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Dems request hearing for UW System cuts
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Democrats on the Committee on Colleges and Universities requested a public hearing about the impact of the additional $65.7 million in cuts to the UW System announced Friday, arguing that they will hurt student access to quality public higher education. “While everyone knew additional lapses were coming, we were under the misguided impression that the lapses would be fair,” State Reps. Mark Pocan,
D-Madison, Terese Berceau, D-Madison, Louis Molepske Jr., D-Stevens Point, and Barbara Toles, D-Milwaukee, said in a letter to Colleges and Universities Committee Chair Steve Nass, R-Whitewater. Mike Mikalsen, Nass’ spokesperson, said Nass does not think a hearing is warranted because the cuts were made due to budget lapses and would be part of the biennial budget passed in June. “It should not be a shock
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to anybody unless Democrats failed to read the budget bill that they voted on,” Mikalsen said. Democrats were also concerned Gov. Scott Walker’s office would only receive $1,742 in cuts, or .001 percent of the budget shortfall, while the UW System would receive $65.7 million in cuts, or 37.7 percent of the lapse. “Once again, there is no shared sacrifice. A budget that took from Wisconsin commu-
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City talks ID policy controversy By Kimberly Goldman The Daily Cardinal
City officials expressed concerns Wednesday about racial discrimination in response to a tougher ID policy campus area bars initiated last summer. The new policies require a valid driver’s license or passport and do not allow those with only state ID cards to enter some bars. City officials said driver’s licenses are not accessible to some people with poor driving records or those with medical conditions
who are unable to drive. “I am in a way glad that this issue has been raised to a new level of public scrutiny… A number of alders would be interested in digging deeper into and really getting to the facts the city can take action on and address,” said Ald. Shiva Bidar-Sielaff, District 5. According to Ald. Mike Verveer, District 4, there was confusion and disagreement among downtown liquor license holders about the new policy because some said it helped reduce violence while oth-
ers said it was “blatantly discriminatory, particularly for those with certain health conditions.” Mayor Paul Soglin has gotten involved in the discourse by coordinating different city agencies to address issues regarding the ID policy. “I appreciate that the mayor is taking this so seriously that he himself organized the meeting,” Verveer said. The committee also unani-
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ASM fall 2011 election results Terrace referendum voted down By Alison Bauter The Daily Cardinal
UW-Madison students voted down a referendum to renovate the Memorial Union, including a controversial “glass box” that would extend onto the terrace seating area Wednesday. The referendum ultimately failed by a margin of 323 votes, with 2,363 against and 20,040 in favor of the proposed Memorial Union expansion. Although the referendum is not a deciding vote, it does weigh in on the renovation decision, Wisconsin Union
President Katie Fischer said. “The vote shows us that students care deeply about the future of the Memorial Union,” Fischer said in an e-mail. “We hear their concerns and value their input.” Fischer said Wisconsin Union has been working to “create and renovate spaces that enhance our beloved Memorial Union.” But many students, including Associated Students of Madison Rep. Cale Plamann, applauded
TURNOUT 11.3 percent UNION EXPANSION VOTES
2,363 NO 2,040 YES JUDICIARY REFORM VOTES
2,857 YES 1,266 NO
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Buckingham U. Badger poses with some of the students who came to the Nitty Gritty to support multiple sclerosis research Wednesday.
City-County joint initiative announced to fight heroin By Taylor Harvey The Daily Cardinal
Mayor Paul Soglin and Dane County Executive Joe Parisi announced a joint comprehensive plan Wednesday to address the rising number of heroin and prescription drug overdoses in the county. The City of Madison and Dane County plan to coordinate multiple task forces to combat the county’s drug and opiate “epidemic,” including finding the best treatment practices as well as the strongest ways to hinder drug distribution and violence. “Both the county and the city faced difficult budgets, but the Mayor and I agreed that a joint investment needed to be made to reverse the deadly and troubling trend of heroin and opiate overdoses in Dane County,” Parisi said in a statement. In the weeks and months ahead, a number of work groups consisting of local officials, law enforcement, health care providers and alcohol and other drug abuse prevention community members will
collaborate to tackle the issue. “What we plan to do over these next few months is form groups to examine these issues and get people together to come up with strategies based on our best practices,” Executive Director of Safe Committees Cheryl Wittke said. Soglin said in order to get firm control of the problem, the city needs to start not with the illegal drugs but with prescription medication abuse, which can provide a gateway to heroin use and addiction. The first two of the six goals of the initiative include reducing access to prescription drugs and hindering inappropriate prescription drug use. Other initiatives include improving poisoning intervention to reduce overdose deaths and integrating mental health care to tackle the root causes of addiction. In addition, the plan calls for early intervention, drug treatment
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wish I was born 60 years ago. It’s just that... I’m a little indifferent toward the present. I have a hard time seeing what’s special about it. How will people remember the 2000s? Sure, there’s the war and the horrible economy, but hopefully those aren’t the only things people remember. But what else do we have to show? My dad was born in 1951. I look at all the crazy things he’s lived through and get a little jealous. Not everything was positive, of course, but in hindsight, these times were incredibly interesting, and I wish I had something more like them to reminisce about. Each of these decades puts pretty distinct ideas in my
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So a problem arises. Since our world has become so incredibly reliant on technology and communication, it’s easy to think that our decade will be remembered for its many technological innovations. However, technology doesn’t stop improving. It constantly increases its reach in the world and just gets better with time. What’s so memorable about the first iPod? People argue that it started to change the way we listen to music, and in this respect, it may be pretty important. But the fact of the matter is, people can’t help looking at it like an ancient, primitive device that nobody wants anymore. Future technology will make what seems incredible by today’s standards seem antique and archaic. Plus, iPods are still popular, albeit in a different form. So what’s our legacy? What are we leaving behind? I just can’t formulate a clear picture
of the 2000s, let alone one as detailed as when I think of the ’60s or ’70s. Maybe the past 10 years have seemed so blah to me because we’re still barely finished with them and I can’t yet see what makes them unique. Did people fail to see what was so special about the ’70s in 1981, only to realize 15 years later how cool they were? In 2030, will people be throwing 2000s-themed parties where everyone will show up in Ugg boots and Silly Bandz? I know I’m completely overthinking this, and none of it really matters. But I still can’t help but wonder if we’ll be remembered to the extent of our parents’ generation or if the 2000s will become that decade everyone sort of forgets about. Interested in helping Elliot discover our generation’s legacy? Send him an e-mail at ejmorris2@wisc. edu and start brainstorming more bad ass icons than Silly Bandz and Ugg boots.
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head. Just mentioning the ’60s brings a vivid image of the Vietnam War, JFK, hippies and free love to mind. The ’70s are the same way with disco, bell-bottoms and Soul Train. Each decade has its own stereotypical qualities that everyone seems to remember. What’s a product that, like the pet rock for the ’70s, is and always will be considered an icon of the 2000s? The iPod? Although iPods have had a huge presence during the past 10 years, they’re still around and probably will be for a while, making them no longer unique to the 2000s. Laptops became popular in the ’90s, but since they kept getting better and people continued to buy them, people today don’t associate them with the ’90s. Not many people remember when light bulbs were invented because they’re still with us and thus aren’t associated with any particular time.
Erica andrist sex columnist Dear Erica, My new boyfriend isn’t circumcised and I’ve never been with an uncircumcised guy before… Is it different? Is there anything I should know that’s different from being with a circumcised guy? —H.B. I shared this question with a beloved uncircumcised friend of mine and he promptly responded, “Say it tastes like candy.” Turns out it doesn’t, but there are a few differences between circumcised and uncircumcised (aka cut and uncut) penises. The majority of these differences boil down to cultural, religious or personal opinions, but this column won’t address the controversy surrounding circumcision; rather, we’ll focus on handling an uncut penis when it’s attached to or in front of you. First, an anatomy tour. The foreskin is a sheath of skin that covers the entire penis like a sleeve when the penis is flaccid. Generally, it retracts to expose the head when the penis is erect; if the foreskin is too tight for this to occur comfortably, it is called phimosis. Almost all malebodied people are born with foreskins; the rare condition of being born without one is called aposthia. Circumcision is the surgical removal of the foreskin. The nuances of having a foreskin can be approached from the perspective of the penis owner or partner. For the penis owner, an uncircumcised
penis requires a tiny amount of extra work to keep clean. Oils, skin cells and other debris can collect underneath the foreskin. This is called smegma, and while circumcised guys (and gals too) also produce it, uncut guys should take care to clean it out from between the foreskin and penis. Warm water is fine for this; no special soaps or supplies needed. Evidence indicates circumcision reduces the risk of contracting some STIs, including HIV, genital herpes and HPV. The reasons for this are not entirely clear but may be related to changes in the penile skin after circumcision or the presence of certain kinds of infectable immune cells in the foreskin. Nonetheless, remember that circumcision alone is nowhere near the best protection from HIV or other STIs. Finally, some reports indicate a reduction in sexual sensitivity post-circumcision. The foreskin is rich in nerve endings and helps reduce friction during sex (more on this in a sec). However, most studies/surveys have failed to show differences, and there is also a notable difference between sexual sensitivity as measured in a laboratory and sexual satisfaction as reported by a penis possessor. Those comprise the major differences for the penis owner. If you find yourself on the other end of an uncircumcised penis, then there are a few things for you to think about, too. As mentioned, the foreskin has a ton of nerve endings. Try pulling the foreskin up over the head and kissing or licking inside it. Slowly retract it down the shaft with your hand and follow it with your mouth. Start slow; just like it sometimes takes a little time for a vagina to get wet, sometimes it takes a foreskin a little time to
retract comfortably over the head of a penis. A little lube might help. Or try letting your partner take the lead for a while; have him touch himself while you focus on other areas until the foreskin is comfortably retracted. The foreskin frequently pulls back on its own during erection, but if it doesn’t, gently pull it back using the above techniques before putting on a rubber. If the foreskin remains over the head, this increases the likelihood of condom slippage. More lube inside the condom can reduce discomfort (and increase pleasure) if the foreskin doesn’t retract easily. During penetration, the foreskin adds a little bit of girth
to the base and shaft of the penis. It may also reduce friction (which may or may not be a plus) by gliding up and down the shaft during intercourse. Bottom line? An uncut dick is just like a cut dick, in the sense that there are many different ways to enjoy and pleasure it. Ask what your partner likes best. Pay attention to the reaction you get when you do what you do. As with any partner and any activity, good communication is the key to making sure your skills will cut it. For further information or any questions regarding the subtle nuances of circumcised vs. uncircumcised penises, shoot Erica an e-mail at sex@ dailycardinal.com.
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Delegation from Iraq on UW campus this week
MLB commissioner to retire at UW “It’s a courtesy and it allows [long-term guests] access to the Once Allan H. “Bud” things that they need to conduct Selig retires from his position their research,” Bradenburg said. as Commissioner of Major Selig will donate all of his perLeague Baseball in 2012, the sonal papers and documents to the UW-Madison alumnus will step Wisconsin Historical Society. up to the plate at his alma mater Selig told the Wisconsin to write his memoirs. State Journal one of the Recently, Selig paid favorite parts of his life over $1 million so the uniwere the four years at versity can soon have a UW-Madison, where he history of sports professor. originally thought he While on campus, would return as a hisSelig, who owns the tory professor. Milwaukee Brewers, will Although Selig will not settle into an office in return in a teaching posithe Humanities Building tion, he will leave a mark SELIG where he will write about on the history departhis time spent in the MLB. ment with his donation to “I can’t tell you how much I the Selig Professorship, a foundaam looking forward to it; to write tion to create the new professor. my book and do what I want to According to Bradenburg, do in Madison,” Selig told the the Professorship and Selig’s Wisconsin State Journal. presence on campus will benefit Selig will hold a position, not UW-Madison. funded by UW-Madison, which “Students who have an intergives him access to the cam- est in [the history of sports] will pus libraries, the Doit system be able to work with [Selig and] and will grant him a university he will be having some grad stue-mail address. dents working with him as projHaving such access will be ect assistants,” she said. essential for Selig to complete Bradenburg also said Selig his work, said Deparment of will likely give guest lectures, History Administrator Maggie which have garnered interest Bradenburg. when he visited in the past.
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SSFC Chair Sarah Neibart said additional oversight would undermine the power of SSFC.
Oversight proposal faces criticism By Anna Duffin The Daily Cardinal
Two leaders of separate student government branches spoke against two separate pieces of legislation they said would undermine their respective bodies. Student Services Finance Committee Chair Sarah Neibart said a proposal to create a committee that would pre-approve legislation, forms and applications SSFC would undermine the body’s power. “I think this is a power grab to SSFC and a total discredit to all of my work in the organization for the past year,” Neibart said. After Neibart said she would step down as SSFC Chair if the legislation was not referred to SSFC for further amending, student council voted to relay it to the body. Student Judiciary Chief Justice Kate Fifield said another piece of legislation
that would return two members of student council to their seats after the SJ removed them would set a detrimental precedent for the balance of powers in the Associated Students of Madison. Fifield said by passing the legislation, student council would contradict SJ’s ruling and someone would have to decide whether student council’s or SJ’s ruling is more powerful. “I urge you to seriously consider the ramifications of passing this legislation or even considering it. If there comes to a point where we have to ask a question that has no answer, a major function of ASM will be destroyed,” Fifield said. “How we would move on after that, I honestly don’t know” Student council did not discuss the legislation before the time limit for the meeting ran out.
This week, UW-Madison played host to a delegation of Iraqi professors and state officials discussing fostering economic and technological development through academia. The 12-member delegation, selected by Iraq’s InterMinisterial Committee on Innovation, Research and Development (ICIRD), spent the week attending lectures and presentations in the Grainger School of Business and across the UW-Madison campus. The goal of visiting UW-Madison was to share the university’s insights on utilizing academic innovation to bolster the economy, according to Office of Corporate Relations Assistant Director Allen Dines. “The point of this whole delegation was to learn how to approach things …how we harvest the brainpower from this university,” Dines said. The delegation made stops Wednesday at the university’s Wisconsin Entrepreneur Program, listening to lectures translated through a Bluetooth earpiece. Copies of the lectures were also translated to Arabic so the information could be used in Iraq once the delegation returns home. UW-Madison is one of only two American universities to host a delegation, thanks in part to an alumnus working in the U.S. Dept. of Commerce who was “impressed” by Madison’s business and technology programs, according to Dines. Office of Corporate Relations Managing Director Charles
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UW-Madison alumnus Mike Perkins discussed a program that can help impovershed kids receive a quality education.
Panel discusses solutions to income inequality in education By Dani Golub The Daily Cardinal
Along with a three-member panel, UW-Madison alumnus and Teach For America recruiter Mike Perkins presented programs to help impoverished children gain access to quality education Wednesday. Panelists included TFA Milwaukee Executive Director, a charter consultant for Madison Urban League and a PhD student at the UW-Madison School of Education. According to panelists, 15 million American children in poverty have limited access to quality education, and programs like the TFA are among the best way to address the problem. TFA is an organization that helps children growing up in poverty receive a high quality education. But according to panel, TFA is not the only way to get involved.
A campus group, Students for Education Reform (SFER), tutors and mentors low-income student from kindergarten through high school. “Our goal is to close the [inequality] gap by enlisting students as the next generation of leaders in the education reform,” SFER President Eric Hill said. Surprisingly, low-income communities are more prevalent in Wisconsin than any other state, Perkins said. “The amount of students from these low-income areas to graduate college is only eight percent, which is an extremely small number compared to the 80 percent of college graduates from higher income areas,” Perkins said. Panelists said the success of organizations like TFA is largely thanks to people who are committed to ending institutional racism in low-income schools.
By Kate Ray The Daily Cardinal
Members of the Urban Design Commission discussed initial plans for a new student housing apartment complex on the corner of Dayton and Brooks Wednesday. Project developer Joe McCormick said he plans to construct a new four-story apartment building in place of the three street flats that are currently located on Brooks and Dayton that are “becoming old and outdated,” he said.
“We’re at a crossroads,” McCormick said. “The time has come where we need to decide whether to keep these old buildings and fix them up or tear them down and build something new.” The new four-story apartment building McCormick plans to construct in place of the existing flats will house 14 units with two units on the ground floor and three units on each of the remaining floors. McCormick also said the complex will be more upscale.
For example, he discussed including a washer and dryer in each housing unit. McCormick said his plan also includes a lounge area that tenants could use as a common space for studying and hanging out, which committee members discussed placing in open space on the ground floor. Committee members also debated the potential lounge space
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Health groups scrutinize abstinence education bill By Jacob Riederer The Daily Cardinal
Members of Wisconsin health organizations scrutinized a bill that would overhaul the state’s sex education curriculum, during a Senate Education Committee hearing Wednesday. The bill would repeal Wisconsin’s Healthy Youth Act, which requires schools with sexual education programs to include information about contraception to prevent sexually transmitted diseases and unintended pregnancy. The sponsors of the bill, state Sen. Mary Lazich, R-New
Berlin, and state Rep. Jeremy Thiesfeldt, R-Fond du Lac, say it gives parents and school district officials more control over their sexual education curriculum. State Rep. Chris Taylor, D-Madison, said “teen pregnancy prevention efforts [would] be set back decades” if the bill passes. “Rather than helping students develop skills and giving them information to avoid unintended pregnancies and disease… it completely eliminates current provisions that focus on skills each student needs to develop to
make responsible decisions about sexuality and sexual behavior throughout a student’s life,” Taylor said in a statement. But Julaine Appling, president of the Wisconsin Family Action, said the bill puts decision-making power back into the hands of parents and community members. “This is a bill predicated on the notion that parents, community members, and school district officials know better than Madison does about what is in the best interest of their students,” Appling said in a statement.
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Turnout 11.3 percent, highest in four years The Associated Students of Madison announced the results of its fall election Wednesday. With an 11 percent voter turnout, the highest in four years by four percent, students elected eight new student government representatives. In total, 4,803 voted in the elections. Students elected four freshman representatives: one Student Services Finance Committee representative and one representative each for the School of Education, School of Engineering, School of Letters and Science, and the Graduate School. Students voted down a referendum that would have approved renovations to Memorial Union that would extend on to the Terrace. They passed a referendum to compose the Student Judiciary of seven justices rather than the eight.
ids from page 1 mously decided the Mayor’s proposed house party ordinance needed additional work, because some members felt the draft was “too broad” and could target too many house parties. Verveer said policy still needs to be improved, because the focus of the ordinance should be getting landlords to pay attention to rowdy tenants instead of just ignoring problematic renters.
heroin from page 1 and recovery efforts through family and community-assisted intervention efforts and detoxification and recovery programs. “Family and friends are going to play a very critical role of how we solve this problem,” Soglin said. Substance abuse preven-
apartment from page 3 being moved to the top floor where students could study in a calm space with good views. “Lounge spaces like these are typically a space where students like to get away,” UDC Vice Chairperson Todd Barnett said. “I’d be much more interested in this ground floor space if it was being used for something commer-
delegation from page 3 Hoslet said in the press release he took the selection as a testament to UW-Madison’s successful model of economic innovation. “For UW-Madison to have been selected as a model insti-
cuts from page 1 nities now takes more from our best resource for job creation while protecting spending in the governor’s office,” Berceau said in a statement. Mikalsen said the UW System received a larger chunk of the cuts because various state agencies and programs, like prison operation and certain entitlement programs, are exempt from being
Other winners: Freshmen reps. Colin Higgins 381 votes, 11.4 percent
Mia Akers 299 votes, 9 percent
Maria Giannopoulos 269 votes, 8 percent
Devon Maier 257 votes, 7.7 percemt
terrace from page 1 the referendum results. While he would support other renovations to the union, Plamann said he was glad students voted against it. A public forum on the renovation project is scheduled for Nov. 7 at Memorial Union.
“The way it’s currently written it would really cover every type of house party imaginable downtown in the campus area, and that isn’t the intention,” Verveer said. In addition, Madison Fresh Market owner Jeff Maurer applied for another license to sell beer and wine to advance the plan for the grocery store to expand to a second floor, where he said cooking classes, beer and wine tastings and public gatherings and meetings will be held. tion through school-based programs, drug-free coalitions and other community partners is also included in the plan. “This is not just a public health problem, and this is not just a problem with physicians or pharmacists,” Soglin said. “This is a problem that confronts all of us.” cial like a coffee shop.” While the initial planning stages for this building are now underway, the building plan will not be approved in time to begin construction this year. McCormick hopes to break ground sometime in the year 2013 and have the apartment complex ready for students in November of 2014. tution for technology-based economic development is a mark of great achievement,” Hoslet said. “This sharing of knowledge, support and collaboration is what the Wisconsin Idea is all about.” The delegation will wrap up its final day at UW-Madison Thursday.
subject to lapses. One of the few remaining places with a “sizable amount of money left” to account for the lapses was the UW System, Mikalsen said. “It would seem like there are plenty of places where administrative jobs could be eliminated,” he said. “[It would] easily save a large chunk of this money and have no direct impact on educational services.”
Former professor Suri visits, talks new book at festival Hall Wednesday, Suri said he and his family were grateful “for the UW-Madison alumlife we had here and how nus and former profeswe were really, deeply consor Jeremi Suri returned nected to Madison.” to Madison Wednesday “This place allowed me to present his newest and taught me to become book on nation-states someone better than I was and America’s role as when I arrived,” Suri said. “agenda-setters.” Suri described his new Last May, Suri left his book, Liberty’s Surest post as a UW-Madison Guardian, as “an effort to SURI history professor after understand what nationten years to take a new, building is, and the conhigher-salaried position at the nection between history and forUniversity of Texas at Austin. eign policy.” Suri attributed the decision to A nation-state refers to single pay cuts faculty would face as or multiple nationalities joined a result of Gov. Scott Walker’s together in a formal political Budget Repair Bill, telling the union. The United States, among Capital Times last May, “I love other countries, worked to estabthis place and am very sad lish these kinds of states out of about leaving, but it’s been a both idealism and economic pracreally hard year here. … And ticality, according to Suri. that’s not the fault of the uni“The fundamental quesversity, but the environment tion is… about the intersection that we’re operating in.” between American ideals and Speaking to a packed Overture the realities of making policy,”
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Suri said. Suri devoted the majority of his lecture to discussing the development of nation-states, and offering a historian’s take on what he deemed the “undeniably” American role in the phenomenon, a role Suri fears is often reactionary today. Instead of simply reacting to international situations and quickly becoming involved, Suri said, historians suggest asking questions about the past before making decisions. By asking before establishing policy, Suri said Americans can return to setting cohesive plans rather than letting situations set the agenda for them. “We should be agenda-setters for the world. Not imperialists, not imposers, not simply reacting as firemen every time a fire appears,” Suri said. “As limited as our resources are we can still be agenda-setters. In fact, all the more reason.”
By Maggie Schafer The daily cardinal
e are all guilty of those uninspired fashion days. The days when we want to call it quits then end up throwing on a white T-shirt and jeans. The days when it just feels like every dress, skirt and shirt in your closet is overwhelmingly drab. These are the days when one word can save your outfit: accessories. The best accessories can take the most forgettable outfit and make it memorable, whether it is a trendy hat or cute leg wear, accessories have you covered from head to toe. Let’s start with the classic accessory: jewelry. This season jewelry gets an industrial twist. Instead of wearing bright or delicate jewelry, switch it up and try pieces that are chunky, smooth and sharp. Choose iconic shapes that can drop as pendants from necklaces or earrings. This industrial style gives a modern gothic edge to a conventionally feminine or bohemian accessories. If you are anything like me, the majority of days are bad hair days especially with no help from the winter winds. Frizzy, greasy or even puffy hair can put an end to any great look. However, it’s easy to use your bad hair as an excuse to wear some of the most stylish hats or hair accessories. Fedoras are have been a classic for ages and lend an old-fashioned boyish charm to any modern outfit. When wearing a fedora, hair should be styled so that a couple strands frame your face. Whether you are wearing a straw or wool fedora, make sure that it is a high quality one. Cheap fedoras look, well, cheap.
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The-Rosie-the-Riveter style hair tie is another great way to add style on those bad hair days. Create this style by using delicate fabrics, which will give you a more feminine, classic look. Use a bandana to give off a utilitarian and punk influenced vibe. These bows can be worn with any length or texture hair. Another great way to repurpose accessories is to use rings as ponytail holders. After making a simple ponytail using a normal rubber band, or ponytail holder, just slide on a ring. You can be understated and go for a plain gold or silver band, or for a more eccentric look use one of your cocktail rings. It’s a great way to use these statement rings for an everyday look. The belt continues to be one of the key go-to accessories for fashionistas. The genius of the belt lies not in its own aesthetic appeal, but in its abil-
ity to transform the shape of an outfit. An extremely ill-fitting or unflattering dress can be cinched at the waist with a belt to give you an hourglass figure. Simple brown or black leather belts go with any outfit. Despite the misconception that accessories are simply aesthetic, there are some accessories that actually serve a purpose. However, accessories can add to your look too. Don’t forget about sunglasses during the colder months. This season sunglasses have taken a quirky turn with small circular shaped frames that look both smart and cool. Practical yet chic bags have replaced the ultra feminine purse. Over the shoulder satchels and backpacks offer easy options that give your look a cool and casual edge. These bags also have plenty of space for your belongings.
For a more polished look, a strapped brief case looks professional, yet the strap keeps it feminine and hip. Match this sophisticated style with a simple watch. A classic leather watch not only gives you the convenience of constantly having the time, but can also give a clean and boyish charm to your outfit. Too cheap to buy a watch? No worries, just borrow an men’s watch for a more androgynous look. Want to add more arm candy than just a watch? Stack on bracelets to create a new look. Don’t worry about having the bracelets match in color or in size. Mix and matching bracelets creates a fresh look. Mix metal bracelets with hemp or even traditional friendship bracelets. These accessories can help you get out of the boring, plain fashion routine so many college students fall into.
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These are two simple ways to wear a practical, yet stylish accessory: the watch. On the left side, is an example of using a bigger watch. The watch on the left side shows how simple, classic styles can be chic.
Cardinal Fashionista: Easily create 1970s flair layered necklaces and even chandelier earrings. For another cheap yet chic look, cover your arms with bracelets you already have. Don’t be afraid to mix and match as it makes adds to the effortless style. Now that you have these key pieces, mix and match to fit your own personal style. Trends are not meant to make you look like a clone but are meant to inspire. Trends are about allowing you to take a look and make it completely your own.
By Janelle Goosby The daily cardinal
lready sick of the North Face, leggings and Ugg boot combination? Sure, it’s only October, but this “style” can get old and boring real fast. Instead of putting on this combination, try out a trendy look from the 1970s. A decade when style was all about looking cool and feeling comfortable. Aside from the sequenced jumpers, big afros and large gold hoop earrings, the 1970s offered a chic style that is being recycled today. We saw the ’70s flair this past summer with bold, flowing maxi dresses. However, it is easy to keep up this trend through the cold months. No longer will you have to make the dreaded decision between warmth and fashion. These key items will carry you all the way to the first snow fall. Wide-leg trousers, platform Mary Janes or loafers, high-waisted mini skirt, and a knit sweater are key pieces to help achieve ’70s flair. Many of these items can most likely be found in your closet. Remember that sweater grandma knit you last year? Use it. Tight on cash? No worries, it’s easy to substitute these pieces for items you might already have. Try substituting platform Mary Jane style shoes for basic flats for an everyday look. For the winter, suede boots with fringe are a great choice for achieving this look. As for the high waisted mini skirt, don’t be afraid to improvise with a longer skirt. If your style is more bohemian, pair the wide-leg trousers and knit sweater by adding a funky vest or a stylish headband. Want a more edgy look? Skip the wide-leg trouser and go for a highwaisted mini. Pair this with a warm pair of knit tights, fringe boots and high ponytail. Are you more on the prep-
life&style Fast fixes to take you from drab to fab
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For a carefree boho look, pair an oversized knit sweater with a colorful head scarf. Accessories are an easy way to achieve this retro look. py side? Try out a tweed high waisted skirt,skip the knit sweater and opt for a cozy cardigan. Don’t forget to pair it with Mary Janes. Fusing fall fashion with ’70s flair, warm earth tones are this season’s go-to color. Soft browns, earthy greens and deep oranges are the perfect colors to warm up your wardrobe
in the increasingly chilly weather. These colors are not only meant for clothing but also accessories. Scarves and other winter accessories can be found in these colors. For a boho look, long, flowy scarves in prints are a great choice. Accessories can also bring the ’70s vibe at a low cost. Think about long,
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Thursday, October 20, 2011
• Cymbals Eat Guitars, Hooray for Earth and Bear Hands are playing at the High Noon Saloon at 8:30 p.m. The show only costs $10. • The Barrymore Theatre is hosting Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 in advance and $22 at the door and Kids These Days will open the show. • The Pro Arte Quartet Centennial Celebration begins today. This is the first string quartet to celebrate a centennial in the world, and the story of how they came to Madison is historical. Check tomorrow’s Arts page for a feature on the quartet. • Sean Scully’s exhibit at the Chazen Museum of Art in the new building. Scully is an abstract artist, and one of the most influential alive today. • The Ivory Room is a piano bar which features live music every night. Tonight John Chimes is playing New Orleans Blues and Jazz from 6-8 p.m. After Chimes the bar will feature Mike Massey and Francie Phelps playing requests which can be made at Massey’s website, mikemasseymusic.com.
• Here Come the Mummies will be funking up the Majestic Theatre with special guests Hypnopotamus. The doors open at 8 p.m. and the show starts at 9 p.m. Tickets are $20 in advance and $22 the day of the show. Opera boxes are also available for $45. • Rhett Miller and Alex Denzen will be playing at the High Noon Saloon. The vibe of this cozy venue will be perfect for Miller’s alternative country sound, and tickets are only $16 in advance or $18 at the door. The show starts at 9:30 p.m. •The Wisconsin Union Theater is hosting Terrence Blanchard as part of the Isthmus Jazz Series. Tickets are only $10 for UW-Madison students, a great deal for seeing this jazz veteran. There is also a Q&A in the Inn Wisconsin Room at Memorial Union from 4-5 p.m. • “Fight Club,” based on Chuck Palahniuk’s novel of the same name will be the midnight movie at The Marquee Theater this week.
• Meaner Pencil and Ackley Undersea will be playing at Indie Coffee on Regent Street. This darkfolk cellist and her poppy cohort will play at 7 p.m. • The Majestic Theatre is hosting their Brew ‘n View of “The Big Lebowski” Saturday night, with showings at both 8 and 11 p.m. The fifth-annual iteration of this event will feature costume contests and White Russians on special. • Indie rockers Obits and Bottomless Pit will be playing at the Sett Saturday night. The show starts at 9 p.m. and is free. Cash strapped students can always enjoy the New York and Chicago tunes that these bands will be playing. • The Chazen Museum of Art’s reopening is marked by three new exhibits: Sean Scully, A Passion for Prints and Discerning Taste. Look for plenty of hoopla surrounding the new opening, with the ceremonial door opening at noon, followed by a dance performance by Mark Denning.
• Dead Cat Bounce is a jazz group that blends a ridiculous number of styles and will be playing a show at Audio for the Arts, a studio that doubles as a venue occasionally. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 23, and tickets are $8 at the door. • The Inspector Cluzo will be playing at the High Noon Saloon Wednesday, Oct. 26. This French rock ’n’ roll band is headlining its first U.S. tour, with Wisconsin’s own Something To Do and Four Aspirin Morning providing support for the Madison stop. • The High Noon Saloon will also be hosting Phantogram and Reptar on Monday, Oct. 24. • Mercury Players will hold auditions for the upcoming production of “Talking Out of School,” both days of auditions start at 7 p.m. at 930 Fair Oaks Avenue. • The Lindy Hop Swing Dance at the Brink Lounge happens weekly at 9 p.m. The event is free and open to all 18 and older. The Brink Lounge is located at 701 E. Washington Avenue.
arts No more denying Yellowcard’s return dailycardinal.com/arts
By Mark Kauzlarich the daily cardinal
Yellowcard will take the stage at the Majestic Thursday night with a level of energy and unity unusual for a 14-year-old band. Coming off of a threeyear hiatus, Yellowcard is looking to return to doing what they love: touring and leaving an impact on their fans. “We had spent eight to nine years together ... doing everything together,” Longineu Parsons III said. “It kind of creates a cloud sometimes, but you have to break away from the cloud to come back with a fresh state of mind to attack the situation the way it should be; that way you can conquer.” With their album, When You’re Through Thinking, Say Yes, peaking at No. 19 on the Billboard 200, it looks like they’re well on their way. Parson sees a bright future coming after breaking away
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from the cloud that had hovered over the band. With new bassist Sean O’Donnell, also a member of Reeve Oliver and Yellowcard side project Big If, as a part of the band’s lineup, Parsons feels like they’ve got some steam behind them. “We have what I think is the best band we’ve had,” said Parsons. Fans who remember Yellowcard from their 2003 hit record Ocean Avenue will agree with Parsons when they hear how the new lineup sounds. The same energy and happiness that the band had eight years ago has come back in full force. “When we were recording Ocean Avenue we were very excited because we had just gotten signed to Capitol [Records],” Parsons said. “We were young and excited, and happy, and you can hear that in the songs, and on this album, we definitely captured that vibe again.” It’s those same fans from
back in 2003 that prompted Parsons to start thinking about bringing the band back together. While on the road as a drummer for “American Idol” runner-up Adam Lambert Parsons was often approached by fans from his days in Yellowcard.
“We have what I think is the best band we’ve had.”
Longineu Parsons III drummer Yellowcard
“I’m a firm believer in fate. Some things show themselves to you, there are signs,” he said. “Every day people would come up to me and say ‘Yellowcard changed my life. Man, I wish you guys would get back together.’” That’s when the phone calls to the other band members started. “Adam is a great guy and a great singer, but that is his thing,” Parsons said. “[Yellowcard] is my thing.” And it’s something that Parsons and the rest of Yellowcard take pride in doing well. The band is always working on being better and doing
promotion. But with the strong friendships at the core of the band, it shines through from the album to each performance, Parsons said. “It’s just a feeling of being friends,” Parsons said. “We’re a unit. We are unity.” To Parsons, a life of performing on the road and the strong friendships that hold the band together doesn’t get old and each performance is special. “We’re blessed,” he said. “With the way records are selling, it’s becoming more and more impossible to sustain a career on the road. We’re blessed with being able to still tour and have great fans and we all love each other as a band.” Like Parsons said, it’s all about the fans to the band, which is why their show in Madison promises to be spectacular. “Whether there is one fan or 2,000 at our shows, it’s still special. We understand that with the economy the way it is, it’s not easy for everyone to get out to see a band.” Regardless of who comes to the concert, Parsons and Yellowcard have one goal. “We hope for at least one person a night leaving with a smile on their face, that we made an impact in their lives.”
The Skinny Who: Yellowcard, Every Avenue, Go Radio Where: Majestic Theatre 115 King St. When: Oct. 20, door at 6:30 p.m., show at 9:30 p.m. Cost: $20 advance, $25 at the door Why you should care: Yellowcard is back with a new album, fresher than ever and ready to rock the Majestic. Check this out before you go: Yellowcard has a wealth of material to draw from if you’re unfamiliar with the band. Every Avenue has several tracks available to stream on their Facebook page. Go Radio have 10 songs available on their MySpace page, all of which come from their first two EPs. Even though the band is young, veteran members make a strong line-up.
photo Courtesy Adam Elmakias
Pop-punk veterans Yellowcard are touring in support of their latest record, When You’re Through Thinking, Say Yes, and are bringing Every Avenue and Go Radio with them.
Curtains Up Opportunities to see live theater are abundant as October draws to a close, with Halloween plays and high school plays finishing production, there’s a wealth of amateur and professional theater available. Verona Community Theatre is producing Karl Curtis and Greg Matysik’s “Undertow: The Musical,” a locally-written rock ’n’ roll musical. With a classic storyline praising the underdog—the nerdy high school boy trying to impress the cute girl next door— this show’s cast o’ wacky characters is sure to delight. The play opened last weekend, and finishes its run Saturday, Oct. 22.
Tickets are $12 for adults and $8 for students and seniors. The Bricks Theatre, a nomadic theater company based here in Madison, will be producing “Blackbird” Thursday, Oct. 20 at 8 p.m. at the old Lussier Teen Center. Located at 827 E. Washington Avenue, this show is sure to be interesting. Tickets are $20, and the show runs Thursday-Saturday at 8 p.m. Oct. 20-Nov. 6. The Bartell Theatre will have a show about a snowed-in bed and breakfast, which just so happens to be haunted. Presented by StageQ, “Ghost of a Chance” is a classic comedy of errors. The Broom Street Theatre is hosting “A Broom Street Halloween,” which is a series of shorts, starting at 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 21 and Saturday, Oct. 22 for only $9. It’s pretty obvious that Madison has a wealth of theatrical opportunities for those more cultured than your typical rock show or rap concert.
opinion Cain’s tax plan helps the rich, hurts the poor 8
Thursday, October 20, 2011
ryan waal opinion columnist
erman Cain, former Godfather’s Pizza CEO and Republican presidential candidate, has seen an enormous and inexplicable surge in the polls recently. Speaking in a booming Georgia drawl and delivering his conservative talking points like advertising slogans, Cain has focused his campaign around his 9-9-9 plan for economic growth. The plan proposes a complete repeal of the current U.S. tax system, replacing all forms of taxation with three flat taxes: a 9 percent personal income tax, a 9 percent corporate income tax and a 9 percent national sales tax.
The 9-9-9 plan is nothing less than a blatant declaration of class warfare.
And that’s it. No capital gains tax, no payroll tax, no estate tax— just three taxes to pay for the entire federal government. On Cain’s campaign website, the 9-9-9 plan is described as “fair, simple, efficient, neutral and transparent.” These adjectives, frequently used by fair-tax or flat-tax advocates to justify imposing a single tax on all Americans, are all misplaced. The 9-9-9 plan is nothing less than a blatant declaration of class warfare. First of all, Cain’s plan is clearly not “fair.” A 9 percent income tax applied to all citizens would mean that billionaires and janitors would pay the
exact same proportion of their earnings. Cain’s website states that the plan would eliminate “nearly all deductions.” This implies that the countless lowincome families in America, comprising 47 percent of the population, who receive only marginal relief by not paying income taxes currently would be forced to pay more taxes. The morality of this plan is absurd; the 9 percent income tax is an obvious giveaway to the richest in this country. After finally reaching a point where billionaires like Warren Buffett publicly state their willingness to pay more in taxes, it’s depressing that Cain would try to reverse the tax conversation to such an extreme. More importantly, Cain’s sales tax establishes a dangerously regressive burden on low-income Americans. A 9 percent sales tax on basic items like bread and milk means much more to someone making $30,000 a year than someone making $30 million a year. It especially means more when you consider that Cain’s 9 percent sales tax would be added to existing state sales taxes. In New Hampshire, a state with no sales tax, this would be tolerable. In Alabama, sales tax is 10 percent in some places, and adding Cain’s national sales tax will result in a 19 percent tax on groceries, clothing and medicine. Cain’s argument that the complete reign of the free market will resolve these potentially excruciating prices is unfounded. Although Cain asserts that his plan would be revenue neutral, several studies have shown this is not the case. Bloomberg News calculated that Cain’s tax plan would generate only $2 trillion per year in revenue, $200 billion less than what the United States actually needs
Wisconsin must step up to fight smog Nick Fritz The Daily Cardinal
On Oct. 6 Wisconsin Environment, an environment policy group, released a report showing that three cities in Wisconsin—Kenosha, Sheboygan and Racine—are among the 10 top smoggiest metropolitan areas in the United States. Smog is a harmful air pollutant that can cause asthma attacks and aggravate other respiratory illnesses. This issue particularly affects
infants and the elderly. While the three cities in Wisconsin are not as polluted as Los Angeles, they still need to begin dealing with their smog levels. Smog is detrimental to the people’s health. The effects may not be noticeable or fast acting, but symptoms such as diminished lung capacity, lung disease and even premature deaths are seen later in life. These cities need to be proactive in reducing their smog
to raise. Other estimates have pegged the potential revenue as low as $1.3 trillion. It’s important to note that Cain’s website implies his support for the complete elimination of entitlement programs, arguing that “state, cities, churches, charities and businesses,” should provide aid to the poor instead of the federal government. Admittedly, Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security do comprise a large portion of the U.S. budget, and it’s possible that eliminating them would make the lower revenue generated by 9-9-9 a feasible way to fund the federal government.
How can anyone who isn’t wealthy actually support this candidate?
But who wants to live in that version of America? How can a presidential candidate seriously advocate a tax system that allows corporations to keep 100 percent of their international profits while forcing the poor to pay for all of their medicine and food? And how can anyone who isn’t wealthy actually support this candidate? Herman Cain’s reign atop the polls will probably vanish soon, as Republicans finally accept the fact that Mitt Romney is the only candidate with a serious chance at beating President Barack Obama. But if Cain becomes the “anti-Romney” in the primaries like some pundits are predicting, keep one thing in mind: Unless you’re rich, Herman Cain’s America will cripple you. Ryan Waal is a sophomore majoring in English. Please send all feedback to firstname.lastname@example.org. levels to reasonable and safe levels. So what can Kenosha, Sheboygan and Racine do to get on the right track? One simple and often overlooked step is to promote the increased use of public transportation. By allocating funds to bus system upgrades, smog emissions produced by cars will be greatly depleted.
Smog in these communities is killing people, and the lives of American citizens should be a top priority for the government.
Regulating the use of other gas-powered tools such as lawn mowers can also help reduce smog. Furthermore, these areas can regulate the sale of household cleaners, which are detrimental to air quality when they evaporate. Simple and proac-
Letter: In defense of ASM are not going to make a call to action? The timing and context of this article would make it a nearly perfect place to call the student body to flex their political muscle and vote, yet this is the opposite of what the Editorial Board chose to do. Unfortunately, a large portion of the student body here at UW-Madison already chooses not to participate in their ASM elections. In the past four years we have not even reached an 8% voter turnout in a fall election or, minus one anomaly in 2010, a 15% voter turnout in a spring election. These are disheartening figures. Following suit of the finger-pointing spirit of the Editorial Board’s article, I would like to point two more. One at the student body’s apathetic attitude towards ASM elections, and one at The Daily Cardinal Editorial Board for furthering a disconnect between students and their elections. Micky Stevens is the chair of the Student Election Commission and an associate justice on Student Judiciary.
Mickey Stevens Associated Students of Madison
I would like to comment on the article titled “ASM still too focused on itself” by the Daily Cardinal Editorial Board, specifically on the very last sentence of the article which says, “…and all we can do is watch and scoff at these low-brow actions and hope that some logic and rationale lifts ASM out of its primarily self-serving operations.” This sentence is tragically ironic for two reasons: 1) the article was published on the start of the ASM Fall Elections, and 2) it was conveniently placed on the same page as an ASM Fall Election advertisement in the print version. The article’s closing sentence blatantly disregards the opportunity of action presented in the form of election. Just as our American government is subject to the political process, so is the Associated Students of Madison. This process offers unto unsatisfied constituents the remedial route of electing different representatives. The Daily Cardinal Editorial Board, in its article, seems to ignore the present-day opportunity entirely. Instead, the Editorial Board chooses the route of expressing discontent for the sole purpose of fostering a negative atmosphere. Is not the objective of declaring one’s discontent to eventually cause change? I would like to ask the Editorial Board, what exactly do you aim to achieve by creating an atmosphere of dissatisfaction, if you
This letter refers to the placement of Moday’s editorial next to an ad for the ASM elections, as “convenient.” The placement of the ad was not, in fact, “convenient,” it was coincidental—the decision to place that ad on the Opinion page was done independent of the ad’s message and had nothing to do with the content of the editorial.
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tive steps like these can help protect our communities from an invisible killer. What local cities cannot do is rely on the federal government to come to their rescue. The federal government has simply refused to help. Under the Clean Air Act, the Environmental Protection Agency is required to set a national standard for smog pollution. However, the EPA believes the current standards are inadequate and need to be updated. Earlier this year, the administration of President Barack Obama considered updating these standards, but decided to abandon this effort until 2013. It is imperative that the president reconsiders his decision, even if it is a contentious issue during the 2012 campaigns. Smog in these communities is killing people, and the lives of American citizens should be the top priority for the government. However, as we saw earlier in his administration’s decision to wait
two more years to address the issue, it isn’t.
Setting acceptable smog levels in these communities is a necessity.
Therefore, it is up to these cities to clean up their own mess. Setting acceptable smog levels in these communities is a necessity. Racine, Kenosha and Sheboygan must take a look at their priorities and move smog reduction to the top of their lists. Whether it is adopting new industrial standards, promoting public transportation or even something more drastic like shutting down factories for a day to clear the air, action needs to be taken. Nick Fritz is a junior majoring in marketing. Please send all feedback to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Turn up the heat! It is believed that if you sleep in a cold room you are more likely to have a bad dream. Thursday, October 20, 2011 • 9
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KEEP REFRIGERATED ACROSS 1 NASA module 4 Like a gnat 9 Monastery VIP 14 They did “Don’t Bring Me Down” 15 “Flashdance” singer Cara 16 Role in Bizet’s “The Pearl Fishers” 17 Makeup remover 19 Rags-to-riches author Horatio 20 Sneak ___ (look surreptitiously) 21 Belch forth 23 Computer image 24 Consideration in purchasing a car 26 Up, on maps 28 Reordered manuscript sheets, e.g. 32 Recede to the sea 35 “Ah, whatever” follower 36 Topps rival, to baseball card collectors 38 Window-rattling 40 Crockett cap critters 43 Sports broadcaster 44 Islamic declaration 46 Entree eaten with a spoon 48 Airline website stat.
49 New additions to the family, sometimes 53 “Bennie and the Jets” singer John 54 Top-level worker? 58 Give a mighty heave 60 “Junk begets junk” computer acronym 63 Breast-feed 64 Not quite straight 66 Opaque drinking vessel 68 Illegal lending tactic 69 “... but to no ___” 70 ___ West (life preserver) 71 End, as a subscription 72 Southpaw 73 Needle’s hole DOWN 1 Aptly named Renault vehicle 2 Descend a ladder and wed 3 Burrowing creatures 4 Predicaments 5 Be at fault 6 Seize homophone 7 “Sack” attachment 8 Aden citizen 9 Pie ___ mode 10 Put down 11 High muck-a-muck 12 Breakfast-table spread 13 Small glacial lake 18 Salutation starter 22 Took all the marbles
5 Tale on a grand scale 2 27 U.K. military fliers 29 “A long time ___ in a galaxy far, far away ...” 30 Casper is a friendly one 31 Pt. of NYPD 32 North Pole helper 33 Constrictor snakes 34 Yellow flower 37 Biochemist’s letters 39 Inhabitants 41 Degree of considerable degree 42 One with powers of foresight 45 Likely (to) 47 Incorrectly 50 Ship’s visibility impairer 51 Like some instincts 52 Motown music category 55 Set up an innocent party 56 “How I Spent My Summer,” often 57 Examine again, as a patient 58 Truck 59 “Major” animal 61 Collapse under pressure 62 Name of several Norwegian kings 65 Easter egg colorer 67 Baby fox
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ramage from page 12 Names like Basil McRae, Al MacInnis and Kelly Chase might not have much meaning to the average sports fan, but for a kid playing hockey they could be the legend who taught you how to block a puck or protect a teammate. They were the kind of guys who wanted to give back to the sport, and Rob Ramage said they did it the best way they could. “Hockey has given us all so much,” Rob Ramage said. “We love the game, obviously, we’re passionate about it.” “Al Arbour was a great Stanley Cup coach with the New York Islanders and had actually coached in St. Louis also. He said to me once, ‘If you can’t play, the greatest thing—the next best thing in hockey—is coaching.’ And he’s certainly right, it’s a lot of fun.” John Ramage estimated his dad coached him from the time he was eight or nine years old,
and kept at it until he joined the St. Louis Bandits, the local affiliate of the North American Hockey League, in high school. Ramage said his father wasn’t the kind of coach who was too controlling, but that he was one that would force everyone— even, and maybe especially, his son—to work hard. “I was really lucky; I’ve always said that,” he said. “Coming up, he wasn’t really too hands-on, he just kind of let me be. Whenever he felt like it was time to step in [he would], just showing me things that any other defenseman never even got growing up. Sometimes with the coach’s son, they get the bad attitude. My dad, he would maybe sit me a little more just to teach me a lesson.” Plenty of kids play hockey growing up and imagine they will make it to the top, with the dream that maybe one day they’ll hoist the Stanley Cup or be the captain of one of the game’s
proudest franchises. According to Rob Ramage, he saw his son had the ability to do that—not just in his mind on an empty rink, but in the pros—when John played for the United States at a tournament in Slovakia. “That’s when the light started to go on, that he really wanted to pursue this,” Ramage said. “He always enjoyed the game and wanted to do well, but I think that burning desire started to ignite when he was around 16.” Russia won that tournament’s gold medal, while the United States placed fifth. The games ran from Aug. 14-17, 2007. Two months later, Rob Ramage was in an Ontatio courtroom, listening as a jury found him guilty of driving drunk, missing a turn and taking a life. A few months after that, a judge sentenced him to four years in prison. Part two of this three-part feature will run in Tuesday’s edition of The Daily Cardinal.
Corrupt BCS system unfairly discriminates against non-power conference programs MAX Sternberg stern words
ell, I guess it is that time of year again. As if I don’t have enough to complain about during the winter, spring, summer and early fall, late fall is always a doozie with the unveiling of each week’s BCS standings leading up to the announcement of the bowl selections in early December. It’s a time of year when football reigns supreme, and while I detest the sport, I try my best each and every year to get over it, but somehow the BCS ruins that attempt without fail. This year is going to be no different. But instead of ranting on the need to get over our national obsession with football, I will instead focus my inner anger on the BCS system—the most blatantly corrupt use of statistics in modern society. Let me start out by letting those of you who don’t already know that one of the BCS “computer” polls has Wisconsin ranked No. 17 in the country. Oh, and that poll has Penn State ranked No. 15 and Nebraska No. 16 .So you see where this is heading.
The BCS system [is] the most blatant corrupt use of statistics in modern society.
The BCS has problems that go beyond the statistical ineptitude of that poll’s creator, Kenneth Massey. First and foremost, the BCS is organized in such a way that makes it essentially a violation of the Sherman Anti-Trust Act. But I’ve already walked down that path and I think that point has been made fairly well. Now it’s time that I rail on the poll itself. Here’s the problem: The poll doesn’t confine itself to judging the best teams this season, but rather it serves simply as a barometer of the
current standing of each of the programs in major college football. The top teams in the BCS are inevitably among the best this season, but they are not necessarily the best. Instead, the BCS ranks teams based upon their performance over the span of four or five years. This is a serious problem. This is why the Boise States of the world are faced with the yearly injustice of going undefeated only to find themselves eliminated from the national title race in the first week of December by a vote rather than a loss (notwithstanding the loss to Nevada Boise endured last season after “missing” a gamewinning field goal down the stretch). So if we are going to keep avoiding the inevitable move to a playoff system (or at least, a “plus-one”), let’s at least have a system that identifies the two best teams in the current season, program history set completely aside. In the 13 years since the BCS system was born, there have only been 14 teams that have competed for the title. Among the six “power” conferences (no nonpower conference has ever had a team qualify), the SEC accounts for five of these 14 teams, winning all seven titles that one of their member teams competed for. While the 7-0 record has been used by many as evidence of the SEC’s dominance and as justification for the clear advantage given to SEC teams in the BCS polls, it is a ridiculously small sample size. Also, not one of these SEC defenders mentions the fact that SEC teams have always (until this season) enjoyed an advantage in bowl games by ending their season in early December rather than late November, thus eliminating the rust that other teams always seem to carry when they head to bowl games. How about this? Boise State is undefeated in BCS games. Why doesn’t this give them the same benefit of the doubt that SEC teams enjoy? Because the BCS is not about rewarding teams for dominating on the field, it is about rewarding schools for dominating the donor lines. The big
schools founded, developed and continue to manage the BCS right down to the formulaic details. Do you think the SEC commissioner wants to tweak the system to give Boise State a chance?
spartans from page 11 National Football League once the season is over. Before it even began, Worthy made it known what he thought of UW’s addition of senior quarterback Russell Wilson; over the summer he tweeted, “It still don’t matter cause they gotta come in spartan stadium. Homecoming he will see how the big ten gets down.” The talk picked up again soon after the Spartans defeated Michigan, but it has been mostly uni-directional, flowing from east to west. The focus in Madison seems to be on preparing for the first true road test this season. A year ago, UW appeared rattled early on against MSU. “That crowd during the day threw us off the tracks a little bit,” junior guard Travis Frederick said, noting the atmosphere will be even more intense for a night game. “It’s a rowdy crowd and a physical defense and it definitely had an impact [last year],” sophomore running back James White added. Michigan State’s defense got a little rowdy a week ago, helping the Spartans rack up 124 penalty yards on 13 infractions,
including two personal fouls from sophomore defensive end William Gholston. In practice this week, the Wisconsin scout team has been instructed to talk trash and try to get under the skin of the starters. Whether or not it’s effective may become clearer Saturday night, but some players found some humor in it, as both Konz and Frederick called out freshman defensive lineman Warren Herring for being particularly bad at the craft. Konz has a unique way of dealing with the chirping, whether it be in practice or on Saturday. “I try to turn it around on them and say thanks,” Konz said. “It kind of throws people off, I think. What are you going to do, hit a nice guy?” Considering Wisconsin has not managed a win at Spartan Stadium in nearly a decade and the Badgers’ earned a trip to the Rose Bowl despite finishing with identical records as MSU and a head-to-head loss to boot, there is clearly no love lost between the two programs. “[MSU talk] is almost like a game-plan type thing,” Konz said. “That’s part of who they are and part of their defense, but at the same time, we’re going to be relentless as well.”
Do you think the SEC commissioner wants to tweak the system to give Boise State a chance?
No. And it isn’t because they want the trophies to themselves. It’s all about the money. The payoffs for BCS teams are outrageously high, and national championship qualifiers are even better rewarded. The reason that the system is designed to reward consistency over the years is because that is what ultimately keeps the power conferences on top. It is easy to say Alabama has a tough schedule with numerous BCS top-25 teams, but who decides what constitutes a top25 team? I would challenge you to tell me that Ole Miss is a quality opponent and the same goes for Vanderbilt, Kentucky, Mississippi State and even Florida this year. Oklahoma gets credit for a non-conference schedule that included a road game against Florida State—at that point ranked in the top-10 in the country. But FSU has lost three of its last four, and at this point, that should not be considered a higher quality win than Boise State’s beating Georgia in Atlanta. The bottom line is that money is the motive behind the BCS, and as long as the system succeeds in its objective of funneling bowl money directly to the schools at the top, nothing will change. So as much as we all want a playoff, the BCS is here to stay, and while it does, no national champion can truly say it is are justly crowned. Do you feel that the BCS provides an equal opportunity to every team, regardless of its conference’s standing? E-mail Max at max. firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Jerel Worthy tweeted that Russell Wilson will “see how the big ten gets down when Wisconsin play at Spartan Stadium.”
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Last season’s loss in East Lansing is still fresh in the Badgers’ minds. Story by Parker Gabriel Excuse Peter Konz if he has things on his mind besides College GameDay, trash-talk, revenge or Bowl Championship Series rankings this week. The redshirt junior center remembers plenty about the Badgers’ trip to East Lansing, Mich., a year ago, things said on the field, missed opportunities and, most of all, the final score. Still, the Neenah native said his team does not have revenge on its mind as it prepares for a rematch with the Spartans Saturday night under the lights. “I don’t play the game for revenge,” the humorous center said with a smile. “I love the game, I play the game for love.” There is a lot to love about the prospect of a nationally televised showdown between No. 4 Wisconsin (2-0 Big Ten, 6-0 overall) and No. 15 Michigan State (2-0, 5-1). “You love to go against the people that are supposed to be firstrounders or the teams with the number one defense,” Konz said. No coincidence, MSU has both, or at least almost.
“You love to go against the people that are supposed to be first rounders or the teams with the number one defense.” Peter Konz junior center Wisconsin football
The Spartans boast the No. 2 defense in the country. The defense also tops the Big Ten, allowing just 186.2 yards per game to its opponents. It held Michigan’s explosive offense and dynamic quarterback Denard Robinson in check last week en route to a 28-14 victory. Michigan State’s athletic, destructive front-seven is anchored by junior defensive tackle Jerel Worthy. The 310 pound wrecking ball is in line for some serious hardware and equal interest from the
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John Ramage is one of Wisconsin hockey’s biggest stars. His father, Rob Ramage, is an NHL veteran who made the mistake of a lifetime.
Story by Nico Savidge
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Part one of three
utherford Road is a wide stretch of Canadian asphalt that shoots from east to west across a small piece of the suburban sprawl emanating north from Toronto. It runs for 11 mostly straight miles across the city of Vaughan, Ontario, past a creek and some golf courses, Canada’s largest shopping center and rows of planned communities. Somewhere along that path, though, Rutherford Road curves into a right turn. And on Dec. 15, 2003, Rob Ramage missed it. The two-time Stanley Cup champion and former Toronto Maple Leafs captain was driving back from a funeral for another former hockey player, Keith McCreary. With Ramage in the car was veteran Chicago Blackhawks player and coach Keith Magnuson. With Ramage as well were the chemical remnants of between 15 and 22 alcoholic drinks, which a toxicologist would later testify and the Canadian press would later report he must have consumed in the hours leading up to his drive. Newspapers like The Toronto Star and The Globe and Mail would
widely cover what happened next. When he didn’t follow the road, Ramage and his Chrysler Intrepid crossed the center line into oncoming traffic, glanced off of another car and slammed into a Nissan Pathfinder. Magnuson was killed instantly. He was 56. The other car’s driver, Michelle Pacheco, survived with serious injuries. She was 39. Ramage suffered a dislocated hip. When he missed that turn, he was 44. His son, John Ramage, who has followed in his father’s footsteps as a defenseman and today wears the captain’s “C” for Wisconsin, was 12.
lll John Ramage’s adolescence is the stuff of grassroots hockey legend. According to his father, John was born not only into the family of one former NHL star, but a community of retired pros in St. Louis, ex-pats from Canada who moved to the area after playing for the city’s pro team, the Blues.
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