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Wisconsin’s rural high schools continue to battle limited educational mobility Even as agricultural counties improve programs, students aren’t getting to the flagship university By Noah Habenstreit ASSOCIATE NEWS EDITOR
Samantha Follen had known “pretty much forever” that she wanted to go to UW-Madison. At Adams-Friendship High School in rural central Wisconsin, Follen worked hard to earn the grades and test scores she needed to be accepted. With the help of teachers, as well as friends and family in her tightly-knit community, she achieved her goal. Now a rising junior at UW-Madison, Follen is grateful for the work of the dedicated staff at AFHS, whom she said made sure everyone had a plan for after high school. But she also acknowledges that in her small town, she wasn’t afforded the same educational opportunities as many peers from urban areas. “There were only a handful of AP classes, and we didn’t have weighted GPAs or anything like that,” Follen said. “[AFHS] was a good experience … but definitely a lot less opportunity.” AFHS, just 90 minutes from Madison, serves the entirety of Adams County, which holds the dubious distinction of sending the fewest students per capita to UW-Madison
of any county in the state. Follen is one of seven UW-Madison undergraduates from Adams County. For reference, Dane County is 25 times larger in population than Adams, but sends roughly 440 times as many students to the flagship university. This isn’t a problem confined to one community—Wisconsin’s most rural counties consistently send far fewer students to UW-Madison than should be expected based on their populations.
“You had to really want it to get it … you had to exhaust all the options you’re given, and then try to find more opportunities..” Samantha Follen junior UW-Madison
Wealthier districts have more resources to spend on college preparation programs, a phenomenon Follen knows from experience. After growing up in Adams, she spent her middle school years in Waunakee,
just north of Madison. She said living in a middle-class suburban community made her realize just how few resources Adams had for its students. But the economic contrast is even more stark than it initially appears. Tanya Kotlowski, AFHS’ principal, says that the extreme poverty in Adams County creates “social and emotional needs” that the school and community have to use their limited resources to meet. “Just at our high school alone, we have upwards of 70 percent on free and reduced lunch,” Kotlowski said. “Alcohol and drug use, health issues … both as a county and as a school district, we support those things very heavily because of who our constituents are.” But Kotlowski, who grew up in Adams County, contends that the area’s challenges should not mean students don’t get a chance to attend college. As principal, Kotlowski has implemented a rule for all seniors: if you don’t have a post-high school plan, you don’t walk at graduation. Students must choose either a college plan, an employment plan, or to join the military. For students who choose college, rather than entering the job
market or joining the military, AFHS staff members work with them one-on-one to help them reach their goals.This is especially important, Kotlowski says, in a community where almost every high schooler would be the first in
“[Rural students] simply believe that if they apply here, they won’t be accepted, and if they’re accepted they won’t be able to afford it.” John Sharpless history professor UW-Madison
their family to attend college. “If [very few] of our kids have an immediate family member who has had that experience, we know we have to support them very heavily,” Kotlowski said. “And we do.” As a result, during Kotlowski’s six-year tenure, AFHS has seen improvement: more students are choosing to attend college, especially local two-year colleges. But the success has not trans-
lated to more AFHS graduates at UW-Madison. Follen says even though she knew she had the motivation to attend a prestigious four-year university, she had to “squeeze every opportunity she had” to get there. “You had to really want it to get it,” Follen said. “You had to have really good relationships with your teachers, and have connections, and take that extra step … you had to exhaust all the options you’re given, and then try to find more opportunities.” Unfortunately, most AFHS students aren’t able to take the extra step, Kotlowski said. Kotlowski highlighted one student who she said was “one of the most outstanding young men” she has worked with in her 23 years in education. She said despite the fact that she “had no question he would work hard enough to get to the academic standards of UW-Madison,” his low ACT score prevented him from being accepted. “One of the disservices to our students in areas like Adams is that the application criteria throws them out,” Kotlowski said. “45 per-
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schools from page 1 cent of our students come to us below grade level … Our kids are improving like crazy, our growth data is off the charts, but that still doesn’t mean they’re at [UW-Madison’s] benchmark.” And there’s one more factor that hinders rural representation at UW-Madison: confidence. John Sharpless, a UW-Madison history professor, says the “primary reason” rural students are underrepresented is because they don’t feel like they belong at UW-Madison. “[Rural students] simply believe that if they apply here, they won’t be accepted, and if they’re accepted they won’t be able to afford it,” Sharpless said. “One of the messages this campus sends to the world is that we’re very competitive, we fancy ourselves one of the leading universities … That often gives potential students the idea that they can’t find a place here.” Kotlowski, a UW-Madison graduate, echoed Sharpless’ sentiment, saying she doesn’t think AFHS students “have any confidence to apply to UW-Madison.” UW-Madison officials say the school is doing its best to ensure that Wisconsin’s rural students are well-represented at UW-Madison. “Rural students, particularly first-generation college students, are an important part of our outreach,” Meredith McGlone, a UW-Madison spokesperson, said. “We believe programs like Chancellor Blank’s Badger Promise initiative will do even more to make campus accessible to such students.” Sharpless praised Blank’s efforts, but said the university could be doing more. “We have programs that are in place to work with minority students who are coming out of high schools in central cities. We could have a similar program for rural and smalltown students,” Sharpless said. “Bring them in for summer programs … so they learn to comfortable in the Madison environment and not intimidated.” Follen agreed that having more opportunities to get acquainted with UW-Madison would be helpful for rural high schoolers. She said in her first year of college, she was “really scared.” “It’s a pretty competitive environment … I was definitely out of my comfort zone,” Follen said. “I think that can scare people off.” But despite this, she says she is happy she chose to attend UW-Madison. Although she acknowledged the drawbacks of attending high school in a place like Adams County, she encouraged students from rural areas to “take advantage of all the positive things you have.” “Mrs. Kotlowski would always say ‘I don’t have kids, and I love you guys like my own kids,’ and I think that’s really special,” Follen said. “The sense of community in a town like Adams is so strong, and they’ll support you the whole time. Take advantage of that.”
As state GOP strips tenant right laws, city looks to incentivize past rental practices
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Madison is creating a “best practice” program for landlords as the state Republicans override a slew of city tenant ordinances. By Gina Heeb CITY NEWS EDITOR
Photo evidence for a docked security deposit, notice of building violations and updated fire sprinkler systems—these are just a few of dozens of rights and protections students are no longer guaranteed by law in Madison. Madison landlords were previously required to follow such standards through city ordinances. But over the last several years, changes by Republican lawmakers have increasingly limited the ability for
local officials to regulate landlords. Roughly 100 changes have been made to local and state rental laws between 2011 and 2016, according to city officials. Ald. Zach Wood of District 8, which encompasses the campus area, said these frequent changes make it a norm for students to not know what their rights as renters are. “If you were here as a freshman in 2013, it’s a different ballgame now [as a senior in 2017] than it was when you first signed a lease,” Wood said.
Addressing a power struggle between the city and state has been a common theme in the state capital. Wood said dealing with the state on housing regulations has been one of the most consuming parts of his work in local government. “Throughout my first term, everything we’ve done and some of what my predecessors have done has been eroded by Republicans of the state, which has been tough,” Wood said. One pivotal change for downtown renters took place in 2011. The city had previously required landlords to provide proof of damage when they took money from a security deposit. But under under Wis. Stat. 66.0104, local officials can no longer legally enforce the ordinance. For Wood, this is one of the most concerning examples of state law preempting city ordinances. “There are property owners and landlords who have friends in the state legislature and would like to take more out of security deposits,” Wood said, after recalling a year during his time as a UW-Madison student when he fought a security deposit deduction that didn’t seem right. Numerous other changes deregulating standards for landlords were passed that same year under Act 108, many of them expanding the legal basis on which rental applicants could be rejected. Under the GOP legislation, city officials can no longer prohibit landlords from using criminal convictions, credit scores, refusal to provide a social security number and a person’s rental history to reject a housing applicant. A law passed last year made it
easier for landlords to kick renters out. Under Act 176, landlords can issue a no-cure lease violation that might lead to eviction, such as property damage, even after it is remedied by a renter. “That’s really difficult—especially for students—because if you get evicted mid-semester, what are you going to do?” Wood said. As more ordinances have become unenforceable under state law, city officials are getting creative on ways to reinforce them. A city council subcommittee is currently working on a “best practice” program that would incentivize Madison landlords to uphold tenant rights and protections that aren’t legally required anymore. Under the program, landlords who follow a set of best practice standards outlined by the city’s Tenant and Landlord Issues Committee could be rewarded with some kind of city certification or be put onto a “gold-star” list. Best practices could include things like requiring photo evidence of security deposit deductions and setting a limit on the dollar amount that can be required for a security deposit. The program, first introduced in 2015, is still in the works. Wood said until it is implemented, students should be especially mindful of their rights as Madison tenants. He suggests always reading up on rights, getting agreements in writing and not being afraid to question a landlord. “Most students don’t read up on rights and so far too many people just accept whatever happens as normal,” Wood said. “Don’t be afraid to question—if it doesn’t seem right, there’s a chance it isn’t.”
Student protests may incur university punishment after Campus Free Speech Act passes Assembly committee By Lilly Price STATE NEWS EDITOR
First-year and transfer students may receive First Amendment training during a new freshman orientation that would explain the university’s free expression policies, as part of a bill gaining traction in the state’s Legislature. Republican lawmakers are concerned the UW System has dropped the ball on protecting free speech and free expression by allowing demonstrations against conservative speakers. Legislators introduced Assembly Bill 299 this session, saying the bill helps combat one-sided ideologies and helps protect students’ rights Most recently, the bill passed an Assembly Committee on Colleges and Universities on a party line vote of 8-6 in late May. The bill will now come up for a vote on the Assembly floor in mid-June, according to a spokesperson for Assembly Speaker Robin Vos. The bill, titled the Campus Free Speech Act, comes in response to a national trend of student protesters interfering with political speakers who are invited to universities
and colleges—sometimes causing them to be unable to speak. Perhaps the most controversial example of protests on liberal campuses against conservative speakers was a violent demonstration against conservative former Breitbart News editor Milo Yiannopoulos at the University of California-Berkeley in February. Last fall, UW-Madison had a notable protest against another former Breitbart editor, Ben Shapiro. Part of his speech was interrupted, but he was able to finish it. State Rep. Jesse Kremer, R-Kewaskum, cites the Shapiro incident and the majority liberal speakers paid to come to UW-Madison as examples for the bill’s necessity. “In our own backyard, we have seen the trend of suppression of ideas as speakers have been shouted down and physically assaulted by those who do not share their beliefs,” Kremer said. “Our universities have the responsibility to encourage debate and offer up a wide range of perspectives.” Democratic members of the Assembly, however, point to already
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Legislators introduced a new bill in reaction to free speech concerns following student demonstrations against speakers on campus. existing free expression policies created to discipline students if demonstrations become unruly. UW-Madison Chancellor Rebecca Blank told The Daily Cardinal in the spring she felt the university handled the Shapiro event well. The university gave protesters five minutes to protest, according to Blank. “I was actually quite proud of our students on both sides of that event in terms of how they handled that,” Blank said. “Mr. Shapiro got to give his full speech and at the same time it was very clear that there was controversy about this.” Amendments were added to the bill cleared up vague language in the bill, specifically the
penalties students would receive for violating another individual’s freedom of expression. If a UW student is found to have two violations of interfering with someone’s free expression rights by preventing them from speaking, they would face a minimum onesemester suspension. Working on a three-strikes-out model, the same student would be expelled if found violating policies a third time during their college career. Additionally, anyone is able to report a UW student for violating the policies. Two or more reports against a student would launch a disciplinary hearing to decide penalties.
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Demands to dissolve ASM echo a recent period without a student government at UW-Madison By Maggie Chandler COLLEGE NEWS EDITOR
After UW-Madison’s student government concluded the spring semester with controversial legislation that angered members of the Jewish community and drew concern from others on campus, UW-Madison’s College Republicans chapter called for the disbandment of the Associated Students of Madison. A student government disbandment hasn’t happened since 1993 when the Wisconsin Student As s o c i at i o n—U W-Mad i s o n’s previous student governance group—dissolved. Jake Lubenow, president of College Republicans, said his organization was frustrated with Student Council’s treatment of former Rep. Ariela Rivkin and other Jewish students as well as the group’s “lack of impartiality” on issues. “We’re going to try to end Council and restart how we think about student government on our campus,” Lubenow said a week after releasing a statement condemning Student Council. “We’re going to do our best to make sure ASM’s power is taken away, make sure that they’re not allowed to abuse students on this campus anymore.” Others say disbandment could impact student involvement with campus decision-making.
“No government is never the answer.” Shira Diner ASM founding member UW-Madison
Former Shared Governance Chair Omer Arain said it isn’t clear how disbandment would affect ASM’s process of selecting leaders for more than 70 sShared gGovernance committees influencing campus decision-making. He also said it’s unclear if students could still select representatives for those committees.
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“Disbanding ASM could damage this infrastructure of students within shared governance committees,” Arain said. “I think student input on both large and small issues related to campus would not be uplifted as potently as they are now.” For ASM Chair Katrina Morrison, disbandment is “an extreme, unnecessary move that would leave student shared governance in shambles.” Lubenow said the effort needed to convince students to support disbandment would be “incredible.” According to the ASM Constitution, two-thirds vote is required, provided at least ten percent of ASM members vote. When former UW-Madison student Shira Diner, who helped draft the ASM Constitution in the fall of 1993, heard about College Republicans’ statement, she was “very sad.” Although she said she couldn’t comment on their motivating issue, Diner said disbandment was “a bad idea” and concerns with student government could be fixed within the system. “No government is never the answer at any level as far as I’m concerned,” Diner said.
Although Lubenow said that disbandment is unlikely to happen, it has before. For over fifty years, WSA operated as the student government before officially disbanding in the summer of 1993. Opposing party viewpoints between the student Senate and co-presidents kept WSA from passing legislation and controversies like election fraud caused frustration on campus.
“I think student input on both large and small issues related to campus would not be uplifted as potently as they are now.” Katrina Morrison chair Associated Students of Madison
In the spring of 1992 the first vote to disband WSA failed. That spring, rumors circulated that the co-president election was fixed. Both co-presidents resigned, but were later reinstated when no evidence was found.
A majority voted to dissolve the group the following fall, but the resolution wasn’t binding because state law required a twothirds vote instead of the majority, co-president Kathy Evans told The Journal Times. “I think it will be interesting to watch the process they use to change the structure of student government,” Roger Howard, associate dean of students at the time, told the Journal Times after the vote. “This was a vote against the current structure, not against student government itself.” Finally, in the spring of 1993, two members of the Kill WSA Party were elected co-presidents and the Senate had the two-thirds vote to dissolve. For a few months, UW-Madison had no student government until the following fall, when some students kickstarted the election process and students voted in favor of what would become ASM. After the vote, Diner said they gave students a voice by putting them on committees across campus. Diner said the drafters intentionally made disbandment difficult to keep students from dismantling stu-
dent government “on a whim.” They pushed for term limits, a large and diverse council with representatives from all UW-Madison schools and created opportunities for student involvement on committees outside of council.
“We’re going to try to end Council and restart how we think about student government on our campus.”
Jake Lubenow president College Republicans
“We wanted everyone to feel like whatever problems they had had with the last student government, that this one was going to be more responsive to student concerns and one that people felt more that it was actually working for them,” Diner said. “I think we were able to make a real difference in the lives of students.”
UW-Extension puts the Wisconsin Idea to work by helping small business owners By Cameron Lane-Flehinger STAFF REPORTER
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UW-Extension works to enhance Wisconsin by connecting small business owners with UW System resources and graduates.
In February 2015, Gov. Scott Walker proposed a revision of the Wisconsin Idea, the 110-year-old guiding principle of the UW System, that would have emphasized career preparation over academic pursuits. The proposal failed and the language of the Wisconsin Idea remains unchanged, but Walker’s action sparked a high-profile discussion over the connection between the state’s business community and its public universities. Outside of the political spotlight, the UW-Extension Division for Business and Entrepreneurship has worked for more than 50 years to bridge that divide and use the resources of the UW System to help Wisconsin’s businesses community grow and flourish. The services it provides—which often include matching businesses
with new clients or employees, as well as advising on supply chain management and marketing—are intended more to help business owners improve the performance of their businesses than to assist with expanding them, according to Lange. “One of the most important things you can do for a community and an economy is to improve the performance of the businesses,” Mark Lange, executive director of the Division for Business and Entrepreneurship, said. “Our mission here is to enhance Wisconsin one business at a time.” One of the division’s newest initiatives helps connect businesses in need of highly trained employees with graduates from four-year institutions who might otherwise find work outside of the state. “Matching people to the right jobs and having access to people
for those jobs is the elephant in the room for a lot of business owners,” Lange said. “When we talk to companies we should probably be helping them tap into the veins of talent that we have in this state.” Those efforts could be compromised by changes to the Small Business Administration, a major funding source for the SBDC, as a result of proposed budget cuts from the Trump administration. Whatever the fate of the budget, Lange said that the work of the division would continue to be guided by the ideas of former UW-Madison President Charles Van Hise. “One of the reasons I took this job… is I really like the Wisconsin Idea,” he said. “Helping [businesses] at a university setting that had a way to interact in a meaningful way at the local community level was important.”
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To all my incoming baby Badgers, grab a seat and get ready to take some notes. Perhaps you were class president in high school. Or maybe you were a member of the honor society. You could have graduated in the prestigious top ten percent, or better yet, could have graduated as valedictorian. However, it doesn’t really matter what you did in high school if you can’t make the transition to college as smooth possible. High school success (or lack of it) doesn’t automatically apply to college. Here at UW-Madison, you start college with a clean academic slate, along with a lot of independence and a plethora of decisions as you begin the transition into “adulthood.” The decisions you make and the actions you take during this first year of college will have a major impact on the rest of your college experience. Along with these adult decisions comes the opportunity to engage in the ever-so-present alcohol culture on campus. While these events may be fun and enjoyed in the moment, I think any upperclassmen will tell you they would have done better on a test, assignment or project had they not gone out the night before. I am not saying this to badger you— get it? Badger?—but as serious advice. I have personally seen what not attending class can do to grades, whether it be because of going out, taking an extra week of spring break to visit Ireland or from feeling under the weather. So, I offer some very simple, yet crucial advice to the newcomers on campus: go to class! (I think my parents
would be very proud to see this advice.) It is absolutely vital that you attend class regularly. Missing a class should be a rare occurrence, something that happens at most once or twice a semester. Going to class does far more than simply giving you credit for attendance. Class attendance facilitates learning in a variety of ways, including but not limited to the following. Lectures and classes supplement reading assignments. Class gives you another perspective on the material you are learning besides what the textbook offers. Even if you think you already understand the material well, class always adds something new. The instructor may go over examples or applications you haven’t seen, concepts in class may be presented in a different way than in the text and student questions and discussion may elaborate on the material or provide new insights. Professors often use questions or class discussion to enhance critical thinking skills. Attending class can be an opportunity for you to engage with the material with the guidance of the professor and the help of your classmates. A professor may pose a question or lead a discussion in class that directs you to make connections between concepts and helps you to think about the material in new ways. If you pay attention in class, you may be surprised by how much you can cut your study time later on. No textbook can explain something to you like another person can. Attending and participating in class shows the professor that you are a serious student who is taking respon-
sibility for their education and making an effort to learn. This increases your interaction with faculty members, and raises the likelihood of finding mentors and role models who can help guide you in your academic, career and personal development. In addition, class time is a chance to meet and interact with other students in your class. This can help you to form study groups or meet other students in your major. Taking your own notes during a class is more useful than getting a copy of someone else’s notes (even the instructor’s). In a recent study, only eight percent of students reported that getting class notes from a missed class is as useful as attending class. Additionally, this eight percent who thought borrowed notes were as helpful as going to class had significantly lower reported grade point averages than those who valued class attendance more. The act of attending class and writing down your own notes will help you to learn the material
and solidify your understanding in a way that is much more effective than when you miss class and read someone else’s notes. In short, we were all wonderful, qualified high school students—we are all attending this world-class university for some reason—but that does not mean we can breeze by college like we did high school. Even if you do not initially adhere to my advice on attending class, one day, when you are struggling with cramming information in last minute, you will remember this warning! College can be tough, but there are many ways to ease the burden. Unless you’re an engineering student, then you’re on your own (just kidding). Besides actually engaging in the material in multiple ways, a key point is to try and meet people in your major and work together to solve problems. As Badgers, it is one of our goals to help each and every other Badger succeed as much as we can—including ourselves.
Five-step guide to college freshmen fashion By Cassie Hurwitz the daily cardinal
Incoming freshmen: there’s no sugar-coating it—you’ve got it tough. Meeting new friends, learning the layout of a new city and trying to remember which class happens on which day—all while dealing with moving away from family, friends and comfort— can be one of life’s most difficult experiences. But, don’t worry, every single person on the UW-Madison campus has been through it already and survived. Before you know it, new friends will become old, unfamiliar territory will become your favorite study
spot and classes will begin to fall into place. The only area left to master is finding your killer college style. Avoid sweats at all costs Sweatpants and/or other cozy bottoms may feel like the right way to go, especially in the dead of freezing Madison winters. But, what will happen when you curl up in a seat in Humanities, the room beginning to look more like a bedroom than a classroom? Wearing real bottoms will not only make you look like you’re prepared for the day, but they’ll make you feel the part as well.
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The library can be cold or hot; wearing layers solves that issue.
Dry shampoo is your friend Now, I’m not condoning staying out late on a school night, but sometimes, life can be unpredictable. Especially during freshman year. FOMO is real—and it’ll probably cause you to miss showering every so often, whether it’s because you stayed out too late or needed an extra hour to snooze. Whatever the reason, pick up a bottle of dry shampoo to help you out in those sticky situations. It can take a greasy mop to hair care commercial standards in no time. Comfort goes a long way when you choose your shoes When you’ve got a jampacked day of class, work, organizations and dorm floor bonding time ahead of you, you’re going to want a pair of kicks that will take you from activity to activity without suffocating your feet. As much as you may want to strut your stuff in a new pair of heeled boots or loose sandals, you will soon see that campus is not very forgiving when it comes to walking. Do yourself a favor and invest in supportive shoes. Save the sti-
lettos for senior year—that is, if you’ve learned the layout of campus by then. Layer, layer, layer After the first semester of your college career, it will probably be obvious that classroom temperatures vary as much as the world’s climates. Your 8:50 lecture may be as hot as the desert, but fast forward to 11 and you’re shivering while taking notes. Although it may seem bulky and, let’s face it, a little extra to carry around a couple layers, it can make an important difference in your focus during class. When your body is at a normal temperature, your brain can function adequately. Express your own unique personality All that being said, college is, as cliché as it sounds, the perfect time to express yourself. Use your personal style to make a statement about who you are. One of the best ways to meet new friends is through wearing clothes that represent your interests. Don’t be afraid to think outside the box. College is the place to experience your potential.
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Guy wearing suit at orientation event already halfway to his business degree By Dylan Anderson THE DAILY CARDINAL
Prospective business major Nick Rinaldi arrived at freshmen orientation sporting a two-piece suit, enabling him to meet roughly half of the Wisconsin School of Business’ graduation requirements. In accordance with School of Business bylaws, Rinaldi was immediately sent to meet with Dean François Ortalo-Magné by his SOAR advisor upon checking in. “When I received word about [Rinaldi’s] appearance, I knew I had to have him come to my office right away,” Ortalo-Magné said. While the majority of SOAR attendees donned shorts and other typical summer garb, Rinaldi stood out in his outfit which featured black Cole Haan dress shoes and a shiny blue tie. Though he was not a direct admit to the Business School
from his application, Rinaldi was accepted to the management program and granted junior standing immediately. According to Ortalo-Magné, the majority of the undergraduate degree requirements relate to dress and networking, so it was only appropriate to fasttrack the 18-year-old to upperclassmen status.
“If [Rinaldi] had brought business cards, he would be a senior right now.” François Ortalo-Magné Dean of Business School
“I was bored scrolling through LinkedIn one night and decided to peek at some of the degree requirements,” Rinaldi told Cardinal reporters. “I saw all these courses about where to buy
nice suits and stuff so I figured why not wear one to orientation?” Other students expressed confusion about Rinaldi’s fashion decision on an 88 degree day. “Who was that guy?” SOAR group mate Ryan Sköglund inquired. “I thought he was going to be promoting a Mormon student organization or something.” Another student, who spoke with The Cardinal under the condition of anonymity, described Rinaldi as a “sweaty tryhard.” With his sights set on graduating in 2019, Rinaldi appeared unfazed by his peers’ comments. “You can never be too well prepared,” he said. “I was rehearsing firm, dry handshakes with my dad last night.” However, according to Ortalo-Magné, Rinaldi could have been better equipped. “If [Rinaldi] had brought business cards, he would be a senior right now,” he said.
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Incoming junior Nick Rinaldi contemptuously looks over his underdressed classmates, many of whom are sporting sneakers.
SOAR Student found wandering Humanities’ halls after five years By Ayomide Awosika THE DAILY CARDINAL
Early Thursday morning a UW police officer discovered a SOAR student wandering the halls of the labyrinthine Humanities Building. The officer entered the building after receiving reports of a bigfootlike creature wandering the halls. The Cardinal reached out to the officer, Paul B. Lart. IMAGE COURTESY OF CREATIVE COMMONS - RICH GIRARD
James Comey stares vacantly toward a crowd of onlookers as he’s forced to relive the most harrowing 139 days of his life.
James Comey: I thought I was done with this job By Patrick Hoeppner THE DAILY CARDINAL
The exasperation was palpable across fired FBI director James Comey’s face on Thursday morning as he traipsed through the ordeal of sitting in a government building for reasons other than obtaining a boating license. “To be honest, I’d rather eat radioactive waste by myself than dine with President Trump,” Comey said, clearing his throat into the microphone. “I was really looking forward to a kitesurfing vacation with an eccentric billionaire like Richard Branson, and I am disheartened by the fact that Washington wants me back.” Laptop keyboards at the hands of Politico and Buzzfeed reporters were hammering away as Comey blasted away one-liner after one-liner of his time working with progressively inept members of the Trump administration. Former FBI officials agree that Comey’s experience as a fired FBI director is not commonplace, owing to exception-
al levels of political and social turmoil across the federal government after the installation of dysfunctional executive staff with record-low levels of political skill. “Hopefully this hearing only lasts one day,” Comey said, “and I’d prefer them to put me up in the Watergate. I’d rather have my phones tapped than stay in that disasterpiece of a hotel Trump built down the street. “Trump likes tweeting about his tapes. The American people want to see some tapes – namely those tapes with the call girls and the golden shower from the Russian hotel. WikiLeaks could prove itself useful and make that information public. “It’s unfortunate that Bannon isn’t present, frontrow, at these hearings. Seeing as he’s the maniac who orchestrated this, why blame the ushers for a bad show? “And Kellyanne Conway…” Comey lamented, “conversations with her are like talking to a Chia Pet.”
“I’m considering going back to... being a mall cop after all this.” Paul B. Lart Ex-Mall Cop
The cop said, “I found him in the bathroom drinking water from a toilet bowl. There was a water bubbler right down the hall, poor guy. Being in a building like this... does something to a person’s mind. Heck, I almost mistook a painting of a water
bubbler for the real thing.” The Humanities building, known for it’s hideous exterior, is also ironically, the second home to art majors on the UW campus. Its interior design seems to follow no logical pattern in terms of room placement and numbers, which leads to many unfortunate students becoming trapped in its halls. Even the architects who designed the building have been found wandering aimlessly months after its construction. While it’s not rare for SOAR students, or even freshmen, to be found wandering the halls of the Humanities building, this student set an unprecedented record for time spent missing in the maze-like building. Normally UWPD finds the students by the end of their freshman year. The UWPD Chief, Kristen Roman, expressed some concern. “This raises some alarming issues,” she said. “How many more students are still wandering those halls, trying to
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find their way out? We want to send a search party, but we lost contact with the last group we dispatched in there. It’s been two months since we last heard from them.”
“We want to send a search party, but we lost contact with the last group we dispatched.” Kristen Roman UWPD Chief
When asked if he would consider volunteering to take part in a search party Officer Lart said, “There’s no way they’re sending me back in there. I’m considering going back to the simple life of being a mall cop after all this.” The SOAR student could not be reached for any questions, but our sources tell us he’s planning to begin his art history major in the upcoming fall semester.
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One Love Manchester does not embody spirit of tragedy it mourned TATIANA B. MICOLEY opinion columnist
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Legislators from around the country have been hesitant to hold town halls with their constituents.
Local politicians ignore angry constituents in wake of Trump’s antics ERIK FRANZE opinion columnist
ast week, my parents and I planned to spend an evening attending a town hall by U.S. House Representative Jim Sensenbrenner, R-Wis., to hear his opinions on the various issues prevailing in Washington right now. We first noticed something was amiss when he began the meeting by reading off a list of authoritarian rules that left absolutely no room for dissent or discord. Given the contentious nature of Congress nowadays, this seemed like an unnecessary overreaction, as Sensenbrenner should be accustomed to disagreement and argumentation on Capitol Hill. One man began the audience questions by asking Sensenbrenner why he, and the Republican Party in general today, are so corrupted by money, greed and profit in the age of Trump that they put party loyalty before equitably serving their constituents and country. The answer provided by Sensenbrenner avoided the issue by meagerly citing an example of how he has worked across the aisle. To be fair, there is some truth in this statement, as Sensenbrenner has been consistently rated as one of the more bipartisan members of Congress. In Wisconsin, only moderate Democrat Ron Kind, a representative from near La Crosse, outranks Sensenbrenner in this. However, working across the aisle does not necessarily equate to moderate ideology, as one can be willing to compromise politically but still have extreme personal beliefs. This is the case for Sensenbrenner, as he is also frequently listed as one of the most conservative members of Congress. These qualities became apparent in what happened next at the town hall. A woman stood up to ask Sensenbrenner why the salaries of congressmen have been steadily rising at a rate far above the minimum wage, which is still not at a livable level. He tried answering with false economic theory that unemployment rises with wage increases. The crowd reacted with resounding boos. Given the fact that this event was taking place in one of the most conservative places in the nation, and an area that
Sensenbrenner has represented since 1979, I was surprised. The congressman responded to the negative outcry from his audience by pounding his gavel and chiding a crowd of 80 or so adults, of whom I was the youngest, like a strict schoolteacher reprimanding a rowdy classroom. He attempted to continue to degrade those who support raising the minimum wage, before he was drowned out a second time by dissent. Rather than let people voice their opinions or listen to their legitimate grievances for what was promised to be a 90 minute meeting, Sensenbrenner suspended the meeting after five minutes and escaped out the door with his aides as people yelled at him for his cowardice. It’s one thing to hear on the news about the eruptions occurring at town halls around the country, but it was an eye-opening experience to witness it. Republican lawmakers for the past few months have been facing angry citizens when they return home, many primarily upset with the attacks and attempted repeals being made to Obamacare, and the uncertain future facing the masses who depend on it for healthcare and a stable livelihood. Particularly troubling is the controversy surrounding pre-existing conditions. Sensenbrenner is not alone in his irresponsibility at town halls—in fact, he’s actually done a better job than some of his fellow Wisconsin Republicans. Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, preferred to skip out on holding town halls altogether, because he was worried that his constituents might be harassed. It seems to me, Mr. Ryan, that you are only worried about yourself, and the fact that you might, heaven forbid, have to deal with critics. Senator Ron Johnson, who has personally called me a communist (that’s another story), followed in the footsteps of Ryan and declined to honor those who elected him by also not organizing any town halls during his time back home. In February, in both Madison and Green Bay, activists held town halls marked by Johnson’s absence, as he did not feel the need to attend. All of these instances are once again akin to a cowardly, defensive teacher, that Sensenbrenner so accurately resembled, not showing
up to class because they are afraid their students will not approve of the large research report they plan to assign. This is what politics has descended to in the age of Trump; a long serving politician (who has served for far too long and done far too much damage to the people of southeastern Wisconsin and the nation as a whole), has such a thin skin that he cannot stomach being criticized even slightly and cancels a meeting after two questions. The man he defends, and the man who leads our country, is a despicable, cheating real estate mogul who reaffirms racism and sexism. All of this leads one to ponder what those who spread democracy and founded great nations would think about these erosions of governmental honor taking place daily. Sensenbrenner, Johnson and particularly Ryan, are Trump apologists who support him in all of his increasingly ridiculous actions and leave everyday folks behind by ignoring or silencing them, as what I witnessed during that town hall at the West Allis Public Library illuminated. A man who retreats after two rounds of boos—and like the president, refuses to admit his own wrongdoings—is similarly immature, unfair, conceited and completely unfit for office. I urge everyone, especially my friends who are young or young at heart, people of color, queer or any other oppressed identity to consider becoming more engaged in politics on and off campus. We don’t deserve this kind of politician. We don’t deserve more of Sensenbrenner, Johnson, Ryan, Trump or any of the others in league with them. We deserve respectable politicians who are like us and stand for our values and diversity—not their own self-interests. I think those who have fought for integrity, dignity, truth and equality to be the cornerstones of democracy throughout the turbulent history of our world would agree with me. Stay engaged, everyone. Erik is a sophomore majoring in international relations and Spanish. Do you think that legislators should be holding more town halls with their constituents? Please send all comments and concerns to firstname.lastname@example.org.
n May 22, an Ariana Grande concert was attacked by a suicide bomber and 22 innocent people lost their lives. The victims ranged in age from eight years old to 51 years old. Shortly after the attack, ISIS claimed it as a work of the caliphate. The atrocity and brutality of the attack resonated worldwide. Many have speculated that Ariana Grande was targeted specifically as her music has strong sexual undertones. Her licentious music videos and promiscuous costumes could have provoked ISIS and extremists who hate western culture and the sexuality that Grande promotes. Yet whether these speculations are true or not is beside the point. She can sing about sex, drugs and rock ‘n roll; anybody should be allowed to sing about anything without fearing for their life. Everyone deserves to feel safe and secure when seeing live music for any artist and for any type of music. Music is a balm for heartache and suffering is a way for us to cope with adversity. Using music in an attempt to mend the wounds of the attack, Grande hosted the One Love Manchester concert. Stars like Justin Bieber, Katy Perry and Miley Cyrus took the stage to honor the lives lost during the bombing that happened there. Truly, the concert was a poignant display of unity and hope, contrasting with the heartbreak and anguish Manchester has faced.
While the song can be used, very loosely, to mourn those lost in the attatck, it is very clearly about (potentially illicit) sex.
That being said, for me the concert displayed a huge disconnect between the songs themselves and the purpose of the concert. Pharrell Williams sang “Get Lucky,” Niall Horan sang “Slow Hands,” Ariana sang “Side to Side.” All three of those songs address one common theme: sex. I understand that One Love Manchester was a benefit for the
families affected by the attack, and I understand that potential donators tune in to hear the hits, but I still think that we as listeners, concertgoers and fans should demand more of the mainstream artists who performed. Grande and fans latched onto “One Last Time” as the anthem for the tragedy, but consider what the lyrics actually say: “One more time / I promise after that, I’ll let you go / Baby I don’t care if you got her in your heart / All I really care is you wake up in my arms” While the song can be used, very loosely, to mourn those lost in the attack, it is very clearly about (potentially illicit) sex. Lyrics are no longer profound; they’re barely up for interpretation. The pop industry thrives on cranking out catchy love songs about heartbreak and lust, and yes, it’s true those are experiences many people can relate to, but isn’t there more to the human experience than sex? Music gives us the opportunity to express and produce emotions, to say something important and yet far too often we let meaningless and simplistic songs become “hits.” The authenticity has disappeared. Likewise, live music has become an elaborate performance. It is now expected to see background visuals and fancy airborne tricks; it’s easy for the music to get lost in the midst of all the showiness. There are so many charades at concerts—what happened to just good-ole-fashioned musicians going to town on their instruments? Do we need pyrotechnics and backup dancers and showy costumes to feel something from the music? We shouldn’t. The One Love Manchester concert was a beautiful response to the tragic loss of life that occurred this past May. The world joined together to prove that love, hope and peace can overcome hatred and violence. Hearing music used in such a purposeful and genuine way was both uplifting and encouraging, yet too often songs in the pop industry are just earworms with phony lyrics and no message. I think it’s high time we insist on music that says more. Tatiana is a junior majoring in English and Spanish. What did you think of the One Love Manchester concert? Do pop stars need to be more conscious about the lyrics of their songs? Please send all comments to email@example.com.
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On June 4, Ariana Grande hosted a benefit concert in Manchester.
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SOAR for the summer: First Wave has an impact inside and outside classrooms By Francisco Velazquez MUSIC COLUMNIST
I found First Wave long before I saw my senior graduation. Halfway across the country, there was a piece of the world that seemed almost fitting. A program that extends far beyond its years, First Wave and the Office of Multicultural Arts continue the fight for diversity. Constructed on three pillars of arts, activism and academics, First Wave strives to be impactful both on the stage and in the classroom. The mission has always remained the same. With performances like SOAR during the summer, the mission grows with campus climate. The Center for the First-Year Experience (CFYE) and First Wave have repeatedly created conversations that are centered around the idea of race, privilege and oppression. The topics that continue to dictate our daily lives are brought directly to us before the beginning of our freshmen year. In preparation for the shift outside of high school, SOAR and its First Wave interns change the dynamic of what and how interactions
can alter our perception of ourselves and those that do not resemble us. There are layers in and outside of the 20-minute performances that have continued dialogue as we see how the inclusion of people and place continue to be affected by time and circumstance. There is never an end to a performance. For myself and the other 13 members of my cohort, the battle has no end because it applies everywhere else ... SOAR is the middle ground between us and how we handle the spaces we occupy. Breaking into groups afterwards truly shows how impactful, physical presence applies to the state of knowing and asking. As an incoming freshman at the time, I learned how quickly I can be wrong and how easy it can be to forget the vital reasons for programs like SOAR—programs that exist and extend beyond registering for classes. SOAR stands on its own as a way to prepare incoming students for the journey ahead that may not always have their best interest in mind, or other times, when that journey forgets we’ve been walking the same trail, too.
UW-Madison’s campus climate faces issues that are not solely limited to race and diversity. First Wave and its SOAR interns have also been cautious in their approach at talking about other issues such as depression, anxiety and sexual harassment. The level of concern for an individual in any given environment, whether a classroom, a party or an event, asks us to respect and acknowledge the ability and potential of physical, mental or emotional harm. For a program like First Wave to establish themselves in a space that forgets us much of the time, we build bonds long after the performance has ended. SOAR reminds us to reach a new common goal, establish conversations to ask why and always reach new potentials within our understanding of outside communities. SOAR has taught us that the ability to understand and reflect on the differences that shape us are the reasons why we shape UW-Madison.
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HBO’s “Game of Thrones” is a great show to watch with friends.
Five types of TV shows to watch while at school By Monique Scheidler
(or way more than one) before bed.
Shows may vary by personal opinion, but here are the five types of TV shows you will encounter and should watch your freshman year. The Group-Watch Show One of my favorite college traditions that began freshman year was getting your friends together at least once a week, cramming into someone’s dorm with as many pizza rolls that could fit in your small dorm microwave and watching the latest episode of a show you’re all hooked on. My pick: “Game of Thrones.” It’s hard to find someone who isn’t currently obsessed with HBO’s medieval fantasy-drama, so the chances of you finding a group of people in your dorm to watch it with are high. It’s also a show that has so many twists that reacting in real-time with your friends is crazy fun. And, if you’re like me and are a sucker for clickbait articles, there’s an infinite amount of articles to share in your “Game of Thrones” groupchat. The Comfort-Food Show This one is an essential for surviving your freshman year. Homesickness will soon set in once the excitement of move-in wears out, and you can only call your mom so many times in a day. Find a show that reminds you of home, that you used to watch and makes you feel warm inside. A show equivalent to mashed potatoes and gravy, if you will. This show will be a great cure for when you’re feeling down and just want to stay in bed all day. And past homesickness, it’ll be a great break from school stress. Rewatching a favorite show of yours is perhaps the best tip of self-care I can give you. My pick: “The Office.” This one is really up to personal choice, but the show I always turn to when I’m feeling homesick or just need a show to put on in the background while I’m scrolling through Instagram is “The Office.” I used to be really obsessed with it in high school, so I’ve seen every episode a million times. It’s a show I can put on and not really have to pay that much attention to, but feel comforted when it’s on. 30-minute sitcoms work really great for this since they’re low commitment and short enough you can sneak in one
The Binge-Watch Show This is a show that’s often difficult to watch in groups because you literally can’t stop watching it and know your friends lack the dedication you have, or maybe they’re just not fans of sitting around for extended hours of time with no breaks. This show is perhaps the most risky of all the shows you’ll encounter. If you get really sucked in, both your school work and social life will suffer, so you have to maintain a perfect balance. Binging is an art, really. My pick: “Breaking Bad.” There are so many great shows to binge, but my freshman year I got hooked on “Breaking Bad” and flew through it so fast. I also had horrible timing and ended up getting to the last season during finals week and found myself studying around my “Breaking Bad” schedule. So, if you’re like me and know that you will always place studying after TV, plan ahead. The best kinds of shows for binging are ones with lots of seasons and drama (“Breaking Bad” has both). Honorable mentions: “House of Cards,” “How To Get Away With Murder” (or any Shondaland shows really) and “American Horror Story.” The Guilty Pleasure Show Lastly, you have to find a show that’s equal parts terrible and addicting. This one is a bit of a combination of all of the above. It’s fantastic if you can find a group of friends that have the same guilty pleasure as you and you can all be terrible together while watching it. And it’s a great break from the stress of freshman year that can oftentimes be low-commitment—unless you get hooked really bad and end up binging it all in one weekend. My pick: “Keeping Up with the Kardashians,” “Riverdale” and “Making a Murderer.” This is my personal favorite type of television, and those are some of my favorites. One of the most popular ones on campus I’d argue is “The Bachelor”/”The Bachelorette,” which could fall under the category of group-watch as well because I know lots of people who host viewing parties each week. Reality TV of any sort is fantastic for this category.
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Film venues to enjoy in Madison By Samantha Marz THE DAILY CARDINAL
Movie-going experiences are abundant at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. For generations, students, staff and community members have had the opportunity to enjoy “Big Screen” entertainment. The medium’s landscape has changed, remodeled and adjusted along with the campus and city, and while some venues no longer exist, new ones emerged, creating the film community we see now. The Marquee Cinema is a 330-seat venue located on the second floor of Union South, which is the most convenient place to see movies on campus. Programmed by the WUD Film committee, the Marquee screens hundreds of films throughout the year for free. This includes blockbusters, independent films and foreign films. WUD Film also hosts various festivals throughout the year at the Marquee. Last year, this included the Directress’ Film Festival, which screened films made by female directors, and the Iranian Film Festival, which screened rare Iranian films difficult to see elsewhere. The Cinematheque is located on the fourth floor of Vilas Communication Hall. In addition to being a lecture hall for the Communications Department, the Cinematheque is an active venue that shows archival prints and foreign films that are hard to view anywhere else and, like the Marquee, its screenings are completely free. The Marcus Point Cinema is the closest theater that shows the biggest range of newly-released films across 15 screens—including an Ultrascreen. It is located off-campus near West Towne Mall. Sundance Cinema is a six-screen theater located in Hilldale Mall just outside of campus. It is the closest theater to UW-Madison that shows the
most popular newly-released films, making it a good option to stay up-to-date on the latest flicks. Sundance also screens independent, lesser known films for movie-goers looking for entertainment outside the mainstream. Silver Cinemas, located in the Market Square Shopping Center, shows a variety of films released earlier in the year, ranging from independent and foreign to blockbuster. This is a cheap option ($2.50-$3) to get caught up on films and sample more diverse screenings. The Orpheum Theater is primarily known as a concert venue, but it was originally built as a movie theater. It was also a prominent venue for independent films. Today, however, the Orpheum still screens a handful of films throughout the year, including its Summer Movie Series—a selection that includes movies like “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” “Moana,” “Zootopia” and “The Avengers.” The Madison Museum of Contemporary Art is home to two venues. The museum’s lecture hall is the main screening area, showcasing the Spotlight Cinema series that features diverse, award-winning films. The second venue is the Sculpture Garden, located on the rooftop of the museum. This venue screens films outdoors in the summer, including avantgarde and experimental films. The Chazen Museum of Art houses a 160-seat auditorium, screening mainstream films and showcasing artists’ films and videos. It also serves as a venue for the Wisconsin Film Festival. The Overture Center is home to the Capitol Theater, a venue that opened in 1928. It was originally designed to screen silent films—a tradition that continues today through its silent film series called the Duck Soup Cinema series. Each screening opens with vaudeville-style acts.
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The Marquee is one of the most popular film venues on campus.
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Hughes battles adversity to lead Badger turnaround By Kelly Ward The Daily Cardinal
For senior forward Cameron Hughes, the 2016-’17 season came with significant challenges both on
and off the ice. Not only was the 20-year-old forward tasked with keeping his grades up in business classes and adjusting to a new coaching staff, but he was also a
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Despite many obstacles, Cameron Hughes has slowly worked his way into a leadership role with the resurgent Badgers.
big part of helping to lead the turnaround of a team that won a total of 12 games over his first two seasons in Madison. But by no means was that all of what Hughes, last year’s alternate captain, had on his plate. Back home in Edmonton, Alberta, Hughes’ younger brother, Ethan, was battling kidney cancer. Hughes, as a result, had to cope with the challenges of being a caring oldest brother while trying to stay focused on school and performing at a high level on the ice, according to the Wisconsin State Journal. After three seasons, Hughes’ dedication to the Wisconsin program has not gone unnoticed by the UW coaching staff or his teammates. In 2016-’17, he was named the Badgers’ most competitive player. And just weeks ago Hughes was awarded the prestigious role of captain for the 2017-’18 season. “It is really exciting. It is (an honor) coming from the coaches and the players,” Hughes said. “It is a role I was in a little bit this year and it will expand for next year.” With the departure of forward
Luke Kunin—last year’s captain and top scorer—to the pros, Hughes and sophomore forward Trent Frederic will likely be the primary goal-scorers for the Badgers this season.
“Learning from Luke [Kunin] was awesome. The way he conducted himself on the ice and off. I look to him a lot.” Cameron Hughes forward UW Men’s Hockey
Still, despite the necessity for Hughes to produce on offense, the senior is focused on playing a complete, two-way game. Hughes hopes to model his play and leadership style after the player that he chose his no. 19 jersey to honor: Chicago Blackhawks forward Jonathan Toews. “[The coaches] said just keep doing the same things you are doing,” Hughes said. “I don’t have the best ra-ra speeches, but I lead by example.”
Hughes has also built on the lessons taught by former Badger captains during his tenure on the team, such as Kunin, Eddie Wittchow and Kevin Schulze. “Learning from Luke was awesome. The way he conducted himself on the ice and off. I look to him a lot,” Hughes said. “Captains in the past like Eddie Wittchow and Kevin Schulze, they both led in their own ways.” On the ice, Hughes hopes to get right down to business by getting stronger and improving his game. But he understands that his role on the current UW team is far more than just bettering himself. He’s also looking to lead the Badgers to even more success next season. “We are looking forward to that first game to get back inside the Kohl Center,” Hughes said. “The schedule got released and we were all showing it to each other on our phones and getting really excited for the games. We are really eager and excited to get back in front of the fans and get another chance to do something special.”
Menz, Miller keyed Badgers’ return to NCAA Tournament, national spotlight By Cameron Lane-Flehinger The Daily Cardinal
Coming off a 28-24 season in 2016 and a second consecutive year without an NCAA tournament appearance, the outside expectations for Wisconsin’s softball team were moderate coming into the 2017 season. The Badgers didn’t appear on any pre-season watch lists or Top 25 rankings, but head coach Yvette Healy knew that senior catcher Chloe Miller and the rest of the team were capable of more than they had shown the year before.
“It makes it that much more gut-wrenching that you’re that close, but I don’t think many people can say that they gave [Oregon] a scare like we did.” Yvette Healy head coach UW Softball
“When the season ended last year I remember telling the staff that this kid hasn’t come into her own yet … I really thought she had more left in the tank,” Healy told the Wisconsin State Journal about
Miller, who had just completed a season in which she hit .358 and lead the team in runs batted in and slugging percentage. Healy’s prediction turned out to be spot-on, as Miller led the Big Ten with a .426 batting average and became Wisconsin’s first ever NFCA All-American. Still, Healy could have just as easily been talking about the rest of her team. Led by Miller and freshman pitcher Kaitlyn Menz, the Badgers raced out to a 21-2 start after 23 games. And while it couldn’t maintain such a hot start, Wisconsin finished the regular season with a 35-17 record and a return to the NCAA tournament. Menz was key to Wisconsin’s strong performance in the Big Ten, as she accounted for 10 of the team’s 11 conference victories, including a win over no. 17 Michigan in which she recorded an 11-inning shutout. The freshman phenom also pitched a no-hitter against Louisville, becoming only the second Badger freshman to do so. The team’s strong conference play earned them a coveted NCAA tournament berth, where they matched up with a dauntingly familiar foe. The Badgers were placed in the Eugene regional with the Oregon
Ducks, who had sent them packing from the tournament in 2013 and 2014 respectively. After beating the Missouri Tigers in its opening game, Wisconsin nearly flipped the script against the heavily favored Ducks as they took a 5-2 lead into the 6th inning. Oregon battled back to win the game 6-5, and the Badgers were unable to challenge in the next day’s rematch, which they lost 9-0.
While coming so close to advancing to the program’s first superregional could be remembered as a disappointment, Healy stressed the significance of what the Badgers had accomplished this season. “It makes it that much more gutwrenching that you’re that close, but I don’t think many people can say that they gave them a scare like we did,” she said to UWBadgers.com
after the loss. “You can’t replicate that experience.” Despite losing Miller, who was drafted by the Akron Racers of the National Pro Fastpitch League, and also losing senior pitcher Kirsten Stevens, the Badgers return a strong core for next year with the talent and experience to take the program to new heights.
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Homeward bound: Biegel drafted, set to live out childhood dream with Packers By Lorin Cox The Daily Cardinal
Growing up in Wisconsin Rapids, Vince Biegel was just like any other Green Bay Packers fan, with his number four Brett Favre jersey on his shoulders and a cheesehead to top off his Sunday best. He cheered his heart out for the green and gold with visions of someday turning that four on his back into a 45 with the word BIEGEL spelled out across the top. On April 29, 2017, that childhood dream came true, as the Packers selected the redshirt senior Wisconsin outside linebacker with the 108th overall pick in the NFL Draft.
“It’s something special and it’s something I’ll take with me for the rest of my life.” Vince Biegel outside linebacker Green Bay Packers
“This is every Wisconsin kid’s dream, and I feel incredibly blessed,” Biegel told reporters on a conference call following the draft. “To be able now to go to the Packers and learn from great players like Clay [Matthews] and the rest of the linebackers, I can’t be more excited.” Biegel joins a roster in Green
Bay that will allow him to compete for some playing time at the outside linebacker position right away. Gone are Julius Peppers and Datone Jones, and the rookie fourth-round pick has an opportunity to step in and earn snaps in the rotation behind Clay Matthews and Nick Perry. At Wisconsin, Biegel was moved around quite a bit in the front seven, lining up everywhere from the defensive line to inside linebacker. Now in Green Bay, Packers’ defensive coordinator Dom Capers may opt to take advantage of his rookie’s wide skill set. “Dom Capers is a guy who I have a tremendous amount of respect for,” Biegel said. “Whether it’s outside, inside linebacker, wherever they need me out pass-rushing, coverage, I’m excited to go in there and show my versatility and just work.” He’s already had the opportunity to show fans at Lambeau Field what he’s capable of. He may be the only rookie in the league to have already played a game in his NFL team’s stadium, as Wisconsin beat LSU 16-14 back on Sept. 3 in the Lambeau Field College Classic. Before they played that game, the whole Badgers team was able to tour the stadium and the Packers’ facilities, and even then, Biegel was in awe of his favorite team. “To be able to practice in some
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After a magnificent career at UW, Vince Biegel will take his talents to Green Bay in the fall. the facilities we had today, to be able to go through the Hall of Fame stuff, to kind of be around that presence, it’s something you’ve always dreamed about,” Biegel told the Daily Cardinal at the time. “It’s something special and it’s something I’ll take with me for the rest of my life.” Little did he know, he’d be spending a lot more time in that
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stadium just a year later, and he’d have plenty to take with him for the rest of his life. Going forward into his first season in the NFL, the key for Biegel is to get healthy and stay healthy. He suffered a hand injury on the first day of Packers’ rookie minicamp, and the very next day, he went down with another foot injury that required surgery.
Still, the team expects their rookie outside linebacker to be ready for training camp in late July, and when that number 45 jersey is back on the field, the face inside that helmet will be smiling from ear to ear. He isn’t going to let a few nicks and bruises keep him from living out his childhood dream in the green and gold.
Undrafted Badgers find roster spots across NFL By Lorin Cox The Daily Cardinal
Only three players on the Wisconsin Badgers’ 2016 roster heard their names called in the 2017 NFL Draft, but eight of them now have NFL contracts and are working with various pro teams to prepare for the preseason. As expected, outside linebacker T.J. Watt was the headliner of Wisconsin’s draft class, joining the Pittsburgh Steelers in the first round with the 30th overall pick. He’ll have the opportunity to play against his brother, and former Wisconsin standout, J.J. Watt for the first time this Christmas when the Steelers head to Houston to take on the Texans on December 25. The youngest Watt was later joined in Pittsburgh by quarterback Bart Houston, who went undrafted and initially unsigned. After a tryout with the Oakland Raiders, his NFL future was in doubt until mid-May when the Steelers offered him a spot. Offensive tackle Ryan Ramczyk also made it in as a first-round pick, going 32nd overall to the New Orleans Saints, who acquired the pick in a trade with the New England Patriots. Ramczyk is still recovering from the hip surgery he had in January, and if he’s back to full strength soon, he’ll have an opportunity to compete to start at right tackle in the Big Easy. Outside linebacker Vince Biegel has the opportunity of a lifetime to
play for his hometown team, drafted by the Green Bay Packers with the first pick of the fourth round. He too should see some playing time in year one, if he can recover from the injuries he suffered this offseason. Many draft analysts were expecting Corey Clement to hear his name called on the third day of the draft. However, Clement never got that call. Instead, moments after the draft concluded, the senior running back opted to sign with the Philadelphia Eagles, joining a very crowded backfield where he’ll have his work cut out for him to make the roster. Fellow running back Dare Ogunbowale was quick to sign with the Texans following the draft. He will also face an uphill battle to make the roster as a rookie, but his special teams experience with the Badgers will only help his chances against the competition in the backfield. Wide receiver Rob Wheelwright signed with the New York Giants and went to their rookie minicamp, but he was not retained on their roster following those initial practices. Cornerback Sojourn Shelton has an excellent opportunity to stick with the Arizona Cardinals on a depth chart thin behind the starters in the secondary. He fits right in with the other smaller defensive backs on their roster. One way or another, the NFL received a fresh injection of Cardinal and White into their training camps.