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‘Real World’ star, poet speak on sexual assault By Corinne Burgermeister The Daily Cardinal
Former cast member of MTV’s “The Real World: Brooklyn” Sarah Rice and spoken word poet Steve Connell stressed the importance of identifying those involved with sexual assault as survivors rather than victims at an event Monday in honor of Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Connell recited “Angel Rising,” a poem inspired by Angela Rose, founder of PAVE, who was in the audience. The poem described images of sexual assault victims without tongues finding their voices and moving through stages of shame and rage to awakening and empowerment. Connell emphasized the
importance individuals have in creating the world they share. “I feel blessed as a poet simply to create a work that reminds us that we are all connected, and reminds us about the responsibility we have to each other as a community, as a family, to take care of each other, to listen to each other, to respect each other,” Connell said. According to Connell and Rice, the move from depicting a person as a victim to a survivor begins by talking, opening up and getting rid of any taboo associated with sexual assault. Rice, who was sexually assaulted by her daycare provider and her father, said it is important to believe every survivor
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and to treat them with respect. She said by speaking at events she now hopes to help people and create fulfillment in their lives and her own. Rice said she is proud to speak about her past rather than keep quiet. According to Rice, if she is able to help one person in the audience realize they are in an abusive relationship and empower that person to do something about it, then everything is worth it. “You are only a victim if you look at yourself as a victim,” Rice said. “You are not a result of the things that happened to you in your life; you speakers page 3
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Former Poet Laureate Billy Collins read to a crowd of 1,200 Monday at Union South as part of Madison’s Lit Fest. The New York Times has called him “the most popular poet in America.”
New Badger Partnership student group forms By Anna Duffin The Daily Cardinal
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Liberal activists protested U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., at the Madison Club and a handful of banks on the Capitol Square to voice their opposition to corporate influence in politics.
Liberals protest Ryan, banks on tax day By Patrick Tricker The Daily Cardinal
Commemorating the day Americans file their tax returns, roughly 100 liberal activists protested outside the Madison Club Monday, where U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., was giving a speech, to show their discontent with his deficit plan. The group proceeded to the Capitol Square to protest outside of Chase Bank to deliver a “tax bill” of nearly $2 billion in allegedly dodged taxes. They protested outside M&I Bank because of the banks’ donations to Republicans. Some activists entered Chase, which prompted police to ask them to leave, and attempted to enter M&I before a security guard locked the door. “Far too little attention has been paid to the fact that many of the largest and most profit-
able corporations in this country are quietly shifting their tax burden onto the tax-paying public,” said Kyle Bailey, a policy advocate for Wisconsin Student Public Interest Research Group. “By stopping corporations from stashing their profits in off-shore tax havens, which allow them to pay little to nothing in taxes, we can ease this nation’s financial woes,” Bailey said Demonstrators focused their anger on Ryan’s deficit plan and recent budget cuts in Congress, arguing that they were only necessary because of tax cuts for the rich and corporations and the ongoing wars in Iraq, Afghanistan and Libya. “Don’t let anybody tell you the money is not there,” said Elizabeth Wrigley-Field, a member of the Teaching Assistants’ Association. “The money is
there. There’s a word for cutting schools and hospitals and jobs and giving the money to bankers and militaries. The word is class war. That’s what this is. That’s what they’re doing to us.” Outside the Madison Club where Ryan was supposedly speaking, protesters chanted “make them pay” and “tax the rich,” in attempts to drown out his speech. One protester brought a speaker playing Rick Astley’s “Never Gonna Give You Up” inside the restaurant, but was quickly rebuffed by an employee. “Right now is the tipping point,” Steve Hughes, president of the Young Progressives said. “We can either stand by as we watch our great state fall out from under us or we can rise up collectively and take back Wisconsin. It is in this moment that our history will be written.”
While differing opinions bombard the state concerning the New Badger Partnership, some UW-Madison students have formed a group to show their support for the proposed change to the UW system. The Students for the New Badger Partnership formed to inform students about the New Badger Partnership and bring together students who support it, according to the group’s co-head coordinator Jon Alfuth. “Our main focus is to reach out to students on campus and hopefully talk to them about the New Badger Partnership and communicate with them how we feel its important to the UW campus and
create a little more balance to the conversation,” Alfuth said. According to Alfuth, the group will demonstrate its support for the New Badger Partnership in a multitude of ways, including going to the Capitol to express its patronage and holding informational forums for students. An anonymous post on siftingandwinnowing.org, a website that publishes opinion articles by professors, alleged that the group may be involved with non-students without student interest as a priority. Alfuth denied these allegations and said the group will not release the names of students involved because the New Badger partnership page 3
Olsen, Hardorf recall petition successful By Adam Wollner The Daily Cardinal
Two more Republican state senators will face recalls after campaign organizers against them announced Monday they have collected the requisite signatures. Petitioners against state Sen. Luther Olsen, R-Ripon, submitted their petition with the Government Accountability Board Monday, while the group organizing the recall for state Sen. Sheila Harsdorf, R-River Falls, announced on their Facebook page Monday evening they also col-
lected the required signatures and will submit their petition Tuesday. Organizers from both campaigns were able to collect around 23,000 signatures for each two weeks before the petition due date. Recall petitions were also filed in early April for Sen. Dan Kapanke, R-La Crosse, and Sen. Randy Hopper, R-Fond du Lac. Oshkosh Deputy Mayor Jessica King announced last week she will run against Hopper in the recall recall petition page 3
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t this moment, I am sitting at my desk in my room at Tripp Hall. My shirt has some pretty serious deodorant stains and I’m wearing really old Laguna flip-flops (that’s right, I said, “flip-flops”) and really old Soffe shorts. Also, I have a grape sucker in my mouth. How did this happen? How did my current situation arise? What is the causal story here? Once upon a time when I was a sophomore, I had a nosebleed after drinking two beers (they were Central Waters Bourbon Barrel—potent shit). Then, I passed out on the floor of Chadbourne’s sixth floor women’s bathroom. I woke up to the dulcet tones of house fellow voices. Some paramedic types were there as well. They breathalyzed me and I blew a .12. Because the paramedic police folks were called in, this counted as two strikes against me instead
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Well, it’s really hard to say without the baby’s perspective...
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and their decision-making when it comes to flip-flop design). About an hour ago, I took off my pants in order to have a little bonding time with myself (I am single and have learned that hooking up with people I don’t want to date is harmful to my mental health. Causal story. Would you rather have heard that one instead of the how-Ilearned-alcohol-is-not-my-bestfriend story?). Then, I put shorts on because I don’t plan on leaving the building before bed (I have to get up early for my first transcendental meditation lesson. Causal story.) Lastly, the grape sucker. I have no recollection of where I got it from, but it’s been in my room for a long, long time. (Causal story? It tastes good and makes my teeth feel nasty.) What do the tangled threads of causality signify? They signify that nothing is “random” (except grape suckers). That is, all situations depend on the events that came before. No event arises independently. In other words, shit doesn’t just happen. Comments? E-mail Angelica at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Guy looking at a Google map:
Who the fuck designed Washington D.C.? It’s like a labyrinth. I’m surprised it’s not ruled by Mayor David Bowie.
Written on a classroom chalkboard in Humanities (probably a reference to “How I Met Your Mother”):
There’s no pairing of homologous chromosomes in mitosis just like there’s no crying in baseball!
Ken Robinson, member of Royal Science Academy, speaking at the Memorial Union: —One of them offered me a free autopsy. —On the census: You didn’t have people with little calculators going around since the beginning of time saying, “Oh look, here’s four more!”
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What’s Catholic school sex ed like? “Just don’t touch it. Ever.”?
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An ocelot? I could take on an ocelot. Probably not a lynx.
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to live (I hadn’t paid any attention when my peripheral friends were all signing leases—that’s a whole other causal story—and my roommate was studying abroad in Sweden for all of junior year), I signed up to live in Botkin Tripp, because it already meant something to my family. So, that’s the causal story behind my decision to live in Tripp. Obviously, causes for my past reckless drinking habits exist. I maintain that some of the reason I got so effing drunk is because my genes told my body to be tiny. And adorable. But easily shitfaced and, therefore, easy rapist prey. The deodorant stains happened because I have worn this shirt numerous times to the gym without regard for how long it has been since I washed it (my attitude of disregard has a causal story behind it too). The flip-flops come from the deep past. I think I was under age 10 when they were purchased. They have proven to be the most durable sandals I have owned up to this point in my life (certainly there is a causal story about the Laguna sandal company people
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of one. A couple weeks later, Halloween happened. I have no recollection of talking to the house fellows this time, but according to my roommate, when my HoFo asked me, “How much did you have to drink?” I responded, “An adequate amount.” Even when I’m black-out drunk, I’m still fucking eloquent. Subsequently, the Chadbourne authorities informed me that I may soon find myself on the street. Fortunately, my father came to my rescue, on the condition that I not have a drop until Thanksgiving. In the meeting with the housing authorities, my father attempted to interest my prosecutors with details from the history of the Botkin family (he researched them when my mother was in graduate school and living in Botkin house of Tripp Hall). I saw the authorities’ eyes glaze at the historical detail, and I thought, “Fuck you. My father deserves your respect.” Thus, when I received e-mails from university housing asking if I wanted to come back, and after I realized I didn’t want to expend the energy to find somewhere else
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SSFC denies CFACT third time By Alison Bauter The Daily Cardinal
The Student Services Finance Committee denied Collegians for a Constructive Tomorrow’s funding eligibility for the second time this fiscal year and the third consecutive year Monday. SSFC previously denied the conservative student environmental advocacy group’s funding request last semester, but was forced to rehear the group’s eligibility application after CFACT appealed to the Student Judiciary. With six members against and four abstaining, SSFC rejected CFACT’s application, citing concerns over past policy violations and
direct student services. Referring to an April 2010 e-mail from the group, SSFC Rep. Cale Plamann said some of CFACT’s former members committed a policy violation when the group failed to punctually return equipment rented from the Associated Students of Madison. “I think we unfortunately have to look long ago at people who aren’t here, and I’d unfortunately have to answer that this is an intentional policy violation,” Plamann said. Additionally, SSFC Rep. Rae Lymer said she hadn’t seen sufficient evidence the group served a broad enough number of students to be eligible for segregated fee funding.
“I don’t feel as though I’ve been given significant documentation or justification,” Lymer said. CFACT President Josh Smith said SSFC’s decision “blind-sided” him. “I thought they would have asked a lot more questions about [the alleged intentional policy violation],” Smith said, “because clearly there was a lot of confusion.” Smith said he was unsure whether CFACT would appeal the decision. SSFC will meet Thursday to discuss whether to hear the Wisconsin Public Interest Research Group’s eligibility appeal or potentially send the decision to Chancellor Biddy Martin for review.
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To de-stress, YES+ and students began their day with yoga on Bascom Hill Monday morning, followed by breakfast with Bucky.
ASM hears plans for high-rise on campus Building representatives spoke to the Associated Students of Madison’s Legislative Affairs Committee Monday about the possible development of new student housing high-rise near Grand Central. The new high-rise would be partially located on the property of St. Francis Episcopal Church at the corner of Mills Street and University Avenue. Currently, the building is “basically without a plan,” according to representative Bill White, who attended the com-
partnership from page 1 Partnership is a controversial issue. “We’re a student group. We were formed by students. We don’t have any outside groups funding us,” Alfuth said. Former student government representative Maxwell Love said any group that takes a stance on a charged issue should expect criticism. “I don’t think it’s inappropriate for someone to question the legitimacy of the group based on its membership,” Love said. However, Love said he fears the information the Students for the New Badger Partnership provides to students may be biased. He also said that, although the group is small, it may give the community the idea that all students favor the
recall petition from page 1 election this summer. Olsen’s chief of staff Heather Smith said the recall is part of the democratic process. “We’re going to keep moving forward and do our jobs,” Smith said. State Senate Democratic Committee director Kory Kozloski said he feels “very good” about the Democrats chances to beat Olsen in a recall election. “The fact that 23,000 of Luther Olsen’s constituOLSEN ents felt they need-
mittee meeting seeking student input on the future structure. Chair Sam Polstein said committee representatives questioned the building’s potential amenities, retail spaces and overall appearance. “Obviously, it’s going to be a building right in the heart of campus,” Polstein said. “We first off want it to fit in, and we also want it to be aesthetically pleasing.” If approved, construction on the new high-rise could start as soon as late summer or early fall and would finish in time for student move in by Fall 2012. New Badger Partnership. Alfuth said the group currently has about two dozen members. He hopes to see the group’s size grow with time. The future of the New Badger Partnership in the state Legislature is unclear. Joint Finance Assembly co-chair Robin Vos, R-Rochester, spoke about the New Badger Partnership on “UpFront with Mike Gousha” Sunday. Vos said he thinks it is unlikely that UW-Madison will be granted full autonomy from the state within the next budget cycle. “I am positive that we are going to give some additional flexibility, but probably not all the way to allowing Madison to spin off and set its own tuition and all those things without more oversight,” Vos said. ed to take this extreme step of removing him from office is pretty telling of how exactly people feel up there,” Kozloski said. According to Kozloski, the Democrats will announce who will be running against Olsen on Thursday. Spokesman for the Recall Senator Harsdorf campaign Joel Kulow said they were surprised by how many signatures they were able to collect and how much local opposition there was to Harsdorf in the district. Kozloski added recall petitions are also close to being completed for state Sen. Alberta Darling, R-River Hills, and state Sen. Robert Cowles, R-Green Bay.
Police charge unresponsive man with possession of heroin A Wisconsin Rapids native was charged with possession of heroin Thursday after being picked up by authorities at the intersection of Sequoia Trail and Cypress Way on Madison’s south side. Responding to a report of an
unresponsive male in the street, Madison Fire Rescue took the man to a local hospital for medical attention and evaluation, according to Madison Police Officer Howard Payne. Police also responded to the report and determined that
Russel Guthrie, 49, was in possession of heroin and related paraphernalia, according to the police report. The man, who had arrived in Madison Thursday morning, cooperated with authorities upon receiving medical attention.
Surveillance footage reveals shoplifter, police arrest suspect Two men were arrested at the Kohl’s Department Store at 7401 West Towne Way Thursday evening by authorities following a report of retail theft. After being alerted to the theft by a loss prevention officer on site, Madison Police were in the process of contacting individuals inside the store when
surveillance footage revealed one of the individuals trying to conceal something. The man, a Madison resident, was then stopped outside the store where he claimed he intended to pay for the items, according to the report. Police charged the man with retail theft. During the investigation, police
discovered that a second man, who was also in the store, had an outstanding warrant for disorderly conduct and battery. Authorities took the man to Dane County Jail. The suspects had around $500 worth of merchandise in their possession, according to Madison Police Officer Howard Payne.
Domestic dispute report leads to charge of parole violation Police arrested a Madison man Thursday for a parole violation following a domestic disturbance call and possible drug use. According to the police report, Torin Thomas Sr., 42, got in a fight with his wife about his not wanting to watch their children while she did errands. Thomas spat in his wife’s face, called her names and
attempted to start a physical fight, Madison Police Officer Howard Payne said. Officers on scene reported a strong odor of alcohol and burnt marijuana, and attributed some of Thomas’ actions to those substances, according to Payne. According to the report, Thomas also had a white powdery substance on his nose, and
police thought cocaine may have been involved. However, an MPD dog was used to search the area, and it found no positive results for narcotics. The details of the domestic incident were not clear, but police took Thomas into custody due to the clear violations of his parole, according to the police report.
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Spoken word artist Steve Connell recites a poem inspired by Promoting Awareness Victim Empowerment Founder Angela Rose at a Sexual Assault Awareness Month event Monday.
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are a result of how you react to those things.” Rice said she considers her
opportunity to share her stories of sexual assault on national television through the filming of “The Real World” one of the things she is most blessed with in life.
“You really can turn that horrible [experience] to the thing that makes you the strongest person you could possibly be,” Rice said.
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The radicalization of The Cuddle Puddle
hey began as strangers—a group of highly motivated activists, brought together under a common conviction for workers’ rights and social justice in Wisconsin. They met by chance, united by choice and have since been a prominent voice in the state’s labor movement. During their 18-day occupation of the Capitol, they called themselves “The Cuddle Puddle,” forming a commune of sleeping bags where they slept and strategized on the marble floors of the rotunda. But it wasn’t until after Capitol access restrictions were imposed that they came together as a coalition, under individual political beliefs, to form the Autonomous Solidarity Organization, a nonprofit grassroots organization that has been advocating on behalf of workers’ rights ever since. “We were the drum circle, we were the people who were unaffiliated with any unions or interest groups and we wanted a say—we wanted a voice at the table,” ASO committee chair C.J. Terrell said. The organization, which officially formed March 8, has since been heavily involved in the labor movement. They participated in a bus tour of Wisconsin with the Rev. Jesse Jackson and the Rainbow Push Coalition to encourage people to vote in the April 5 election, stopping at eight campuses across the state and other cities in eastern Wisconsin. “The message we wanted to send is, while it’s fun to vote in presidential elections, the elections that really shape our neighborhoods and change our local communities are these local elections,” Terrell said. The ASO also helped organize rallies with state Rep. Peter Barca, D-Kenosha, Sen. Lena Taylor, D-Milwaukee, and political blogger John Nichols, as well as a candlelight vigil to memorialize Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. They have met with U.S. Rep.Tammy Baldwin, D-Wisconsin, and notable Yes Men activist Andrew Bichlbaum, as well as countless other prominent figures in the labor movement. They have been canvassing and phone banking, leafleting and protesting—but the dedication doesn’t come without costs. “After the third day of protests and realizing how serious it is and how many people are affected by it, I dropped everything in my entire life,” ASO member Miles Kristan said. “I was going to school in Milwaukee and owning my own art gallery in Milwaukee and I left it all behind and moved to Madison.” Kristan, an avid anti-war activist, said he joined the protests over the budget repair bill on the third day of Capitol occupation to fight for the rights of his mother and step-father—both of whom are teachers. But Kristan’s involvement in Gov. Scott Walker’s gubernatorial career didn’t start in the rotunda. In March of 2010, he was arrested for
attempting to interview former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush at an event for Walker, where Bush was speaking on his behalf to raise campaign funds. “I got about as far as, ‘How are you enjoying the weather here in Wisconsin?’ and then I was escorted out by two police,” Kristan said. He was arrested again a year later at the Racine County Republican Party’s annual Lincoln Day dinner, where he threw a pink cloth at Rep. Robin Voss and shouted, “Here’s your pink slip!” “Over the past month and a half, I’ve probably been in 10 times as many news stories and yet I’ve been so busy at the capitol I don’t actually have any time to see the news,” Kristan said. ASO has been working closely with union coalitions, such as the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees and the Teaching Assistants’ Association, to transform the energy of the movement, Terrell said.
“We were the drum circle, we were the people who were unaffiliated with any unions or interest groups and we wanted a say—we wanted a voice at the table.”
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“We, as a group, want to take the momentum of this movement and use it constructively,” he said. “Our collective efforts can move mountains.” TAA member Charity Schmidt has been collaborating with ASO since the Capitol occupation. She said its commitment to the movement is what makes it successful. “A lot of them are really young and they have a lot of energy to put into the movement,” Schmidt said. “They have a lot to offer as far as their creativity and willingness to really be at this everyday.” Schmidt is currently a Sociology Ph.D candidate at UW-Madison. She dropped a course this semester to dedicate more time to protesting the collective bargaining legislation. Bill Fetty, ASO committee chair, has been working with the TAA for a little over a month. He puts in a 40-hour week working for the state, dedicates another 30 hours to his work with ASO and still finds time to coach a youth soccer team. In fact, most members of ASO have made sacrifices some would not even consider. Sarah Thomas drove across the state to be at the Capitol on the third day of protesting, bringing with her only a few changes of clothes. She hasn’t been back since, and recently pulled out of school at UW-Stevens Point for the semester to continue her work with ASO.
Fetty is more concerned with a different kind of sacrifice, however. “I think the question should be, ‘What do we give up if we don’t act?’” he said. Terrell said he knows what Wisconsin would give up—people like his brother, Damon. Terrell began his fight at the capitol for his brother, who is in school to become a math teacher. “My brother is exactly who should be a teacher,” Terrell said. “He not only deserves to be a teacher, but the future students of Wisconsin deserve to have a teacher like my brother.” But Terrell said while his fight started for teachers, he found inspiration in the various people he met at the Capitol, people like Rudy Fox. “We used to call her our ‘capitol mom,’” Terrell said of Fox. “Without BadgerCare, she won’t be able to afford her chemo therapy treatments.” People like Fox inspire ASO to keep the movement alive, Terrell said. “I hope that it might spawn a generation of people who are increasingly politically aware of the role they play in their own government,” Fetty said. “Make no mistake, what we saw for 20-plus days in February and into March was historic.” Terrell said the most beautiful thing that came out of this movement so far was the overwhelming sense of community formed at the Capitol and how much everyone genuinely cared for one another. “I have probably 35 people that I would consider my close family right now, that I had no idea existed on the planet 40 days ago,” Terrell said. As the organization continues to grow with the movement, their roots are still with The Cuddle Puddle. “I’m in Madison because I think it’s so damn important and I’m happy where I am,” Kristan said. “We’re together all day, 10 to 15 of us crashing in the same house —we’re like one big family.”
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A local grassroots orgranization, born in the Capitol rotunda, makes waves in the Wisconsin Labor Movement. Story by Stephanie Lindholm
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Blockbusters and indies spring forth for summer David Cottrell co-ttrell it on the mountain
ith impending finals and looming end-of-thesemester projects starting to darken your horizon, you can at least anticipate the summer 2011 movie season. And this summer is filled to the gills with action-packed blockbusters and intriguing indie hits alike. In fact, this year’s summer schedule is so crowded that director Jon Favreau (“Iron Man”), whose flick “Cowboys and Aliens” is out July 29, described it as, “Omaha Beach, it’s going to be a blood bath. There’s never been a summer like this next summer. It’s going to be bloody [for filmmakers and studios].”
While I can’t say it’s the movie I’m looking forward to most, “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II” holds the most sentimental appeal to me.
There is something promising coming out almost every weekend this summer—whether it be colossal superhero flicks like “Thor” (May 6), “X-Men: First Class” (June 3), and “Green Lantern” (June 17), indie films finally getting off the festival circuit like “Bellflower” (August 5) and “Another Earth” (July 22) or the sequel to the third-highestgrossing R-rated movie of all time, “The Hangover Part II” (May 26). The sheer number of movies being released this summer means it will be hard to ever not find something to suit your tastes playing at your local cineplex. Here are a few that I’m particularly excited to beat the heat with: “Super 8” “Lost” creator J.J. Abrams is a busy man these days. Not only is he producing Tom Cruise’s “Mission: Impossible IV,” out this winter, but he also wrote and directed his new film “Super 8” with producer Steven Spielberg, which hits theaters June 10. “Super 8” has spent quite a bit of time shrouded in secrecy, as per Abrams’ M.O., with bits and pieces creeping out through viral marketing campaigns over the last year. But from what’s been revealed so far, the movie seems to follow a group of kids in the ‘70s who, while filming their own zombie movie on a Super 8 camera, unwittingly document the escape of an inhuman (possibly alien?) creature when a train derails. Abrams has built up quite a following in the past few years—and with good reason. He has proven himself to be a creative and innovative storyteller across mediums. In fact, his name would probably be enough to get me to the theater on opening weekend alone, even if the trailer didn’t already make “Super 8” look like the next Spielberg epic. “Hesher” I was able to catch “Hesher” back at Sundance 2010, and it’s finally making its way into theaters nationwide May 13. The movie concerns
T.J. (Devin Brochu), who, in the wake of his mother’s death, must live with his depressed, over-medicated father and elderly grandmother. He becomes obsessed with a checkout worker at the local grocery store, played by Natalie Portman. But T.J.’s life gets turned upside down when Hesher (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) a heavy-metal-loving nomad-anarchist shows up and simultaneously becomes T.J.’s mentor and tormentor. Levitt certainly shows his range as Hesher, delivering a performance that’s the polar opposite of the lovesick Smiths fan he played in “(500) Days of Summer.” The unrated cut I saw at Sundance had surprisingly coarse language, even for an R-rated film, and I wouldn’t be surprised to see it edited down a bit for wide release. But while “Hesher” may be a bit extreme, the movie turned out to be quite an interesting post-modern take grief and death. “The Guard” One of my favorite movies from this year’s Sundance Film Festival was the Irish black comedy “The Guard.” The film stars Brendan Gleeson as a small-town officer of the Irish Garda who gets paired up with an American FBI agent (Don Cheadle) and is tasked with stopping a shipment of $500 million of cocaine from being smuggled into a local port. It’s trans-continental take on the buddy-cop genre, mixed with its distinctive style of dark humor makes for a refreshingly original and entertaining action-dramedy that’s a bit more serious than “Hot Fuzz” but more up-beat than “In Bruges.” “The Guard” will begin a limited release July 29, and if it comes to Madison, it’s a movie that should not be missed.
While “Hesher” may be a bit extreme, the movie turned out to be quite an interestsing postmodern take on grief and death.
“Harry Potter 7: Part II” While I can’t say it’s the movie I’m looking forward to most, “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II” holds the most sentimental appeal to me. As the final installment of the Harry Potter film franchise, Warner Bros. studio executives and Peter-PanSyndrome-stricken bookworms alike will be shedding quite a few tears over the end of an era and one of the biggest cash cows in movie history. It will undoubtedly be one of the biggest blockbusters of the summer, as it’s likely to draw every Harry Potter fan there is out of the woodwork for multiple viewings—I plan on seeing it in theaters at least a few times. Considering Part I took in just shy of a billion dollars worldwide, perhaps Part II will finally take the franchise to the next level by becoming the eighth movie ever to join the billion-dollar box-office club. Either way, I know where I’ll be at midnight on July 15. Ahh, summer. Where is David’s preview of “Judy Moody and the NOT Bummer Summer”? E-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org to find out.
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Indies like “Hesher” will mix with studio tentpoles like “Harry Potter” in one of the biggest summers ever.
Now you know what to call it when you go get it pierced! The little bump on the front side of your ear is called a tragus. dailycardinal.com/comics
Tuesday, April 19, 2011
Today’s Sudoku Guessing what day political elections fall on
By Caitlin Kirihara email@example.com
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Solution, tips and computer program available at www.sudoku.com.
Fill in the grid so that every row, every column and every 3x3 box contains the digits 1 through 9.
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Today’s Crossword Puzzle
The Graph Giraffe Classic
Hoop Dreams Classic
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Answer key available at www.dailycardinal.com Rock Collector ACROSS
1 Perjurers 6 Technology-shunning group 11 Common article 14 French farewell 15 Nary a soul 16 Kubrick’s film computer 17 Dominating 19 Free (of) 20 Poor, to a film critic 21 Center 22 President Coolidge’s nickname 25 English time letters 26 Corrects, as text 28 Old apple spray 30 Cable TV athletic award 33 Fort Knox bar 34 Guilty of neglect 36 Some House of Lords members 38 Walk out on 43 Bobbing on the briny 44 Schoolmaster’s stick 45 ___-Saxon 48 Make indistinct 50 Dubai big shot 51 Commits to memory 53 Dundee brush-off 55 “The Tell-Tale Heart” author
56 Like the proverbial beaver 57 Perceptible by touch 61 The thing’s 62 Angler’s line holder 66 Word in wedding announcements 67 Tale of Achilles 68 Song part before the opening line 69 Bruin bigwig Bobby 70 Harshly bright 71 Comes closer DOWN
1 “Well, ___-di-dah” 2 Words that end an engagement 3 Have the flu, say 4 Overhaul 5 Taking to court 6 Feelings of anxiety 7 More than more 8 State admitted after Texas 9 Rimshot instrument 10 Casual greeting 11 Quite a crowd 12 Beehive, e.g. 13 One with the most life experience 18 Formidable foe 21 Official reprimand 22 Sagan or Sandburg 23 Tar’s direction 24 Tibetan priest
27 Choreographer Agnes de ___ 29 Yankees vs. Red Sox, e.g. 31 Rose segment 32 Yes, in “Fargo” 35 ___ Hall (New Jersey campus) 37 Song’s chorus 39 Woodpecker’s tool 40 Type of roast 41 TV advertiser’s award 42 “___ goes nothing!” 45 One lacking in pigment 46 Render impotent 47 Funny joke, in old slang 49 Needing neatening 52 Unmoving 54 Hoops great Baylor or Chicago suburb 58 Largest continent 59 Leave on the grill too long 60 White-tailed sea eagle 62 ___ Newton (kind of snack) 63 Passenger info 64 Write down the wrong answer, e.g.
65 ___ Alamos, N.M.
Washington and the Bear
By Derek Sandberg email@example.com
Tuesday, April 19, 2011
Nuclear energy is worth the investment heather heggemeier opinion columnist
hat some refer to as the modern day green movement, others think of as 1960s hippy tree-hugging. I, for some reason, associate recycling with the Bernstein Bears books. I guess I must have been exposed to some serious recycling propaganda as a child. Regardless of what era you place the notion in, taking care of our earth has been commonly accepted as a worthy pursuit. I don’t mean to sound nonchalant—a clean and healthy earth is a passion for many, myself included, but it is important to recognize the other side of the coin, and by that I mean the repercussions of going green, which often take the form of financial hardship. Why has there been a push to turn from carbon-based energy sources to hydrogen-based sources in the first place? Carbon-based energy sources are so named because they’re derived from fossil fuels, which are non-renewable. With each drop of oil or hunk of coal burned, we deplete the energy supply by that much and increase the price accordingly.
Rather than waiting and watching other countries develop tremendous energy capabilities, America should make clean, efficient energy a top priority.
The energy situation will never get better, but when will it be bad enough to spark a complete shift to alternative energy sources? In contrast to traditional energy, most hydrogen-based energy sources are completely renewable, but the price of making the change is steep. Consider the car and truck industry. The idea of fuel-cell cars has been tossed around and developed for years, but there has yet to be a fullfledged option that is affordable to the average citizen. As fossil fuels continue to increase in price, the benefits of switching to renewable energy sources become more apparent. When you burn carbon, you create carbon dioxide— the infamous greenhouse gas. And for the sake of circumventing this harmful by product, scientists have turned to a new-age, carbon-free source of energy: Nuclear power. Let us not forget that when you split atoms in nuclear fission, you create nuclear waste. This radioactive waste needs to be stored in a safe place for thousands of years. While fission is the only nuclear process currently used to create energy on an industrial level, scientists are working on a shift from fission to fusion in attempts to eliminate the waste problem. With nuclear fusion, reactions are created by superheating hydrogen atoms to the plasma state of matter, which causes them to fuse. These reactions produce much less radioactive waste, and in some cases no waste whatsoever. Another major problem with
nuclear fission is the possibility of meltdowns. We’ve seen how catastrophic these can be in Japan’s recent tragedy. Fusion reactors, in comparison, cannot sustain a chain reaction so there is never danger of a meltdown, like what is possible with fission reactors. For these reasons, the development of large scale fusion reactors is seen as a project with amazing potential across the globe. UW-Madison is one of the leading research institutions dedicated to the project, as researchers and graduate students received $10.7 million in grants to fund two energy-related projects. Robert Wilcox, a UW-Madison student involved in one of these projects, referred to nuclear power as the “holy grail of alternative energy research,” in the Wisconsin State Journal. There is a reason behind this label. Nuclear energy is one of, if not the most, efficient, clean, renewable energy sources, but it is also the most expensive to implement. According to nuclearinfo.net, the costs of nuclear energy can be separated into the following components: Construction cost of building the plant, operating cost of running the plant, the cost of disposing of nuclear waste and the cost of decommissioning the planet, with construction costs dominating the overall cost of nuclear power. TIME magazine writer Michael Grunwald offers support for this argument, writing, “Since 2008, proposed reactors have been quietly scrapped or suspended in at least nine states—not by safety concerns or hippie sit-ins but by financial realities.” Grunwald also explains that despite some efforts on the part of the administration of President Barack Obama, as well as Congress, investors remain extraordinarily averse to taking a chance on nuclear power. The unfortunate reality is that our government cannot pull this money out of its back pocket. Americans need to support Congress in making a commitment to promoting hydrogen-based energy sources, and create policy that discourages carbon-based energy sources. Rather than waiting for an energy crisis to catch us with our pants down, we should fully embrace nuclear power and take steps to make it our primary energy source. This would require devoting time and resources to creating reasonable but safe standards for plants, as well as creating a financial security in the investment of nuclear plants’ creation. More importantly, time and resources would also be channeled toward researchers working to develop large-scale nuclear fusion capabilities. Rather than waiting and watching other countries develop tremendous energy capabilities, America should make clean, efficient energy a top priority. Grunwald reminds us, “Around the world, governments … are financing 65 new [nuclear] reactors.” These developments in energy would be directly linked to the health of our economy, of our environment and of our population. Wisconsinites should be proud that here at UW-Madison our scientists are leaders in this pursuit. Heather Heggemeier is a sophomore with an undeclared major. Please send all feedback to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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don’t understate student voice
o st of the decisions surrounding the New Badger Partnership have focused on its promise to keep UW-Madison competitive in spite of deep budget cuts from the state. But beyond the financial benefits of increased autonomy, public authority status also presents UW-Madison students with a golden opportunity to strengthen shared governance. At the moment, the public authority model—part of Gov. Scott Walker’s biennial budget— will establish a 21-member Board of Trustees to preside over the university. Members of the board will come from a variety of backgrounds including alumni, university employees and instructors. While this new structure will increase UW-Madison’s ability to effectively speak for itself, there is room for improvement in student representation. In its current form, the Board of Trustees is slated to have just one student representative. Compared to the UW System Board of Regents model, which has two student seats, the new model seems to lack the same level of representation.
The importance of a strong student voice in university decision making can never be understated. This is why ASM should begin lobbying efforts at the Capitol to grant another seat to students on the proposed Board of Trustees.
Public authority status for UW-Madison presents students with an opportunity to greatly improve shared governance.
Ideally, we would like to see an undergraduate student as well as a graduate student sit on the Board of Trustees. Each group has a different, yet equally important, perspective on how the university should function. If just an undergraduate presided the voice of graduate students on campus could potentially be disregarded, and vice-versa. Having a seat from each demographic would produce the most thorough representation of the student body.
If public authority status is to come into fruition, it will most likely happen over summer. With ASM not in session until the fall, there is an immediate need to pick competent interim members of the board before students eventually define a selection process next semester. The most logical choice for an undergraduate representative would be the sitting ASM chair. After all, the chair was voted in by the student body and has experience with student as well as administrative affairs. The choice for a graduate student representative is not as clear-cut. However, we believe the faculty senate should be given the opportunity to decide the graduate representative. Although faculty would already have a seat on the board, their familiarity with graduate students makes them a natural choice to pick a competent representative. After the interim period, we hope ASM will allow a general student body vote to elect its representatives to the board. It is important that ASM creates a process that promotes the most capable candidates and steers clear of egregious campaign spending— something that has turned many campaigns into fundraising contests throughout similar universities. The importance of these seats demands a fair election. Public authority status for UW-Madison presents students with an opportunity to greatly improve shared governance. If ASM can effectively lobby for an additional seat on the Board of Trustees, both the university and its students will be better off because of it.
Tuesday, April 19, 2011
Eaves turning Wisconsin into a breeding ground for future NHL success Ryan Evans no, not that one
adger hockey fans that have been watching the first week of the Stanley Cup playoffs may have noticed more than a few familiar names skating for the 16 teams competing to lift hockey’s holy grail. That would be because 11 former Wisconsin men’s hockey players are playing in this year’s NHL postseason, the highest number of any NCAA men’s hockey program. That group of former Badgers hasn’t idle bystanders and has had a huge impact on their respective first round matchups. Kyle Turris of the Phoenix Coyotes scored the first goal of the NHL postseason in game one against the Detorit Red Wings, but was outdone by Brian Rafalksi’s game winning goal. Joe Pavelski once again played the hero role for the San Jose Sharks, scoring the overtime winner in San Jose’s game one victory over Davis Drewiske and the Los Angeles Kings, Dany Heatley had one of the other goals for the Sharks in that game. With 11 Badgers in the postseason and a total of 20 playing in the NHL at some point this year it would be hard to deny that Wisconsin is becoming one of the NCAA’s premier programs for developing future NHL players. When the average college hockey fan thinks of the programs that produce the most NHL talent Wisconsin may not be one of the first to come to mind. Schools like Minnesota, North Dakota or Boston College have been historically renowned for their ability to produce NHL talent but with the steady stream of players that head coach Mike Eaves has sent to the pros during his time behind the bench at the Kohl Center, Wisconsin is quickly joining that conversation. It is a testament to the program that Eaves has built during his time in Madison. The Badgers have
always been well represented at the NHL ranks, but they have never consistently sent the type of talent to the pros that they have under Eaves. He does his best to get the most out of his players, challenging them to live up to their potential and demanding they work hard on and off the ice, accepting nothing less than their best. He isn’t afraid to call out a player or the team when things aren’t going right, which instills the right mindset for approaching the game in every player that walks through the Kohl Center doors. That mindset has helped every one of the Badgers who have moved on in recent years make a smooth transition to the pros. This year has been a great example of what a great job Eaves and company have done in recent years to develop their players for future success. Derek Stepan, Ryan McDonagh and Blake Geoffrion were starring for a Badgers team that went to the national title game last season. This year? All three of them have seen significant time with their respective NHL clubs and have been key cogs in getting their teams to the playoffs, earning rave reviews from onlookers for their veteran-like demeanor as rookies along the way. The pipeline of Badgers to the NHL isn’t about to dry up either with promising NHL draft picks like junior defensemen Justin Schultz and John Ramage and junior forward Craig Smith on the roster. Sophomore forward Michael Mersch and defenseman Frankie Simonelli look primed to be draft picks this summer as well. One can’t say enough about the program that Eaves has built since taking over as head coach. He has done a great job in putting a competitive team on the ice this year all while successfully preparing his players for future success at higher levels. And that is a mark of a truly great college coach. Will a Badger have the privilege of hoisting Lord Stanley’s Cup when all is said and done? E-mail Ryan at email@example.com.
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The Badgers’ offense has some big positional holes to fill, such as at quarterback, but the running back position should be as strong as ever with James White and Montee Ball returning.
Spring game offers UW a glimpse at its future By Ted Porath The Daily Cardinal
When the Wisconsin hockey and basketball teams ended their respective seasons, the resounding cry for most of the campus was, “When will we be able to watch football again?” That answer to that question is “Saturday.” The Badgers will have their first organized competition Saturday in the annual Spring Game at Camp Randall Stadium. However, there is an extra twist to this year’s game. Head coach Bret Bielema has decided to shake things up a bit and scrimmage the team’s top offensive and defensive units against one another instead of the ones against twos setup of previous spring games. “To kind of spice it up a little bit and I think give a true assessment of where we’re at, I’m gonna actually play ones against ones,” Bielema said. “We’ll put our number one offense out there against our number one defense and let guys compete. I think it’ll be a cleaner game and really give us a better understanding of where we’re at. “So that’ll be a little bit of a different twist that I think will give us a better quality game and really give the fans an outlook onto hopefully one of the better teams
in the league competing out there.” With so many leaders from last year’s Rose Bowl team either graduating or moving on to the NFL, Badger fans can expect a very intense and competitive game as many players vie for those vacant positions. So far, Bielema said he has been pleased with the progress his team has made in spring practices over the last four weeks. One of the most, if not the most, important positions for the Badgers to replace this year will be at quarterback. With Scott Tolzien graduating, it seems sophomore Jon Budmayr currently is the leader in the clubhouse, but junior Curt Phillips could challenge him after Phillips recovers from an ACL injury. “Jon has continued to get better every week and I really like some of things he’s doing,” Bielema said. “He’s really sound with the football and making good decisions.” Another important position the Badgers will have to replace this year is the defensive end hole left by J.J. Watt, who is moving on to the NFL. There will be strong competition all along the defensive line, with three players vying for the two defensive end spots and a strong group of four or five
men on the interior line. Right now the two defensive end starters would be fifth year senior Louis Nzegwu and junior David Gilbert, but also watch out for junior Brendan Kelly, who has battled a series of injuries throughout his career. Even with all the new faces that will make impacts for the Badgers this season, expect the returning players from last year’s team to play a leadership role on the team this year. The Badgers will be returning a number of starters on offense, including two standout running backs, junior Montee Ball and sophomore James White, as well as senior wide receiver Nick Toon. The same can be said on defense as the Badgers return interior stalwart Patrick Butrym on the defensive line, Aaron Henry and Antonio Fenelus in the secondary and hope to get linebacker Chris Borland back after he sat out most of last year with a shoulder injury. The 2011 Wisconsin football spring game is scheduled for Saturday at 1 at Camp Randall Stadium. Tickets are $5 and all proceeds will go to the UW-Madison School of Nursing’s campaign to build a new nursing building.
Three Badgers to skate for U.S. at IIHF World Championships USA Hockey has named its preliminary roster for the 2011 International Ice Hockey Federation World Men’s Championships, which will be held in Kosice and Bratislava, Slovakia, from April 29 to May 15. Former Badger forward Jack Skille and defenseman Jake Gardiner as well as current junior forward Craig Smith will suit up for the men’s national team in Slovakia. Skille, a Madison native, split this season with the Chicago Blackhawks and the Florida Panthers collecting a total of eight goals and 11 assists. Minnetonka, Minn. product Gardiner was a GARDINER SMITH second team All-American this season for the Badgers, recording career highs in goals with 10, assists with 31 and points with 41. Gardiner signed a professional contract with the Toronto Maple Leafs at the end of the collegiate season and played 10 games with their AHL affiliate, the Toronto Marlies, registering three assists. Smith led UW with 19 goals in his sophomore season and will be making his debut for the men’s national team. Team USA’s first game will be April 30 against Austria. —Ryan Evans