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JILLIAN LEVY one in a jillian
ummers in Madison are a beautiful thing. Pitchers on the Terrace, Concerts on the Square, laying out on the Kohl Center lawn and for some lucky students like myself, hours and hours of laboring for near minimum wage. The summer of ’08 was like a dream for me. Working part-time as a bartender at the Nitty Gritty and spending my entire paychecks on liquor and chicken hummus plates at Mediterranean Café—I couldn’t have loved my life more. However, upon my return from a semester in London this May, I found myself in a precarious position I had never before been: broke and homeless. Like, I had a packet of Mentos, an Illinois Driver’s license and $0.76 to my name. OK, technically I wasn’t homeless. I just couldn’t move back into my apartment with my beloved roommate until my carpet-staining, long blondehair shedding sublettor packed up and
got the hell out of my space. So for two and a half weeks, I did what any self-respecting, acceptablyattractive-when-viewed-throughbeer-goggles, college female would do. I shacked up with a former ﬂing and kept a few changes of clothes in my car. It worked out rather well, minus when I needed to shower and said ﬂing was at work so I’d sit at Starbucks, stinking the place up until I found somewhere to bathe or gave up and used the bathroom sink for a quick rinse. The staff was totally OK with it and never once threatened to call the MPD ... I swear. Wasting time when you’re homeless is not an easy thing to do. There are only so many free papers with sudokus and I’m not quite smart enough for crossword puzzles, so newspapers offered minimal consolation. Accessing the internet was easy enough, thanks to the bountiful free Wi-Fi on State Street, but not being able to shop online was too taunting and painful so I abandoned my laptop and found other ventures to entertain me. Luckily, I managed to convince my managers at the Gritty to let me have my bartending job
back after having abandoned it for five months. That meant I had something legal and moderately enjoyable to do four or five nights a week. It was the hours between noon and six when I found myself staring at walls endlessly, wondering if I were to lick them, would I die from lead poisoning? With another stroke of luck, I snagged a job on Bascom working for a campus ofﬁce. Another relatively easy and enjoyable job of doing little more than walking around campus, answering phones and using my mean graphic design skills to create the sweetest looking handouts in the world. As thrilled as I was to ﬁnd a second job in this hopelessly crumbling economy, it exposed me to something I thought had died out in the 19th century: slave labor. Suddenly I found myself sleeping a maximum of four hours a night, forced to eat Uncle Ben’s rice sides for two meals a day because nothing else can cook in a microwave in 90 seconds and I just didn’t have any extra time to spare. Showering, which I already view as nothing
more than a necessary evil, was eliminated from my daily routine because 20 extra minutes in bed is entirely more valuable than smooth legs and greaseless hair. OK technically I got paid for everything I did (and actually, pretty well), but what’s the point in having any money if you don’t have the chance to drink it all away spend it on fun and educational weekend activities? So, unlike the rest of you 35,000 Badgers who are dreading the start of classes, I can’t wait. For me, the beginning of this school year signiﬁes the end of my homelessness and a reduction in my 70-hour-a-week work weeks. And the return of my former drinking habits and promiscuous ways. So welcome back to school. I can’t wait. Anything, including packed lectures in an over-heated, unventilated Humanities classroom, is better than slaving away all summer. I promise. Want to get active about defeating slave labor? Tired of working endlessly for minimum wage? Don’t bother contacting Jillian at email@example.com because she’s over-tired and frankly, just doesn’t care.
Summer News Recap: Kollege Klub license suspended by city By Caitlin Gath THE DAILY CARDINAL
City officials voted Aug. 6 to suspend the liquor license of a popular campus bar at a special hearing of the Alcohol License Review Committee. The Kollege Klub, 529 N. Lake St., will have its liquor license suspended from Dec. 13, 2009, through Jan. 11, 2010, because of continued problems with violence, underage drinking and overconsumption. During its four-week hiatus, the KK will be completely out of service, unable to serve alcohol or food. Assistant City Attorney Jennifer Zilavy and Sgt. Anthony Fiore of the Madison Police Department, who filed the original complaint against the bar, both said they felt the timing of the suspension was heavy enough
but still fair. While it is closed, the bar will lose business from the New Year’s holiday and several basketball and hockey games. Zilavy also stressed that 2007 and 2008 were relatively bad years for the KK, but that 2009 has seen improvements. “It’s embarrasing, it’s humbling ... There’s nobody else to blame but myself, I dropped the ball.” Bruce Meier owner Kollege Klub
Bruce Meier, owner of the bar, hired a Milwaukee company to come in and evaluate the bar’s current practices. Meier said the outcome of the evaluation was positive overall,
aside from discovering two bartenders were stealing money. The company was happy with the door and ﬂoor operations and the other bartenders reviewed. The KK came under scrutiny in May for similar offenses, but Fiore said one of the reasons no dramatic improvements have been seen is because the campus area is much quieter during the summer months. Still, Meier said he completely understands what the police are asking of him and will be overly cautious and aggressive in taking care of the violent acts and underage patrons. “It’s embarrassing, it’s humbling and it’s terrifying that I’m sitting here after 37 years,” he said. “We’re going to do everything we can to make the Kollege Klub a good place. There’s nobody else to blame but myself. I dropped the ball.”
Meier also said this is the most comfortable he has felt working with the MPD.
“There’s an open door of communication between us and the MPD.” Bruce Meier owner Kollege Klub
“Sgt. Fiore has been around, he has experience and there’s an open door of communication between us and the MPD,” he said. “I don’t think we’ve always had that.” Meier said he will take full responsibility for training all staff in current liquor laws and calling the police when anything looks like it might be an act of violence.
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Gov. Doyle will not seek re-election in 2010
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Gov. Jim Doyle announced Aug. 21 that he would not run for a third term after his current term ends in 2010. Doyle said he intends to serve out the remainder of that term.
Campus reﬂects on Doyle’s tenure By Kelsey Gunderson THE DAILY CARDINAL
As Gov. Jim Doyle prepares to end his second term in ofﬁce, UW-Madison students and ofﬁcials reﬂect on Doyle’s commitment to higher education during his time in ofﬁce. Doyle announced his decision not to run for re-election Aug. 21 at a press conference held at Randall Elementary School. Mike Tate, Democratic Party of Wisconsin state chair, said Doyle’s choice of location for his announcement reﬂects his priorities throughout his two terms in ofﬁce. “The fact that he made his announcement at an elementary school, the school he attended, is a
DOYLE’S CAREER 1976 Elected Dane County district attorney
1982 Worked as an attorney in private practice
1990 Elected as Wis. attorney general
2002 Elected as governor of Wisconsin
2009 Announces he will not seek third term
symbol of how strong his commitment is to education,” he said. According to Kevin Reilly, UW System president, Doyle worked hard to support many key items on the UW System agenda, such as increasing ﬁnancial aid and the number of students in Wisconsin who receive a higher education. Reilly said despite the current economic situation, he felt Doyle did his best to continue to provide funding for the UW System. “He recognizes the key role that the university plays in driving the state’s economic engine and the importance of maintaining the university’s quality, access and affordability,” he said. According to Tate, Doyle also worked closely with President Obama in ensuring that education was a vital component of the stimulus package. Doyle’s recently passed budget, however, requested large sums of money from UW-Madison in the form of segregated fees. According to
Kurt Gosselin, former chair of the Student Services Finance Committee, this loss of funds had adverse affects on the Associated Students of Madison. Gosselin said although education was one of Doyle’s main priorities, he felt the governor could have spent even more time focusing on the UW System. “It obviously would be nice if the governor could have worked with the legislature to provide more funding for UW-Madison, but that might have been an unrealistic expectation,” he said. Doyle announced he intended to fully serve the remainder of his term, citing that without the pressures of an election in the future, he will be able to focus on important issues like education. “Over the next year and a half, I will be the governor, and not a candidate,” he said. “And I believe that
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After Gov. Jim Doyle announced he would not seek re-election last week, many were left wondering if his retirement would lessen the political competitiveness of Wisconsin’s 2010 gubernatorial election. Some speculated Doyle’s choice reﬂected a belief that he wouldn’t win a third term, though Doyle attributed his decision to his belief that a governor should inherently be limited to two terms. “This is the norm in this country. The president and most governors are limited to two terms by law … it has largely been Wisconsin’s practice over its history,” he said at his announcement. Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker, a candidate for the Republican nomination, said he
Edgewater renovation met with criticism from residents By Caitlin Gath THE DAILY CARDINAL
Madison’s Edgewater Hotel, located at 666 Wisconsin Ave. and one of the city’s most impressive landmarks, could receive a sizeable makeover by early 2010, but not without many hurdles. At an informational neighborhood meeting hosted Tuesday by Ald. Bridget Maniaci, District 2 and Ald. Mike Verveer, District 4, many residents seemed apprehensive toward redeveloping the Edgewater. Most residents wanted assurance that the natural aesthetics of the waterfront and original design of the building would be left intact. Ledell Zellers of the Mansion Hill Steering Committee, a volunteer organization opposed to over-developing the area, said the city has already lost many of its historic aspects and doesn’t need to lose another. However, the president of Hammes Company—the real estate development company leading the project—claimed the hotel had the potential to be a ‘vision’ in the Mansion Hill neighborhood.
“We’re creating a distinctive hotel and a portal to the lakefront,” President Bob Dunn said. “We want a complement to Monona Terrace.” Dunn also noted that a proposal this size would bring several critical beneﬁts to the neighborhood. Dunn said stabilizing and improving city property values, creating close to 1,000 jobs and strengthening the residential base of the neighborhood were some of the beneﬁts. Among residents’ other concerns with the development was public access to the waterfront. Lead architect David Manfredi said a streamlined architecture would provide a personal and residential space that would enhance the public’s view of Lake Mendota. One Madison resident said he has never been so inspired by the designs and never thought something of this magnitude could happen to the Edgewater. Still, residents wanted answers to concerns about tax increases for residents within District 2, the site of the hotel. edgewater page 5
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Tuesday’s neighborhood meeting about the Edgewater Hotel included a presentation from proponents of the renovation.
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Doyle’s decision raises speculation on 2010 race By Hannah Furfaro
was surprised not only by Doyle’s decision, but also his choice to ﬁnish his term. “I think it was clear that this was a guy who was raising money and was doing all the likely things to run for re-election … but, it was a combination of negative poll numbers combined with a bad budget that people were just starting to feel the impact of and the ﬁnal straw was probably our [campaign’s] fundraising,” Walker said. Charles Franklin, a UWMadison professor of political science, said a re-election bid for Doyle looked harder for 2010 than in 2006. Doyle’s announcement came in the wake of the completion of the 2009’11 biennial budget that promised to doyle page 6
ASM may change freshman eligibility By Anna Discher THE DAILY CARDINAL
A new proposal, if passed by the Associated Students of Madison, would allow ﬁrst-year students to run for the freshman seats on student council regardless of their standing as a student. According to the UW-Madison Ofﬁce of the Registrar, a freshman is deﬁned as a student with fewer than 24 credits. With the abundance of AP courses and other opportunities to earn college credit before attending college, many new students enter with sophomore standing. “If a ﬁrst-year student comes in with 25 credits, [he or she] can’t run for student council until May,” ASM Chair Tyler Junger said. “In the current system they are deferred for a year.” With four ofﬁce seats available to freshman in ASM, Erik Paulson, an ASM representative, introduced a proposal deﬁning the eligibility of students running. His pro-
posal states these four seats should be available to ﬁrst-year students regardless of the number of credits they have entering the university. “A friend of mine, the SSFC chair, wanted to run for the student council but he had too many AP credits to do that,” Junger said. “So situations like that aren’t going to happen anymore if this bylaw change does go through ... the beneﬁt really is that it is more fair, right now it is not fair to those students who have a large number of AP credits from high school.” According to the UW-Madison Ofﬁce of the Registrar, a ﬁrst year student is an undergraduate that has never previously attended a post-secondary institution regardless of academic level. “It will be more inviting and it will bring more people … more people will be eligible to run in the fall so hopefully we will have fresher voices … potentially a more broad asm page 4
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Owner says Ram Head may never reopen By Ryan Hebel THE DAILY CARDINAL
Another bar bites the dust? Could be, according to Richard Lyshek, who
says there’s a “good chance” his Ram Head Ratskellar may never reopen. Madison’s Alcohol License Review Committee suspended the Ram
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Ram Head Ratskellar, located at 303 N. Henry St., faced heavy criticism from Madison police and now may be closed for good.
Head’s liquor license throughout July in response to police complaints about the bar’s underage drinking violations. The suspension ended Aug. 1 on the condition that Lyshek begin using electronic ID scanners, which Lyshek said will be “a nonissue” in his decision-making. Lyshek, who has owned the bar for 17 years, said a recent shift in bar business and drinking habits simply clamped down his proﬁts. “You can’t make money when you don’t have anyone in your bar until 12:30 a.m. I mean, an hour and a half of business doesn’t pay the bills,” Lyshek said. Lyshek said the recent spike in house parties and liquor store sales hurt other bars near State Street, like the now-closed Angelic, Crave, Stillwater, State Bar and Whitehorse Inn. He also said Madison police have unfairly targeted his bar. “They were treating me like I was running a dangerous crack house when I had probably one of the lowest disorderly incidents … there were never any ﬁghts, there were never any problems,” Lyshek said.
According to Ald. Mike Verveer, District 4, Madison police did give Ram Head “a lot of extra attention.” Lyshek, though, was also concerned with police crowd control. “I was appalled at how I saw students abused at my bar. They were handcuffed, humiliated, thrown against the wall, thrown on the ground … it was just stunning,” Lyshek said. Police Sergeant Tony Fiore challenged Lyshek to report a speciﬁc incident of poor policing. “We do not have an axe to grind with Mr. Lyshek … I think he showed an inability to properly screen people who were underage. I don’t know what he would expect us to do if every time we go there we’re able to locate numerous underage drinkers,” Fiore said. Ald Verveer said it won’t be easy for another bar to succeed in the Ram Head’s “tough location.” “Not everyone wants to be in a basement with no windows … I actually think it might be a great location for a bowling alley or live music venue,” Verveer said.
Sigma Phi Epsilon to rebuild house By Caitlin Gath THE DAILY CARDINAL
The Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity house, 237 Langdon St., which was completely destroyed by a fire in May 2008, recently began its long road to reconstruction. According to Ryan Sugden, alumni board vice president of the fraternity, though the fire occurred more than a year ago, many unknown details and specifics prevented the rebuild from moving at a faster pace. Sugden also said the fraternity’s alumni board aggressively pursued a number of different housing options on campus, including purchasing a new property, before the insurance settlement was reached. “We recently reached a settlement with our insurance company, which was the last hurdle before we could bring the house down,” Sugden said. “We are now in a good position to quickly move ahead with rebuilding.” Although the fraternity is content with focusing on the future, according to Lt. Brad Olson of the Madison Fire Department, the cause of the fire remains undetermined. “We’ve never received any more information to help us reach a conclusion,” Olson said. “The case is still open, but we’ve exhausted most of the information that we’ve obtained.” The downtown and campus
area has not seen any fires of this magnitude over the past year, but Olson emphasized that fires occur downtown almost every weekend because of people doing such things as lighting kiosks and trash cans on fire. “We try to educate the downtown community on fire safety—just be smart and make smart decisions—but it’s hard for some of these people to understand,” he said. Some of the smart decisions Olson likes to focus on are making sure smoke detectors are working and being aware of your surroundings. “More than likely we’ll see an increase in the number of responses downtown as more people move in and school starts up again,” he said. “People have to be very diligent about their fire behavior and their behavior in general.” Ald. Bryon Eagon, District 8, who represents the Langdon neighborhood, said he hopes the rebuild will strengthen not only the Langdon area, but the Greek community as a whole. “I think anytime you have a burnt-out empty structure in a vibrant student neighborhood it detracts from the potential of the area, so I’m excited to see some redevelopment,” he said. Anyone with information to help the MFD is encouraged to call 608-266-4488 and leave a message with Lt. Olson.
ASM move-out night a success aside from low event turnout By Kelsey Gunderson THE DAILY CARDINAL
The Associated Students of Madison provided UW-Madison students with a safe place to sleep during move-out weekend Aug. 14 and 15 at the Student Activity Center, 333 East Campus Mall. Since most campus leases end on Aug. 14 and new leases don’t usually begin until Aug. 15, many students are left without a home for the night. Aside from offering students a shelter for the night, the ﬁrst annual Move-Out Night allowed students whose leases ended early to stop by for food, entertainment and free parking. Hannah Karns, former ASM vice chair and one of the event coordinators, said she suggested the idea said after she experienced a homeless night herself. She said ASM circulated a survey throughout campus and found that over 80 percent of students who responded said they would like ASM to address the issue of homeless periods during move-out weekend. According to a release, approximately one third of the SAC’s capacity was ﬁlled with homeless students throughout the night. Karns said although the turnout was lower than expected, there were many students present who were thankful for the event because they had nowhere else to stay. “In speaking with the students that were present at the building, these students really had nowhere else to go,” she said. “The fact that we were able to provide a safe and secure shelter for them was really great.” Karns said the most successful part of the event was the free parking. She said approximately 280 vehicles stayed in the parking lot over night, and there were no reported break-ins. Katy Ziebell, Move-Out Night coordinator, said because ASM partnered with several other student organizations, the event was a great way for students to get involved with other campus organizations. “Overall, the event went really well,” she said. “We’re looking forward to the future and what it means for different groups on campus.” Ziebell said ASM plans to use statistics from a survey given to attendees to plan for a similar event during the 2010 move-out weekend and to increase participation. “In some capacity we’ll continue to do it,” she said. “We’re excited to get back to the drawing board to see what we can come up with for the future.”
Van Hollen says he will not defend domestic partnership law Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen announced Friday he will not represent the state of Wisconsin in defense of the state domestic partnership registry in a lawsuit The suit, ﬁled by Wisconsin Family Action earlier this month, hopes to declare the domestic partner registry unconstitutional. Van Hollen cited the 2006 amendment to the state constitution banning same-sex marriage as justiﬁcation of his decision.
asm from page 3 range of voices,” Junger said.
“My oath isn’t to the legislature or the governor. My duty is to the people of the state of Wisconsin and the highest expression of their will—the Constitution of the state of Wisconsin,” he said in a statement. Katie Belanger, executive director of the advocacy group Fair Wisconsin, said Fair Wisconsin is disappointed by Van Hollen’s decision and will play an active role in proving the constitutionality of the
domestic partnership registry “The attorney general was elected to defend the state of Wisconsin from exactly this type of legal challenge, and we regret that he has chosen not to do so,” she said in a statement. On Aug. 25 Doyle appointed Madison attorney Lester Pines to defend the state in place of Van Hollen in the domestic partnership case. —Hannah Furfaro
Junger said the ASM council voted Saturday to approve the new rule, but because it is a bylaw change
it also has to go through the next council meeting before any decision can be made.
Wisconsin cooperatives proposed as model for nationwide plan By Justin Eells THE DAILY CARDINAL
The debate over health-care reform may turn to a proposal that includes using non-profit cooperatives with Wisconsin coops as a model for nation-wide implementation. President Obama’s administration said last week it may accept a plan that includes using memberrun health-care cooperatives. Wisconsin already has a number of independently run co-ops. Group Health Cooperative of South Central Wisconsin, marketed exclusively in Dane County, currently insures 62,044 members. “We have kind of ﬂown under the radar as a cooperative for 35 years,” said Al Wearing, market-
edgewater from page 3 According to the Mansion Hill group, Hammes Company is requiring $16.8 million in tax incremental financing. Although not everyone is content with plans to move ahead, Verveer noted that the neighbor-
ing director for Group Health Cooperative of South Central Wisconsin. Wearing said the cooperative system is not perfect, and some government action would still be necessary to make sure all applicants are accepted. He said accumulation of capital and membership would also be a “signiﬁcant venture.” “I think the issue for President Obama is, if he tries to expand this, how do you start up cooperatives like GHC all over the country?” John Mullahy, UW-Madison professor of population health services, described the health-care issue in Wisconsin as a “triangle of quality, access and cost.” He said Wisconsin excels in insurance
coverage but has room to improve in terms of quality and cost. According to Mike Tate, state chair of the Democratic Party of Wisconsin, a signiﬁcant percent of Wisconsin residents have healthcare coverage. “We are a national model, we rank second in the nation in terms of health-care access.” Whether public or non-profit, some advocates of the co-op model agree health insurance cannot continue to be provided by private firms. “I also believe that the politicians are willing to consider it as an alternative to the public plan only because it is non-proﬁt and it’s not owned by ‘big corporations’,” Wearing said.
hood process is important to city ofﬁcials, and Tuesday’s meeting was only the ﬁrst of many opportunities for public comment. Dunn left citizens with the notion that the Edgewater could turn Madison into a destination city. “This could be a student union for adults,” he said. “I’m fairly
conﬁdent we’ll see a wide array of people who will want public access to this space.”
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King Street party to provide last-minute summer fun The end of summer may be near, but that doesn’t mean the fun has to stop. The King Street Block Party, to be held Saturday, Aug. 29, could be the answer to prolonging some of that last-minute, coveted summertime fun. A Madison favorite according to the Isthmus, the block party will be held near campus on the 100 block of King Street [the opposite end of the Capitol from State Street]. Beginning at 3 p.m. and lasting until midnight, there will be ample time to enjoy the festivities. Ancora Coffee will offer some of its celebrated coffee drinks while
reﬂections from page 3 without all the politics we can get a lot done.” Doyle said he intends to focus on completing the Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery and creating a new
Madison-area DJ Nick Nice will feature some of his best music. Around 7 p.m. the Taste of King Street will take place, highlighting some of the best Capitol-area food on the Square. Tutto Pasta, Madison’s Restaurant, Opus Lounge, Woof ’s, Café Continental, Kushi Bar Muramoto and The Local Tavern will all be participants. Also at the party will be alternative country group, The Blueheels, as well as 1970s cover band, VO5, complete with original costumes and a light show. For those who prefer to drive, street parking will be available and parking ramps will also be open. Wisconsin Energy Institute. Gosselin said now people have to wait to see what Doyle has in store for the remainder of his term. “[Doyle] has a unique opportunity,” he said. “I’m curious to see what he has to offer.”
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Peace Park redesign plans move forward By Caitlin Gath THE DAILY CARDINAL
As a common stomping ground for many Madison residents, Lisa Link Peace Park, located at 400 State St., is on track to receive an impressive renovation in the near future. Madison’s Urban Design Commission held its second informational meeting over the summer to continue to ﬁnalize designs for the park. According to project manager Mike Sturm, collaboration has been key to making ﬁnal decisions. Architects have collaborated with Madison’s Central
Business Improvement District, the Madison Police Department and the Parks Division to try to best serve the city’s needs and to take into consideration the design commission’s previous suggestions. Minor concerns with preliminary designs motivated architects to design a space that ﬂows off State Street, while at the same time using durable materials to prevent vandalism. As part of the renovation, a performance and large block seating area, combined with an interactive fountain space, will likely be the main focus of the park.
Also in the plans is a public visitor center, which could possibly have a stone and brick facade, while a garden pavilion located in the back will face the park. However, Ald. Marsha Rummel, District 6, emphasized the need for the visitor center to keep in line with the existing structures already on State Street. “It doesn’t really say State Street, it says a big park on the lake,” she said of the preliminary design. “It doesn’t read right for me. This is a public building.” Carter Arndt, a leading architect
with the project, said the intent of the visitor center is to signify something different. “It’s to be a gateway to a public park and add to the quality of urban fabric,” he said. “It marks that transition ... the intentional decision to be different.” Rummel and other members of the design commission stressed the desire for a public space that would come together and be representative of Lisa Link as a former activist. The city will not speciﬁcally be pursuing an environmentally efﬁcient design for the renovation.
doyle from page 3 close a record $6.6 billion deﬁcit, the recent resignation of Doyle’s chief legal counsel after it was discovered she was not licensed to practice law in Wisconsin, and a 34 percent approval rating. “I think the situation economically gives the Republicans an opportunity to rebound … [but] I think the ﬂip side is that a Democrat other than Doyle can run and simultaneously disagree with some of Doyle’s policies,” Franklin said. Walker said Doyle’s decision could give Republicans ground in the 2010 election. “Until these candidates on the Democratic side stand up and disavow the policy of Governor Jim Doyle, they are essentially the same policies without the name identiﬁcation,” he said. Mike Tate, state chair of the Democratic Party of Wisconsin, disagreed with negative sentiments regarding Doyle’s decision. He said it is always difﬁcult to lead during a tough economic climate but did not believe this affected Doyle’s decision. “I don’t think that had anything to do with his decision not to run, in fact I know it didn’t,” Tate said. “The governor was not scared of the fact that Wisconsin was in challenging times, and I think he is excited that he can spend the next sixteen months focused solely on getting Wisconsin’s economy back on track.” Tate said the way Doyle handled large budget deﬁcits, the healthcare framework he established and his early opposition to the same-sex marriage ban showed strong leadership. He emphasized Doyle did not always do “what was politically convenient” and said Doyle was willing to take a strong stance on controversial issues. He said he was disappointed Doyle would not run for a third term but said he expects an exciting governor’s race in 2010. “If [Doyle] would have run we would have had a strong leader at the top of the ticket, but with that said, we are in a great place to elect another Democratic candidate,” he said. Lt. Gov. Barbara Lawton has already announced her candidacy for governor. Other potential candidates include Rep. Ron Kind, D-La Crosse, Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett and Dane County Executive Kathleen Falk.
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Captured in Ethiopia: An American nightmare
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A UW-Madison sophomore recounts her experience being detained and deported from her host country of Ethiopia. Story by Rory Linnane
strong hand planted stifﬂy on my shoulder and sent shivers through my body, freezing every muscle as I stood on my host family’s front lawn in Ethiopia. I slowly turned as my eyes traveled up a large arm and over to the other arm, which was grasping an AK-47. I looked up at his face as he glanced back at two other armed men and his lips parted into a grin. At this point I was halfway through a two-month summer trip to teach English in Haramaya, Ethiopia, through Learning Enterprises, a nonproﬁt student-run organization. Fourteen volunteers and a student program coordinator were staying with host families in eastern Ethiopia.
Capture I was on my way to school with two other volunteers July 9 when I was stopped by the three armed men on my lawn. We later learned they worked for the Ethiopian National Intelligence Agency. “You need to come with me to the police station for questioning, all of you,” the man who stopped me said. “Why?” I demanded. No response. Oh, right, I thought, authorities in Ethiopia don’t respond to that question. I learned it was dangerous to question their government. Any time I tried to discuss politics in a public place I was quickly hushed. As an American citizen on Ethiopian soil, I had no more rights than the Ethiopian people. A couple minutes after my foolish “why” question, we were ﬂailing and yelling for help while the men shoved us into the back of a car.
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Not knowing who was taking me or where I was going, the tears came abruptly like a kid in a grocery store who suddenly looks up to ﬁnd she has lost her mother. My remaining dignity left with the breath stuttering out through my quivering mouth. I cried tears heavy with the universal fear felt by humans deprived of basic human rights. At that moment I felt perhaps the greatest connection with the Ethiopian people as I was forced to face what they struggle against every day. In the next town over, we pulled into the police station where more volunteers from our program were waiting. We sat in the police ofﬁce where we were watched ﬁdgeting for hours before they told us that we were missing “a document” required for teaching in Ethiopia—a document to be discussed with ofﬁcials in the capital 10 hours west, Addis Ababa. Commanded to pack all of our things for the trip to Addis, we concluded we probably wouldn’t be coming back to the town we had grown to call home. Back at my host family’s house, trying to keep my eyes dry enough to pack my bags, I avoided looking anyone in the eyes. My efforts became futile when I opened the front pocket of my pack and found all the gifts I had planned to give my host family. “Why are you crying?” the men asked me, laughing from behind their AK-47s. “This is my family,” I whispered. “You are taking me from my family.” Giving words to my emotions solidiﬁed them into a burning anger that replaced my fear and sadness. I thought of my students who waited hours on end for the chance to get into 50 minutes of class,before going home to help their family
scrape up a living. They were certainly waiting at school for us now. And here was their government, ignorant and self-important, carting away free teachers and guarding us with 10 armed men in case we tried anything.
If we had the cash on us to change our ﬂights, we could do so; otherwise it was Ethiopian jail until our original ﬂights left, which was a month later for me. We did not believe we had enough cash for all of us, but our goal to stick together remained intact.
Detention We drove all day toward Addis. In the morning we began requests for lunch that went unsatisﬁed, and in the afternoon we tried for dinner. Finally they gave in and we pulled over to a roadside shop. An ofﬁcial went to the shop and came back with a small pack of crackers for us all to split. We kept driving into the night until we stopped at a hotel, still hours out of Addis. We were in a malaria zone. We asked to get our bug nets but were denied access to our bags. You’re not supposed to take malaria medication on an empty stomach, but I was getting bitten. I took my pill and just minutes later was keeling over. I spent the night without sleep, weak and dehydrated in the sticky lowland heat, dry-heaving over a hole in the ground overﬂowing with sewage, guarded by armed men with unknown objectives. The next morning we made it to the capital. In Addis they took us straight to immigration. Again we were kept hungry, though this time we were advised to enjoy the “mental food” offered by the view from our holding room. Despite our waning energy, we kept our spirits up with songs, games and stories. Immigration ofﬁcials interviewed us each individually. The ofﬁcials gave each of us a different reason about what we were doing wrong in the country. My favorite was that we were “overknowledging” our students by challenging them in the classroom. While we waited as a group during the interviews, we decided that no matter what happened, our primary goals were to stick together and to contact the U.S. embassy. We wrote the embassy’s number on skin covered by clothes and on small pieces of paper that we hoped we would be able to pass off to someone. By the last few interviews, the ofﬁcials became consistent in telling us that we had the wrong type of visa. Although airport staff told us to get tourist visas, these ofﬁcials thought we needed business visas. That night they told us we had to leave the country the following day.
Rescue We spent that night under tight guard at a government hotel where we were still unable to contact the embassy, and the next day they drove us to the airport where we were held in a back room. After waiting all day, later that evening my blank stare at the wall was interrupted when a team of men entered the room and stated, “We are from the U.S. embassy. We are here to help you.” I bolted from my chair and smothered them in hugs and tears. The next hour was a ﬂurry of phone calls home, information release forms and random expressions of glee. A few hours later we were all on ﬂights home, lessons learned. When traveling abroad it is important to be knowledgeable about the country and its government. While we were never given an ofﬁcial reason for our deportation, many of us believe it
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had to do with the ethnicity of the students we were teaching: Oromo. Every Oromo person I talked to felt that the government actively oppresses the Oromo ethnic group as a means of maintaining power. The ruling party of Ethiopia, the Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front, has proven it will go to great lengths to protect its power. After the 2005 national elections threatened the party’s majority in parliament, Ethiopians accused the party of intimidation at the polls and forging ballots. Hundreds were injured, killed or arrested. In a country with such a paranoid and forceful government, we could have foreseen some trouble with serving the Oromo people without any sort of clearance from higher up. We also should have gone to the U.S. embassy as a group for information about risks and instruction on safety. When you go to another country, you don’t take your rights with you. As romantic and adventurous as it sounds to spontaneously pack up and travel the globe, when you don’t do your homework, reality can be harsh.
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Have a ball this fall on campus The Slow Food Movement: A new phenomenon Story by Pati Mo
eople are paying more and more attention to the time it takes to prepare food. The recurring theme is becoming apparent: Where does our food come from and how is it made? To answer these questions, Slow Food UW is helping students learn more about the preparation of our food. “I wanted to create a group to raise awareness about
issues in food systems, sustainability and labor issues,” said Genya Erling, founder of Slow Food UW. “I see food as a good approach to a lot of different environmental and social problems, [so] it seemed a good idea to start Slow Food.” The group offers students an opportunity to learn where their food comes from, with cooking workshops, dinners and movies among many other activities. “I like food, and I like people,” said Brian Hedberg, a former member of Slow Food UW. “I ﬁnd that the regulars at Slow Food are eager to learn and have a similar appreciation for quality and eco-friendly food—that makes an awesome atmosphere.” The cooking workshops include menus from countries like Argentina, Nepal and Spain, taught by native chefs who give free lessons for all those interested in learning.
“I feel that by eating a style of food of a person who is different than me, I can get to know their culture and way of living without even leaving Madison,” UW-Madison junior Tyler Schappe said. Slow Food UW gives a chance for students to taste distinct cultures and ﬂavors yet minimize their carbon footprint by using locally produced ingredients. “It [helps to] boost the local economy since most of the food is bought from local farmers and markets throughout the city,” Schappe said. “It creates a sense of togetherness within the community.” Slow Food UW has many projects in mind for the future. “We hope to start collaborative projects such as the dining co-op that we hope to make into a café,” Erling said. “That is our biggest goal right now.” Other long-term projects include improving the sustainability and the quality of
food going into the dining halls on campus. Slow Food UW encourages members to get more involved in the community through a shared interest: food. Students can join for dinner and cooking workshops usually held every Monday at the Crossing Church. If interested in getting involved with the movement, check out the website at slowfooduw.wordpress.com. “As more people know about Slow Food and the values that it stands for, an increasing percentage of the community will begin to demand good food,” Hedberg said. “If enough people get on board, local businesses and farmers will be encouraged to adjust to the consumers’ interest.” Erling encourages anyone to partake in the group with new ideas. “We want to bring in more people to address these problems [in the food industry], help out with strategies and hopefully help to change it.”
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The Farmer’s Market: A Saturday morning treat Story by Diana Savage
l iberation from the processed foods in the residence halls and grocery stores on campus, the Dane County Farmers’ Market offers students an opportunity to buy local produce and join other enthusiastic community members. “I come every week,” says UWMadison ﬁfth-year senior Dana Lemoine. “I love the produce and
ﬂowers, and it’s a lot less expensive [than grocery stores].” She emphasized the luxury of having fresh produce in her apartment every week. Other students come to the farmers’ market for the friendly atmosphere, modeled from ancient markets held in Europe, with easily transportable tables, stands, baskets and umbrellas. This tradition lives on and
adds to the current atmosphere of the Dane County Farmers’ Market, which was established in 1972. “It’s just an awesome environment, and it’s beautiful here,” UW-Madison junior Christina Jones said. “There’s a lot of cool things to buy, and not just food, but ﬂowers.” She added that her favorite part of the farmer’s market is the cheese. Cheese chunks and curds
are the most abundant sample at the farmer’s market. For the college students who go out on weekends, Jones says the Farmers’ Market provides for something to look forward to after a night of festivities. “There’s nothing better than going out one night and then coming out the next day and just chilling.”
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Football Games: old traditions Story by Kristina Dundas
isconsin fans are known around the country for being the very heart and soul of every sports team they cheer for; Wisconsin football fans epitomize this. Badger football games give students the opportunity to tailgate, get excited about the school band, and root on the team that makes the best days of
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their lives possible. When attending a Badger football game, be sure to wear all school colors (And if two middle aged men ask you to play bean bags, that’s normal). Second, tailgating is essential to getting the full game experience. And ﬁnally, the important thing to remember is that you must get inside those gates
before the end of the third quarter and never leave before it. According to junior Alex Ruff, “Jump Around really rocks my socks off no matter how bad we may be getting beat.” To ensure that your school year is the ﬁnest, it is your duty to enjoy the wonderful football games and the memories they will bring.
Greek Life Story by Roz Koff
ith 10 percent of students on campus involved with Greek life, there are many people to meet—almost 4,000. At the same time, Greek life is small enough that the decision to join is independent of social pressures. Fraternities and sororities on campus are nationally acknowledged for their scholarship, service and leadership, along with being the biggest philanthropic organization at UWMadison. With impressive accomplishments (i.e. over 70 percent of Congress was Greek and 85 percent of Fortune 500 executives were Greek), letters truly do last a lifetime. Senior Crystal Lee notes, “Going Greek is a great way to have a second family. Through Greek Life I have gotten involved on campus and become a leader.” For more information visit www.uwgreek.com.
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Claire bites off more summery food than she can chew Sonic DriveIn serves up the classics CLAIRE WIESE chocolate e’claire
ello Badgers! Welcome back to a new semester. I’m excited to be back, ﬁlling this section with commentary on the culinary world. A great thing about Wisconsin is the array of seasonal foods that are best enjoyed fresh. Unfortunately, most of our seasons are ﬁlled with cold. However, from June through August we can ﬁnally break out the shorts, swimming suits and sunglasses and enjoy the freshly grown goodies. So, in honor of the summer winding down, I’ll share some of my favorite summer foods for you to savor one last time before they’re lost in record snow accumulation. First is the corn dog. This tasty summer food has so many different names, ranging from pogo to dagwood dog to pluto pup to corny dog. I’m partial to the Pronto Pup stands at
the Minnesota State Fair myself. You Add ketchup and mustard, then eat it while walking virtually anywhere. It’s a shame more adults don’t eat corn dogs regularly. I say it’s time we take back the corn dog and make it a regular (cheap) part of a college kid’s diet. As I was thinking about the Pronto Pups I’ll consume at the fair this year, I remembered everything else the wonderful Minnesota State Fair has to offer. And really, there are too many to mention here. But I think we can take its philosophy to heart. Thus, my ﬁrst favorite summer food expands to anything on a stick. Anything that can be rolled, stuffed or shoved onto a small wooden dowel is a great snack or addition to a meal. Take for instance some of the regulars at the fair: deep-fried candy bars, chocolate-dipped (insert food here), alligator, walleye, pizza and s’mores, just to name a few. Again, I think we can adopt this practice as college students on the go. Just grab some popsicle sticks the next time you’re at Copps and you’ll be all set! Next, I love burgers fresh from a
grill. This is really only possible in the warm months, unless you have the most amazing landlord in Madison. My friends and I grill out almost every week, and it made my summer more enjoyable. And you can grill anything. In just a few weeks, we had sampled beef and venison burgers, barbeque ribs and hot dogs. Feel free to mix up whatever you want when grilling. When you know exactly what’s going in your food and you can make it yourself, it truly is a lot more satisfying. If you’re not adventurous enough to create your own burgers, don’t worry--hot dogs still come in precooked packs that only need to be warmed up. Of course, a summer food list would not be complete without the plethora of fresh berries one can ﬁnd from Wisconsin’s local farms. Because our summer temperatures are perfect for growing these fruits, it’s imperative that we enjoy them before we are forced to shop in the produce section of the grocery store for imported fruit. Did you know that Wisconsin ranks ﬁrst in the nation for cranberry, ginseng and snap bean production?
We are also second in carrot production and third in sweet corn processing. Head over to the farmers market this Saturday and load up on fresh, locally grown produce, guaranteed to be delicious. Last, but certainly not least, is the amazingly cold and wonderful dairy based essential: ice cream. It’s cold enough to enjoy indoors before you turn the AC on, and really anywhere outside. Luckily for us, we have three major ice cream shops in town, and one even has two locations. I’m a fan of the Union on a warm afternoon, grabbing a single scoop of Orange Custard Chocolate Chip in a wafer cone and heading out to the Terrace to enjoy some much-needed relaxation after the stresses of a day on the job. No matter where you get your ice cream from, why don’t you follow my lead? And you better do it soon, because the ﬁrst snowfall always comes too early. Have the chance to savor any unique foods on a stick this summer? E-mail Claire at firstname.lastname@example.org and tell her about it.
By Caissa Casarez THE DAILY CARDINAL
ive years of catchy commercials teased Wisconsinites, and it’s finally here: a Sonic Drive-In. The new Sonic, 6413 University Ave., is not on campus, but it’s worth the drive now that the initial hype has died down. The menu is ﬁlled with familiar favorites, including single and double burgers, cheeseburgers and french fries. Despite a lack of originality, all items on the menu set themselves apart from the competition in taste. The burgers, complete with ﬁxings, are bigger and tastier than the typical fast food burger, and the french fries are saltier than expected but still good. Another common item on Sonic’s menu is chicken. However, instead of the usual chicken nuggets, Sonic has popcorn chicken, chicken strip sandwiches (on the $1 everyday value menu) and different specialty grilled or crispy chicken sandwiches, such as the chicken and bacon ranch. Though the chicken strip sandwich isn’t substantial enough for an entire meal without sides, the popcorn chicken is definitely worth a try. Alhough it’s often overlooked because it’s so small, Sonic also has a breakfast menu, available all-day if you’re jonesin’ for french toast sticks after a long day of classes. The breakfast menu also differs from other fast food eateries. For example, Sonic has a breakfast sandwich, but it’s on Texas toast, in a burrito or on a bistro sandwich, not the cliché biscuit or muffin. The clear aspect of Sonic that separates it from every other fast food restaurant is its extensive list of drink combinations. According to the website, there are approximately 168,894 drink combinations. The drinks themselves come in four sizes instead of the traditional three: small, medium, large, and “Rt.44,” a 44-oz. cup of perfection if you make the “right” drink. Customers start out with any fruit juice or Coke product as a base, then add any flavor, from vanilla and chocolate to strawberry and orange and even blue coconut. In addition to the usual drinks and juices, Sonic also has smoothies, shakes and Sonic Blasts, which are similar to McDonald’s McFlurries. Sonic Blasts are cups of vanilla soft serve with tons of sweets mixed in, like M&M’s, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, Butterfingers or Oreos. No straws for these sweet treats, only spoons. They are thicker than milkshakes and keep their consistency, making for the best shake-like confections out there. Another oddity is on the lunch and dinner menu: You can get an extra-long chili cheese coney (hot dog), chili cheese tots, or a junior Frito burrito. It’s fair to say that Sonic may not have been such an immediate success if advertising giants had not promoted the restaurant to Wisconsinites five years in advance. Commercials or not, Sonic is a hit that’s here to stay.
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Disregard for norms lets ‘Basterds’ shine
Tarantino’s latest ﬁlm brings both violence and laughs, features outstanding individual performances
By Dan Sullivan THE DAILY CARDINAL
“Inglourious Basterds,” the latest ﬁlm directed by Quentin Tarantino, is obviously designed to provoke strong responses; so far, it has certainly made good on this objective. Depending on who you ask, the ﬁlm is either morally reprehensible or an idiosyncratic tribute to the power of cinema. But perhaps it’s most useful to think of the ﬁlm as a stage in the development of Tarantino’s style: “Basterds” is highly allusive, remarkably unsubtle, formally bold and insanely well-written. One thing ought to be made
“Basterds” is highly allusive, remarkably unsubtle, formally bold and insanely well-written.
clear right away: Gratuity is deﬁnitely the name of the game here. Though “Inglourious Basterds” contains lots of graphic violence, it’s usually handled so cartoonishly that any cruelty or malice is effectively softened; this generally holds
true until the ﬁlm’s climax, a hellish massacre whose scale and brutality are unparalleled in the history of cinema. The scene in question comes very, very close to ruining the tapestry Tarantino and Co. spend the preceding 140 minutes weaving. It’s difﬁcult to imagine anyone with a low tolerance for carnage even considering watching this ﬁlm, if only for these few minutes of spectacular unpleasantness. The question of whether a fictional “revenge of the Jews” is cathartic or tasteless seems beside the point, as “Inglourious Basterds” makes no effort to present itself as anything more than a grab-bag of Tarantino’s personal cinematic fantasies (as romantic and twisted as those fantasies may be); in other words, like all works of art, there’s much more going on here than just the moral dimension. With “Inglourious Basterds,” Tarantino proves that he’s one of cinema’s bravest (and most shameless) artists: As with his previous work, one really gets the sense that Tarantino (who, for the record, is not Jewish) is making his subjective life public property. For many viewers, his vision is bound to seem insensi-
tive if not completely vile, particularly when the film revels in the messy art of revenge. Perhaps it’s best to approach “Inglourious Basterds” as though it were a voyage into the director’s imagination rather than anything even superficially faithful to history, because frankly, this film might as well be set on another planet. Regardless of how morally odious his views on revenge seem to be, it’s necessary to establish a few things about Tarantino as a writer and director. First, his dialogue is amazingly ﬂuid: Lost in much of the discussion surrounding “Inglourious Basterds” is the fact that the ﬁlm is extremely, engagingly chatty. Second, Tarantino’s pictorial compositions are striking: The antagonistic play of dark lighting and harsh colors, the active yet steady camera movements and the painterly framings prove that when it’s not drenched in gore, “Basterds” is a visually intoxicating ﬁlm. Finally, Tarantino is the rare director who seems to remain convinced that cinematic form must be reinvented with each ﬁlm: The use of self-conscious narration, half-kidding transitions and unrelenting allusion yields a work
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‘Inglourious Basterds’ features a standout performance from the bold and attractive Mélanie Laurent as a Holocaust survivor running a movie theater.
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‘Basterds’ isn’t afraid to get its hands dirty with gory images. that is both textually and texturally dense. It’s a slight disappointment that Tarantino resorts to continuity editing when it seems he could’ve easily dreamt up a more unique method for assembling the ﬁlm’s dramatic action; however, the narrative slickness of “Inglourious Basterds” is at least partially due to this same formal decision. Though an especially hammy Brad Pitt is the biggest name and hunkiest ﬁgure involved with “Inglourious Basterds” (and Eli Roth is the most obnoxious onscreen presence), the MVP of the ﬁlm is Mélanie Laurent, who plays the quietly vengeful French Jew and cinema owner Shoshanna Dreyfus. Indeed, if the entire ﬁlm had consisted of Shoshanna’s story and nothing more, “Basterds” would be Tarantino’s greatest work. This may very well be a lazy comparison but Laurent resembles Catherine Deneuve in the 1960s, which is an indirect way of saying that she’s astonishingly gorgeous and deceptively volatile. Thus, she’s perfect as a character that hides through-
out the ﬁlm, ﬁrst beneath the ﬂoorboards of a dairy farmer’s cottage and then in the broad daylight of Nazi-occupied Paris, quietly hatching an absolutely implausible assassination plot targeting Hitler and Goebbels.
With “Inglorious Basterds”, Tarantino proves that he’s one of cinema’s bravest (and most shameless) artists.
Much, much more could and should be said about “Inglourious Basterds.” It’s the most perverse fantasy you’re likely to see in 2009. There’s a very deﬁnite point at which the ﬁlm crosses the line, but until then it’s a tremendously smooth and engrossing two-anda-half hours. It’s unclear whether Tarantino has sufﬁciently demonstrated that cinema is capable of vindicating modern history’s greatest tragedy; only time will tell.
arts Paramount execs shut out ‘Shutter Island’ dailycardinal.com/arts
KEVIN SLANE dr. slanelove
he Best Picture race for next year’s Academy Awards just got a little thinner. Martin Scorsese’s highly anticipated new ﬁlm “Shutter Island” had its release date pushed back from Oct. 2 to Feb. 19, 2010. Not only does this disqualify “Island” for the 2009 awards, but it also gets a February release date, a month normally reserved for studio clunkers like “Son of the Mask” or “Biker Boyz.” In fact, the four ﬁlms released this year the weekend “Island” is set to debut were “Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun Li,” “Tyler Perry’s Madea Goes to Jail,” “Jonas Brothers: The 3-D Concert Experience” and “Fired Up.” If 2009 is any indication, the cali-
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ber of February ﬁlm releases does not typically end up being Oscarworthy, which leads to the question of why Paramount is delaying the release. The ﬁlm is already completed, there is no cataclysmic event that should delay it (the terrorist-ﬁlled “Collateral Damage” was shelved for over a year after 9/11) and the stars haven’t had any embarrassing public meltdowns; so why is “Shutter Island” being delayed? In short, the economy.
Condemning “Shutter Island” to a February release is an insult to anyone involved with the ﬁlm.
The ofﬁcial statement from Paramount’s Brad Grey was brief:
“Our 2009 slate was greenlit in a very different economic climate and as a result we must remain ﬂexible and willing to recalibrate and adapt to a changing environment.” Grey also refers to Scorsese as a “personal friend” and goes on to say that the ﬁlm “is a great anchor to lead off our 2010 slate and the shift in date is the best decision for the ﬁlm, the studio and ultimately Viacom.” The truth of the matter is, even sureﬁre hits like “Island” require money after the fact. It traditionally costs a studio almost $60 million to build a marketing campaign for an Oscar hopeful, and Paramount just doesn’t have that kind of cash. Even with a critically acclaimed cast including Leonardo DiCaprio, Ben Kingsley, Mark Ruffalo and Michelle Williams, the studio decided to push the ﬁlm into 2010, when an Oscar marketing campaign wouldn’t be necessary. While there have been occasion-
al exceptions (1991’s “Silence of the Lambs” was released in February), the traditional time for Oscar hopefuls is December, so the ﬁlms will stay fresh in Academy voters’ minds. Condemning “Shutter Island” to a February release is an insult to anyone involved with the ﬁlm.
Paramount could be ﬂushing a ﬁlm on par with “The Departed” down the toilet.
Paramount has almost no blockbusters set for release in 2010— “Iron Man 2” notwithstanding— and therefore shouldn’t need to save money for big-budget ad campaigns in the summer of 2010. Considering the pedigree of Scorsese and the
cast members and the relative lack of commercially successful Oscar contendersthe decision seems ludicrous. Paramount could be ﬂushing a ﬁlm on par with “The Departed” down the toilet. In these tough economic times, celebrating uniqueness and individuality in an industry bereft of new ideas should be a priority. Rather than “Transformers 3” or “Pirates of the Caribbean 4” or “Friday the 13th Part 28,” studio executives should move ﬁlms like “Shutter Island” into the spotlight. Even if a big-budget sequel is a safer money-making bet, relegating a ﬁlm like “Shutter Island” to the doldrums of February ﬁlm is an affront not only to ﬁlmmakers, but to the American audience at large. Think the Jonas Brothers movie is a cinematic achievement comparable to “Citizen Kane”? Miss when Kevin’s column was called Citizen Slane instead of Dr. Slanelove? E-mail him at email@example.com.
Notorious rascals stop ‘Monkey’ing around on ‘Humbug’ By Kyle Sparks THE DAILY CARDINAL
Two studio albums into their 20s, Arctic Monkeys were the most perfect incarnation of post-Beatles euro-pop to date. They’d successfully taken the last 35 years of justwanna-hold-your-hand poptimism and respooled it so tight that all of their hands were too wrapped up in their own style to reach out for the grasp of another person. Now two full albums in, their spool of thread is frayed. Humbug, the group’s highly anticipated third effort, is a fuzzed-out study in maturation in more ways than one. Approaching their mid-20s, Arctic Monkeys have apparently traded in their Beatles records for a collection of desert rock classics. Their upbeat hooks are minimized to make room for distorted riffs and lurching bass lines. Matt Helders’ drum beats are as profound as usual, but whereas they once acted as the enforcer, keeping everything in a tight line, they now serve as the base from which everything else expands.
Now plenty old enough to legally consume alcohol, frontman Alex Turner has grown from the underage, self-centered brat to the grizzled brat-cooker who brushes his teeth with whiskey toothpaste. One has to assume that he sings most of the songs on Humbug caked in dirt and sweat, spitting a ﬂuid mixture of emotions and bourbon into his microphone with every take. Instead of sacriﬁcing sincerity for style, Turner morphed his style to ﬁt what he needed to say. Although he’s probably outgrown his angst, his signature jaded perspective is still intact. His condescending outbursts toward fake tans and faker personalities have been replaced by his own internal struggles. Lyrically, much of Humbug revolves around Turner’s confusion and isolation. Before mistaking three different ladies for the girl in question on “Cornerstone,” he settles for her sister, ostensibly because she was the only one equally lonely. And on “My Propeller,” Turner can’t summon the strength to do anything but wait for someone to come help
lift him out of his dilemma. However, Humbug isn’t the pity party it sets itself up to be. Rather, it’s the byproduct of Turner’s same penchant for harping on anything and everything that irritates him, now focused on more aged topics.
omen for a band all but out of ideas. They had grown to their capacity, and risked outstaying their welcome. Humbug, then, is the aversion that will ultimately
save them. However unrealized parts of the album might be, its peaks are mere glimpses of the amount of power that the mature, evolved group can reach.
Humbug Arctic Monkeys Humbug’s abrupt shift in style is sure to draw ire from some longtime listeners. However, its bolder sound lends itself to a multitude of new avenues for expansion. Arctic Monkeys’ debut was such a complete entity that it offered them very little room for growth. As such, their follow-up, though equally impressive, was not much of a progression and served as an
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One of Europe’s best-selling acts, Arctic Monkeys take a new approach on Humbug, their gritty, mature third album.
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Obama’s birth certiﬁcate brings out the worst in politics By Andrew Carpenter THE DAILY CARDINAL
For all of the Obama supporters I heard storming the Capital last November I’m sure you ﬁrst laugh, and then get angry, when you hear conservatives question Obama’s citizenship. You’re probably thinking, “well clearly he’s a US citizen, how else could he have ﬁlled out the W2 tax forms when he became President? Doesn’t he need a passport to travel out of the country and meet world leaders? How would he get through customs? Jokes aside, for Obama supporters, his status as a US citizen is a non issue. We can see a copy of his birth certiﬁcate and Hawaiian ofﬁcials have veriﬁed its authenticity. The Supreme Court refused to hear a major lawsuit regarding Obama’s citizenship. And most importantly, with no substantial evidence, it is simply unreasonable to assume we are dealing with a massive conspiracy. Any of the reasons listed above should have killed the issue of the President’s citizenship. So why are we still talking about it months later? The delay in American perceptions of reality is a direct result of Obama’s response to the situation. For those who do not support Obama, the internet and a failing mainstream media allow his unconcerned attitude regarding his citizenship to be perceived in two vastly different ways. Since questions regarding his citizenship ﬁrst surfaced, Obama has been nonchalant about the whole situation. When he was visiting
England, and was asked about the allegations, rather than give a straight forward answer, the President simply smiled. For months it seemed like his tactic was to simply ignore the question as if he refused to validate it with a response. For his supporters this is the correct move. By ignoring, or even
making light of questions regarding his status as an American, Obama is not allowing the national spotlight to focus on something so silly and at the same time making his critics look like quacks. In addition those who would wish to slow down his political momentum are wasting their energy
on a topic that makes them look foolish. Politically, it makes sense for Obama to let the issue bounce around the 24 hour news channels and talk shows while he fries bigger ﬁsh. But how does Barack’s strategy of ignoring the situation look to those who don’t support him?
It makes him look both guilty and unconcerned about dissent. A quick survey of the public arena reveals numerous theories in which the president is not a citizen, held dual citizenship, was birthers page 16
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van hollen neglects state duty
pparently all the media attention given to the governor’s race in recent weeks has made Wisconsin state Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen a tad jealous. With all of the Democratic candidates ofﬁcially jumping into the fray or merely speculating about a run, one could be forgiven for forgetting that Van Hollen, himself possibly considering a campaign for the top state ofﬁce, even exists. Given this lack of publicity, it hardly seems a coincidence that this Friday Van Hollen announced his intention to not defend the state of Wisconsin against a lawsuit from Wisconsin Family Action challenging the state’s recently enacted domestic partnership registry. It’s hardly the ﬁrst time Van Hollen has resorted to political grandstanding simply to get his name out there and score some points with conservative voters. Van Hollen’s April memo reafﬁrming citizens’ right to openly carry a ﬁrearm was political theater of a similar sort, as it held no real political clout and only served the purpose of pandering to the pro-gun crowd. But at least the attorney general’s open-carry memo didn’t involve clear dereliction of duty. With his most recent decision, Van Hollen is ﬂaking on one of the most straightforward responsibilities of his position: defending the state of Wisconsin in a court of law. This is a responsibility that by Van Hollen’s own admission he must take on whether he agrees with the state or not. It is simply part of his job description. Even if the domestic partnership registry is eventually deemed unconstitutional as he claims, that is a decision to be made by the court. However, we doubt that there is much merit to Van Hollen’s claims in the ﬁrst place. In the constitutional amendment banning gay marriage it states that anything “substantially similar
to that of marriage” between gay couples will also be illegal, with the basis of the lawsuit being that the state’s domestic partnerships are “substantially similar” to traditional marriage. But a simple glance at the protections provided by the domestic partnerships cast this into serious doubt. While a marriage license bestows hundreds of protections upon couples, a domestic partnership grants a mere 43.
With his most recent decision, Van Hollen is ﬂaking on one of the most straightforward responsibilities of his position.
In addition, numerous champions of the gay marriage ban repeatedly stated during their campaign that the amendment would not prohibit the state from granting rights to same-sex couples. State Senate Minority Leader Scott Fitzgerald, RJuneau, one of the authors of the amendment, admitted that the ban allows for some partner beneﬁts. Even Julaine Appling, president of Wisconsin Family Action, seemed to admit in past statements that the amendment did not bar the state from granting many of the rights included in the domestic partnership registry. Ultimately it seems that Van Hollen doesn’t have a leg to stand on in his most recent political stunt. In the meantime, the state will rely on Madison attorney Lester Pines, who was recently appointed by Gov. Doyle to defend the partnership registry in court. But considering Van Hollen’s antics, come the next election it would behoove Wisconsin voters to consider just how politicized they want the attorney general’s ofﬁce to be.
Domestic Partnerships: Marriage or Something Else? Beneﬁts Provided by Domestic Partnerships - The right to inherit the property and estate of a partner who dies without a will - The ability to take medical leave from work to care for a sick or injured partner - The right to visit a partner in the hospital
Beneﬁts Withheld from Domestic Partnerships - The ability to adopt the children of a partner - Reception of partner’s Social Security beneﬁts - Options for legal division of mutually-held property should a couple separate Source: Fair Wiscsonsin
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By Kyle Szarzynski THE DAILY CARDINAL
Willful ignorance is probably a necessary prerequisite for progressive observers of the American political system. The corruption, corporate domination and general lack of democracy that deﬁnes the American government would be too painful to bear if one didn’t lie to oneself or shield one’s eyes from the glaring obscenity of it all once in a while. Looking back with this in mind, my initial hope for meaningful health-care reform was at least partially tinged with wishful thinking. Sure, I knew that a just and universal health-care plan, or a system that emphasizes human health over proﬁt as seen everywhere in the ﬁrst world, wasn’t going to happen. The establishment, or more accurately, their corporate overlords, decided that a single-payer system wasn’t going to be discussed, so it was immediately swept off the table of debate and into the trash bin of so many other practical notions deemed too radical for mainstream discussion, including state-funded (instead of corporate) elections, serious investment in clean energies and an acknowledgement that Israeli foreign policy is not morally infallible. Nonetheless, I was hopeful that something inbetween the European model and the abomination of our own health-care system was possible. Public support for governmentmandated change, encouraged by the hugely popular Michael Moore documentary “Sicko” (though I must admit, I don’t much go for Moore’s propagandistic style), was simply too great to be ignored any longer. The left-wing party’s takeover of both the executive and legislative branch also seemed decisive, especially since they campaigned with precisely this issue on the forefront of their agenda. Finally,
birthers from page 15 born out of the country, and the list goes on. It can be difficult for Americans who don’t trust the president and wish to investigate these claims. The sources and arguments seem, at least on the surface, to make sense. In addition, there are hundreds of blogs, websites, radio stations, talk shows and news programs that agree we can’t rule out these accusations. Those who look at all this information and then want to see what their president has to say about it are met with a smile and silence. Besides a few
the weakness of the right seemed to ensure that a “strong and viable public option” would pass––a program that would drastically curb costs, the number of uninsured, and the foul play emanating from the insurance sector. Passing a public option also seemed likely because, unlike the advancement of progressive issues, President Obama and his constituency made this a focal point of what Obama-era “change” was supposed to include. On civil liberties, the Justice Department has manufactured new legal justiﬁcations to keep “enemy combatants” imprisoned indeﬁnitely, simply transferring many of them from Guantanamo to Bagram. With respect to foreign policy, Obama has transferred troops from one imperialist abattoir (Iraq) to another (Afghanistan). He has also sat silently as the great hope of the labor movement, the Employee Free Choice Act, has wallowed in the Senate, its essential components gutted by those awful, soulless conservative Democrats. But if a Democratic White House and Congress has meant nothing for the advancement of most progressive issues, surely the party of FDR would ﬁnd its bearings to change a health-care system that leaves 22,000 dead every year for lack of insurance. Apparently not. Progressive Democrats have allowed the Blue Dogs and Republicans to take control of the debate, an alliance that has slandered the proposed reforms as the work of eugenicists and robotic bureaucrats. Suddenly, the Republicans have found their voice––namely, a shrill and demagogic one––putting up a formidable, formidably obnoxious opposition. Now, the White House has given hints that it is willing to dump the public option in favor of the pathetic co-operative system, a horriﬁcally weak alternative that probably isn’t even
worth the cost. It seems the Democrats, as well as our thoroughly corporatedominated government, have ended up true to form after all. Lo and behold, the system doesn’t really work. It’s been hard to discern the motivations behind the tepid behavior of Obama and his cohorts during this ordeal over the last month or two; what I do know is that it has been as shameful as it has been infuriating. Where is their backbone, their willingness to throw a punch on behalf of a just cause? Obama and crew have responded to the opposition by playing their game, gently assuring us that this won’t affect the deﬁcit too much and that people will actually be able to still choose their own doctor. Where is the determined condemnation of the current system, one that leaves the sick to rot in the streets and the insurance companies to make gruesome proﬁts by denying honest people coverage? Where is the determined assertion that health care is a human right, at all? True, the battle may not be over, yet. Obama has not forsaken the public option, only weakened in his commitment. Nevertheless, the recent healthcare debate conﬁrms what would have been more apparent if not for the pain-alleviating mechanisms of my subconscious: 1) The Democrats cannot be relied on to make any substantive progressive change, and 2) Only an independent, grassroots movement can overcome powerful monied interests like the insurance lobby. In absence of strong pressure for reform independent of the Democratic establishment, the most we can hope for is a health-care system only slightly less wretched than the current one. Kyle Szarzynski is a senior majoring in philosophy and history. Please send responses to email@example.com.
remarks and some administration comments there was no definitive action to end the debate. Obama’s tactic of ignoring the issue of his citizenship while critics such as Rush Limbaugh spun their tires made the president look guilty. And so, America is left divided over another issue. Those who support Obama are left laughing at those who do not. Even as it becomes clear there is scant evidence for the theories about his citizenship, a large portion of the population still wonders why the president didn’t just deal with this right away. Why let the issue simmer? Obama was willing to trade national unity
for political points. And now he is getting ready to ignore his opponents on the more important issue of health care. His attitude represents a disregard for his opponents criticisms. Once again Obama is forging ahead despite Republican concerns. For all his rhetoric about change, it seems we can expect the same political games that fail to take the other side seriously. This leaves groups feeling ignored and Obama in political peril, as he achieves change but not necessarily progress. Andrew Carpenter is a senior majoring in psychology and communication arts. Send responses to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Hilary Knight was the leading scorer for the Badgers in the 2008’09 season, but will miss this year to play for the U.S. national team.
Two Badgers selected for Team USA, could be headed to Olympics By Nico Savidge THE DAILY CARDINAL
Two current Wisconsin women’s hockey team members will join six former Badgers and Wisconsin head coach Mark Johnson on the 2009-’10 U.S. National Hockey team and could be on their way to the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver. Junior forward Hilary Knight and senior forward Meghan Duggan are part of the 23-player roster that will face a number of college and national teams in a series of exhibition games on the Qwest Tour. USA Hockey made the announcement Monday from its headquarters in Blaine, Minn., where the team will train until leaving for Vancouver in February. Three of Knight and Duggan’s teammates from the 2009 season, goalie Jessie Vetter, forward Erika Lawler and forward Angie Keseley, are on the team as well. Former Badger defenders Molly Engstrom and Kerry Weiland and forward Jinelle Zaugg-Siergiej round out the eight past and present Wisconsin players on the roster. The Qwest Tour starts in St. Paul Sept. 25 with a game against the WCHA All-Stars and will include three games against archrival Canada as well as one against Wisconsin at the Kohl Center Jan. 5. In mid-December, the team will announce its 21-player roster for the Vancouver games. Johnson, who was selected to lead Team USA in January, said exhibition games like the Qwest Tour are extremely important because they create a bond among teammates. He said the experience he got training and playing with the U.S. Olympic team was crucial because it prepared them for the 1980 Lake Placid games and their famous “Miracle on Ice” upset victory over the Soviet national team. “Everybody saw what happened
in Lake Placid in two weeks,” he said. “A lot of you didn’t spend the four or ﬁve months that we were together.” “A lot of friendships were developed,” he added. “A lot of special memories that I still take with me some 30 years later.” At the college level, Duggan and Knight will redshirt the 2009-’10 season, something that will not make interim head coach Tracey DeKeyser’s job any easier. Having already lost six members of the 2008-’09 national championship-winning team to graduation as well as assistant coach Dan Koch, who would have been co-interim head coach, DeKeyser will now lose two of her top scorers to Team USA. The Wisconsin team, which won its third national title in four years last March, will look to younger players for leadership in the coming season. Much of that pressure could now fall on sophomore forward Brooke Ammerman, who attended the USA Women’s Hockey National Festival but was not selected for the team. In the 2008-’09 season, Ammerman posted 27 goals and 27 assists at Wisconsin. For the Badgers selected to the U.S. national team, however, Johnson said he looks forward to coaching them over the next few months. “They’re very committed to what they do,” he said. “That’s the exciting part about getting an opportunity to work with this group.” Johnson coached Team USA, which included Knight, Duggan, Lawler and Vetter, to a gold medal in the International Ice Hockey Federation World Women’s Championship in April. David Ogrean, executive director of USA Hockey, said he hopes the team will be able to continue its success in international competitions at the Olympics. “We certainly have great expectations for Vancouver,” he said.
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Football Students who bought season football tickets over the summer can now pick up their ticket vouchers with a student ID at gate 9 of Camp Randall Stadium. The Wisconsin Athletic Department is encouraging students to pick up their tickets before the team’s ﬁrst game Sept. 5, since vouchers cannot be picked up that Saturday. The system for exchanging vouchers on gameday will stay the same: Students will exchange their vouchers at gate 5 on the north end of the stadium. When they exchange the voucher, students will receive a ticket specifying their section, row and seat number for the game.
Men’s Hockey Vouchers for student season tickets will be available for pick-up starting Oct. 5 at gate 9 of Camp Randall Stadium. On men’s hockey game nights, students will exchange their vouchers for tickets in a system much like that used for football games. Starting one hour before game time, students can exchange their voucher for a ticket, with tickets distributed from the seats closest to the ice up. One exception to this system is the Camp Randall Hockey Classic Feb. 6, which is not included in student season ticket packages. Students must buy a separate ticket for the Classic, which will specify a reserved seat.
Men’s Basketball The lottery used to distribute tickets last year has been replaced with a ﬁrst-come, ﬁrst-served sale of halfseason packages. Starting at 8:30 a.m. Sept. 8, undergraduate and graduate students will be able to buy a “Red” or “White” ticket package, both of which will include half of the season’s games. Anticipating a high demand for the 4,200 total tickets, the Athletic Department said it will take users to a “virtual waiting room” if the website is overloaded with people trying to buy tickets. Once students are in the waiting room, a software program will randomly select students who can purchase the tickets. Students who buy tickets can start picking them up Oct. 21 at gate 9.
soccer from page 18 News’ 100 Freshmen to Watch, and Ozbay tallied an assist in the exhibition win over UW-Parkside. The Badgers kick off the regular season Sept. 4 against Virginia Tech in the Middleton Sports & Fitness Invitational at the McClimon Memorial Complex and open the Big Ten regular season in Madison against Indiana Sept. 25. The women’s soccer team and coach Paula Wilkins welcome in 11 highly touted freshmen, who are likely to make a signiﬁcant impact on the upcoming season. In the Badgers’ season opener against No. 3 Notre Dame in South Bend four true freshmen, Alev Kelter, Monica Lam-Feist,
Paige Adams and Lindsey Johnson, started in their debuts. Wisconsin fell 3-0 to the Fighting Irish but showed some encouraging signs to Wilkins. New goalkeeper Michele Dalton shut out Notre Dame’s powerful offense in the ﬁrst half, highlighted by two kick saves on open shots. Freshman Alev Perusse had two of Wisconsin’s eight shots. Last Monday, the Badgers played their home opener against in-state rival UW-Milwaukee. The defenses dominated the game and forced a 0-0 tie, keeping both teams off the board for regulation and two overtimes. Wisconsin almost stole the game in the ﬁnal minute of regulation when freshman Derya Kelter’s shot just missed the crossbar. The Badgers out-
shot the Panthers 19-12 and had 7 corner kicks. With 22 underclassmen on the roster, Wilkins and the Badgers have a lots of potential going into this season, but there are sure to be a few hiccups. The team will depend on the experience of seniors Stephanie Krombach, Krista Liskevych and Whitney Owusu, as well as the leadership of sophomores Laurie Nosbusch and Erin Jacobsen, who were both named to the Big Ten Women’s Soccer AllFreshman Team last year. The Badgers continue their season Sept. 28 against Green Bay in Madison and will open up the Big Ten regular season against Purdue Sept. 25.
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football from page 19 Niles Brinkley and Devin Smith,” Maragos said.
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Senior Scott Lorenz led Wisconsin in scoring last season and will play a major role on the team this year.
Men’s and Women’s Soccer
Badger men and women kick off year with exhibition games
By Nick Schmitt THE DAILY CARDINAL
School’s back in session, and that means it’s time for Wisconsin soccer to get the ball rolling on its season-long marathon, as both the men’s and women’s teams begin their fall schedules. Both teams have gone through a number of changes since last season. The men’s team welcomed new coach Todd Yeagley, a former national player of the year. He won two national championships as an assistant coach at Indiana and played
seven years for the Columbus Crew of the MLS. His father, Jerry Yeagley, is the winningest men’s soccer coach in Division I history. Yeagley began his Wisconsin coaching career last Monday with a 1-0 exhibition win over UWParkside. The Badgers and Rangers played 96 scoreless minutes before junior Bryan Gerster found the back of the net in overtime. The men’s team returns a healthy amount of experienced players from
last year’s squad, including seniors Alex Horwath, Brandon Miller, Scott Lorenz, Pablo Delgado, Eric Conklin and Taylor Waspi. Lorenz led the Badgers in scoring last season and was named to the Second Team All-Big Ten for his efforts. There are four new true freshmen on this year’s men’s squad: Kyle McCrudden, Ata Ozbay, Daniel Kohen and Derek Pitts. McCrudden was recently named to College Soccer soccer page 17
Fall Camp News and Notes Wisconsin will release its depth chart for the season opener against Northern Illinois Aug. 27... Last spring, the starting quarterback position appeared to be a two-man race between senior Dustin Sherer, who started seven games in 2008, and freshman Curt Phillips. Many gave Sherer the edge last spring, PHILLIPS but recently the quarterback competition took a sharp turn. Now Phillips ﬁnds himself in a battle with junior Scott Tolzien for the job, with Sherer all but
eliminated from consideration. Tuesday, Bielema split the repititions between Phillips and Tolzien equally, with Sherer taking basically no meaningful snaps... Sophomore Nick Toon got off to a slow start in 2008, but ﬁnished strongly. Toon saw the bulk of the passes come his way in 11on-11 drills in practice Tuesday and ﬁgures to be a focal point of Wisconsin’s offense in 2009... After little playing time at cornerback in 2008 as a freshman, sophomore Devin Smith could be a starter in 2009. Smith took just as many, if not more, snaps than incumbent Niles Brinkley in 7-on-7 and 11-on-11 drills Tuesday... Wisconsin got a scare last week when junior left tackle Gabe Carimi went down with a knee injury. Bielema said Carimi’s knee will not keep him out of practice more than two weeks, and the lineman should be ready for the Sept. 5 opener against Northern Illinois.
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Senior Jay Valai is one of the defensive players who could have to ﬁll a big gap left by seniors Shane Carter and Aubrey Pleasant.
Secondary not worried about suspensions
By Scott Kellogg THE DAILY CARDINAL
A major storyline of fall camp for Wisconsin centers on the indefinite suspensions of senior defensive backs Shane Carter and Aubrey Pleasant, but the Badger secondary is not fretting about the absences. Earlier in camp, head coach Bret Bielema announced the suspensions of Carter and Pleasant but did not specify the length of or the reasons for the suspensions. But since the statement on Aug. 15, the defensive backﬁeld has moved on without Carter and Pleasant and remains conﬁdent in its ability to succeed. Senior strong safety Jay Valai has little concern over the absences. “You just try to move forward and try to play football right now,” Valai said. “It doesn’t put any added pressure on any of us.” Senior defensive back Chris Maragos shares a similar sentiment. MARAGOS “I just think we took it as the misfortune that it was, and we kept moving forward with it and getting better every day,” Maragos said. The Badgers have reason to believe their unit will not falter because of the suspensions after Maragos and Valai emerged as Wisconsin’s two starting safeties in 2008. Pleasant started all 13 games at strong safety in 2007. But Valai, who has raised some eyebrows with his hard-hitting style last season, took over the position in 2008 by starting 12 of 13 games. Like Pleasant, Carter also saw his playing time wane in 2008 after being a ﬁxture at safety in 2007. Carter led the Big Ten with seven interceptions as a sophomore but struggled greatly with his run
defense as a junior. As a result, Maragos started six games at free safety and entered fall camp as the favorite to win the job for the upcoming season. Now, with a season of experience under their belts, Valai and Maragos are excited for the 2009 season. “We’re feeling pretty good,” Maragos said. “I think we’re a pretty tight-knit group and we’re pretty cohesive. I think we’re forming together and making a pretty solid unit right now.” “I think we just took it as the misfortune that it was, and we kept moving forward and getting better every day day.” Chris Maragos free safety UW football
The Badgers lost starting cornerback Allen Langford to graduation but expect contributions from a couple inexperienced defensive backs this fall. Sophomore Aaron Henry injured his knee late in 2007 and took a medical redshirt in 2008 but should receive the bulk of the playing time at one of the cornerback positions in 2009. Sophomore defensive back Devin Smith should also see plenty of the field on defense this season after playing mostly special teams in 2008. And cornerback Niles Brinkley will return for 2009 after starting seven games and intercepting a team-high four passes in 2008. Maragos said he feels good about the three cornerbacks and their potential to succeed in 2009. “Aaron [Henry]’s healthy right now and he’s playing real well and we got a good rotation going with football page 18
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