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Officials: End ‘vulgar’ chant
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When the Big Red’s most notorious cheer gets labeled “profane,” “obscene” or “vulgar,” the student section normally responds: “Eat shit, fuck you.” Now, head coach Brett Bielema and Athletic Director Barry Alvarez are urging students to “end the vulgar chants.”
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For Homecoming Week, the College of Engineering Student Machine Shop and Pierce Manufacturing refurbished the Bucky Wagon, which traditionally drives Bucky Badger around Madison on game days.
Experts tackle higher ed issues By Corinne Burgermeister The Daily Cardinal
A panel of higher education experts discussed ways to combat what they consider the deteriorating educational quality of UW-Madison and universities around the country Thursday. The panel included former UW-Madison Chancellor John Wiley, UW-Madison Professor Sara Goldrick-Rab and Cary Nelson, the president of the American Association of University Professors. Wiley said a problem UW-Madison faces is that the administration has little control over money management. He said the university has a specific pool of money for each project, which is nontransferable. This, said Wiley, prevents the school from transferring one project’s extra money to another in need of additional funds. To curb universities’ deteriorating quality, Nelson said they must allow faculty certain rights. One priority, according to Nelson, is ensuring professors’ job security by granting them tenure, which is meant to protect those with controversial opinions or research from losing their jobs. “The people responsible for teaching your children have a special need to be protected from capricious dismissal,” Nelson said. According to Nelson, universities should permit faculty to voice controversial views and challenge students to question
their assumptions. While tenure does not guarantee teachers will utilize this allowance, it protects those who do, Nelson said. Nelson said another problem in higher education is the common belief that humanities programs have little importance. Recently, he said, society placed more value on science programs, leading to the cutting of many humanities programs. According to Nelson, these national struggles are long term and will not change overnight or even within the next year.
“Huge educational efforts need to be made by the public, and it’s not going to pay off anytime soon,” Nelson said. While universities continue to struggle, Goldrick-Rab said shared governance can help them achieve a high educational standard. She said although shared governance is a large time commitment, universities should not forget its importance. “This is your school and your teachers are your greatest allies. Student power is needed to transform how we provide education,” Golrick-Rab said.
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I’m sure a lot of faculty and staff don’t really like it, but it’s the culture around this place. Aaron Henry defensive back Wisconsin Badgers
Bielema and Alvarez released a joint statement to student season ticket holders Thursday, reading: “We believe you want to represent yourselves, your university and the football program in a classier manner than this. We believe you can have a great time at Camp Randall without
It’s not something you want to have showcased, people shouting out profanities. Bret Bielema head coach Wisconsin Badgers
Although its date of origin is unknown, the “Eat shit! Fuck you!” chant has become a game day tradition and one of Madison’s most famous cheers. But Bielema said he worries about the impression the chant might have on the university’s reputation, especially with recruits. “It’s not something you want to have showcased, people shouting out profanities,” Bielema told The Daily Cardinal. Bielema often receives letters about the chant, but said the ones that “really tug [his] heartstrings” are from parents with small children.
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City discusses Mifflin party, new apartment complexes By Kate Ray The Daily Cardinal
Members of the Mifflin Neighborhood Association discussed the future of the Mifflin Street Block Party and the construction of a new apartment complex on North Bassett Street Wednesday. Hannah Somers, Associated Students of Madison Legislative Affairs Chair, attended the meeting to propose the need for communication between students and Mifflin Street residents. “We’re looking for the students to speak out and say what they want to say,” Scott Kolar, president of Capital Neighborhoods, Inc., said. “The future of Mifflin Street Block Party really depends on the participation of the students in this process.” Somers said ASM designed a survey to spark students’ interest about the future of the block party. The survey addresses three main concerns, including student safe-
ty, student expectations for future block parties as well as what changes should be made to meet those expectations. Somers said ASM will send a campus-wide e-mail within the next few weeks asking all students to offer input. Also at the meeting, the association discussed the possibility of the construction of two new apartment complexes on Bassett and Johnson Streets near the Double Tree Hotel. Scott Faust, owner of a laundromat at 279 N. Bassett St., plans to construct a six-story apartment complex where the nonoperational laundromat currently stands. Association members granted Faust the waiver he requested to move his project forward despite missing the Sept. 27 deadline to submit his plans for future city committee agendas. According to Ald. Mike
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CFACT denied eligibility By Jessica Yao The Daily Cardinal
Student government leaders said the Collegians for a Constructive Tomorrow (CFACT) are not eligible to receive funding for the fourth consecutive year Thursday. The Student Services Finance Committee said CFACT intentionally violated an Associated Students of Madison policy two school years ago when they turned in equipment late. When CFACT presented their eligibility to SSFC Monday, the committee requested they bring evidence from the individuals who violated the policy to prove the violation was unintentional. But CFACT President Josh Smith said SSFC’s request was unfair. “I think it’s pretty unreasonable for you to hope that we can contact them and get evidence because they haven’t been in CFACT for three years now,” Smith said. Ultimately, SSFC denied the group funding on the same grounds as last year. Also at the meeting, the
mifflin from page 1 Verveer, District 4, one reason Faust wants to move forward soon is that the city is introducing plans for a park to be located within the Mifflin Street neighborhood and has been considering Faust’s property for the project. Faust said he hopes to break ground next August should city committees decide to relocate the implementa-
chant from page 1 “It’s all fun and games when you’re in college, but you’ve got to think big picture and what you’d want your five-year-old brother to hear or see,” he said. Badger defensive back Aaron Henry said players can often hear the chant from the field, and while he does not necessarily support the cheer, it does not bother him. “I’m sure a lot of faculty and staff don’t really like it, but it’s the culture around this place,” Henry said. “That’s almost like saying if I leave the stadium, I shouldn’t be
committee upheld SSFC Chair Sarah Neibart’s decision to deny the Multicultural Student Coalition an extension to their Oct. 17 budget deadline. Neibart said she denied the request because SSFC needs all groups’ budgets by their eligibility hearings. MCSC staff member Rebecca Pons said the group needed an extension so they could shift funds to pay for alumni to train members. She said Neibart did not have the authority to make the decision without the committee’s consent. “We believe it was out of jurisdiction for the SSFC chair to unilaterally throw out the budget alterations,” Pons said. Also at the meeting, SSFC deemed the Legal Information Center eligible for funding. LIC Director Ray LaBarge said he was excited SSFC granted his group eligibility. “I think that our services have been expanding for the last two years now, so this is something that is really needed,” LaBarge said. “I think it’s going to do a lot of good for the campus.” tion of the park elsewhere in the neighborhood. Ron Feddler, owner of the Inez apartment building on 511 W. Johnson St., also proposed his building plans to the association. Feddler hopes to tear down the current Inez building and construct a 12-story apartment complex in its place. But Feddler said his building plan will not come to fruition for at least another three years.
Recent debate over interpretation of the concealed carry law’s requirements may fundamentally alter the controversial law’s implementation throughout Wisconsin. While the law requires citizens to obtain certification from state or nationally certified firearm safety instructors and organizations, there is no mention of what constitutes sufficient training.
“A one-size-fits-all training requirement would be insufficient for some and unnecessary for others.” Chris Cox executive director National Rifle Association
According to Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen’s interpretation of the law, four hours of accredited firearms training is required to receive a concealed carry permit. To Rep. Evan Wynn, R-Whitewater, who does not
approve of the four hours of mandatory training, a blanket amount of training time is restrictive for some experienced gun owners. For others with a lack of firearm knowledge and experience, he said, four hours of training may not be enough. “When you train, you train to a standard. Whether a person could [sufficiently handle a gun] the first time … or if it took three days, you don’t let it go when the clock expires,” Wynn said. The National Rifle Association also opposes the four-hour requirement, according to an open letter sent to the Wisconsin Department of Justice. “A one-size-fits-all training requirement would be insufficient for some and unnecessary for others and would dissuade some otherwise eligible applicants from exercising their right [to carry concealed weapons] under the law,” Chris Cox, executive director of the NRA-ILA, said in his letter to Van Hollen. —Kendalyn Thoma and Rachel Hahn
TAA awarded for protests at Capitol The UW-Madison Teaching Assistants Association and Madison Teachers Incorporated received an award in Washington D.C. Wednesday for their protest efforts last winter against Gov. Scott Walker’s budget bill. The TAA accepted the Letelier-Moffitt Human Rights Award on behalf of the Wisconsin Progressive Movement. The award, presented by U.S. Rep. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wis., is given to human rights move-
ment leaders in the United States and the Americas. According to a statement from the TAA, the protests sparked a national movement, which “continue[s] to challenge an unjust status quo and breathe new life into the progressive movement.” The University of CaliforniaBerkeley Labor Center also recognized the TAA in September for “carry[ing] out acts of immense courage” during the protests, the statement said.
Man arrested in road-rage incident Police arrested a Madison man for a “road-rage” incident Tuesday after he threatened to beat a woman who he claimed cut him off in traffic on University Avenue. According to police, the woman, 21, said the 44-year-old man starting yelling at her after she merged left to avoid a car crash at the Park Street intersection, allegedly cutting him off. “The man got out of his car, and approached her’s armed with a small wood board,”
Madison Police Department Spokesperson Joel DeSpain said in a statement. “He was talking about beating her.” The man, who police contacted Wednesday, said “not only did the woman cut him off, but that she gave him the finger and swore at him,” according to DeSpain. The man said he got out of the car to confront the woman because his horn did not work, and carried a wood board in his hand “to defend himself in case the other driver was a man.”
offered a brat or a beer.” Dean of Students Lori Berquam told the Cardinal she wants that culture to change. “What do we really care about? What do we stand for? What do we want to be here as an institution?” Berquam asked. “That’s what I’m more worried about.” Student and Badger fan Eva Baldinger summed up the feelings of many students interviewed by the Cardinal Thursday. “It’s a tradition,” she said. “It’s part of Wisconsin. I know it’s a bad word, but it shows how passionate we are about our team.”
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Student season ticket holders received an e-mail Thursday urging them to “end the vulgar chants” at Badger home games.
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By Michael Penn II the daily cardinal
Rodney Lucas is not one to hide behind an image or a cloak. This Chicago-born hip-hop artist transcends the caricatures and archetypes of typical rap fare involving drug sales and stashed weapons through a permeating authenticity and unrestrained emotional depth. Raised in poverty on the streets of Madison with his family since he was 12, Lucas has seen the inglorious lifestyle of drug
The Skinny Who: F. Stokes Where: Majestic Theatre 115 King St. When: Oct. 16, door at 8 p.m., show at 9 p.m. Cost: $5 Why you should care: F. Stokes is coming home. This raw musician is bringing his talents to the stage at the Majestic Theatre. We have tickets to give away, so follow us on Twitter @DailyCardinal for information on how to win tickets.
dealing firsthand. Through his triumphs and tribulations, he has maintained an unwritten oath to spreading positivity through his full disclosure of the truths in his life. “If I’m gonna have the platform to be able to speak to people and have my words amplified,” he said. “I’m gonna make sure that I give them the exact truth at that moment.” Stage name F. Stokes, he emphasizes that his passionate tales of dreams, city life and urban decay do not contribute to any facade that he steps into once the stage lights dim. “I’ve done all those things. It’s not something I’m proud about, so I’d never brag about that,” he said. “It’s my job to be a conveyor of a positive message so that we can continue to do this thing for the next 40 or 50 years.” Once the lights dim down, however, F. Stokes establishes a level of raw intensity rarely seen in today’s live hip-hop scene; in fact, he feels obligated to become an example for his young audience. “As young black men growing up in the ghetto, we’re taught to not show emotion. We’re taught to not cry. We’re taught to keep this very statuelike image even through heart-
break,” Lucas said. This projection of restraint and masculinity molded his style into a complete contrast of such negative reinforcement; being human is the common denominator. Lucas’ development is largely attributed to his life of traveling. After high school, Lucas began his life anew in New York City performing a large string of odd jobs to make ends meet before his career flourished. Since then, he has personally sold over 10,000 mixtapes on his own. Being a traveling man is something that influences his performance on a larger level by incorporating his experiences into his charisma and presence. “I think the more you travel and the more you interact with people from different countries and different states … it only enhances the message,” Lucas said. “If I’m painting a picture, everywhere I go becomes a different color I can choose from in the paint bucket. At this point, my palate has loads of colors; the richness is directly associated with me traveling.” His travels have also enabled him to cross paths with popular Midwest producer Lazerbeak. “When I first met Lazerbeak … from that moment until now, I’ve lost at least 3 or 4 friends. So I say he saved my
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F. Stokes homecoming this weekend is sure to draw a crowd. life because he gave me hope. He put my career back on the operating table and pumped life into it.” The emotional weight behind their relationship led to the crafting of their 2009 album entitled “Death of a Handsome Bride.” As for Madison, every show is a homecoming for Lucas. He prides himself on establishing a grassroots fan base in a city where he once struggled with homelessness and the dangers of the drug dealing culture. His mom comes to almost every
show here, and even popular Midwest producer Lazerbeak appears for support most of the time. What makes him continue to come back? “Friends and family and just being able to perform my work in front of people that I used to work at the factory less than a mile away from the venue. At one time, I lived in the shelter that was 5 blocks from the venue I’m playin’ at. It makes it a very intimate story. I’m just grateful that you guys have been listening to the message.”
Chris Taylor CANT hold back at shows with new solo project By Sean Reichard the daily cardinal
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Chris Taylor brings his solo project to the High Noon Oct. 16.
Chris Taylor is a musical renaissance man: A serious musician since age 11, he plays a variety of instruments (including bass, flute and saxophone), produces records, manages his own label Terrible Records and now is making his debut as a solo artist. Taylor, who produces and plays bass for the band Grizzly Bear, will be coming to the High Noon Saloon under the moniker CANT on Sunday, Oct. 16. His first album Dreams Come True is a radical shift away from Grizzly Bear’s Beach Boy harmonies and poppy atmosphere, invoking dark city clubs with ominous electronics and vocals that seem to come from the shadows around streetlamps. For Taylor, making a solo record was not much of a surprise to him, considering everything he does on a regular basis with Grizzly Bear and his label. “I like working on music, and it’s pretty much that simple. So I decided I’d make a record,” he said. “It’s not out of step with my usual creative output, by any means.” In addition, Taylor said making Dreams Come True was a nice break from his usual duties playing and producing for other people. “Working on other people’s records is really cool, very interesting, I learn a lot,” Taylor said, “but ultimately it requires a lot of my time and energy and stuff, and I just felt like seeing what would happen if I invested that time and ener-
gy into something a little more personally rewarding.” For Taylor, pursuing CANT has been for fun, in lieu of greater recognition or attention away from Grizzly Bear. “My solo stuff is my own direction, it wasn’t some conscious, decisive effort to show my independence or any sort of cock crooning, feather puffing thing like that,” he said. Taylor added, “I am one fourth of Grizzly Bear, and [Dreams Come True] doesn’t sound like Grizzly Bear.” Taylor had much to say about producing, his method of producing and what he wants to achieve producing a certain band or artist. “There’s a certain amount where you have to let the musicians have fun and express themselves and make something they personally came with,” he said. “There’s a point too where I feel I can help guide what they’re doing, to a place I’ll like more, and that they will also like more.” Taylor also talked about managing Terrible Records and how he came about deciding to start a label. “As things progressed I guess, it seemed like an interesting and fun idea, in the sense that I record and work with bands, I thought it’d be cool if I could offer that,” he said. Taylor spoke broadly about the mission of Terrible Records as well. “We’re only going to release things we really, really believe in,” he said. “We need to keep things modest, so we don’t over extend ourselves and disappoint the bands and let them down.”
Finally, Taylor talked about performing CANT material live and the response people have been giving him during shows. “It’s four of us all together— keyboards, drums, guitar, bass. I’m really happy with the band,” he said. “In many ways, I think we’re kind of improving on the record, which is really exciting for me, to see it unfold.” For Taylor, CANT is like a breath of fresh air in his otherwise hectic life. “Having the full time job of Grizzly Bear and producing other stuff—I just have no time to sustain a kind of normal life—it’s sort of been freaking me out lately,” he said, laughing. “I’ve sort of made a point to scale back … doing the parts I love the most, which is writing, recording, and going on tour.”
The Skinny Who: Chris Taylor (CANT) Where: High Noon Saloon, 701 E. Washington Ave. When: Oct. 16, 8 p.m. Cost: $12 Why you should care: This multi-instrumentalist really knows what’s up, blending a lot of different styles into a coherent whole. Also, follow @DailyCardinal on Twitter for a chance to win a pair of tickets to Sunday night’s show, courtesy of Taylor’s management.
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ZACH THOMAE opinion columnist
isconsin has a highway problem. Our rural and urban interstate highways are 7th and 10th-worst in the country respectively. Congestion costs hundreds of millions of dollars (not to mention hours) every year. Any sensible person would agree that we should be rebuilding our infrastructure. But hold on a minute— Wisconsin has a budget problem. While the current budget shortfall is largely the recession’s fault, longterm funding for highway reconstruction looks bleak. Gas taxes were used to fund infrastructure, but then cars became more fuelefficient. Now, gas taxes wouldn’t come close to funding serious highway reconstruction. Of course, there is another way to fund reconstruction projects: road tolls. A new study from the Wisconsin Policy Research Institute shows that tolling could fund a significant portion of necessary construction and other projects in the future. According to the study’s estimates, tolls on new rural lanes would bring in $5.1 billion over ten years, $300 million more than the $4.8 billion it would cost to
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reconstruct those rural lanes. New lane tolls would only bring in 17 percent of the $8.7 billion needed to reconstruct the urban interstates over ten years, but a comprehensive congestion-based pricing scheme could cover 71 percent of the needed improvements. This nearly fullyfunded plan to rebuild Wisconsin’s infrastructure with long-term jobs to stop the slow death of public-sector employment makes the liberal in me very happy. But hold on another minute— taxes slow economic growth, and nobody should want that during a recession. Wouldn’t this just be an expensive way to make people stop driving? It is true that taxes—a toll is just another tax after all—can have adverse effects on economic growth. However, not all taxes are equally bad—for instance, a tax on income can make people less likely to invest, while a tax on consumption won’t. Plus, not all taxes are meant to raise money. By taxing something, the goal may be to end up with less of the substance, such as tobacco or pollutants. Tolls are actually used to do something besides raising revenue, namely to reduce congestion. Since drivers don’t usually have to pay to use a road, more people use it. In many places, it’s too many people. With too many cars on the road, traffic slows to a crawl, costing everyone time
and money. However, if it costs money to use a road for each use, fewer people will use it, making the number of drivers on the road reach a more manageable level. The economic takeaway is familiar: We don’t wan’t congestion. If we tax it, we can have less of it. Of course, the story doesn’t end here. Transportation can be a commercial activity—wouldn’t a tax on congestion, after causing fewer people to drive in an area, hurt that area’s economy? It’s easy to think this could happen. However, businesses in London, in an area with congestion pricing tolls, were more profitable, more productive and employed more people than those outside it. Similarly, in Trondheim, Norway, economic activity increased over the national trend after the addition of a toll. If the price of using the road can either be too low or too high, then there must be a point where the price is just right. Clearly, a road toll makes good economic sense. Making transportation more expensive is bad for business, but so is congestion. If a tax gets rid of one bad thing (congestion) more than it creates another (expensive transportation), it just might be a good idea. Furthermore, the idea also makes good political sense. By coming up with new funding for construction projects, it separates the need for rebuilt
highways from the politics of the state government keeping other spending down to pay for it. With other reasonable policies such as carbon taxes not up for debate, congestion pricing for our
roads is one of the best low-hanging fruit we have. We should grab it. Zach Thomae is a freshman majoring in computer science. Please send all feedback to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Badgers in search of improvement in Houghton By Ryan Evans the daily cardinal
For the young No. 18 Wisconsin men’s hockey team (0-0 WCHA, 1-1 overall), this season is a series of challenges. This weekend is no different, as the Badgers will play their first road series of the year against Michigan Tech (0-0 WCHA, 2-0 overall) to open WCHA conference play. Every weekend is a growing opportunity for UW’s inexperienced roster, and the Badgers will get their first taste of playing on the road in Houghton, Mich. this weekend. “I think getting on the road for the first series is a blessing in disguise,” Eaves said. “I don’t look at it so much as a challenge. I think it’s good to get on the road; it’s simpler. Sometimes if the pressure [of playing in front of your home crowd] is off, we can play a simpler game and just go have at it.” “It’s going to be a good learning experience going on the road
like this,” freshman forward Joseph LaBate added. One area that the Badgers will have to improve on as they start conference play is their power play. Wisconsin was a woeful 2-for-19 with the man advantage last weekend against Northern Michigan. Eaves suggested that poor ice quality may have been to blame for the team’s below par performance, but the players aren’t going to defer blame. “I’m not going to give any excuses,” sophomore forward Tyler Barnes said. “You could say it was bad ice or we didn’t practice enough, but in the end we didn’t get the job done.” “It’s early,” sophomore forward Mark Zengerle added. “I don’t think anyone is doing a bad job. We’re still gelling as a unit and feeling each other out, it just takes time. We’ve had more practice [on the power play] this week, so that will help us out this weekend.” The Badgers’ top line of
Finding a true national champion is something the BCS system cannot do Max Sternberg stern words
know it’s a bit early to start making bowl predictions, but the way things look right now, there is a fairly good chance that chaos will ensue following the conclusion of conference championship week. With 13 undefeated teams remaining, it seems that the college football world is heading full speed toward a collision with the annual disaster that is the BCS, leaving an undefeated team out of the national championship picture. But this year, the stakes could potentially get much higher. Only once in the history of the BCS has an undefeated power conference team been left out of the national championship game, that team being the 2004 Auburn Tigers, (under the four-bowl system, they were left out of the Orange Bowl) while USC and Oklahoma duked it out in Miami. USC ended up with the national title, now vacated, but the controversy remains. This year, we could potentially find ourselves in a situation where multiple undefeated teams are left out of the title game. In addition to SEC powerhouses LSU and Alabama (who will play each other on Nov. 5), Big 12 favorite Oklahoma just finished demolishing rival Texas and will be heavily favored until at least the final game of their regular season, played against fellow undefeated Oklahoma State. Beyond the perennial favorites, there is the obvious presence of Boise State. The Broncos having dismantled Georgia in Atlanta and now have only TCU in their way. Then there is Stanford and Wisconsin. Both power conference teams seem to be the far and away favorites in their respective conferences, obviously facing several conference road tests from here in but both likely to be heavily favored for the rest of the season. If both Stanford and the Badgers finish the regular season without a blemish, we will almost certainly have ourselves
a full-on controversy. But while the lack of depth among the power conferences has led to this situation, one in which multiple undefeated teams could be eliminated by the stroke of a voter’s pen, there is a reasonable solution. Let’s assume that between the undefeateds left in the Big 12 and SEC, two will remain undefeated through the end of the regular season. Given the tendency for the BCS formula to favor these two conferences, it is virtually impossible for any team to penetrate this matchup, no matter what margins of victory they might put together. Now let’s say that Stanford and Wisconsin also finish the season without a blemish. This would put them in the Rose Bowl for what is clearly the best-case scenario the folks in Pasadena could imagine. In fact, without the BCS, one could still argue that the national championship would be up for grabs in the granddaddy of them all. But with the BCS, it wouldn’t be. Still, the solution is right out there for the taking. Forget setting up the matchup for the BCS Championship game and put each of the four undefeated teams (forget Boise for now) in one of two bowls. Winners move to the BCS Championship game for a chance at the title. Yes, it would cost a bit of money in the short-term, but it would pay off immediately as the table would be set for a system that both preserves the tradition of the bowl system and at the same time gives us a national champion decided purely on the field. No team should ever finish a season undefeated and go home without a national championship trophy in hand. The fact that this occurs quite often is a testament to the absurdity of the BCS system. Right now, the BCS is set up to fail us yet again. But while the computers are already programmed to cause chaos, the opportunity is still there for cooler heads to prevail and for us to find a true national champion, on the field. Is the BCS Championship the best way to crown a national champion? Tell Max at max.sternber@ yahoo.com.
Zengerle, Barnes and sophomore forward Michael Mersch will have a big say in the success of both the power play and Wisconsin’s offense as a whole this season. The line was a combined -7 in last Friday’s loss, and was understandably disappointed with that effort. “We had a long talk after Friday’s game,” Barnes said. “We’re all roommates and we all had a long talk sitting on the couch about how embarrassed we were for ourselves and how we let the team down. We didn’t want to feel like that again.” The Mersch-Zengerle-Barnes line will be the Badgers’ top offensive line this season and serve as the number one power play unit. They want to be “the guys” offensively for Wisconsin this season. “We get all the ice time and the power play opportunities,” Zengerle said. “We’re excited to try and be a big line for our team and get the goals when we need them. We definitely want to be that line.” Wisconsin’s top line will look
to build on their success from last Saturday as they open conference play against Michigan Tech. According to Zengerle, the Badgers can’t afford to start off on the wrong foot because every point in the
WCHA is crucial. “These points are huge,” Zengerle said. “If you drop points in the WCHA they are really hard to pick up later in the year when everyone is bearing down.”
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Wisconsin’s top line, all sophomores, will need to improve on their power play execution as they open up WCHA play.
among players. “The Gophers are always a good series,” sophomore defender Kelly Jaminski said. “We’ve worked hard all week and we’re all just anxious and ready to go tomorrow night.” For the Badgers, this will not be the first time they face a difficult task in this young season. Wisconsin is coming off a sweep of then No. 6 North Dakota. In that series, North Dakota’s physical play and strong offense gave the Badgers all they could handle. “We got tested last weekend,” head coach Mark Johnson said. “They have worked hard, they’ve had success, they’ve had some adversity early on here and
they’ve battled through that.” The Badgers, as well as the Gophers, boost high-powered offenses that can be described as goal-scoring machines. However, the strength of these squads not only comes from their offense, but also from their ability to prevent opponents from putting the puck into the back of the net. Wisconsin has outscored their opponents this season 32-4 (though the Badgers put up 24 against Lindenwood alone), while the Gophers have outscored their opposition 24-1 (they’ve yet to play a team with a winning record last season). With these two teams being so evenly matched, and given their history of close and physical games, it comes down to which team works the hardest and gets to the puck first on both offense and defense. “Whoever works the hardest this weekend,” Jaminski said. “Whoever brings it to the table is going to be the one who wins.” If it really does come down to who works the hardest, Johnson is confident that his team will be prepared, even with his younger players. This confidence comes from preparation, and he believes that his team always prepares well for each opponent they face. “It’s how they prepare,” Johnson said. “When they drop the puck in a game situation we should be confident that we can play. And that’s where we’re at.” “It’s going to come down to execution and special teams,” Johnson said.
10 points and less than 265 yards of total offense per game. And after having only forced three turnovers in the non-conference portion of the season, the defense stepped things up against the Cornhuskers, turning the game around with three crucial interceptions late in the second quarter and on the opening drive of the second half. “In terms of areas of improvement, it’s just little things just to make the game flow even better than it already is,” Wilson
added. “And I think that, as a quarterback, you really have to be extremely critical of yourself all the time, and so I’m always doing that, and that’s how I’ve improved throughout the years.” Whether possible or not, the Badgers will be focused on that improvement process as they look to take care of business against Indiana before hitting the road four out of the next five weekends in what looks to be the make-or-break portion of the conference slate.
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The Wisconsin-Minnesota rivalry is the biggest in the nation, increasing the importance of this series for both teams.
College hockey’s best set to clash in Border Battle By Matthew Kleist the daily cardinal
When it comes to rivalries, there are none bigger than this. Playing this weekend are two teams, two schools that just do not like each other. The No. 1 Wisconsin Badgers (2-0-0 WCHA, 4-0-0 overall) host the No. 3 Minnesota Gophers (2-0-0, 4-0-0) in a Friday-Sunday series at the Kohl Center. In what is sure to be a thrilling weekend of hockey, two undefeated teams enter a matchup that is seemingly even on paper. “We’re excited,” junior forward Brianna Decker said. “It’s the biggest rivalry of the year.” The Border Battle is always a highly anticipated series
hoosiers from page 8 we can be on a daily basis.” While Wilson and company feel they have plenty of room for improvement, the numbers do not seem to agree. Having averaged over 48 points and 500 yards of total offense through the first five games, it is hard to see any room for improvement on the offensive side of the ball. Defensively, the Badgers have stepped things up as well, holding their opponents to just over
Weekend, October 14-16, 2011
Herald notarizes will, kisses wife goodbye Local priest on standby for last rites By Evan I Disco the daily cardinal
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Wisconsin’s 1-0 motto will be put to the test this weekend as the Badgers resist complacency against Indiana Saturday, as they gear up for their later road trips to Michigan State and Ohio State.
Business as usual against the Hoosiers By Max Sternberg the Daily Cardinal
Coming off of a much-needed bye week following an emotional win over Nebraska on Oct. 1, No. 4 Wisconsin (5-0 Big Ten, 1-0 overall) will finish off the homecoming celebrations with an 11 a.m. kickoff against Indiana. While the Hoosiers (1-5, 0-2) have struggled in head coach Kevin Wilson’s first year, they have plenty to play for as they come to Madison intent on making amends for last year’s 83-20 embarrassment at the hands of the Badgers. Although the Hoosiers will no doubt come into Saturday energized, this energy may ultimately prove worthless in the face of what is clearly a significant talent disparity. In their lone win over South Carolina State, Indiana held possession for over 35 min-
utes, a feat that will almost certainly not repeat itself at Camp Randall. Still, the Hoosiers have been very competitive in conference games against Illinois and Penn State, with plenty of incentive to continue that trend on Saturday. “I know that the win-loss record isn’t that good, but they’ve been competitive,” UW head coach Bret Bielema said at his Monday press conference. “If your team is improving each week, it makes a big statement to me, and they definitely do that.” But despite the obvious advantage the Badgers have on paper, there is always the added mental challenge of staying focused on the present with two crucial road games at Michigan State and Ohio State lying just on the horizon.
Having already surmounted what many felt was their biggest challenge in the Big Ten opener against Nebraska, the Badgers have to keep themselves from becoming complacent as it would only take a few poor possessions to derail all hopes of a national title. While that fear of complacency is a valid one, this Badger team feels prepared to deal with the temptation head-on. “I think that in terms of the players we have on this team, we have a lot of leaders,” UW senior quarterback Russell Wilson said Monday. “Coach Bielema is not going to allow us to coast and the captains aren’t going to allow us to coast. So, our mindset is to get better every day and just to push ourselves to try to be the best that
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After winning two of the past three matchups with the greatest scourge to infect this campus since “College Life,” The Daily Cardinal will take to the field at Vilas Park Friday to once again claim victory over The Badger Herald. Having already spent a month and-a-half kicking ass and taking names five days a week, the Cardinal staff will do battle with its foes in a flag football game sure to end with Cardinalistas once again tasting the sweet nectar of victory. Business manager Parker Gabriel and campus news editor Alex DiTullio will lead a twoheaded monster of a Cardinal offense w i t h quarterbacking skills that are said to have brought tears to the eye of Russell Wilson on numerous occasions.
“These Herald punks ain’t gonna know what hit ‘em. Step off the tracks, bitches, ‘cause the pain train’s coming.” Rachel Schulze copy cheif The Daily Cardinal
“They are the kind of guys I wanted for my team,” Wisconsin football head coach Bret Bielema said. “But they didn’t want to limit their asskicking time to just Saturdays, so now they just rock campus journalism on a daily basis, and
football once a year.” The best chance the Herald has to avoid complete and utter embarrassment, beyond the kind its staff brings upon itself Monday through Friday, will be if all-star city news editor ____________ comes through with a big game. ____________ has been a force in the Herald’s news department, providing quality coverage of important events while also totally existing. The Cardinal juggernaut, not to mention the hard-nosed physical force that is copy chief/defensive lineman/love child of of Clay Matthews and a bottle of Sriracha sauce Rachel Schulze, will undoubtedly prove too much for their weakened opponents. “These Herald punks ain’t gonna know what hit ‘em. Step off the tracks, bitches, ‘cause the pain train’s coming,” Schulze said. “Ixnay off my dicksnay,” she added. “That’s pig Latin, itchbay.” One source broke ranks with the Herald pack to divulge the paper’s back-up plan. “Essentially,” the source said on the condition of anonymity, “our plan is to do exactly what we’ve done all year: watch what the Cardinal is doing, then shamelessley copy it.” Although this tactic has not worked yet this year, Cardinal strategizers are nonetheless on their guard. “If all else fails, we pull out our secret weapon,” Editor in Chief Kayla Johnson said. “Actual talent.”