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Reappointment of ASM members invalid By Cheyenne Langkamp THE DAILY CARDINAL

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Government Accountability Board members said Wisconsin colleges should choose their own student identification option.

UW to use alternative IDs over stickers By Tyler Nickerson THE DAILY CARDINAL

UW-Madison opted against using stickers on identification cards, which means students will likely receive updated forms of identification to accommodate stipulations in the law that require voters to show valid forms of IDs at polling places. After months of going back and forth on whether to allow stickers on student IDs, the Government Accountability Board concluded Wednesday that stickers would be allowed. As a result on the decision, individual schools can decide what to do. The stickers would have the student’s signature, the issuance date and an expiration date that is within two years of the issuance date. Student IDs that include these stickers would be

an acceptable form of identification under the new law. UW-Madison’s state relations director Don Nelson said UW-Madison does not view stickers as a practical solution because metallic stickers present problems with swiping the IDs. Currently, Nelson said the university is deciding whether to reissue all student IDs to comply with the new requirements or to issue a supplemental voting ID to students who want one. “We believe time is of the essence here,” Nelson said. “We need to be ready for all of the election activity that will be coming up in 2012.” Wiscards expire every five years, but in order to comply with the new law UW-Madison

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Last week’s Associated Students of Madison decision to reinstate two former representatives was determined null and void Wednesday, meaning ASM Vice Chair Beth Huang and Nominations Board Chair Niko Magallon are back off student council. Huang and Magallon were reappointed last week after having been removed for failing to comply with campaign policies. However, ASM Rep. Cale Plamann said the vote last week did not count because not all representatives were present to vote. “Our constitution unambiguously says that to appoint a member to this body we need two thirds of the total sitting members of this body,” Plamann said. “There really is not any debate about that issue, it’s a cold hard fact.” Despite Huang and Magallon’s reinstatement, their seats will remain empty until the Nominations Board fills them. “That vote effectively never happened,” Plamann said. “Now we have to wait for the Nominations Board to go through the process again and bring it before Student Council, and we don’t know how long that will take.” Also in the meeting, council passed controversial legislation to become a member

of the United States Student Association, a student government organization that works at the national level. Many representatives had concerns with the legislation. ASM Rep. Tom Templeton said the USSA already receives UW-Madison student segregated fees through United Council’s affiliation with the group. “I just don’t see any value in double billing our students for this group,” Templeton said. While council also dis-

cussed the adoption of the ASM Internal Budget at the meeting, members ran out of time before being able to adopt it. ASM Chair Allie Gardner will propose the budget to the Student Services Finance Committee without any of the amendments proposed in Wednesday’s meeting. After the SSFC adoption of this budget, it will be brought back to student council but will require a two-thirds majority vote for any changes.

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Last week’s ASM decision to reappoint Vice Chair Beth Huang was deemed invalid Wednesday.

College Dems., GOP debate 2012 issues THE DAILY CARDINAL

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College Republicans Chair Johnny Koremenos debated members of the College Democrats Wednesday.

Regarding taxation of these toptier income earners, Koremenos received applause from College Republicans when he said, “We cannot tax our way to prosperity.”

poses of regulation and taxation. The issues took a local turn Despite the wintery weathas the chairmen responded to a er, students filled The Sett question from the audience about Wednesday as College Democrats the recently passed Voter ID Law Chair Jordan Weibel and that requires voters present College Republicans Chair “The Democratic Party is sympa- state-issued identification Johnny Koremenos debatthetic towards the [Occupy] move- at polling places. ed issues likely to appear Weibel, who opposed ment in regards to issues like in 2012 presidential camthe bill, said, “As a colwealth disparity.” paigns. lege group, our first duty Jordan Weibel Topics ranged from local Chair, College Democrats is to students. Voter ID issues to global concerns, but represents an attack on “The top 1 percent are the job the economy and the values students.” creators.” of the recent Occupy protests Koremenos was in supJohnny Koremenos were recurrent issues. port of the bill. “The uniChair, College Republicans “The Democratic Party versity is being proactive in is sympathetic towards the coming up with a solution to [Occupy] movement in regards Weibel and Koremenos took make sure that no student is disento issues like wealth disparity,” opposing sides on many issues franchised,” he said. Weibel said. including foreign aid, federal aid “It was nice seeing both sides Koremenos disagreed. “I’ve to banks and abortion. come together and answering never understood the hatred for The two agreed immigration is questions thoughtfully,” Vice the wealthy. The top 1 percent are in need of reform and that mari- Chair for College Republicans the job creators.” juana should be legalized for pur- Adam Reiersgaard said.

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“…the great state University of Wisconsin should ever encourage that continual and fearless sifting and winnowing by which alone the truth can be found.”


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here is nothing worse than finding yourself being sucked into an activity or event that you have absolutely zero interest partaking in—except maybe an unintended night of drinking Sauvignon Blanc out of a chalice. The loathsome, sinking feeling when your heart drops so low you can feel it in your ass as you scramble to come up with some excuse as to why you cannot attend or fulfill a person’s request trumps several dreadful experiences that come to mind. Over the years, I’ve had my fair share of awkward situations, I am quite certain the person asking me to attend their annual family barbecue (that is 100 percent dry, mind you) can see very clearly the look of sheer horror as I have a minor panic attack whilst I try to figure out how I’m going to get out

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get out of dicey situations. These may not be foolproof, but I myself have had much success with them as have the friends with whom I have so kindly shared these go-to excuses. I will share just a couple of my secret alibis with you all now in hopes that you may dodge future uncomfortable evenings or events. For requests or invitations from people whom you rarely interact with and are mere acquaintances with: Tell him or her that you are terribly sorry but that day is your [insert family member’s name] birthday/wedding/bat mitzvah/ baptism/etc. and you simply cannot miss it if you do not want to be shunned by your entire family for at least six months. The key to this excuse is a smooth delivery and a look of sincere regret that you will have to miss out on their band’s debut at the local pig roast Saturday afternoon. It would also be a good idea to lay low that evening as to avoid pictures of you taking beer bongs or skinny dipping in Lake Mendota all over Facebook. For requests or invitations by

people who know you quite well, such as family members or best friends: The safest card to play without hurting his or her feelings is, “I’m sorry I cannot attend that guest lecture on the implications of rock formations on Byzantine agricultural practices, but I have diarrhea.” I can guarantee you 99 percent of the people you use this excuse on will ask no further questions and simply say, “Oh, OK. Feel better,” and quickly hang up the phone. As soon as poop enters the conversation, especially that of an explosive nature, many people freeze up and have no idea what to say. You can’t exactly make someone feel guilty for not attending a WISPIRG info session with you because they have a bad case of the runs, and you don’t really want to continue talking to them about their bowel movements. If any excuse is foolproof, it’s this one. Works like a charm every time. Knock on wood. Got some trusty excuses you’d like to share with Rebecca? Shoot her an e-mail at alt2@dailycardinal.com and broaden her repertoire of excuses.

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of this one. Toward the end of my high school career, however, I began to get quite skillful at coming up with excuses on the spot. As I slowly realized I actually did not care for the majority of the people I attended high school with, I knew I had to become nimble-minded to avoid sitting through countless hours of watching 17-and 18-year-old noobs get sloshed and make out with just about anyone or anything. Boy, girl, dog, or tree. You name it, they went out back and had a nice little makeout and dry-hump session. Not exactly my cup of tea, especially when Katy Perry started blaring out of the boom box. (Yes, a boom box. Real stereo systems were far too noisy for underagers attempting to toss back shots of Fleischmann’s in the basement of their parents’ homes.) The second “California Girls” started to play was my cue to exit said basements and toddle on home. Now that I am older and have a few more unpleasant experiences under my belt, I have come up with a few excuses I can regularly use to

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Quick question: Blowjobs are my favorite thing in the world! My girlfriend doesn’t give them to me as much as I would like. Any advice on how to get her to do it more often? Thanks so much! —J. Ask her more often? I am only half joking. J. My advice is to make it clear to your girlfriend not only that you enjoy blowjobs and would like to have them more often, but also that in order to achieve this goal, you’re willing to work on her terms. Find out her reasons for saying no and try to help mitigate them. Maybe she is tired or stressed after a long day; offer to help her out with something, or give her a massage to help her relax. Maybe she doesn’t like it when you grab her head and hold it there while she gags on your cock (or maybe she wants you to start). Maybe she would like you to pay some attention to your pubic hair situation. Maybe she doesn’t feel there is enough reciprocity in the oral arena. Additionally, pay attention to when you’re asking. For example, if she’s stressed about a big exam she has tomorrow, then not only might she be more likely to say no, but she might also be pretty annoyed. That annoyance might resurface the next time you ask. However, if you ask her the day after you spent a night ravishing her from head to toe (see the nexy question), then she might be more inclined to blow your mind.

Find out what the reason is, and then offer to fix it. If there truly isn’t a reason—she just doesn’t like giving head—and this is important for your sexual happiness, then I hereby give you permission to dump her. I do not give you permission to threaten to dump her in an effort to coerce her into saying yes, and I do not give you permission to deliberately make her feel guilty for setting limits. If you leave, do not say, “Well, if you blew me more, this never would have happened.” Instead, say, “We have different things we want out of our sex life. Oral sex is an important part of good sex for me, but so is respecting your limits, and so we aren’t going to be good partners for each other.” While it is true that it is rare for people’s sexual desires to match up perfectly, and most of us have tried/done things we are lukewarm about because we care about our partners and want them to be happy, we are not obligated to do anything we do not want to do. Your girlfriend has every right to say no, and you have no right to make her feel guilty or try to pressure her into saying yes. You do, however, have the right to find a partner who willingly gives you what you need/want. Find out what will bring oral sex within your girlfriend’s limits. If it cannot be done, then find a girlfriend with a different set of limits. Dear Erica, Hey, I was wondering if you could help me. What does it take to completely satisfy a woman in bed? —M.N. Honestly, M.N., you are asking the wrong person.

The person you should ask about complete satisfaction is the person you are trying to completely satisfy. Regardless of how long you have known your partner, ask them what they like and how they like it. A great way to do this is to ask your partner how they pleasure themselves; alternatively, have them show you, either by guiding your hand with their own or by masturbating in front of you. Side note: If you are a woman and you have not masturbated, then you need to start. If you cannot answer M.N.’s question yourself, there is approximately a 0 percent

chance you will find a partner who can answer it for you. Now, M.N., I do have some tips to give you, but you’re going to have to wait. See, if I give them out now, then there is a chance you might just use them without asking your partner what her own top sex tips are. So, unless you want your lady to have to wait another whole week for complete satisfaction, you will have to inquire with her personally. Use her tips for now, then check in next week for a few more tricks to round out your repertoire. Want more tips? Send Erica an e-mail at sex@dailycardinal.com.


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Leaders: Wis., Ohio union legislation alike, not identical By Samy Moskol THE DAILY CARDINAL

Ohio voters defeated a referendum Tuesday, overruling an Ohio bill that would limit collective bargaining rights for public employees. The bill resembled Wisconsin’s own collective bargaining limitations, which passed in March. Both Wisconsin’s Act 10 and Ohio’s bill aimed at balancing the state budget by restricting collective bargaining.

“Rather than trying to pin our hopes on folks changing our minds on this, we have to put the pressure that comes from the ballot box.” Rick Badger executive director State and County Municipal Employees Council 40

The Ohio bill would have placed limitations on public safety workers, whereas Act 10 does not apply to public safety workers. American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees Council 40 Executive Director Rick Badger said even though the collective bargaining laws in Wisconsin and Ohio differed, the Ohio referendum was a “boost in the arm” for mobilizing Wisconsin workers. “It energizes our folks,” Badger said. “This is something

that we can build on.” As the Nov. 15 date to start distributing petitions to recall Gov. Scott Walker approaches, Democratic Party of Wisconsin Executive Director Mike Tate connected the Ohio vote to the possible recall in a statement. College Republicans Chair Johnny Koremenos said he did not think the two were correlated because Wisconsinites have seen the effects of the collective bargaining changes and are now more in favor of it than a few months ago. “The reason that [Ohioans] have decided to go against the legislation … was because they haven’t been able to see how restricting collective bargaining helps,” Koremenos said. State Rep. Mark Pocan, D-Madison, and state Sen. Fred Risser, D-Madison, are currently circulating a bill that would restore collective bargaining rights. While Badger said he “appreciated the fact that the bill is out there,” he said it is unlikely to move forward unless the Legislature and Gov. Scott Walker change their stance on collective bargaining. “Rather than trying to pin our hopes on folks changing our minds on this, we have to put the pressure that comes from the ballot box ... and direct action,” Badger said.

CITY NEWS

Mock election held to test Voter ID

CITY OFFICIALS ARE REQUESTING THE HELP OF STUDENTS WHEN THE CITY CLERK’S OFFICE HOLDS A MOCK ELECTION TO EVALUATE THE IMPACT OF THE NEW VOTER ID LAW ON CAMPUS. UNDER THE LAW, WHICH THE STATE PASSED IN MAY, CURRENT UW-MADISON STUDENT IDS ARE INVALID FOR IDENTIFICATION AT POLLING PLACES. THE EVENT WILL TAKE PLACE IN THE GREAT HALL OF MEMORIAL UNION FROM 1 P.M. TO 6 P.M. TUESDAY, NOV. 15. ACCORDING TO ALD. SCOTT RESNICK, DISTRICT 8, ELECTION OFFICIALS ARE VOLUNTEERING THEIR TIME TO REGISTER STUDENTS TO VOTE THROUGHOUT THE EVENT. WHILE THE ELECTION AT THE EVENT IS NOT REAL, VOTERS WHO REGISTER ARE AUTOMATICALLY REGISTERED TO VOTE IN FUTURE ELECTIONS. TAYLOR HARVEY/THE DAILY CARDINAL

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Professor Sara McKinnon addressed the audience at Global Rights/Issues Wednesday. She discussed the problems LGBTQ individuals face in securing political asylum in America.

Panel discusses LGBTQ issues Academics talk about globalization of LGBTQ issues By Ben Siegel THE DAILY CARDINAL

Using excerpts from their academic work and personal experience, a panel of professors, a graduate student and a Madison photographer examined various issues presented to the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community by globalization. Over 80 countries have restrictive laws and legal provisions that criminalize homosexuality and encourage institutional harassment of LGBTQ individuals, according to International Student Services adviser Tina Hatch. Communication arts professor Karma Chávez said globalization’s role in bringing the world

together raises questions of how different cultural understandings of gender and sexuality are addressed and reconciled on the larger global stage. These issues are prevalent within detainment and deportation in the immigration process, according to Chávez. Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer migrants who are deported face additional concerns of abuse and injury when detained before deportation. In fleeing conflict and abuse at home, these migrants run into unanticipated danger and harassment by authorities in detainment, Chávez said. “It is important for a broad, human rights and LGBToriented program to account for the extensiveness of detention in incarceration systems inside and outside prison walls, and who they impact the most,” she said. In traveling across Africa and Asia, photographer Kelly

Doering’s experiences spoke to those of individuals attempting to navigate collisions of differing cultural perspectives of sexuality. Doering’s time among friendly and tolerant Ugandans as a homosexual living in rural Uganda contrasts with the image Uganda presents via its Parliament’s “Anti-Homosexuality Bill” that would make homosexuality punishable by either death or life imprisonment. “You can meet people who are part of that blanket, but you also meet individuals who are not that way,” he said. LBGT Global Rights/Issues was held as part of the ongoing LGBT Global Rights & Issues Week sponsored by International Student Services, the LGBT Campus Center, University Housing’s Diversity Squad and the Departments of Chicano and Latino and Gender and Women’s Studies.

cards from page 1 would have to renew IDs every two years. Nelson said the change “would drive up costs.” GAB members debated whether the stickers could be easily forged. “I think we should leave the stickers as is, and do the best we can to make certain they are secure and not easily duplicated,” GAB member Judge Gerald C. Nichol said. The board also ruled that technical schools should also be able to use student ID cards as an acceptable form of identification. Currently, technical schools are excluded from the stipulation in the law validating student IDs as a way to vote. But the judges on the board agreed technical schools should be included because they fall under the same definition of “college” as defined in the law. “There is no question in my mind that a technical college meets the definition of a college,” GAB member Judge Thomas Cane said.

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The Madison Symphony Orchestra, housed in the Overture Center for the Arts, is considered one of the best regional orchestras in the country, and lucky for UW students, it is welcoming Badgers with open arms. “We’re competing, literally, with every orchestra in the world,” explained MSO Conductor John DeMain, explaining how difficult it can be to get top-tier musicians to Madison. “We’re trying to get the biggest-name artists we can.” This is no simple task—DeMain and MSO Executive Director Rick Mackie have worked to get this weekend’s guest violinist Midori to Madison for almost 12 years. “She certainly exists within the top echelon of solo violinists in the world,” DeMain said. “Because she’s in such demand it’s been very difficult [to get her here] and so this year we’re just very lucky that its worked out.” Midori requested students’ seats, typically located in the balcony, to be made the best in the house. “It’s important to me and everyone that we build the next generation of symphony-goers or we won’t be able to have symphony orchestras,” Midori said. “[Students] are our future,” DeMain agreed. Not only does seeing young faces in the crowd give donors hope for the

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The Madison Symphony Orchestra brings classical music to student ears at the Overture Center for the Arts. When is the show?

Friday at 7:30 p.m., Saturday at 8 p.m., and Sunday at 2:30 p.m.

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Student tickets are only $10. You can grab tickets at the Overture Center box office in advance or day of show.

outlook of the symphony, it is also exciting for the orchestra musicians. Although some do travel from cities like Chicago and Milwaukee to take part in MSO, many symphony members are actually students and faculty within the UW School of Music. A junior studying at UW-Madison and violinist with MSO, Nathaniel Wolkstein, said playing for fellow students is always exhilarating. “While it is nice to have the appreciation of older audiences … it’s just a different feeling to be interacting with the people you go to school with and people your own age,” Wolkstein said. He also believes attending the symphony is an all-around great opportunity for students. “At this time, classical music is something that a lot of us have a chance to be exposed to,” he said. “It’s a different repertoire of material and different ways [of playing] that make it more accessible to students and people who aren’t really familiar or trained in classical music.” DeMain suggested celebrating classmates’ talents is yet another reason for students to attend. If UW students make the decision to attend one of this weekend’s concerts—which are always offered Friday and Saturday nights and Sunday afternoon once a month— what they expect to hear from the orchestra and Midori is exceptional. According to DeMain, the orchestra will begin with only 54 people, playing Hayden’s last symphony, “No. 104,” which he described as “spirited and very, very beautiful.” Concertgoers will then hear one of DeMain’s favorites, JosephMaurice Ravel’s “La Valse,” which in MSO’s seasonal brochure is said to conceal “the dark reflection of a war-ravaged Europe beneath the glittering formality of a Viennese waltz,” performed by a starkly contrasted orchestra of almost 100 instrumentalists. The night will finish when Midori joins the symphony for

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The Madison Symphony Orchestra will perform Friday and Saturday evenings and Sunday afternoon at the Overture Center for the Arts alongside the top-tier guest violinist, Midori. Dimitri Shostakovich’s “Violin Concerto No. 1,” a 45-minute piece DeMain called “breathtakingly beautiful and majestic.” Yet even if those names sound completely unfamiliar, attending will still be an enjoyable experience. “I would encourage anybody who has any interest in music at all [to attend]. I don’t care what form of music it is,” Ann Miller, Director of Marketing, said. “We want as many students to come as possible.” Miller mentioned that audiences shouldn’t let formal attire get in the way of attending the orchestra, but also that the symphony can offer an opportunity for students to dress up in an otherwise casual city—younger audience members should feel comfortable getting fancy for a night. As DeMain said, “Powerful and incredible compositions that have been written by men and women of great genius is man at his most civilized.”

Railroad Earth’s style goes off-rail By Parker Gabriel THE DAILY CARDINAL

Good luck fitting Railroad Earth into one genre, though it’s not a square-peg-in-round-hole problem. Rather, the shape of the peg never stays the same for very long. It’s bluegrass one song, rock ‘n’ roll the next, a jam band at one venue and a blues crew the next night. “We kind of have our feet in several worlds simultaneously,” said Tim Carbone, who plays violin for the group. “We’re considered a jam band, but mostly that has to do with the fact that we appeal to people that like that kind of music and not because that’s who we really are.” When the six-man ensemble sets up shop at the Majestic Theatre for a two-night stay Thursday and Friday, they will feature a wealth of experience. As Railroad Earth, they’ve been together—aside from bassist Andrew Altman, who joined in 2010—for over a decade. “When we began, the idea was ‘let’s just be open and keep a conversation going,’” Carbone said. “As we fell into that further and further … it was very natural to begin with, but … now it’s almost like it’s our collective DNA.” Those genes have roots in all sorts

of music. On a studio album, there can be some delineation. Their latest, the self-titled Railroad Earth (2010), has more of a traditional rock ‘n’ roll feel to it. Carbone said it was marketed as being closer to pop than anything they’ve ever done. Earlier albums like Amen Corner (2007) and Bird in the House (2002) drift between twangy folk, heavy foot-stomping Celtic tones and more light, floral jam sessions. In a live setting, though, elements from each are liable to be patched together as the six men and their countless instruments pick their way through songs in ways that change from night to night. “What gives us freedom is that the songs that [we play live], the way they are written or structured, there’s room to move,” Carbone said. “There are places to be expansive.” Railroad Earth’s songbook also allows for variety. Carbone—who turns 55 Thursday—said the band would repeat only one or two songs on its nine-show swing through the Midwest. The long-haired Long Island, N.Y., native had three decades of music experience under his belt before Railroad Earth—named after a Jack Kerouac story—ever existed.

At 14 years old, Carbone heard Don “Sugarcane” Harris on a blues album that featured violin instead of guitar and decided he would do the same. In the ‘70s, he played fiddle in Long Island and modeled his music after The Flying Burrito Brothers. Eventually, he played in a jump swing band for 19 years with current Railroad Earth mate Andy Goessling. “I’m not a bluegrass fiddle player, I’m just a fiddle player,” Carbone said. “Lay it on me. I’ll make something up and you’ll like it.” That seems to apply to the rest of the band, as well. There’s little concern about where they fit or if the style is easy to articulate. They’re just musicians; just storytellers.

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You’ve gotten to know the people you want to live with and now you’re all scheming about your sweet new place for next year. But before you pick out a house or apartment, you’ve got to ask yourselves:

Where should we live? By the Daily Cardinal staff

This city not only presents plenty of housing options, from residence halls to sparkling high-rise apartments to falling-down houses, but also a plethora of neighborhoods to choose from. Loosely defined by streets, landmarks and their inhabitants, these are some of the most common areas undergrads choose to live, our editors among them. So, from the people who live there, the Cardinal presents a guide to Madison’s neighborhoods:

The Sophomore Slums (Spring Street, between North Park Street and Mills Street)

While the “Sophomore Slums� may not live up to the luxury of other campus housing options, the Spring Street location cannot be beat. A reasonable distance from classes, the SERF, Regent Liquor and McDonald’s (think drunk-thru), the slums arguably offer the most convenient living spot on campus. While the pregame party scene is great in the slums, it almost never gets too rowdy. So when you have that exam Friday morning, you can expect a good night’s sleep Thursday and not to wake up to drunk girls shouting (unless it’s your roommate—can’t help you there). Plus, it is more than just sophomores. How do you think underage slum residents get all that beer to play copious amounts of flip cup together in their respective courtyards on game days? Their awesome 21-year-old neighbors. Duh. So while residents may be slummin’, they’re livin’ just fine.

Camp Randall (by that big thing with the people in it)

Looking for that off campus feel but still want to be close to all the action? The Camp Randall neighborhood offers just that. Away from the hustle of Johnson Street and University Avenue, the Camp Randall neighborhood is still within a short walking distance of many main campus buildings and meeting places. A stone’s throw from Union South and within earshot of the stadium that gives the neighborhood its name, this is one of Madison’s more popular areas. As hosts of the Badger game day festivities, be ready to awake to the sounds of bean bags and the marching band on Saturday mornings if you move here. Also, get used to walking, or buy a bike, since places like State Street and the Memorial Union are across the campus from you. But don’t let that stop you from joining the party that is the Camp Randall neighborhood.

The High-Rise Apartments (all up and down University Avenue and Johnson Street)

The many high-rise apartment buildings on campus promise residents fancy amenities and luxurious living quarters, but you’ve got to be willing to pay for it. If you and your friends are exploring the idea of living in a high-rise apartment building, make sure you know what you’re getting for that higher-than-average rent. I lived in Grand Central last year, paid a decent sum of money for rent each month and in return I lived in a small, cramped apartment where my bedroom didn’t have any windows. In a high-rise, you are also very close to your neighbors thanks largely in part to paper-thin walls, so if you are the type of person who enjoys bumping beats (or uglies) on a Tuesday afternoon, high-rises probably aren’t the place for you. My apartment was fully furnished, a convenient feature, and was located right in the middle of campus, making for very manageable walks to classes and State Street. Do those advantages make up for a lack of actu-

al living s p a c e , though? That’s up to you to decide.

Mifflin/Bassett (West Dayton Street to West Wilson Street)

I moved to West Washington Avenue, the main thoroughfare of this quintessential college neighborhood, my sophomore year. Along with five other friends, we shared an 80-year old brick duplex that was (and there’s no nice way of saying this) a piece of crap. Since then, though, we’ve moved across the street and next door—that’s how much we love the neighborhood. Up and down Dayton, Mifflin, Washington, Main, Doty and Wilson, you’ll find nothing but great student houses. Many of them are more than a century old, so when it comes to places like that you’re playing a lottery to see if you’ll get something that’s falling down or one that has aged with dignity. Still, the neighborhood is great all year round. It’s fun on the weekends, quiet during the week and, on that glorious first Saturday in May, the place to be for the Mifflin Street Block Party. You can probably find a great deal there, too. Despite the recent trend of new apartments in the area, there are tons of great flats and houses available for much cheaper than you would find in other parts of campus. Find the right place and you’ll never want to leave.

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Langdon and State Street

The best part about living on Langdon is the location, since the neighborhood is close to bars and restaurants on State Street. Many of the apartments and houses are filled with fraternity and sorority members. If youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re like me and not involved in Greek life, donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t worry: They wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t bite. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m not the partying type, and I havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t had any problems with noise or rowdiness in the buildings or outside. My neighbors have been considerate. If you plan on staying for the summer, Langdon is the best neighborhood for access to Lake Mendota. Some of the apartment buildings have private docks and lakeside backyards. The view is not bad, either.

The Residence Halls

When people think of living in UW Housing after their freshman year, they tend to shudder in fear. Why would anyone consent to staying cooped up in a small room under the watch of some fascist house fellow? Why would people stay on campus when you could go to the freedom that is off-campus? There are plenty of reasons to stay in the dorms, though, especially in the Lakeshore area. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s quieter than the rest of campus and can be closer to many classes, plus you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t need to make all your own food or clean your bathroom. So donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t rule the dorms outâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;they arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t as bad as they might seem.

Greenbush (South of Regent Street)

If you need to move more than 100 feet from Smith hall, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll probably end up in Madisonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s historic â&#x20AC;&#x153;Greenbushâ&#x20AC;? Neighborhood. Being a little removed from campus and the Capitol makes this a fairly quiet area, with family homes sprinkled in among the houses rented by college students. One of the main benefits of this neighborhood: the houses. No more stumbling up five flights of steps to your apartment, only to be woken up by banging on the wall from next door. Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re ground level! Unfortunately, if the place you rent isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t about to be condemned by the city, it can also get expensive. Shop around long enough, though, and youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll find a few nice places with even nicer deals.

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Senate Bill 107, which will change some of Madison’s ordinances regarding tenant-landlord relationships, has not yet been signed by Gov. Scott Walker, but student renters should know how it will affect them. The bill, introduced by state Sen. Frank Lasee, R-De Pere, puts a number of restrictions on what statewide cities and municipalities can prohibit landlords from doing in the rental process. UW-Madison student government leader Hannah Somers said the bill “has the potential to have an incredibly negative impact on students.” “The city of Madison has worked for over 20 years to create ordinances that protect individuals rights as renters,” Somers said. “This legislation eliminates all of those ordinances and prohibits the city of Madison and any other municipalities from creating new ordinances.” The bill prohibits localities from placing limits on landlords showing an apartment to prospective tenants while the current tenants are living there. Currently, Madison requires landlords to give 24-hours notice to tenants before they enter the apartment, but according to Tenant Resource Center Executive Director Brenda Konkel, that requirement is only 12 hours in the rest of the state.

Konkel said this part of the bill could cause confusion, because it only covers landlords’ attempting to show the apartment, not entering for repairs or other reasons. “While it might be 12 hours to show the apartment, it might be 24 hours to make repairs,” Konkel said. “So things can get really complicated for tenants to even know what their rights are.” She said the confusion results from “sloppy” wording by the state legislature in the bill, “which makes it hard to know about how it’s going to get implemented.” But president of Madison rental agency Lakehouse Investments, LLC, Micah DiSalvo, said the issue of 24-hour notice before entering the apartment is about “respect.” He said he plans to continue to give that notice whenever possible. “I think it largely gets down to are you renting from the right landlord?” DiSalvo said. “When you partner with a good landlord, you know abuses aren’t going to be taken of [the 24-hour notice change].” An amendment to the original bill also prohibits cities from placing requirements on landlords involving security deposits, which will override current ordinances in Madison that limit a security deposit to one month’s rent. Somers, who opposed SB107 as chair of the Associated

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Students of Madison Legislative Affairs Committee, said student renters should be aware of the security deposit requirement’s potential impact. “In short, this bill eliminates the current rule that requires landlords to use a check-in, check-out sheet to document what gets taken out of your security deposit,” Somers said. “It also eliminates the requirement that landlords pay interest on your security deposit. Further, with the passage of this bill, landlords are allowed to increase your security deposit when you renew or amend your lease.” Additionally, the bill prohibits cities from putting limits on how far back a landlord can look into a tenant’s credit history or criminal background when approving renters. DiSalvo said he doesn’t think this change will affect student renters much because of their young ages and short credit histories, but he supports the change in general because landlords should have a right to know who is living in their buildings. “I want people that have a good background that are renting my property,” DiSalvo said. “If you’ve committed a felony, I’ve definitely got some concerns.” Rob Kovach, chief of staff for Lasee, expressed a similar sentiment on how the bill will benefit tenants.

“It’s going to help good renters have good neighbors,” Kovach said. The final portion of the bill prohibits cities from enforcing rules that prevent landlords from obtaining monthly household income; occupation; rental history; credit information; court records to which there is public access; and social security number or other proof of identity. Kovach said the standardizing laws statewide enables renters to know whether their landlord is being honest with them if they move to a different Wisconsin town or city. “The key is, it really lets the property owners screen problem tenants when renting and it also sets a standard statewide so that renters can have the same expectations when they move from city to city,” Kovach said. According to Konkel, it will be important for both tenants and landlords to remember not all rights will go away because of this bill. “The really important thing is that not all tenants’ rights went away and some people are under that impression,” Konkel said. “I’m afraid that landlords will go even farther and assume that other laws were also removed that aren’t.” She said she hopes students and other renters will be “proactive” in understanding their rights, and use the resources

available, including the Tenant Resource Center. “Tenants do still have protection, they just need to realize it and they need to call and ask questions,” Konkel said. “That’s what we’re here for.”

Senate Bill 107 in brief Under the law... •

… cities and municipalities can no longer restrict how much notice a landlord must give before entering an apartment to show prospective tenants, previously 24 hours in Madison … landlords have no limits on how far back they can look into a potential tenant’s credit or criminal history … cities and municipalities cannot restrict the information a landlord can request from a tenant, including monthly household income; occupation; rental history; credit information; court records to which there is public access; and social security number or other proof of identity. … landlords can set the size of a security deposit, previously limited to one month’s rent in Madison


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Mary Sedarous GUEST COLUMNIST

America has a problem with the arts. As our economy continues to stagnate, budget cuts are becoming increasingly prevalent in all levels of education. Sadly, when faced with a decrease in spending, schools tend to cut the arts first. These cuts are unreasonable since they force arts programs to bear an unfair amount of schools’ economic burdens. And it is our society’s lack of appreciation for the arts that allows them to be devalued so often. Arts are often viewed as trifles. People often ask what practical value there is in making music or painting pictures. The common perception is that there isn’t one, that they only serve emotional purposes. Conversely, an education in math and science is believed to provide more tangible benefits. But these curmudgeons are wrong.

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In the United States, people pretend to pride themselves on the innovation and ingenuity that allowed us to become the one of largest economies in the world. And yet, how could our greatest innovators develop the creativity needed to invent the technologies and formulas of the future if they were never exposed to fantastic stories, music or art? If they were never given a blank canvas and the freedom to create something from nothing, how could they have ever attempted to do so on a more complex level? The arts are especially important in today’s high-stress society. How many people could survive happily without their favorite music, books or art? Not many. A study published in the scientific journal “Nature” reveals that the brain secretes dopamine when exposed to music. Furthermore, research by University College London

Professor Semir Zeki shows that looking at beautiful paintings triggers the same parts of the brain that correspond to pleasure and romantic love, meaning the arts reduces stress and induces euphoria.

Sadly, when faced with a decrease in spending, schools tend to cut the arts first.

Not only that, but the arts are valuable to people in other aspects of their life. A recent study released by BioMed Central’s Behavioral and Brain Functions journal indicates a directly proportional relationship between musical aptitude and literacy in young children. If people invite their child to lis-

ten to and play music, they will become literate more quickly, according to the study. That’s a pretty good deal if you ask me. And did you ever wonder why so many people actually believe political speeches nowadays? Why aren’t political commercials dismissed as the garbage they are? How are people actually affected by the political buzzwords they have heard a million and two times before? This stems from a lack of expertise in the arts. When people understand the arts, it helps them understand the rhetoric and propaganda that goes into political theater. If people lack the ability to analyze propagandized language; they don’t realize they’re having it manipulate the choices they make. In the end, could it be that by supporting the arts and creativity in the United States we can solidify our preeminence in the world, have a more thought-

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ful and politically able citizenry and provide a better future for generations to come? Yes, it is.

If people invite their child to listen to and play music, they will become literate more quickly.

Now, as the UW System is confronted with unreasonably huge cuts in funding, I implore the system to look carefully at the benefits of the arts—mentioned and unmentioned—and keep the cuts reasonable. Don’t let the arts be crippled in Wisconsin. Mary Sedarous is a freshman with an undeclared major. Please send all feedback to opinion@ dailycardinal.com.

Cain’s ideas from business world impractical, narrow ETHAN SAFRAN opinion columnist

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h, how messy the Republican presidential race has been lately. While volatile uncertainties usually characterize the early stages of a presidential election, it’s clear that the GOP has displayed no consensus about its future direction. More recently, the emergence of seasoned businessman and political newcomer, Herman Cain has given the race a fresh perspective. He shines a new light on a election cycle usually dominated by politicians’ recycled ideas. However, Cain has little experience besides his previous successes as an influential businessman, including his position as CEO of Grandfather’s Pizza and his experience as the head of the National Restaurant Association. His inept political experience and outlandish societal deductions suggests he should not be president of the

United States. Undoubtedly, Cain maintains a navigable distance from the typical Washington mold. His background in business and collegial studies in mathematics and computer science are not typical among Washington’s elite. Many Americans, no doubt conservatives, have voiced interest in a businessperson, rather than a banal Washington politician with a peculiar political agenda, running the White House.

A closer look at Cain’s ideas and agenda display his scathingly impractical ideas of what it takes to be leader of the free world.

At first, the prospect of an African-American, conservative businessman making America’s tough decisions seemed as exciting as it was unlikely to certain GOP loyalists and Tea Party sympathizers. Yet, a closer look at Cain’s

ideas and agenda display his scathingly impractical ideas of what it takes to be the leader of the free world. Akin to many conservative thinkers, Cain advocates for the “unbundling” of education “from the federal government down to the local level,” according to his campaign website. A supporter of both charter schools and school vouchers, Cain’s ideology on education draws parallels to a business model, where school districts “reward” teachers whose students excel through “performance initiatives.” Although history shows that people generally work harder if promised an increased monetary reward, pitting teachers against other teachers via a merit pay system “destroys the collaboration and teamwork that are essential to the culture of the school,” according to Diane Ravitch of New York University. A recent experiment conducted by Vanderbilt University offered middle school math teachers up to $15,000 bonuses for student achievement and concluded

that, apart from some “temporary” gains for fifth graders, the vast majority of students did not progress any faster than the teachers who did not receive some form of monetary reward. Although he vows that it worked in New Orleans in a post-Katrina environment, Cain’s treatment of education as a “business model” has been proven impractical.

Cain is not politically wellrounded, and his ideas from the business world do not necessarily transfer to the political realm.

With a seemingly simplistic and now infamous idea of taxation, his flat nine percent income, sales and corporate tax would effectively end the IRS and repeal the Sixteenth Amendment. His past remarks, though later retracted, stated that he would not nominate a Muslim to his cabinet if president. His belief

that the science behind global warming is “poppycock” and his proposal to build an electrified 20-foot tall fence along the U.S.-Mexico border uncover his sparse, unrealistic and negligent ideas about America. Fortunately, the past week or so has shown that the fiery businessman’s presidential bid may be in trouble, as recent sexual harassment allegations from multiple associates reveal the troubled waters ahead for Cain’s campaign. I’ll admit that it’s hard to not respect Cain’s straightforward candor. It’s certainly nice to have a candidate who wants to bluntly address the issues at hand. However, Cain is not politically well rounded, and his ideas from the business world do not necessarily transfer to the political realm. Although, with the Iowa Caucus still two months away, the actual Republican race is just beginning, and Cain’s train still has time to lose or gain steam. Ethan Safran is a freshman with an undeclared major. Please send all feedback to opinion@ dailycardinal.com.


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A new ‘branch’ of green architecture By Andrea Snow THE DAILY CARDINAL

Imagine a house with columns, beams and even staircases constructed not from two-byfours, but with whole trees. Trunks rise from floor to roof, limbs curve into railings and branches reach out to frame windows. Stripped of bark, dried and preserved, these twisting, extended forms lend their strength and natural beauty to the structure. Throughout the state of Wisconsin, the classic childhood dream of living in a tree house is quickly becoming a reality. The innovation behind these buildings comes from the husband-wife team of Roald Gunderson and Amelia Baxter. In 2007, the pair founded Whole Trees Architecture and Structure to design and construct buildings using local, sustainable materials.

Their approach was originally devised in response to modern difficulties posed by traditional construction methods. “The challenges are two-fold; global commodity prices and supply chains are less secure, and the constituency is asking for a greener product,” Baxter said. “We needed a product for the 21st century.” This modern product provides environmental and economic benefits that surpass traditional building materials. Conventional architecture uses milled lumber, which loses much of its strength when the outer layers of the trunk are removed to produce square beams. Research shows that the strength of whole round timber is typically 50 percent greater than that of traditional lumber. Whole round timber is also superior to milled lumber in respect to forest management.

Instead of clear-cutting an area of trees, each tree is specifically chosen for structure and design, keeping in mind the impact on the surrounding ecosystem. The removal of selected trees encourages the growth of mature trees, prevents over-crowding and reduces the threat of disease and wildfire. “Whole Trees truly impacts the way forests are managed. It makes them more economically valuable, which leads people to care for them,” Baxter said. “The idea is gardening forests instead of mining them.” Other environmental benefits include an overall reduced

carbon footprint, as compared with the production of steel and concrete. The use of regionally sourced materials additionally reduces monetary and environmental costs of transportation. Research continues to show that whole round timber is structurally and economically competitive with many nonwood materials. “Whole Trees structural systems can compare with steel and concrete on pricing and can often reduce construction time,” reads a recent case study conducted by Whole Trees. The materials can also be safer in fires than steel frames and more resilient

in earthquakes than concrete. Partnering with UW-Madison’s USDA Forest Products Laboratory, Whole Trees is testing the strength of a tree’s natural branching connections. Such tests have already revealed that whole, round timber holds up to corrosion better than steel or concrete, making it a smart choice for coastal areas, bridges and parking ramps. To see a Whole Trees structure here in Madison, visit Troy Community Gardens on the north side. The greenhouse, built in 2010, incorporates whole round timber to create a space for raised beds and extended season gardening.

Ask Mr. Scientist: sleep-jerks, rainbows and color-matching makeup Dear Mr. Scientist: What causes people to jerk awake right after dosing off? —Christine F. The common phenomenon of jolting awake while falling asleep is known as a “hypnic jerk.” Normally a person falls asleep gradually—breathing slows, heart rate drops and muscles relax. Once in a while, though, you may fall asleep too quickly, and as your muscles relax, your brain thinks you are falling (hypnic jerks are often accompanied by a dream involving falling). Your reflexes take over, bracing for impact, and the sudden movement wakes people up. Hypnic jerks are most commonly caused by irregular sleep patterns, stress and excess amounts of caffeine, meaning they’re inevitable for college students.

Dear Mr. Scientist: There’s this brand of cosmetics that says its new foundation can match any skin tone. How does this work? Does it work? —Jessica H. For any confused males out there, girls use foundation to create a uniform complexion and cover up “flaws.” This type of foundation keeps the colored pigments separated as little droplets within the makeup. Once the foundation is applied, the droplets burst open, releasing the pigments. Immediately, the makeup changes from white to colored as the pigments are mixed in with the rest of the ingredients. This creates the illusion that the makeup is changing color to match your skin tone, but it is really no different than any other foundation.

Dear Mr. Scientist: Are all rainbows the same size, or are some bigger than others? —Jessica H. The difficulty is that the apparent size of a rainbow is determined by perception, which will vary quite a bit based upon your location. It is possible to calculate the diameter of a rainbow based upon how far away it is from you and the angle it makes with the ground. Since the angle between the rainbow and the ground will be about the same for all rainbows, it is really your distance from the rainbow that determines its perceived size. So, two rainbows at different distances from you will appear to be different sizes. Of course, somebody standing miles away may see rainbows of completely different sizes.

Mr. Scientist is Michael Leitch. If you have a burning science question that you would like him to answer, send it to science@dailycardinal.

Space clouds, stars and turbulence By Andrew Kerber THE DAILY CARDINAL

When most of us think of astronomy, we imagine stars, planets and galaxies. But another integral component of astronomy is the study of enormous clouds of gas and space dust. The collapse of these “space clouds” is actually the first step in the birth of stars and subsequently determines the formation of entire galaxies. Therefore, astronomers have been particularly interested in understanding how these clouds work. In an article published just last month, UW-Madison scientists reported the essential role of dynamic motions, or turbulence, within space clouds. This recent research represents an exciting breakthrough in the study of star formation and of space turbulence. In order to measure turbulence in space, researchers used telescopes to collect “sound” data using radio waves. Blakesley Burkhart, an astronomy graduate student at the UW, performed a theoretical analysis of telescope data under UW professor Dr. Alexandre Lazarian.

Astronomers study turbulence using radio measurements from telescopes and satellites because the gas clouds are too far away to examine directly. Another limitation is that turbulence is inherently difficult to measure, even on Earth. “It’s very chaotic. Chaotic systems are very difficult to study because they’re inherently random and unpredictable,” Burkhart explained. Based upon the new results, scientists now understand the significant role that turbulence plays in the creation of stars and other celestial objects. It was previously thought that only weak gravitational forces were holding space clouds together. Thus, scientists expected the clouds to only be stable for a few thousand years—an extremely short lifespan relative to that of most celestial events. However, science was previously unable to explain how large amounts of gas in the clouds were maintained without the clouds collapsing. “If there’s only gravitational pressure and thermal pressure, you’d expect all these clouds to

have collapsed and there would be nothing but stars,” Burkhart said. Either the gases are being produced at a ludicrously fast rate, or the clouds are sticking around longer because of additional forces. As determined in the study, that additional force is turbulent pressure, which constantly pushes gas particles around, creating a strong tension that holds the clouds together. Based upon these new results, Burkhart and her fellow researchers concluded that the clouds have life expectancies of a few million years, rather than just a few thousand. As a testament to the importance of the research, it was published in “Nature,” one of the most prestigious scientific journals. Burkhart was duly appreciative and excited about the opportunity for astronomy. “Turbulence is a new field, it’s only been realized by astronomers in the last 20 years as being very important for the interstellar medium,” she said. “To see it getting more appreciation with a paper in ‘Nature’ and more appreciation in the community as a whole is really nice.”


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Badgers prepared to defend the Axe By Parker Gabriel THE DAILY CARDINAL

It is rare that the week featuring Wisconsin vs. Minnesota arrives and the talk of historical impact in the Big Ten does not center around Paul Bunyan’s axe. That is exactly the case this year, as the devastating facts continue to surface in State College, Penn., and major announcements keep coming from Penn State University. Legendary head coach Joe Paterno and college President Graham Spanier are out, as are athletic director Tim Curley and vice president Gary Shultz. The situation at Penn State is virtually unthinkable. It puts football, amateur athletics—rivalries with 120 all-time matchups included—and sports in general into perspective in the most chilling way. That being said, Wisconsin football players are generally not talking about it and—perspective aside—there are championship ramifications for every game from here out for UW. The No. 16 Badgers (3-2 Big

Ten, 7-2 overall) have enough on their plate without considering the opponent. UW still does not have a true road victory and the next foe has played its best ball of the season the last two weeks, beating Iowa at home and taking Michigan State to the wire in East Lansing. Consider the fact that Paul Bunyan’s axe is on the line, and head coach Bret Bielema has kept it on the Badgers’ sideline since he took over in 2005, and the current status of each program seems slightly less meaningful. “You can throw the records out the window because that game is always competitive down to the end and we have to be ready for a four-quarter battle,” said running backs coach Thomas Hammock, who is in his first year at UW after coaching for four at Minnesota. Hammock coached running backs for three years before becoming offensive coordinator in his last year in the Twin Cities. After former head coach Tim Brewster was fired, Hammock called plays for the Gophers. He’s not the only member of the team with ties, either.

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Wisconsin beats Michigan to open Big Ten Tournament until the last two minutes of the THE DAILY CARDINAL first half that Zadro was able to Postseason play has begun manage two shots of his own, in the Big Ten conference, and which were blocked and missed the Wisconsin men’s soccer high, respectively, bringing the team was well prepared for final first half shot tally to eight its start. The Badgers beat the for the Badgers compared to tournament host Michigan in Michigan’s two. Ann Arbor, 2-0 on Wednesday The Badgers played with to move to the second round of aggression in the first half, the Big Ten Tournament where relentless on their defensive they will take on Penn State, pursuit. Wisconsin committed who won their first Big Ten 10 first-half fouls, luckily congame this season in an ceding just those two upset over second seedshots, both off fouls. ed Ohio State. The second half Wisconsin came out started much like the in the first half like a first with Wisconsin team with a purpose. It refusing to be deterred. was clear they had talkTennyson had three ed about getting more early second-half shots shots off, and they were and the Badgers recordJANUS striking from almost the ed a total of nine secopening whistle. Not ond half shots, bringing only did the Badgers get five their game total to seventeen. shots before the Wolverines Seventeen shots proved to be could get even one, but they enough, as the Badgers scored pressured the Michigan two late goals, coming in the defense with free kicks off of 84th and 88th minute by Janus four fouls by UM, as well as and Thiermann, respectively. two corner kicks. The first goal came after A multitude of different Zadro had a long cross into the players took shots, not just box, but Janus did the rest from junior midfielder Tomislav there, bending the ball into the Zadro, who is used to left corner of the net. taking most of the The second goal came Badgers’ shots. Instead, on a Thiermann shot the Wolverines botthat Michigan goaltled Zadro and let the keeper Adam Grinwis Badgers try to get shots missed. That goal put from elsewhere. That the game away for good. they did. The sophoThe Badgers are more class shined as playing well at this forwards Nick Janus THIERMANN point, and their next and Joey Tennyson, as game will be a rematch well as midfielder Chris Prince, of the last of their final regueach had tries at the goal. Fifth lar season, which they won in year senior Josh Thiermann, State College, Penn. added two shots off his own UWBadgers.com contributed and Janus added two. It wasn’t to this report.

Redshirt junior defensive tackle Brandon Kelly hails from Eden Prairie, Minn., and said he still has a lot of friends on the opposing sideline. He committed to play at Minnesota for nine months before reversing course and joining Bielema’s program. “I think they went 1-11 and Wisconsin was like, 11-1, and I was thinking to myself, ‘This can’t be right. I can’t be committed here,’” Kelly said. “The coaching staff did a great job recruiting me and I was just so attracted to the campus and the school itself.” Dating back to 2003, the last four meetings between the teams in Minneapolis have been decided by a total of 14 points. That includes the last loss suffered by the Badgers in the series (37-34 in 2003) and one of the wildest Badger wins in recent history. In 2005, UW capped an improbable comeback when Ben Strickland recovered a blocked punt in the end zone with 30 seconds remaining, erasing a 34-24 Gophers lead with 3:27 to play. “I was watching that game and jumping up and down,” said

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Wisconsin has won its past seven meetings with Minnesota, and the Badgers have no plans to give back the axe this year. redshirt junior center Peter Konz, who was a student at Neenah High School at the time. “Some of my friends said they were going to leave the house because the game was over and I said, ‘This isn’t soccer, you can score more than one point at a time.’”

The team takes time to talk about the rivalry through the week, and Konz said he has got all the motivation he needs. “I’ve seen film of when they come run over to the sideline and I never want that to happen,” he said.

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e all have legal responsibilities, and we all have moral ones; things we must do, and things society expects us to do. You have a legal responsibility not to rob someone, of course, but if you’re walking down the street and see another person getting mugged, you aren’t required to do anything. What we value as a society dictates that you should take some action, though—call the police, at least, or maybe help the person who’s in trouble. But you really don’t have to do anything. You can cross the street and put it out of your mind. You can act like it never happened. And if you are a graduate student assistant in the Penn State football program and you see a defensive coordinator sexually assaulting a child in the locker room showers, you don’t have to stop him or go running to every media outlet that will listen to tell them what you saw. That’s not what Mike McQueary did in 2002, when he allegedly saw former Nittany Lions defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky assaulting a young boy—he told head coach Joe Paterno. That should have been enough. Instead, Paterno did nothing more than what he was legally required to do: He alerted Athletic Director Tim Curley, who told Penn State President Graham Spanier. No one told the police. No one seems to have considered the victim. Paterno and Spanier fulfilled their obligation to the law, but not

to our society; not to that child, and not to the seven other boys (and perhaps more, if new reports are to be believed), some as young as 8 years old, Sandusky allegedly assaulted between 1994 and 2008. And as a result, Paterno has shown himself, his athletic department and his university to be a group of cowards who put their own interests before the safety of children. When he announced he would step down at the end of the season, we all knew that would be too little, too late. By ousting Paterno and Spanier Wednesday night, Penn State made the right choice, removing from their university two people who violated public trust and thoroughly disgraced their university. The university’s Board of Trustees showed itself to be, if nothing else, more responsible and more willing to act than the school’s head coach and president. As sports columnist Bruce Arthur tweeted soon after the announcement, “The right heads roll.” Until Wednesday, we’d seen nothing but silence from every level of Penn State’s Athletic Department. The closest thing we got to a statement from Paterno was the one he gave to hundreds of misguided Penn State fans who gathered outside his house to support him Tuesday night. “The kids that were victims or whatever they want to say, I think we all ought to say a prayer for them,” Paterno said. “Tough life, when people do certain things to you. But anyway, you’ve been great,” he added, before disappearing into the group of people chanting, “Let Joe stay.” Standing on your lawn and telling the victims of sexual assault “tough life” doesn’t take a bit of

courage, neither does keeping your mouth shut when you know children are in danger. You what takes courage? Coming forward and taking action against your attacker, like eight of the people Sandusky allegedly assaulted did. There is another reason people are calling for Joe Paterno’s head, though: We want to believe that, if we were in his shoes, there’s no way we would have stayed silent, that we would have told the police and made sure we protected those kids. But we might not have been able to do that. We might not have made sure we did what was right. What we would have done isn’t the point, though, because we aren’t the head coach responsible for a major football program or the president of a massive university. Paterno and Spanier were given their jobs because they were supposed to know the difference between right and wrong; because they were trusted to make hard decisions. They violated our trust and the values of our society, of course, but to take a less personal view of it, they also didn’t do their jobs. That’s why they lost them Wednesday night. “We promise you that we are committed to restoring public trust in our university,” the Penn State Board of Trustees said at the press conference announcing that Spanier and Paterno were through. One way to do that, as Penn State searches for a new president and head coach, is to find people with real courage—people who know to do more than what’s required, people who know to do what’s right. E-mail all comments and feedback for Nico to nicosavidge@gmail.com.


The Daily Cardinal - Thursday, November 10, 2011