runs and a lot of times in the first half, you know, there’s no real tempo sustained, so it’s gonna be back and forth. It’s just gonna be a battle,” said sophomore forward Sam Dekker. “The team that can withstand those battles usually comes out on top.” Purdue is currently tied for last place in the conference with Penn State and Northwestern, but is the only one of those teams with a winning overall record (15-14). “It just comes down to us worrying about ourselves and playing our game, and making it tough for them offensively and defensively,” Dekker said. “If we do that and play our style of basketball, we should be alright.” Last season, the then-No. 17 Badgers were upset at home by the Boilermakers, which also happened to be Senior Night at the Kohl Center. That marked the first time in head coach Bo Ryan’s history as UW’s coach that the team lost on Senior Night. Wisconsin will look to avenge last season’s loss Wednesday at 8 p.m.
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