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Tuesday, November 22, 2011

UW to issue new IDs for voting By Alison Bauter The Daily Cardinal

Beginning Jan. 23, UW-Madison will start distributing free identification cards that students can use to vote, university officials announced Monday. Under a new state law requiring voters to show photo identification at the polls, the new UW-Madison ID cards can be used as valid identification for students without a Wisconsin driver’s license or stateissued ID card. “Students should exercise the right to vote, and as many students who want to should do that,” Hannah Somers, chair of the Associated Students of Madison’s Legislative Affairs Committee, said. She said the UW-Madison ID cards “will make it a lot easier to vote, especially for out-of-state students and students without a Wisconsin driver’s license.” Producing new, free cards will cost the university $100,000 over the next five years, an expense Vice Chancellor for Administration Darrell Bazzell said comes from UW-Madison’s existing budget, rather than from students. “We didn’t feel it would be appropriate to charge students a fee

for the right to vote,” Bazzell said. He said modifying Wiscards would cost $500,000, which is five times as much as creating separate cards from less expensive material. Unlike Wiscards, the university-issued student voter IDs are clearly marked as “VOTER IDENTIFICATION” and will be marked with an expiration date within two years of issuance and space for a signature, as required by the new law. The UW-Madison voter ID cards cannot be used for any other purpose or service on campus. The university had to make new cards or modify existing students IDs because Wiscards—like university ID cards statewide—do not comply with the new Voter ID law, which was designed to prevent fraud. Somers said the recently formed Vote Coalition student group is meeting with university officials and hopes to use posters, mass e-mails and other outreach tools before winter break, then make “a really big push” to engage students in the spring. The Vote Coalition kicks off outreach efforts with a campus-wide “legislation and voter education week” after Thanksgiving.

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Members of the Student Labor Action Coalition gathered outside Chancellor Ward’s office to protest alleged labor violations in Indonesia by Nike and UW’s main licensing partner Adidas.

Students protest labor policies By Corinne Burgermeister The Daily Cardinal

Members of the Student Labor Action Coalition held a demonstration Monday protesting UW-Madison’s main licensing partner, saying it fails to give severance pay to recently unemployed factory workers. The demonstration was a response to an Indonesian factory contracted by Nike and UW partner Adidas that closed

Tables ASM internal budget until Monday

Could help treat Parkinson’s, more

By David Klein

By Alex DiTullio

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university split from the company if it does not pay its workers. Vice Chancellor for University Relations Vince Sweeney said the university developed a relationship with Adidas under the condition the company would comply with the university’s code of conduct, which includes fair labor rights. He said before the univer-

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Researchers at UW find stem-cell breakthrough

SSFC passes Legal Info. Center budget

The Student Services Finance Committee approved a budget of over $35,000 for the UW-Madison Legal Information Center Monday but tabled its decision on the Associated Students of Madison internal budget until next week. According to the group’s website, the LIC is a campus group that provides free legal information to students and community members. The committee gave the group less money than it requested for salaries and increased funding for telephone services. Although SSFC was scheduled to decide ASM’s internal budget Monday it tabled the decision until next week. Included in ASM’s $1.2 million requested budget is over

abruptly in January, leaving 2,800 workers jobless. Legally, the companies still owe 1.8 million of the original 3.3 million employees monetary compensation for the factory’s closure. SLAC member Jonah Zinn said Nike paid a portion of the money to its workers but said Adidas has to pay the rest of it. SLAC members symbolically cut a cake with an Adidas logo on it to demonstrate a proposed

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UW-Madison legal offical Nancy Lynch said it is not SSFC’s job to find a way to fund student groups’ staff members.

UW-Madison stem-cell researchers announced a possible breakthrough in stem-cell research Monday that could potentially help treat medical complications ranging from strokes to Parkinson’s and Huntington’s disease. Researchers found that neurons derived from human embryonic stem cells can successfully activate to transmit and receive signals when implanted into the brains of mice. Jason Weick, the lead author of the study, said that when researchers implanted human embryonic stem cells into mice’s brains, a new technology allowed researchers to observe stem cells’ output and input information simultaneously for the first time. “We think that that’s actually a critical factor and probably

more critical than receiving information,” Weick said. The new technology, called Optogenetics, allows researchers to stimulate the stem cells with light, causing them to emit output signals. “Now this method allows us some level of control the cells that we’re transplanting,” Weick said. “Before [this finding], we transplant the cells and they’re going to do whatever they’re going to do. We have no control over them.” He said an example of applying the new technology could be using it to treat a patient with Parkinson’s disease, a disease caused from insufficient dopamine-generating cells. Researchers could transplant customized neurons in a patient’s brain and use an implemented stimulating device to make the neurons release dopamine. “Say you’re having a particularly bad day symptom-wise, you can [increase] stimulation of

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would like to share a recent text message exchange of mine as an example of how technology is the bane of human communication. Since I do not have the expressed written consent of the other party involved, her name will simply be changed to Kelsey Stanz. This is a randomly made up name. My apologies in advance to the real Kelsey Stanz who lives in Evanston, Ill. for any unwanted Facebook attention that comes your way after this article. If it’s any consolidation, I like Journey too.

How not to text:

Kelsey Stanz (or KS for short henceforth.): I’m in a really, really bad mood Me: Why Already we see the first mistake—responding. This is what I call a red flag. If you care about your time, you don’t respond. Unfortunately curiosity got the best of me, and like a Spanish bull I am help-

lessly drawn to red flags. KS: I cant find my text book or hw for my class on Tues. & I hate when I lose things, my familys dog put me in a bad mood cuz he doesn’t listen to me, I cudnt go to KS: My grandparents for dinner bs I hav wrk all nite & brian is prob going to annoy me even more tonite by being lazy, I was cranky yesterday and prob the day b4 too KS: Plus I don’t even hav my period, and you can never hangout w me...and uhh just everything KS: And we r supposed to hav free internet at my work but my labtop was being lame, plus I never bought an economics textbook so idk how im gunna pass this class KS: I—think im having a nervous breakdown... At this point my curiosity has resulted in me becoming completely impaled from the social ineptitude of Miss KS, and I am left gasping for air (to complete the rather-forced bullfight metaphor). My point is that while texting is great, it’s terribly overused. Texting should be limited to certain uses like communicating when you are at loud bars, when someone is at work

Tis the season to give thanks Jaime Brackeen brax on brax on brax


ith the official kickoff of the holiday season a mere two days away, I’ve realized it’s time to re-count my blessings. Enough bitching about exams and projects, I’d like to take this opportunity to reflect on all of the things for which I am thankful.

I am thankful for:

I am thankful that I have at least one more month of fitting into my pants before my mom bakes 1,000 sugar cookies (that might actually be an accurate number). I am thankful that it is finally cold enough I can use long underwear as an excuse for why my booty is looking so Gold ’n Plump. I am thankful that I have a pretty legit fake ID to tie me over until I turn 21 in January that I only have 45 more days to soberly await my 21st! I’m coming for you, Wando’s. I am thankful there is a Twitter hashtag for First World Problems so I can feel less selfish for complaining about my first world problems. SPOILER ALERT. I am thankful Leslie Knope and Ben are FINALLY back together on Parks and Recreation. The awkward tension was killing me. I am thankful for my mom’s complete inability to send text messages from her Droid. “Liking forward to seeing my girl!”

Looking, that is. “After 6. Happy today i” Read: I’m working until after six but I’m still in a good mood. They never fail to brighten my day and occasionally make me guffaw in the middle of class. I am thankful for Amanda Bynes movies. I don’t care if they’re stupid. She just gets me.

and can’t talk or inviting people whom you don’t care about enough to call to events. People’s attempted conversations via text are going too far, which is why I’m proposing a new rule. If it takes you five text messages to send me a list of your issues—you know what? I think you should reevalute those issues, because if you can’t fit your problems into 160 characters… the problem is you. That means you, KS.

If you have so many problems it takes five text messages to share them, perhaps a phone call is more appropriate.

Because, in one day of bitching about your problems, you have managed to drain my monthly quota of time, patience and text messages, now I have problems too. That means you, AT&T phone bill.

If you have so many problems it takes five text messages to share them, perhaps a phone call is more appropriate. It’s unlikely that I would answer, but there is always the possibility of you leaving a very detailed, very whinny 15—minute voicemail? It’ll save you time (which at least seems mildly important since you feel the need to abbreviate work as wrk, thereby saving your thumbs the monumental effort or pressing “o” on the keypad). It will save me a text message and then you’ll get a brain tumor, I’ll have more money and then you’ll actually have some real problems to complain about. Although you may want to completely lay off the cell phone at that point. Well thanks all for hearing my ranting and bitching about my frustrations regarding text messaging. I realize it got a little wordy, mean and excessive, but sometimes it can just be very cathartic for me to explain the issues I have with other people. Tired of being bombarded by other people’s drama via text messaging? E-mail Elliot at and join him in deleting these annoying simpletons from your phone.

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I am extremely thankful that I’m resourceful enough not to panic when a Nyquil capsule got stuck midway down my throat the other night. I am also glad no one was home to hear my awkward wheezing noises as I lay upside down on my stomach off the edge of my bed and tried to let gravity reposition the giant pill. Liquid-gel my ass, it felt like I swallowed a rock. I am thankful that apparently the new way to tell someone you’re no longer interested in him or her is to simply stop talking to him or her for several days. Who needs a lengthy, thoughtful conversation when you can just drop off the face of the planet instead? I am thankful for karma. I am thankful all of the Harry Potter movie soundtracks are on Spotify. And last but not least, I am most thankful for @ GovWalker finally, FINALLY starting to tweet in (for the most part) full sentences. It’s gr8 2 c we are making $$$ from r reforms, but I mostly didn’t know what the hell you were talking about. What are you most thankful for? E-mail Jaime your list at

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Republicans claim fraud in recall

Group finds impacts of Union plans

By Tyler Nickerson

By Ali Diamond

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An environmental group agreed with original Memorial Union renovation plans to remove a 150-year-old oak tree from the Terrace along with a number of other recommendations detailed in an environmental assessment of the project released Monday. Union renovations have been met with recent controversy over the project’s plan to remove a historic tree from the Terrace. An Environmental Impact Assessment released by Cornerstone Environmental Group determined several trees are in critical condition due to root decay and open cavities in the trunk. While the group recommended the university closely monitor the majority of the decaying trees, it decided removing the historic oak tree would be “reasonable.” The report concluded “due to [the tree’s] current structural condition and future liability, removal during the renovation project is reasonable.” The report recommended the university plant new trees at the Union because many of

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An environmental group decided it would be reasonable to remove a 150-year-old oak tree, citing root and trunk decay. the trees currently providing shade on the Terrace are deteriorating with age. The assessment cited other environmental impacts from the proposed union renovations. It reported increased green space will reduce water runoff. It found

renovations will increase energy and utility efficiency as well as improve shoreline protection along the Terrace. A public meeting to present the project and report’s findings will take place Dec. 7 in Tripp Commons.

City, UW officials approve revised Memorial Union plan By David Jones The Daily Cardinal

City officials approved the first phase of a revised plan for the Wisconsin Union Redevelopment Project Monday, which included a smaller theater lounge than what was proposed in the former plan. The revised project, presented to the Joint Southeast Campus Area Committee, evolved from a previous plan which proposed a glass-enclosed lounge that would extend 50 feet to the north of the theater. In the approved revised plan, the lounge will extend out from the building by approximately 25 feet. UW students narrowly

stem cells from page 1 transplant using this light stimulation device to give you some level of control over the dose of your transplant,” Weick said. Researchers have only conducted trials in mice thus far, but Weick said he is hopeful that clinical trials will begin on humans within five years. “I feel like we’ve stood on the

ssfc from page 1 $100,000 in training for representatives and funding for a commencement speaker. Also at the meeting, UW legal official Nancy Lynch answered questions from SSFC members about the committee’s policy on helping student groups contract employees from outside of the university. The discussion was motivated in part by SSFC’s decision to remove much of the Wisconsin Student Public Interest Research Group’s budget if the group is not

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voted down the previous plan in an non-binding ASM election in October. One concern among students who opposed the renovation was the size of the proposed theater, which they said could block the view of the Union Terrace and sunset. Alan Fish, Associate Vice Chancellor for Facilities Planning and Management, said there is a rooftop alternative above the lounge where “you can actually see the sun set over Picnic Point which you cannot from any other place on the Terrace.” “After the referendum, I think it was clear that we needed to

redesign the theater lounge,” Colin Plunkett, student manager for Memorial Union Reinvestment Project, said at a Nov. 8. forum. “It’s important for students to know that we value them and we heard what they have to say.” There are extensive plans for the Memorial Union Theater and the adjacent shoreline. Other aspects of the first phase focus on a remodel aimed at improving accessibility to the building for all visitors. The plan calls for the construction of a direct entryway to the theater off of Langdon Street that would replace the multi-story hallways.

shoulders of giants and hopefully we’ve taken a big step forward in potentially translating these cells into the clinic,” Weick said. While some people consider embryonic stem cells unethical, recently discovered stem cells that do not involve human embryos could help lessen ethical constraints. Weick said researchers have

produced similar results when using these induced pluripotent cells, but they have primarily focused on using embryonic stem cells, with which they are more familiar. “We’re definitely hopeful to transition to IPS cells,” Weick said. “They just don’t act exactly the same as embryonic stem cells, but they’re working towards it.”

able to contract staff by the end of the fall semester. Last week, SSFC decided student groups could use the Campus Services Fund to try to contract employees from outside the university. Lynch said SSFC members were not responsible for finding a means to fund specific student groups. “It is only [SSFC’s] job to assess and allocate whether a group meets specific criteria,” she said. Lynch said it is up to each student group, not SSFC, to ensure

parts of their budget are eligible for SSFC funding. “It’s ultimately each student group’s job to decide which path they want to go [in deciding their funding],” Lynch said. SSFC also heard the Wisconsin Student Lobby’s budget request. WSL’s requested budget was around $1,500 less than last year’s. Some of the group’s requested funding would go to its fall kickoff and a promotional event at Lollapalooza in Chicago. SSFC will decide the group’s budget next week.

According to the Republican Party of Wisconsin, two Facebook posts show evidence of fraudulent activity in the recall of Gov. Scott Walker. One post says, “I signed a petition here in Sheboygan, and plan to sign another in the Town of Stephenson since I am registered to vote in both locations!” The other says, “I signed for my parents who are out of the country!” The posts came just a few days after the Government Accountability Board, in charge of the elections, released a statement that warned “about schemes for recall opponents to circulate petitions and then not turn them in for filing.” RPW spokesperson Ben Sparks said in a statement that Wisconsin Democrats are using “shameful tactics.” “The complete and utter disregard for Wisconsin’s election law by individuals associated with the recall of Governor Walker is increasing by the day,” he said. Democratic Party of

labor from page 1 sity takes action, all the facts need to be presented and checked for accuracy. This is not the first time Chancellor David Ward has seen protests over labor violations at UW-Madison. Under his previous term as chancellor SLAC and other activists forced the university to join the Workers Rights Consortium after citing Reebok’s labor violations. “We want to make sure it

Wisconsin Chair Mike Tate said in response to Republican claims of fraudulent recall activity that the RPW seeks to “wreak havoc and sow confusion” in the recall effort. “Their previous actions leave no room for any reasonable person to believe that they will act in the best interests of Wisconsin voters,” Tate said in a Nov. 14 statement. GAB spokesperson Reid Magney, explained in response to the Facebook posts that it was legal for a person to sign more than one petition if he or she thought that a petition they signed wasn’t going to be turned in. “It is really up to the recall committee to weed out any duplicates before submitting them,” Magney said. He warned that in past elections there had been people who had attempted to register more than once, and they had been prosecuted and found guilty. “Petition fraud is a felony punishable by up to three and a half years in prison and up to $10,000 in fines,” Magney said. “We take it seriously and were on the lookout for it.” stays that way,” Zinn said. “We want to know Chancellor Ward is taking this issue seriously, and we’d like to know that he is making proactive actions.” Zinn said SLAC believes the university should give Adidas 90 days to pay its workers. If it does not meet this deadline, Zinn said the university should terminate its contract with Adidas. “The only way we’re going to see results in this case is by putting institutional pressure on Adidas,” Zinn said.

Woman sexually assaulted on State A Madison woman was sexually assaulted on the 500 block of State Street, police reported Monday. A 24-year-old Madison woman was sitting on a bench along State Street around 11:30 a.m. Thursday when she was approached by an unidentified man. The woman told police that the man appeared to be drunk. “His speech was slurred and he was mumbling,” Madison Police Department

Spokesperson Joel DeSpain said. “We have a quite a few people with alcohol issues in the downtown area, and some of them are drinking in the morning.” The man proceeded to hit on the woman and “touched her over the top of her clothing,” according to the police report. The man, who was standing over the sitting woman, eventually left, DeSpain said. The woman, who remained sitting, contacted authorities to report the incident the next day.

Man angered after alleged coffee spill A Milwaukee man said he had hot coffee thrown in his face at Saturday’s Capitol Square rally, according to a report from Madison Police. According to Madison Police Department Spokesperson Joel DeSpain, whether the coffee was thrown or spilled is still in dispute but coffee did land on the man, 57. “He said that after being hit with coffee, he grabbed the man—who had spilled or thrown it—and officers took the man away for questioning,” DeSpain said in a statement. The man was part of a larger group making “loud comments about the officer doing his job while accusing [the officer] of

‘protecting the unions,’” according to police. According to the report, the man was upset and mad but not injured. Police said a number of witnesses told police someone had knocked the coffee out of the man’s hand and he did not intentionally throw the coffee. DeSpain said the Milwaukee man questioned the reliability of witnesses who were “not with his group.” According to the report, the man said those who claimed that the coffee “was spilled” favored the recall of Gov. Scott Walker, something he said he opposes.

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Tuesday, November 22, 2011

File-sharing rights called into question Alex Seraphin song of the seraph


he Protect IP Act (in the U.S. Senate) and the Stop Online Piracy Act (in the House of Representatives) have caused incredible uproar in the Internet geek community over the last few weeks. If passed, the more egregious SOPA would restructure the means with which owners of various Intellectual Property (IP) rights owners could penalize websites that “facilitate” the illegal sharing of music, movies and other media. SOPA would do away with the familiar “safe harbor” system that protects sites like Facebook and Youtube from prosecution so long as they act in good faith and immediately remove offending material upon notice. Under the new law, IP owners would have the right to delete entire websites found hosting copyrighted content and send notice to fund transferring entities such as MasterCard, VISA and PayPal. The offending websites would then have a narrow five-day window to appeal this notice and prevent a cutoff of cash flow. No trial would be required for these shutdowns to take place.

The emotional and intellectual impact of [the shift to online file sharing] has been invaluable.

The Internet behemoths’ lobby NetCoalition (eBay, Google,, etc) strongly opposes the bill, and several tech bloggers have suggested that these large companies would have to employ thousands in order to police the content of their sites and avoid a shutdown. The potentially imminent new net regime provokes chilling comparisons to China, a society where Twitter copycats like Sina Weibo are compelled to enlist armies of content censors and become tools in the systematic suppression of political dissent. Perhaps more terrifying to the members of NetCoalition are the costs inherent in the application of this new piracy subdual scheme. The costs could be astronomical and would certainly hinder the growth of small, innovative new web projects. Imagine a world where Tumblr had never been able to establish itself due its inability to hire enough censors to keep up with its irrepressible growth. Clearly, a world under SOPA would not be a world changed for the better (okay, maybe Tumblr wasn’t the best example). More importantly, each of the two bills threaten our ability as music lovers to con-

sume unlimited amounts of free music. Most of the respectable, mainstream dialogue I’ve read on the Protect IP Act and SOPA delicately avoids the fact that either of these laws would immediately make the lives of music lovers much more difficult. Many (most?) of us cool kids have begun to expect certain conveniences. As late as 2009, I had yet to discover post-Napster filesharing websites like Mediafire. Then as now, music was easily my greatest expense after food and alcohol (rent has since been added to the pain). Though my expenditures on music have remained constant, the freedom of online file sharing has allowed my listening to expand exponentially. Whereas I had once combed through used CD stacks for hours in the hopes of maybe finding a rare Flipper or Melvins compilation, I can now find and listen to those same rare albums within minutes. The emotional and intellectual impact of this shift has been invaluable. As a result of a greatly decreased opportunity cost, I have also been able to expand my horizons and sample genres that I otherwise never would have had the good fortune to hear. I doubt, for example, that I ever would have risked my hard earned pocket change for an ambient techno or hard bop jazz record before I had the chance to sample these genres. Today, I currently own physical copies of both. Sure, I occasionally feel guilty for illegal downloading, but in my own little world I had begun to suspect the music industry and I had come to a sort of tacit agreement. In return for my purchase of three or four vinyl records a month, I would get unlimited access to the infinite sum of the digitized international pop culture for all time. It was simple, it was clean. It felt so right. I feel betrayed.

No trial would be required for these [file sharing website] shutdowns to take place.

I feel unappreciated for the enormous money I have thrown at the American Federation of Musicians and the RIAA and the MPAA, huge supporters of these bills, along with a weird coalition that includes the Chamber of Commerce AND the Teamsters. The fact that Congress would dare rock my world to its very core disgusts me. I will not go down without a fight. Who knows, I may even send my Congressman an email. Have an opposing viewpoint about the Proctect IP Act or the SOPA act? Agree wholeheartedly? Let Alex know at

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“The Adventures of Tintin” is one of a slew of films coming out in December that promise to be more appealing than eating fruitcake, studying for finals or watching bad Tim Allen films.

There’s a reason for cheer this December Riley Beggin riled up


adore the holiday season. Christmas music, sparkly lights, a general air of happiness, delicious sugar-ridden treats that induce that yearly 3-to-5-pound weight gain over the course of a month—yes, fond memories. However, I can’t help but be a little alarmed by the holiday-themed marketing campaigns creeping in well before Thanksgiving. Like calves raised to slaughter, we’re prepared for the annual consumer meltdown that is Black Friday well in advance. And that’s just the beginning of the snowballing cornucopia of those nostalgic festivities that leave us in a holiday cheer-induced coma at the end of the month. Amidst these is one aspect of the holiday season I have a perpetual love-hate relationship with—the slew of movie releases. Films released during this narrow window have a tendency to be slated towards young, easily entertained audiences and parents that need to get their vacationing children out of the house to keep the season from taking a morbid turn for the worse. This has resulted in the “Santa Clause” sequels, which brought Tim Allen and Martin Short to new lows, Vince Vaughn and Paul Giamatti’s family-bent disaster “Fred Claus” and the nausea-inducing holiday light war “Deck the Halls” with Matthew Broderick and Danny DeVito, all of which should never have

made it to the film reel, let alone theaters. Before I start sounding too akin to the Grinch (the scary Jim Carey one, not the lovable, animated Seuss version), I remind you there is a love side to this precarious relationship. In anticipation of the Oscars in February, production companies are gearing up to release some of the best films of the year. In attempt to be fresh on the minds of audiences and judges, December’s lineup may not be such a bad egg after all. The international children’s comic phenomenon “The Adventures of Tintin” is being brought onto the silver screen for the first time on Dec. 21, under the direction of Steven Spielberg. The story centers on a scrappy, underestimated redheaded boy, cavorting through various adventures alongside wacky and eccentric characters. The books have been popular in Europe since their debut in a 1929 Belgian comic strip by author Georges Remi (pen name Hergé). The most anticipated feature of “Tintin,” however, is not the sentimental, childhoodlike aura of the story line but rather the evocation of a classic book through cutting-edge technology. The comics were drawn in the distinguished ligne claire style, characterized by bright and focused simplicity. Through the use of motioncapture animation, Spielberg, in collaboration with James Cameron, turned the project into a beautiful rendition of the childhood classic without the gaudy or extra-cartoonish features often associated with animated films. While I’m fondly remem-

bering family festivities in anticipation of winter break, I plan on staying grounded by watching Alexander Payne’s (director of “Sideways”) latest film “The Descendants,” out Dec. 16. Rife with dramatic realities of family life set on the utopian backdrop of a Hawaiian island, “The Descendants” looks like a promising and refreshing family comedy gone awry. George Clooney, playing the attorney and father Matt King, even keeps his ego in check and is delightfully vulnerable. With excellent directing, acting and screenwriting, “The Descendants” is going to be a breath of fresh air amidst the hackneyed familyfun Christmas movies. Although avid fans of the book series may be quick to draw conclusions about the American rendition of “The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo,” especially after the mass success of the Swedish version, I propose they rethink their judgment. Brainchild of director David Fincher, director of “The Social Network,” “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” and cult classic “Fight Club,” “The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo” already has major potential. The talented and hyper-beautiful combination of Daniel Craig as journalist Mikael Blomkvist and Rooney Mara as the punk hacker Lisbeth Salander should make for an entertaining, seedy cinematic rendition of the literary phenomenon. What are your most anticipated films of December? Or do you think all holiday-time movies are garbage? Send your comments and questions to Riley at

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nick fritz opinion columnist


n the wake of a great economic downturn, Wisconsin has stepped up to the plate. From January through September, Wisconsin’s agriculture exports increased 24 percent. Last year at this time, Wisconsin exported $1.7 billion in goods, which is child’s play compared to the more than $2 billion in goods exported this year. So what goods helped cause this boost in Wisconsin’s exporting sector of the economy? The answer is food and agricultural goods such as yeast, baking powder, bakery dough, ginseng root, flaxseed and bovine semen. Wisconsin leads the nation in exporting these goods, and it is ranked second in the nation, behind California, in exporting dairy products.   I can’t express how proud I am to live in a state with such

impressive numbers. While the rest of the world’s economy is suffering, Wisconsin pulls out a victory. There are a number of reasons why exporting is good for the state and the nation. For one, building and strengthening relationships with foreign countries is important, especially with all the tension in the world today. Wisconsin currently exports to over 140 different countries including Canada, Mexico, China and Japan. Extending our reach into other cultures through trade is important to maintaining and creating new partnerships and friendships.

Wisconsin currently exports to over 140 different countries including Canada, Mexico, China and Japan.

Another reason why exporting is good for Wisconsin is that

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Wisconsin companies exported over $2 billion in goods last year. Among the state’s exports are dairy, yeast, baking powder and ginseng root. we compete with some of the best companies in the world. I personally would like to see us as the No. 1 exporter of dairy products and leave California in the dust. We can do that through innovation and increased productivity, which tends to thrive in a competitive environment. Wisconsin needs to innovate new ways to improve something it is already great at. Exporting also has financial benefits. Firstly, exporting helps pay for imports. As the economy grows importing becomes more important, and it is necessary for us to estab-

lish a self-sustaining system where Wisconsin companies’ exports essentially cover their costs of importing goods. Furthermore, the state can benefit from its comparative advantage in agricultural goods. Comparative advantage is trading one specialization for a specialization another state or nation possesses, and it is mutually beneficial. We may be good at farming, but technology is not something in which we are known for being the front-runner. Wisconsin can use its specialization of farming to trade for technology-based

products being pumped out of Silicon Valley, for example. Wisconsin has done something not many other states can even think to accomplish: improving a sector in its economy. I want to give a huge tip of my hat to the people working outside of Madison in the small, rural towns in Wisconsin. They are the ones sacrificing and working every minute of every day to sustain their way of life, and ultimately all of ours. Keep up the good work, Sconnies! Nick Fritz is a junior majoring in marketing. Please send all feedback to


Not the turkeys! Turkeys can have heart attacks. Supposedly, when the Air Force conducted test runs and broke the sound barrier, fields of turkeys would drop dead.

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Today’s Sudoku

Overstuffing your pie hole Thursday

Evil Bird

By Caitlin Kirihara

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Eatin’ Cake

By Dylan Moriarty

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

Tanked Life

By Steven Wishau

Today’s Crossword Puzzle

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OTHER WORLDLY ACROSS 1 Stage production 5 Kristy’s “Little Darlings” co-star 10 Liverpool elevator 14 Georgia ___ 15 Belittle 16 Cruise itinerary listing 17 With the bow, in music 18 Muscular canine 19 Cote chorus 20 Thee, updated 21 Second-sighted 23 Cake feature 25 Is wanting 26 Deck officers 28 The “D” in LED 32 Isn’t imaginary 34 First lady of Leeds 39 In addition 40 Pageant prop 42 Sound rebound 43 Mouth-watering 45 Cleared (as profit) 47 Encouraged 49 Pleasant scent 50 Prepares copy 54 Halt, legally 56 Power to move things by thinking 60 “Well ___-di-dah ...” 63 Flag down, as a cab

4 Lassoed 6 65 Opposite of difficulty 66 Israeli airline 67 Venerate 68 Bygone autocrat 69 Ford models of yore 70 Hatchlings’ homes 71 Units of current DOWN 1 Collar insert 2 Novel protagonist 3 Study ofthe supernatural 4 Reporter’s question 5 Billiards necessity 6 On a plane 7 Maneuver, on a runway 8 Consumer 9 Game show producer Griffin 10 Its flag is solid green 11 Son of Abraham 12 Steak cut 13 Campus ordeals 21 Dermatological diagnosis 22 Ersatz butter 24 He told of the ant and the grasshopper 26 Steak or veal, e.g.

7 Wheel spindle 2 29 Face in the mirror 30 Sculler 31 Cannon of the screen 33 Cookbook word 35 Start for “active” or “grade” 36 What supposedly emanates from a medium 37 Ark passenger 38 Bubbly beverage 41 End for “end” 44 Elongated tooth 46 Roadside diner sign 48 Nubian or Sonoran 50 Waters of blues 51 Apportioned 52 Trojan War tale 53 Reveals 55 Bounding lines 57 Tehran locale 58 Protuberance 59 Poetic collection 61 “... and make it fast!” 62 Linen marking 65 When a plane is expected to land (Abbr.)

Caved In

By Nick Kryshak

First in Twenty

By Angel Lee

Washington and the Bear

By Derek Sandberg


Men’s Basketball

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Men’s Hockey

Challenging stretch ahead By Max Sternberg The Daily Cardinal

While there is one game remaining before the Wisconsin men’s basketball team hits the road for the first time, it is hard not to begin thinking about the games that lie beyond Tuesday night’s matchup with MissouriKansas City. Starting with Friday night’s Chicago Invitational Semi-Final against Bradley, the Badgers face a five-game stretch that could include four teams who competed in last year’s NCAA Tournament. But before Wisconsin sets its sights on the heart of the nonconference slate, they have one more piece of business to take care of in Madison as they face

the Kangaroos of UMKC. More importantly, Tuesday night is the first opportunity for UW head coach Bo Ryan to pick up his 246th win at Wisconsin, tying Walter “Doc” Meanwell for second alltime in Badger history. “I really appreciate what Doc Meanwell meant to the game of basketball,” Ryan said. “Besides winning championships because people in coaching should be known for more than just how many banners they put up.” The ‘Roos head to Madison at 1-3, having never faced the Badgers. They do, however, have a history of facing stiff competition, having consistently played one of the more difficult non-conference sched-

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Ryan Evans and the Badgers face a string of challenging opponents at the Chicago Invitational this weekend.

Women’s Hockey

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Junior Brianna Decker, fresh of a hat-trick on Saturday, leads UW into a WCHA match-up with St. Cloud.

Badgers set to face-off with St. Cloud By Nico Savidge The Daily Cardinal

Here’s the thing about the women’s hockey matchup between top-ranked Wisconsin and WCHA cellar team St. Cloud State this weekend: It is not going to be close. Teams do not like making predictions, and in theory you can never be sure how a game on Friday will turn out when you write the article on Monday. But come on, in one corner sits St. Cloud State, with eight WCHA losses and a 1-11-2 overall record, stuck squarely at the bottom of the conference, just like it was last season. In the other corner sits Wisconsin: Defending national

champion, No. 1 nationally, owner of a 13-1-0 record and a team that outscored Huskies 41-5 in the teams’ six meetings last season. That disparity will not be enough to guarantee wins Friday and Sunday, at least not in theory, and Badger head coach Mark Johnson knows it. Just last week, his team traveled to Troy, N.Y., to take on unheralded Rensselaer and escaped their series opener with a 4-3 win. So, true to form for any coach, Johnson said Monday he is not taking any opponent—even one like St. Cloud—lightly. “As we found out Friday, just because you wear the Wisconsin jersey and you go out on the ice, that doesn’t mean you’re going

ules among the mid-majors and playing out of the extremely competitive Summit League. Bradley, playing out of the Missouri Valley conference, will likely head into Friday’s matchup at 4-0, having beaten North Dakota 78-69 on Saturday, with a final tuneup against Wofford set for Tuesday night. The Braves—a Sweet 16 team in 2006—have had a few tough seasons since, failing to reach the postseason for the second straight year in a 12-20 campaign last season. Beyond Bradley is where the heat gets turned up as the Badgers will face either a young and talented Nevada team, picked by many as a favorite to win the WAC, or a BYU team fresh off a Sweet 16 appearance last season. With a variety of different competitors slated for the next week, the motto for the Badgers has to be “just win baby”. Nothing but an unblemished record will serve as a solid foundation heading into arguably the most difficult test of the season, the Badgers’ ACC/Big Ten Challenge matchup against top-ranked North Carolina in Chapel Hill. For a team that has not yet played a game this season that remained competitive heading into the second half, the heat will certainly be turned up gradually before the inferno that is the Dean Dome. All the Badgers can do to both prepare for that game and to continue to improve as a team is to keep winning. Three more victories and the focus can finally square up on the Tar Heels. to win,” Johnson said. “You have to compete, you have to play hard, you have to do the little things that give you the best opportunity to be successful in that particular game. “And if you don’t do that, anything can happen.” Johnson said the close call Friday is the kind of experience Wisconsin can learn from. “Friday’s game was a bit more challenging than a lot of people anticipated, but I think through those type of situations and certainly those type of games you grow strength,” he said. “Our players learn and understand a little more as far as what our coaches are trying to preach.” With the team returning to the Kohl Center for the first time since the end of October, and the last time until late January, the weekend represents a rare chance to play on home ice at this point in the season. Still, Johnson said his main concern is with his team, not its opponent or setting. “I’m not really concerned where we play [or] who we play,” he said, “I think from a coaching standpoint you look for that consistency from game one to game 34. Are you getting better? Are players getting better? As a whole, is your team getting better?” That consistency—the question of improvement from game to game—will be the biggest thing to watch this weekend. Because when it comes to the games Friday and Sunday, it isn’t going to be close.

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Sophomore Mark Zengerle’s 13-game point scoring streak is the longest for a Wisconsin player since the 1989-90 season.

Encouraging signs abound for young Wisconsin team By Ryan Evans The Daily Cardinal

Head coach Mike Eaves has said all season long that it is a “process” with this year’s young Wisconsin men’s hockey team (4-7-1 WCHA, 5-8-1 overall), and after getting swept on the road by Colorado College, the team will have plenty to look at and grow from as they return home to face Mercyhurst (5-1-1 Atlantic Hockey, 6-5-1 overall) this weekend. Eaves said that every weekend, no matter the results, is a step forward in the growth process for his inexperienced team. “We’re still evolving. You’re disappointed with the fact that you lost, but that is all part of the evolving process,” Eaves said. “We talk with our guys that we’re moving toward becoming a championship caliber team, now we’re not there yet, but we’re moving toward becoming that and that’s where we evolve everyday, every week, because today’s efforts determine tomorrow’s results.” Despite being swept by the Tigers, Eaves said that he liked what he saw from the Badgers, especially during the team’s 4-1 loss Saturday night. “There were some darn good things, looking at video we weren’t as bad as I thought we were,” Eaves said. “We had some major breakdowns that they capitalized on, but after the 10-minute mark of the first period the rest of the game was even.” “We’re evolving. It’s still a great term when you have a young group of people and we’re going to continue to push and work on things that we see,” he added. According to Eaves, the play of some of his emerging freshman forwards was especially encouraging against Colorado College. “As disappointed as we were on Saturday night, looking at video there are things that we’re seeing from our young people,” Eaves said. “We saw things from [Joseph] LaBate and [Brad]

Navin and [Matt] Paape and [Brendan] Woods. These young guys that are coming and we need them to have them come.” One of the Badgers’ biggest bright spots this season has been the play of sophomore forward Mark Zengerle. Zengerle is second on the team with 17 points, and tied for the team lead with six goals this season. He currently finds himself on a 13-game point-scoring streak, Wisconsin’s longest since the 198990 season, and Eaves said that Zengerle should take some time to reflect on his accomplishment. “We actually talked with our team when you’re playing well, don’t take it for granted, when you’re practicing well, don’t take it for granted, bring that everyday because offensive momentum is a precious commodity,” Eaves said. “Mark is on a great streak and you want to ride that wave as long as you can,” he added, “because of the fact that offense tends to be finicky. There is a flow and ebb that comes with it.” Wisconsin welcomes Atlantic Hockey Conference-leading Mercyhurst to the Kohl Center this weekend, marking the first time in 18 years that the Badgers have not participated in the College Hockey Showcase on Thanksgiving weekend with games against Michigan and Michigan State, something Eaves said the team won’t necessarily miss. “Our schedule is tough enough as it is,” Eaves said. “The fact is we still have to win these games, it doesn’t matter if it’s Michigan or Michigan State, it’s a matter of going out and winning and that is our task this weekend.” Eaves did pay compliment to the Mercyhurst team the Badgers will face this coming Friday and Saturday, particularly in regards to its head coach Rick Gotkin. “They’re well coached,” Eaves said of the Lakers. “They play hard and] anytime a team plays hard they give themselves a chance to win.”

Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

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Crucial Penn State matchup looms By Peter Geppert The Daily Cardinal

Coming into Saturday’s game against Illinois, the Wisconsin football team (5-2 Big Ten, 9-2 overall) had struggled on the road. However, a second half comeback helped exorcise the Badgers’ road demons and sets up a do-or-die matchup with Penn State (6-1, 9-2) Saturday at Camp Randall Stadium. Defensively, the Badgers were able to come back on Illinois thanks to timely interceptions by seniors Antonio Fenelus and Aaron Henry as well as another by junior defensive back Shelton Johnson. Sophomore linebacker Chris Borland was again able to make an impact by recording double-digit tackles (18) for the sixth time this season in addition to forcing a fumble. Offensively, Bielema credited senior fullback Brady Ewing as well as junior running back Montee Ball with the offensive surge in the second half. “Montee Ball was our offensive MVP, as well as Brady Ewing. [Brady] had his best game of the year, he was always at the point of attack clearing space for the backs,” Bielema said. “A lot of times Brady is throwing the key block that the running back is able to read and go for yards.” Runs by senior quarterback

Russell Wilson and Ball capped a comeback win that set up a winner-take-all scenario against Penn State (6-1, 9-2) on Saturday where the victor will advance to the first ever Big Ten Championship game to be played Dec. 3 at Lucas Oil Field in Indianapolis. “It’s going to be a great moment to play Penn State, to play to go to the first-ever Big Ten championship game,” Wilson said. “Our team is excited, and I know the fans are excited. But at the same time, you have to remember it’s 100 yards. You have to keep your emotions in check.” Emotionally, the game Saturday comes with an unexpected twist for the Badgers as they take on a Penn State squad that is reeling from a sex abuse scandal that has devastated the university administration and football program, including beloved head coach Joe Paterno who was fired because of a failure to report alleged abuses. “Obviously, from our standpoint, you would have to be oblivious to not know what was going on, and we feel for everyone at Penn State,” Bielema said. “The students can sing Buttercup as much as they want to and Sweet Caroline also, as long as they give some respect to a group of seniors who have really earned it.”

Bielema remarked about how he would like the students to handle the game Saturday. On the field, the Wisconsin running game will be challenged by a defensive front seven for Penn State that ranks as one of the top group of linebackers and defensive linemen in the nation, allowing only 13.0 points a game which is third in FBS and leads the Big Ten. “They have a unit that is tops in that nation, and we have the guys to go back and forth with them. It should be a great battle,” Wilson said. The Badgers will have to account for Penn State senior defensive tackle Devon Still, who is considered the top defensive tackle in the conference and is expected to be a first round pick in the upcoming NFL draft. “[Still] has been very impressive with his combination of size, strength, and the ability to shed blockers.” Wilson remarked. Although Penn State has appeared anemic on offensive at times this season—their 20.9 points per game ranks 106th in the FBS this season—Bielema stressed the need to put pressure on senior quarterback Matt McGloin and cut off senior wide out Derek Moye who leads the team in receptions and receiving yards.

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Montee Ball rushed for 224 yards and three scores on Saturday. on the defensive side of the ball for the Badgers, recording a careerhigh 16 tackles as well as 1.5 tackles for loss and forcing two fumbles against the Fighting Illini. Borland’s second forced fumble set up a Wisconsin score that cut the Illinois lead to 17-14. This is the second time this season that Borland has been named Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week. By Ryan Evans / Thte Daily Cardinal

“McGloin is very accurate when given time and he has developed a real connection with the receiver [Derek] Moye.” Bielema said. Despite these challenges, both Bielema and Wilson were confident the senior class would rise to the challenge on Senior Day. “There’s just so much this group has accomplished both on and off the field. They have the chance to

earn three-straight 10 win seasons and have earned multiple all-academic Big Ten honors,” Bielema said. “These guys really deserve to be treated as champions.” “Madison has been a great experience and opportunity to continue my education and football career, and I will always remember the time have had with these guys,” Wilson added.

On gameday, stay classy Madison

Ball, Borland earn Big Ten Player of the Week honors Following Wisconsin’s 28-17 come from behind victory Saturday against Illinois, Badger junior running back Montee Ball and sophomore linebacker Chris Borland were honored by the Big Ten as conference co-offensive player of the week and conference defensive player of the week, respectively. Ball scored three touchdowns— two rushing and one receiving— against the Fighting Illini, upping his season total to 30 and making him only the fifth player in FBS history to score 30 or more touchdowns in a season. Ball had careerhighs of 38 rushes and 224 yards against Illinois, including 164 yards on 26 carries in the second half to fuel the Badgers’ comeback and surpass the 100-yard mark for the seventh time this season. This is the third time this season Ball has been named Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week. Borland was all over the field

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Quarterback Russell Wilson and the rest of the Badgers’ senior class is hoping to go out with a memorable victory.

The scandal exposed at Penn State University earlier this month is nothing short of devastating. Weeks after its initial surfacing, it is still a highly discussed issue on campus, especially with this Saturday’s upcoming matchup. When the Nittany Lions come to Madison this weekend, emotions are sure to run high. Per usual, we want to win, but we’re also playing a team recently led by some detestable people, a reality that stirs up strong emotions in most. Around campus, I’ve heard students joke about chanting “Pedo State” come gameday. Others have discussed switching out the “asshole” chant with “rapist.” One student even proposed shouting, “You rape little boys! You rape little boys!” This is a great university filled with countless brilliant minds. We know better than to shout

insensitive nonsense like this. When Penn State students rioted in the streets of State College, the rest of the country looked upon them with disgust and disbelief. That these people thought a man’s tarnished football career was a bigger injustice than the abuses committed against innocent children is ludicrous, and Nittany Lions fans proved themselves to be the same. Should we be angry? Absolutely—both as members of the Big Ten and as human beings. But we need to channel that anger into something proactive, not petty. If you feel so inclined, wear teal—the color of sexual assault awareness—to Saturday’s game. Donate money or get involved with foundations working to end child abuse. Forever think of Jerry Sandusky, Joe Paterno and the many others involved in the scandal as the

cowards they are, but please do not stoop to PSU fans’ level. It’s no secret that Badger fans can be vulgar. Students in particular have come under fire this semester for the “ES-FU” chant. In my opinion, that tradition is nothing compared to how students have threatened to behave come Saturday. The heinous suggestions I’ve heard people make in the last couple of weeks are immature, inappropriate and will lead to the same kind of condemnation Penn State fans earned themselves. Be classy, Badgers. We are the better football team. Let’s be the better fanbase, too. Promoting Awareness, Victim Empowerment (PAVE) is a student organization dedicated to ending sexual assault, dating/domestic violence and stalking on the UW-Madison campus through education and activism. Please send all feedback to

Men’s Cross Country

Wisconsin takes home fifth cross country national title By Matthew Kleist The Daily Cardinal

The Wisconsin men’s cross country team put together a dominating performance to win the 2011 NCAA National Championship late Monday morning in Terre Haute, Ind. to claim the program’s fifth national title. After winning their 13th consecutive Big Ten title, the Badgers entered the national championships as the No.1

ranked team in the country. Led by junior Mohammed Ahmed— Wisconsin’s top finisher who placed fifth—the team claimed their first national title under head coach Mick Byrne and the program’s first since 2005. Seniors Elliot Krause (17th place) and Ryan Collins (23rd), as well as junior Reed Connor (36th) joined Ahmed as AllAmericans for the Badgers. The combined time of the best seven times on the team

gave Wisconsin (97 points), a margin of victory of 42 points over the runner-up Oklahoma State (139 points). “We’re national champions, you can’t be anything but happy,” Byrne said. “We had that target on our back all along being ranked No. 1 and we knew it was going to come down to a real tough battle, and that’s how it played out.” contributed to this report.

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