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Langdon Street residents robbed, tied up at gunpoint, police report Two men robbed and tied up residents at gunpoint on the 200 block of Langdon Street Monday, according to Madison police. A male and female resident said in a police report three suspects entered their apartment at approximately 7:15 p.m., pointing a gun at them and demanding items, according to Madison Police Department Lt. Trevor Knight. But Knight said it does not appear any possessions were sto-

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The Orpheum Theatre, located at 216 State St., will likely reopen Dec. 31 under the management of Frank Productions.

ALRC grants liquor license for Orpheum Madison’s Alcohol License Review Committee unanimously approved Frank Productions’ request for a liquor license for The Orpheum Theatre Monday, which will reopen Dec. 31. Monona State Bank currently owns the building located at 216 State St. after foreclosing on the theater in September. While Frank Productions currently manages the theater, it does not own the building. The company has the option of bidding on the theater at an auction in the summer or fall of 2013, which it will mostly likely do, according to Frank Productions co-owner Fred Frank. “I can’t tell you how excited we are to be involved in this process,” Frank said. Frank Productions will be able to open and operate the Orpheum if Madison’s Common Council approves the theater

license application at its Dec. 11 meeting. Frank said his company opted for a theater license over the originally proposed 21+ entertainment license because he does not want to limit the Orpheum’s patrons. Ald. Mike Verveer, District 4, said Common Council will most likely approve the request. “I am thrilled with Frank Productions stepping up to the plate and helping us turn the lights back on at the Orpheum,” Verveer said. Frank said the doors to the Orpheum will reopen for the first time on New Year’s Eve for a show featuring a local DJ, although the talent is unconfirmed at this time. Frank Productions have booked six major shows in February including Umphrey’s McGee, Passion Pit, Matt & Kim and Yonder Mountain String Band. —Melissa Howison

len from the apartment. The male suspects allegedly tied up the victims during the robbery, according to Knight. The victims said they were able to untie themselves after the suspects left and proceeded to call the police from a neighbor’s apartment, according to the police report. Ald. Bridget Maniaci, District 2, who represents the area, did not have additional informa-

tion on the robbery but said it is “clearly a tragic act of violence that is not acceptable.” Although Maniaci did not know if there are currently security cameras in the area, the city approved funding in its 2013 budget for additional cameras to assist the MPD in crime investigations. The tentative list of 32 locations includes the intersections of Lake, Frances and Carroll streets with Langdon Street.

SSFC hears budgets for MCSC, SPILL By Caroline Zellmer the daily cardinal

The Student Services Finance Committee met Monday to hear budget proposals from Supporting Peers in Laid-Back Listening and the Multicultural Student Coalition, which unexpectedly requested approximately $1 mil-

lion less than originally proposed. MCSC initially submitted a budget of over $1.3 million for 2013’14, however the group presented a revised budget of $380,738.80 at Monday’s meeting. Although the changes were unexpected, SSFC Chair Ellie Bruecker said it might be possible

for MCSC’s full revised budget to be passed as a block amendment at SSFC’s next meeting, allowing committee members to work from this altered budget for the rest of the budgeting process. Bruecker said the revised bud-

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Developers propose demolishing Stadium Bar & Eatery Developers are proposing a new student housing project on Monroe Street, which would require the demolition of Stadium Bar. The Opus Group plans to build a multi-use apartment complex at 1419 Monroe St. featuring five housing levels and space for retail on the street level, according to Ald. Scott Resnick, District 8. The proposed building includes space for approximately 100 units and 150 beds in addition to car, moped and bicycle parking, according to Resnick.

Resnick said the area where the apartment building would be located is “prime for residential development” because it is situated between the Regent Apartments and Camp Randall Stadium. The proposal, however, calls for the demolition of the Stadium Sports Bar & Eatery, a popular bar often crowded on game days, which Resnick said has sentimental value for many students and downtown residents. “Quite frankly, it’s where I had my second legal beer,” Resnick said. But the first floor is desig-

nated as retail space, so there is potential for a restaurant space that could sell food and alcohol, according to Resnick. Although it is early in the development process, Ald. Shiva Bidar-Sielaff, District 5, in whose district the complex would reside, said she thinks it is a good site for denser development. Resnick, Bidar-Sielaff and Ald. Sue Ellingson, District 13, will host a community meeting with developers Thursday on the proposal at Union South. —Abby Becker

ASM: more 18+ venues needed The Alcohol License Review Committee reacted positively to the results of a survey conducted by the Associated Students of Madison, aimed to bring more entertainment options to campus for students between the ages of 18 and 20. According to ASM Legislative Affairs Vice Chair Rachel Lepak, 91 percent of the 2,500 respondents said they want more entertainment available to students who are

under 21, which is roughly half of the student body. The city’s Food and Alcohol Policy Coordinator Mark Woulf said this is a positive first step in ASM’s campaign. Lepak said the next step will be to meet with local businesses to see what would be required for more Madison venues to adopt an 18+ admission policy.

On Campus

Finding a balance

People gather on the third floor of Memorial Union Monday evening to practice yoga to help treat insomnia. According to UW Health, stress release through activities like yoga are healthy ways to improve sleep habits. + Photo by Nithin Charlly

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Awkward, frolic-free family photos Jacklin Bolduan a bold move


fter your senior year of high school, you’d think you might be done with piling your fists on top of one another on top of a dirty white pillar with your head cocked to the side and smiling wide to show the world just how uncomfortable you can look in pictures. However, I found out this weekend that the awkwardness of commemorative photography continues beyond your high school yearbook. I came home to find out that my mom had made an appointment for us to get a new family picture taken for my Grandmother’s Christmas present this year. I fantasized about us heading out into the Wisconsin countryside and renting a pure-bred golden retriever puppy to frolic around with while some gifted photographer snapped candid shots of us and then photoshopped them to make our bodies glow like we were radioactive.

However, when we pulled up to a place in between a Chili’s and a Dollar Store in a strip mall, it was like someone kicked that puppy, kidnapped us from the countryside and threw us into the back of their ’83 GMC G Series van. For some reason, this place smelled and felt like a doctor’s office to me. I was being put in positions I would never be in normally and I just wanted it be over as soon as I got there. I could feel my body recoiling and backing towards the door. Let me paint the picture. My father, who is wearing shorts, a Reebok T-shirt and high socks with tennis shoes, straddles a white chair while my mother and I stand behind him with our hands placed awkwardly on top of each other on his shoulders. The same pose we assume at every family gathering of course, it just comes to us, you know? It’s just the kind of familiar pose that will bring a huge, natural, beaming smile to all of our faces, and it’s obvious these photographers know that.

Then of course, the photographer, who I can barely hear she speaks so softly, tells me she wants to take some of just me (oh great!). Move over Miley Cyrus on the cover of Vanity Fair, this is my moment. This woman hands me a giant purple flower and whispers, “This is going to be kind of like a glamour shot.” I flashback to when I was nine and my mom and I had our hair teased a yard away from our scalps, poured on blue eye shadow, wore matching studded leather jackets, sat back to back, and had hazy photos taken in the back of our friend’s beauty parlor, which, coincidently was also in a strip mall. Although that flower glamour shot scarred my soul in ways I can’t describe, the picture actually looked nice. And then I fear I’m turning into my mother in thinking that in any way those pictures could look “nice” when my body was tense and angry every single moment I was in that portrait store. If

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you would have seen the glossy pictures of that four-year-old girl with a leather jacket on, standing next to a Harley you would have tried to run for your life too. I was actually really thankful there was a Dollar Store next to this place, because I needed a lot of seventy-ninecent Peanut M&Ms to heal my soul after such lasting trauma. After a day of awkward family shoulder touching, I headed home, drank half a bottle of wine, and dreamt of the day we could just buy my grandmother a nice embroidered crew-neck sweatshirt with a hummingbird on it like everyone else and avoid the pain. Cardinal readers, I hope for your sake, you all got to run around a countryside somewhere with flocks and herds of the most pure golden-retriever puppies you could find this weekend without a camera or odd photography prop in sight. Ever had your pic snapped in a strip mall? E-mail Jacklin at and you two can compare the awkwardness.

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“Come, Lord Jesus, be our guest and let these gifts to us be blessed.” I stare awkwardly down at my empty plate while Kathy concludes the prayer, “Amen.” “Kathy.” Mrs. Delaney’s voice is gentle yet firm as she directs her 13-year-old daughter. “Pass the cranberry sauce.” “Do you like cranberry sauce?” Mr. Delaney, who is sitting at the head of the table, asks me loudly. “I...I...” I hesitate, not wishing to say anything to offend the man as I am a guest in his house. I bravely venture the truth, “I’ve never tried it before.” His wife reassures me. “Well, you don’t have to try it if you don’t want to.” Mrs. Delaney is such a comfort. She may not be as huge and thunderous as her husband, but her authority is unquestionable. “Cranberry sauce is just something we traditionally have on Thanksgiving along with turkey,” she informs me. “I bet you don’t even have Thanksgiving back where you come from,” Kathy challenges me in a bratty manner that reminds me of my own kid sister. My sister and the rest of my family are half a world away. I can’t go home on weekends because by the time I would get there, the weekend would be over. Even during long breaks, I don’t go home because it simply isn’t economical. I probably won’t get to see my family again until I graduate. Kathy and Mr. and Mrs. Delaney are my host fam-

ily. They are one of about 200 families in Madison involved in the Home Hospitality P r o g r a m organized by Madison Friends of International Students. The aims of the program include providing families such as the Delaneys an opportunity to get to know someone from another country, and providing “international students” (the exotic euphemism for “foreign students” like myself ) with a chance to experience American family life firsthand. Sitting at the dinner table in the home of the Delaneys, I begin to appreciate my own family in a way I never have before. I was glad to leave home for college because it meant finally that I would be independent and free from my parents’ control, as they would be too far away to stop me from doing anything I want, like staying up late every night and doing some really serious partying. In short, there would be no limit to my irresponsibility. As Mrs. Delaney asks me if I have had enough to eat, I recall feeling the security of hav-

ing a family to come home to, a center of decency that keeps me from straying too far into the vulgarity of the world outside and becoming a permanent part of that graceless world, and a reminder that I am not as tough as I like to think I am. I miss that feeling. I miss my family. “It’s getting a bit late,” I announce shortly after my firstever Thanksgiving meal. “I ought to go.” The evening has been quite a strain on me. For the first time in a long while, I am actually watching my manners and carefully editing four-letter words out of my conversation, consciously censoring both my thoughts and my speech.

After helping me with my coat, Mr. Delaney offers to shake my hand, which I unwittingly accept. As if immobilizing my right hand isn’t enough, he slaps my back with a wallop that temporarily rearranges my innards. Apparently, he is being friendly. “Glad to have you,” he tells me in a mock-serious tone and bows. “Say ‘goodbye,’ Kathy.” “Bye,” Kathy says, and quickly returns to her television. “Thank you for everything.” I nod at Mr. and Mrs. Delaney, one of my rare sincere expressions of gratitude. As I leave the house, Mrs. Delaney calls from the doorway. “Please come and visit again soon.” I will.


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ASM reaffirms support for voter registration ordinance In response to criticism from a state senator, student leaders introduced a campaign Monday to reaffirm their support for a city ordinance that requires landlords to provide voter registration forms to all new tenants. The ordinance, which has been in effect since July, requires landlords to give registration forms to all new tenants as part of a packet of other required papers. The Associated Students of Madison student government supported passage of the ordinance through a resolution earlier this year. In a July press release, state Sen. Glenn Grothman, R-West

Bend, criticized the Madison Common Council for passing the ordinance, saying it imposes more rules on already overregulated landlords and that providing the forms could be interpreted as forcing tenants to vote, which is prohibited by a state statute. ASM Press Office Director David Gardner, who introduced the campaign during an ASM Legislative Affairs Committee meeting, said the requirement is essential to address previous problems with student confusion over registering at a new address. “It’s very, very important that as students we assert our

position on this,” Gardner said. “Our student representative body passed the resolution supporting students’ right to vote … and this is very much going against that and … clouding the issue and putting a lot of partisanship into the issue.” Gardner said he fears Grothman will contest the ordinance in court or move to strengthen the state statute in a way that will nulify the ordinance. Gardner asked for the help of committee members to communicate with the campus community and reiterate why the policy is important. —Tamar Myers

Walker confident on John Doe probe, mining legislation Gov. Scott Walker addressed past and present state issues in an interview with the Associated Press Monday, including his response to developments in the John Doe investigation and potential mining legislation. Walker, who has not been named as a subject in the investigation, said during the interview he is “absolutely” confident he will not be investigated in connection with the John Doe probe, which began in 2010. The probe has investigated multiple former aides to Walker during his tenure as Milwaukee County Executive for illegal political campaigning done

while on the county’s payroll. Most recently, Kelly Rindfleisch, Walker’s former deputy chief of staff, was sentenced to six months in jail after she pleaded guilty to felony misconduct for helping with Brett Davis’ 2010 lieutenant governor race while working for the county. Prosecutors introduced emails between Walker’s county and gubernatorial campaign staff as evidence during Rindfleisch’s sentencing hearing last week. Walker, who maintains he had no knowledge of the illegal campaign work being carried out in his office, said the emails were routine communication between his county and

campaign staffs at the time. Walker also addressed the possibility of new mining legislation that would streamline the permit process for mining companies, saying in the interview that he is confident the Republican-controlled state legislature will be able to pass the legislation by next year. He said he would sign new mining legislation as long as it did not have an adverse effect on the environment. Walker also said he would consider a change to the 15-yearold “moratorium” on mines that produce polluting acids, barring any negative effects on agriculture and tourism in the state. — Jack Casey

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ASM Press Office Director David Gardner encourages support for a city ordinance that provides tenants with voter registration forms.

Landmarks Commission reviews apartment proposal By Erik Thiel The daily cardinal

A proposed student apartment complex for the StateLangdon neighborhood, which would require the demolition of three existing buildings, was met with debate at a city Landmarks Commission meeting Monday. While the Landmarks Commission does not make binding decisions, it sends recommendations to other city development committees, such as the Plan Commission, which will review a staff report on the proposed apartment complex. The staff report details developer Chris Houden’s proposal to demolish three buildings at 619 and 625 Henry St., as well as 145 Iota Court, to construct a sevenstory student housing complex. The three buildings marked for demolition contribute to the the State-Langdon neighborhood’s National Historic District status, which provides tax incentives for property owners in the area. Historic districts listed in the National Register are not governed by local ordinances. Unlike local districts, properties that contribute to historic districts are eligible for tax credits for rehabilitation purposes, according to the staff report. According to the project architect J. Randy Bruce, the proposed apartment building would occupy approximately 17,000 square feet and would be seven stories tall, including “two bonus floors” on top of the fifth floor.

While commission member Michael Rosenblum said the proposed apartment building would “overshadow” adjacent historic buildings, Bruce said the plan would compliment the neighborhood’s current architecture because of the “highly detailed” masonry included in the proposal.

“Nice building, wrong location.” Marsha Rummel Alder District 6

A majority of the citizens and all of the Commission members opposed the proposed plan saying the building’s size would be inconsistent with other area buildings and would detract from the historic nature of the neighborhood. Although the upper floors would not be visible from the street, people would still be able to see the fifth floor, which is taller than the majority of buildings in the area, according to Bruce. Ald. Marsha Rummel, District 6, summed up the general attitude toward the proposed complex: “Nice building, wrong location.” Adding to the general consensus, Tim Morgan commented that the size of the proposed building “puts it on scale with the Edgewater.” The Plan Commission will review the proposal at its next meeting Dec. 17.

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Representatives from Supporting Peers in Laid-Back Listening present the group’s 2013-14 budget proposal to the Student Services Finance Committee in a meeting Monday.

SSFC from page 1 get was a “good step in the right direction,” and the group’s shift of priority from events to direct services is more fiscally responsible. SSFC and MCSC have a contentious history after SSFC decided last October to deny the group General Student Services Fund funding eligibility. Debate further ensued after a second SSFC decision in April to freeze MCSC’s funds for 52 weeks, citing an intentional violation of university policies when the group failed to follow a policy requiring it to select the least expensive candi-

date to perform staff trainings. Although the group’s funding remains frozen until April 2013, the ASM Student Council approved the group’s funding eligibility for this year on April 25, 2012, amidst heated controversy over whether Council representatives had the proper training and remained viewpoint neutral in their decision. Libby Wick-Bander, an executive member of MCSC, called the events of last year “unprecedented” and “absurd.” However, due to SSFC policies and procedures, the committee is not allowed to take any past deci-

sions into account when deciding on current budget proposals. SSFC also heard a funding proposal from SPILL, an anonymous peer-based online support system that provides students with a confidential venting outlet. The group requested $39,819.90, a $16,266 decrease from its current budget. According to representatives from SPILL, the group requested less money after it did not use the full amount requested in this year’s budget. SSFC will make the final budget decisions for MCSC and SPILL at its meeting Thursday.

ASM forum to discuss financial advising The Associated Students of Madison student government will hold an event Wednesday to discuss improvements to financial support and advising for University of Wisconsin-Madison students on topics such as filing taxes, creating a personal budget and paying tuition. The Financial Literacy Town Hall, sponsored by the ASM University Affairs Committee, aims to collect feedback on finance advising options by facilitating a conversation between students and stakeholders who work in financial support services. According to ASM Press Office Director David Gardner, representatives from the Office of Financial Aid, UW Credit Union, Summit

Credit Union and the Center for Financial Security plan to attend the event. Gardner said the goal of the town hall is to discuss possible collaboration between these stakeholders to offer students improved financial resources. “We’re hoping to have a good discussion with the people who actually work with financial advising about communication and advising and how we can help students know their resources, know where to go when they need help,” Gardner said. The discussion will take place Wednesday at 5 p.m. in the Hearing Room of the Student Activity Center.


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Hark! the Cardinal angels sing Have yourself a merry little X-mas playlist

No no no... more remaking holiday classics

REbecca Alt Chris(tmas) Angel

Michael Schuerman Bah Hung-bug


have encountered a fair share of Grinches in my day. You know, the people who scoff at Christmas lights strung the day after Thanksgiving and carp about how “The holiday season is just one more example of how consumer driven our country has become.” Not that I can entirely ignore the very real and very scary Americans of all ages who go mad as a hatter trying to find the latest and greatest Holiday Barbie for their niece and some Tinker Toys for the other tots (yes, I’m old and these are the only toys my almost-22-year-old ass is familiar with). Nevertheless, there are a plethora of magical holiday features, namely having to do with food (gingerbread houses and peanut butter blossoms anyone?). This is neither the time nor the place for a full discussion of my love for everything Christmas/Hanukah/holiday themed. Instead, I will impart on you all my uncanny love for one thing: Christmas music. I wholly acknowledge that I am a bit offbeat, considering Christmas with The Rat Pack starts blaring from my laptop come Nov. 1, while I fry up some sweet potato falafel (apologies to our poor neighbors who have been forced to hear Nat King Cole’s “The Christmas Song” at least 14 times over the past month). In my defense, my roommate is nearly as, shall we say, festive as I am—we missed the Minnesota vs. Wisconsin football game due to our having a power hour (alone) to Christmas music. There is just something about “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree” that makes you want to bust a move… and suck down one too many before noon. Perhaps it is the countless memories (some quite clear, others a tad fuzzy) that make Sinatra’s “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” strike a chord in my heart like no other melody can. If I am ever in need of cheering, I simply switch on Pandora’s Christmas station and all of a sudden tackling a 25-page paper seems like a painless task. As December creeps upon us, I feel it is due time I try and convince the rest of my friends to delight in my Christmas playlist for the remainder of the semester. Now, I cannot fully describe each and every Christmas classic in a single column. I will stick to five of my absolute favorites in hopes of coaxing my readers to crank these Yuletide treasures during their ugly Christmas sweater parties: 1.) Anything by Frank Sinatra. I think his talent speaks for itself, but I will say one thing: If his version of “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” doesn’t pluck your heart strings, you may be a young Ebenezer Scrooge. 2.) Bing Crosby’s “White Christmas” and Christmas with The Rat Pack: There is nothing like these classics. They transport you to the 1940s, and, if you’re anything like me, will inspire you to make something comforting like a fresh batch of gingerbread cookies or a cup of hot cocoa. Not to mention Bing’s deep, baritone voice is ideal for whipping out your own operatic one and using the ol’ hairbrush as a microphone. 3.) Now That’s What I Call Christmas Disc One. It is imperative that you only listen to disc one. Disc two contains artists such as Boyz II Men and Britney Spears that, while good for a chuckle, may cause you to opt out of turning on the Christmas tunes next time your searching your iTunes for some shower jams. 4.) Michael Bublé’s Christmas album. Yes, he can be a tid bit corny, but damn that man’s voice makes me feel like a slab of butter melting on a stack of flapjacks. Listen to this one before a hot date—he’ll inspire you to turn on your charms and nab that special someone. 5.) Miscellaneous Songs: “White Christmas” by Otis Redding, “All I Want for Christmas is You” by Mariah Carey, “Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays” by N*Sync and Charlie Brown’s “Christmas Dance.” If you don’t break it down to any of these tunes (especially the last one), you are most certainly getting coal in your stocking this year, Scrooge. These tunes, particularly the classics I mentioned, will whisk away your end-of-semester woes. Turn on the Pandora Christmas radio station, pour yourself a glass of Cabernet Sauvignon, and I promise, Otis Redding’s “White Christmas” will soothe your soul. Got some Holiday classics Rebecca should sample this season? Send recommendations to


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illiam Hung has a Christmas album. Yes, you read that correctly. American Idol’s most ignominious failure made famous by his ridiculous flailing arm motions to Ricky Martin’s “She Bangs” has a nine-track record of classic holiday hits. Entitled Hung for the Holidays, this record is 20 minutes of Hung butchering your favorite Christmas songs. Yet, people actually bought this abomination and a talentless hack made money. This is why I hate Christmas music. Long ago, the genre of “Christmas music” had meaning. Examining those songs written before and up to the 1960s provides astounding examples of true dedication to sound. Songs such as Bing Crosby’s “White Christmas” and Nat King Cole’s “The Christmas Song” are significant milestones in the art of producing holiday music. Vince Guaraldi’s score for A Charlie Brown Christmas is still lauded by critics, even outside the context of Christmas. These and a small handful of other artists were the last and final greats in the Christmas sub-genre. Christmas music, in the modern sense, has become a gimmick. While previous artists also surely had economic intentions for the mass production of these traditional pieces of music, they’re hardly the monster the industry has now become. It is now the standard for major label artists to release a compilation of famed Christmas classics. Within the last five years or so these renowned acts released Christmas albums (some of which went on to even top the Billboard 200 chart): Michael Bublé, Justin Bieber, Bob Dylan, Neil Diamond, Aretha Franklin and Faith Hill to name a few. The lack of variety in song choices is even more astounding, as countless versions of “Jingle Bells” and “Santa Claus Is Coming To Town” become cluttered among “original” material. My main issue with this is: Why do these artists keep producing songs that have already been covered thousands of times? The undeniable truth is that modern artists use once-revered Christmas songs as a crutch to sell more albums and thus, earn more. The baffling part? It works. People buy these records as if they are hearing “Silver Bells” for the very first time, when, in reality, over 180 artists have covered the song. Subsequently, every public space imaginable exhausts these songs to the point of death from the month of November to even January. Not only am I annoyed hearing the same exact melodies and the same exact lyrics multiple times, these songs serve a constant reminder of how artists have bastardized a holiday through mundane remakes. I would bet even Justin Bieber gets a good laugh staring at his royalty checks for his fresh take on “The Little Drummer Boy.” I love the Christmas season, I really do. And, like most Americans, I associate and accept a large part of the holiday with consumerist sentiments. Yet, when this concept invades the sphere of music, I become uneasy. As an intense listener of various types and styles of music, I feel as though it is almost a personal attack. While others may associate music w i t h capitalist industries, I see it as a pure art form. But with artists using Christmas as a blatant avenue for financial gain, I start to lose faith in something that I typially hold in such high regard. T h i n k Michael sounds a little Grinch-y? Send him glad tidings and holiday cheer at and help grow his heart three sizes.

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mike brost opinion columnist


his year—for the ninth consecutive year—the University of WisconsinMadison increased its tuition by 5.5 percent, the maximum percentage increase allowed under state law. For the first time in the school’s history, tuition is more than $10,000 a year for instate students. Including room and board, the cost of attendance is about $24,000 for instate students. Over the past few decades, Americans have been told that the source of the rising cost of a college education is reckless spending by university administrators. Conventional wisdom holds that universities are caught in a veritable spending war, where they’re forced to increase spending on eye-catching facilities, sundry class offerings and

prominent faculty to attract potential students. The problem with conventional wisdom is that it doesn’t tell the whole story. Many public universities are actually cutting expenditures, not expanding them. Another cause of the rising cost of a college education, to be sure, is a phenomenon that economists refer to as the “cost disease of personal services.” In essence, sectors of the economy that require personal services—like education and health care—have trouble increasing their productivity. Today, the amount of students that a professor can teach is essentially unchanged from decades ago. Meanwhile, other sectors of the economy benefit greatly from new technologies that enable greater efficiency and productivity. Despite the relatively unchanged level of productivity in personal services over past decades, professors must be paid salaries that are competitive in today’s economy, which means tuition increases will outpace the overall rate of inflation.

But the cost disease of person- cating students at the University al services doesn’t tell the whole of Texas-Austin. Today, the state pays just 13 percent of story. The most recent the cost of higher educacontributor to the rising tion at the state’s flagship cost of higher education school. Due to cuts in at public universities is funding, many universithe most pernicious of ties have been forced to all: cash-strapped state million cut choose between increaslegislatures slashing from UW ing their tuition and funding to higher educaSystem in sacrificing the quality of tion. Every state except two years education that they offer. Vermont has a compulMost have done both. sory balanced budget. Many students whose Amid decreased tax thousand, the families saved money for revenues resulting from average in-state college since they were the Great Recession and cost of first born saw much of subsequent tepid ecoattendance their savings erased by nomic recovery, many the financial crisis. And state legislatures have yet state legislatures conlooked to trimming fat at public universities to balance the tinue to cut funding to universities budget. The problem is they’ve and aid to students. But draconian cuts to pubtrimmed more than just the fat. Recent cuts are nearing universi- lic universities aren’t just bad for today’s students; they’re bad ties’ vital organs. At public universities across for tomorrow’s economy, too. At the country, students are being best, the cuts are myopic. Today, forced to pay for a greater percent- America’s fifteen year olds rank age of their education than ever 17th in reading, 23rd in science before. In 1984, the state of Texas and 31st in math worldwide. We paid for about half the cost of edu- can’t afford to let that happen

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Republican Jon Huntsman best Secretary of State candidate and Republicans don’t seem to fancy that. But even before zac the GOP attack on Rice, I gave pestine my endorsement for moderate opinion Republican Jon Huntsman to columnist take over Hillary Clinton’s position as the Secretary of State once few weeks ago, I wrote she voluntarily steps down this a very passionate arti- upcoming January. cle just shortly after I would like to point out that President Barack Obama won I am not contradicting my previreelection. It detailed the fact ous column. I will still NEVER that the Tea Party represents a vote for a Republican candidate backwards, lying and conniving as long as the Tea Party has a movement that in no way engag- pulse. This is actually exactly es with reality as sane people why it would be such a smart idea know it. My point was that I for President Obama to choose really want bipartisanship in this Huntsman as the man for the country, as I think it is how we job. The Democratic president, progress as a society. However, not the country, will be selecting as long as the Tea Party is not Huntsman. In doing so, he will only alive, but prevalent within be crossing party lines, as he has the American Political System, done in the past and will again bipartisanship will be an uber- make it transparent to the coundifficult thing to accomplish. try, especially the extreme right Well at least from the wingers, that we the people have Republican side, bipartisanship chosen a man to lead our nation will be an exceedingly arduous who truly wants what is best for task, as the Tea Partiers want the whole of the country and nothing to do with anything will not let partisanship interblue, no matter how intelligent fere with his decision-making. a proposal might be. From the It is not just that I believe the Democratic side, this is choice of Jon Huntsman not so much the case. for Secretary of State Over the past few weeks would be strategically there has been wide sound. And in fact, that media speculation as to is surely only a secondwho either presidential ary reason for making candidate would choose the selection. Indeed, I in his respective cabinet believe that not only is come January. Many he well qualified for the names have surfaced, position, but that he is HUNTSMAN hailing from both sides also top-flight candidate of the political aisle. for it. You may remember Flawed reasoning has not Jon Huntsman as a Republican impeded Republican Sens. John presidential candidate during the McCain and Lindsey Graham Republican primaries two sumfrom assassination attempts on mers ago. He was ultimately desAmbassador to the UN Susan tined to fail­—and fail miserably Rice’s reputation. Although he did—because of how modershe may not have anything to ate he was. He was not willing do with the nebulous chain of to assimilate to the Tea Party’s events in Benghazi that left four inane value system, and he was Americans dead, she is connect- not willing to lie about or retract ed to the Obama Administration, a significant portion of his beliefs


like former Gov. Mitt Romney did. But you may also remember Huntsman as the former ambassador to China, specifically President Obama’s choice for ambassador to China. Mr. Huntsman is also the former governor of Utah, and he has served in White House staffs within the Reagan Administration and under both Bush Sr. and Jr. His moderate views and likable personality have even lent him a favorable synopsis from the leftist news source the Huffington Post. Huff Post details Huntsman as a “conservative technocratoptimist with moderate positions who was willing to work substantively with President Barack Obama.” As the Republican Party moves further and further right, Democrats and Independents feel alienated and thus obligated to vote blue during election seasons. This should not be the case. There are at least two sides to any story, and often both sides have good ideas and good arguments. Tragically, the Republicans’ good ideas have been drowned out by the Tea Party’s idiocy. Appointing Jon Huntsman as the next Secretary of State is a major step in the right direction towards a bipartisan renaissance, and it would signify to the Tea Partiers that not only can Democrats and Republicans work jointly to better our nation, but we will do so. In conclusion, one: I endorse Jon Huntsman as the next Secretary of State of the United States of America, and two: I hope that the entire Tea Party ideology is castigated and exiled to Imagination Land. Please send all feedback to

to our higher education system. Currently, 74 percent of the world’s top 50 universities are in the United States. That means a better-educated workforce and a more competitive economy. Of course, the world’s best universities are little help if they’re unaffordable, and that’s what’s at stake. The University of Wisconsin System has received over $310 million in cuts over the past two years. The cost of attendance at the state’s flagship school has reached $24,000. Meanwhile, the state’s median household income is $52,058. For many families in Wisconsin—and across the country—public universities are becoming increasingly unaffordable. That’s a problem for our economy. Cutting funding to public universities is an expedient way for state legislatures to balance their budgets, but those cuts come with serious costs to our future economic output. Simply put, we can’t afford to abandon our public universities—or our students. Please send all feedback to

Israel’s Iron Dome missile defense system strengthens region’s chance for peace eli bovarnick opinion columnist


ov. 21, Israel and Hamas agreed to a cease fire, effectively ending the eight days of back-and-forth strikes between them. The cease fire is a crucial step towards diffusing what was an imminent conflict in an area filled with more tension than any of us here in the United States can imagine. While Hillary Clinton and Egyptian Foreign Minister Mohamed Kamel Amr may have brokered the end of rocket fire, it was the Israeli Military’s “Iron Dome” missile shield system that has been the real hero in these troubling days. According to CNN, during a three-day span in which 737 rockets were fired into Israel, the Iron Dome system destroyed 245 before they were able to make contact with their intended targets. This Israelimade system, which was initially deployed in March 2011, intercepts short-range rockets fired upon Israel from areas of close proximity such as Gaza. The invaluable aspect to this system is its ability to strike down rockets directed towards major Israeli population centers. The rocket fire that preceded the Gaza War in late 2008 and early 2009 by Hamas did not have the capability to reach the urban areas of Israel such as Tel Aviv and Jerusalem. However, Hamas now has weapons that could cause mass casualties to Israeli citizens after Iran has supplied them with more powerful rockets. Of the rockets sent to cause destruction in these urban areas, all were either shot down or landed in locations that did not cause mass casualties. These rockets did cause air-raid sirens to go off constantly in Tel Aviv and

forced Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to take cover in bomb shelters. This brings us back to the invaluable nature the Iron Dome system had in the process of making this cease fire possible. Israel moved thousands of troops to the border of Gaza waiting for the order to invade, but the situation could not afford any more incentive for Israel to move into Gaza. In the conflict four years ago, Israel deployed troops into Gaza, causing casualties on both sides in response to constant rocket fire into southern Israel. Had there been an absence of the Iron Dome this time, the increased casualties from Hamas’ rockets hitting the urban areas of Israel would have undoubtedly led to another invasion of Gaza, something neither side wants. As the technology of the Iron Dome system becomes even more advanced, the decisive role it can play in the process towards attaining peace in this region cannot be understated. Imagine, instead of only some rockets being shot down, a majority being stopped from reaching their intended target. If Hamas realized that despite having new and more powerful rockets, their weapons would be neutralized by the Iron Dome system, how this might deter them from sending the constant barrage of rockets they have been shooting non-stop at Israel. Seeing as both of the last two conflicts between Israel and Hamas-controlled Gaza have started because of Hamas’ unrelenting rocket fire towards Israeli citizens, the diminishing threat of rockets could only be beneficial toward the process of peace. While diplomats had a role in avoiding a larger conflict this time, it is the Iron Dome system that will be of vital importance to the peace process for the foreseeable future. Please send all feedback to


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Today’s Sudoku

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Evil Bird

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Eatin’ Cake Classic

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

Caved In

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In Command ACROSS 1 Between the foul lines 5 ___ corgi (dog breed) 10 Covered with soot, e.g. 14 Russian-spacecraft series 15 Die down 16 Allegro con ___ 17 Covetousness 18 Gift recipient 19 Represent by drawing 20 What a driver grips 23 Believer in sacred cows 24 Mineo of the silver screen 25 Key below Z, on PCs 28 “Despite that ...” 29 One younger than ewe? 33 Separate chaff from grain 35 Accepted doctrine 37 Gumbo pod 38 Directing off the straight and narrow 42 Adds lubrication 43 Boredom 44 Atomic particle 47 Outdoor accommodation 48 Amount of hair cream

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DOWN 1 Full of pulp, as fruit 2 “___ Mame” 3 Emulate Edison 4 Spread outward, as black-eyed Susans 5 Dry African riverbed 6 Black, to bards 7 “Shadowland” singer k.d. 8 Bouillabaisse and hasenpfeffer, for two 9 Donkey’s declaration 10 Having the means 11 Colombo’s country 12 That guy 13 Over there, old-style and briefly 21 Wielded the scepter 22 Wallach of “The Tiger Makes Out” 26 Kind of parrot

7 Defunct airline 2 30 Winner of “The Thrilla in Manila” 31 Common toothpaste flavor 32 Bring about 34 “Cheers” barfly 35 Rope fiber 36 Become less bright 38 Italian coin of old 39 Stretch out or lengthen 40 It can be deadly or mortal 41 “___ Frutti” (Little Richard tune) 42 Choose 45 Part of a geisha’s garb 46 Activity in which nothing is going on? 48 Popular garden flower 49 Back, in a boat 50 Assails 53 Biblical mount 55 Mild expletive 57 “Once ___ a time ...” 58 Track has-beens 59 Teeny biter 60 Minus 61 It’ll give you a fare deal 62 Peach, amber or plum

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Press Conference

Badger teams set for bounce-back week Cavaliers (4-2) Wednesday as part of the ACC/ Big 10 Challenge. Head coach Bo Ryan met with the media Monday to talk about the opponents his team has already faced, as well as those still to come. “We had Creighton, Arkansas, Virginia, California. It’s a pretty good stretch here.” Ryan was overall pleased with the team’s performance in Nevada, and hopes to continue to improve on their game. “ I saw a little spark there [against Creighton]. I saw some things that hopefully we can build on.”

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The Badgers will compete in their second consecutive Big Ten Championship game this Saturday, taking on the Nebraska Cornhuskers at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. The team was unable to secure a win against Penn State, dropping its second straight game in overtime and ending the regular season 7-5 overall and 4-4 in the conference. The season didn’t end quite the way he would’ve liked, but head coach Bret Bielema isn’t focused on his team’s record. “I told our guys, hey, you’re a 7-5 team going to Indianapolis,” he explained to the media Monday. “If you were 8-4, 9-3, 10-2, 11-1, or 12-0, you would still have to do the exact same thing you have to do this weekend, which is play Nebraska for an opportunity to go to the Rose Bowl.” Bielema also noted that his team has a chance to draw on some experience from a previous matchup. “You have to obviously learn from the mistakes you made the first time and also realize the advantages you have from playing someone a second time.” The team received some good news in the form of injury updates. Redshirt junior wide receiver Jared Abbrederis will be able to join the team in practices later this week after being sidelined Saturday.

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The Badger football team hopes to have leading wide receiver Jared Abbrederis for Saturday’s Big Ten Championship Game. Abbrederis suffered a head injury last weekend at Penn State. Men’s Hockey

Things have not gotten any better for the men’s hockey team (1-5-2 WCHA, 1-7-2 overall) who were swept by Minnesota State this past weekend. The Badgers have failed to lock up a victory since Oct. 28, and have yet to win a game at the Kohl Center this season. The team heads to Colorado to take on the No. 5 ranked Denver Pioneers (7-10, 9-3-0) this weekend. One bright spot for the Badgers is the return of freshman forward Nic Kerdiles, who is eligible to play Nov. 30 after serving a 10-game NCAA suspension. Head coach Mike Eaves is looking forward to seeing what Kerdiles can


bring to the ice. “What [fans] should expect from Nic is energy,” he said. “One of his greatest assets is his skating ability. He can play at a high tempo and pace. He shoots the puck well, and he has a nose for the net.” However, Eaves did stress that his players, including Kerdiles, can’t expect everything to get better immediately. “Nic’s not going to be the guy that leads us out of the desert here. He’s going to be part of the solution.” The Badgers won’t have an easy opponent against Denver, who is backed by not only a strong defensive system but an explosive offense as well. However, it’s something

that Eaves believes can be used to his team’s advantage. “I think it’s a great opportunity for us,” he stated. “We have another quality opponent, and what better way to right this ship than playing well?” Junior forward Mark Zengerle remains out with a hand injury, although his stitches will be removed this week. Freshman forward Morgan Zulinick also remains sidelined with an injury to his upper thigh but is engaging in on-ice workouts.

Men’s Basketball

After splitting their games in the Las Vegas Invitational, the men’s basketball team (4-2) returns to Madison to host the Virginia

Women’s Basketball

The women’s basketball team (3-2) will head to Blacksburg, Va. for the ACC/ Big 10 Challenge Wednesday, facing off against Virginia Tech (2-2). The Badgers then return to Madison to host Alabama (5-0) at the Kohl Center Saturday. Head coach Bobbie Kelsey spoke about how her team is getting along thus far in the season. “We’re a young team, work in progress,” she said. “I think the kids have really improved from last year.” Kelsey feels that both teams will test the abilities of her team, noting that each opponent plays a similar aggressive style. “They’ll jump over you if you don’t do the little things,” she said. “But I know our kids are up to it. We’re up to it.”


Waite stepping away from volleyball team Head coach decides to resign after leading the Badgers for 14 seasons for his years of service to the Wisconsin volleyball proAfter spending 14 years gram,” Athletic Director Barry with the Wisconsin volleyball Alvarez said in a release. “He team, head coach Pete Waite always ran his program with announced he has decided to step respect and dignity, and was a down Monday effective immedi- good representative of the athately, according to the UW ath- letic department. We wish him letic department. all the best.” “I’ve decided to In his time with the resign from my position Badgers, Waite coached to allow someone else 20 first-team All-Big the opportunity to take Ten honorees, 14 allthis program back to region nominees, 10 the top of the Big Ten,” All-Americans and two Waite said in a release conference players of Monday. “We have some the year. very good players in the His athletes excelled program right now and in the classroom in addiWAITE have signed three exceltion to on the floor, as 91 lent recruits for 2013. I wish of his players earned Academic them all nothing but success All-Big Ten honors. and I look forward to following “I want to thank [former the rest of their careers.” Athletic Director] Pat Richter Waite put together a 305- for hiring me and Barry 146 record with the Badgers Alvarez for his support,” Waite after joining the program in said. “I want to thank all of the 1999, including back-to-back players, assistant coaches, fans Big Ten Conference champi- and support staff in the departonships (2000, 2001). He also ment who have helped us along led his team to nine NCAA the way. ” Tournaments during his tenThe university announced ure, finishing as high as second that a nationwide search for place (2000). Waite’s replacement would “I would like to thank Pete begin immediately.

By Matt Masterson the daily cardinal

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Jacob Pedersen (48) took home the Kwalick-Clark award as the Big Ten’s tight end of the year.

Ball, Pedersen take home Big Ten awards By Rex Sheild the daily cardinal

The Wisconsin football team was once again well represented on the Big Ten all-conference teams on both sides of the ball and claimed the top player in the conference at two offensive positions. Senior running back Montee Ball, the recent NCAA’s career leader in touchdowns with 79, received the Ameche-Dayne Running Back of the Year for the second consecutive year after rushing for league-best 1,168 rushing yards—an average of 146.0 rushing yards per game—to go along with 15 touchdowns in conference play. Additionally, redshirt junior tight end Jacob Pedersen, who registered four touchdown receptions on the year, was named KwalickClark Tight End of the Year. Joining Ball as consensus first-team selections were red-

shirt junior wide receiver Jared Abbrederis and redshirt senior right tackle Ricky Wagner. Junior center Travis Frederick and senior linebacker Mike Taylor were both honored with a first-team selection by the media and honorable mention by the coaches. Junior linebacker Chris Borland and Pederson were additionally honored with a first-team selection by the conference coaches while being voted honorable mention by the media. Junior left guard Ryan Groy and redshirt senior cornerback Devin Smith were among the honorees on the second team voted by the coaches and were voted honorable mention by the media. To round out the all-conference selections, junior defensive tackle Beau Allen, redshirt senior cornerback Marcus Cromartie, redshirt junior defensive end David

Gilbert, redshirt freshman punter Drew Meyer and redshirt junior safety Dezmen Southward were all consensus honorable mention honorees while redshirt junior defensive tackle Ethan Hemer was voted honorable mention by the coaches. Additionally, senior safety Shelton Johnson received the Big Ten Sportsmanship Award. With seven first-team selections, Wisconsin tied Ohio State for most in that category. Including last year, the Badgers have had 16 first-team selections the past two seasons. Wisconsin, who is looking to win their third league title in as many years and clinch an unprecedented third-straight trip to Pasadena, will play in its second consecutive Big Ten Championship Saturday in Indianapolis against Legends Division champion Nebraska.

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