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Lack of money ends Cullen’s run in recall By Tyler Nickerson The Daily Cardinal
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Associated Students of Madison elected Andrew Bulovsky to be vice chair Wednesday. Bulovsky won in a 13-12 vote against Rep. Olivia Wick-Bander.
ASM elects Bulovsky to vice chair position By Cheyenne Langkamp The Daily Cardinal
The Associated Students of Madison Student Council elected Andrew Bulovsky to its vice chair position in its first meeting of the semester Wednesday. Bulovsky, who ran against Rep. Olivia Wick-Bander, was elected in a 13-12 vote. Bulovsky said as vice chair he plans to work toward a “united front” within student council and promote collaboration among ASM committees work-
ing on similar campaigns. “Our grass roots committees are some of the most important work that’s done and I plan to support every single one,” Bulovsky said. Rep. Cale Plamann said he supports Bulovsky because he has proved his willingness to reach compromise amidst disagreement. “I’ve seen Andrew work with people,” Plamann said. “I’ve seen Andrew come to a compromise and work with people he’s disagreed with towards a
general set of goals.” Council also appointed Former ASM Vice Chair Beth Huang to chair the Shared Governance Committee. Huang, who was removed from her position as vice chair in September after the Student Judiciary ruled she had not submitted required service hours on time, said as committee chair she would work to ensure members on the committee are fully trained.
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Local officials warned bar owners in a letter released Wednesday that they could face repercussions for discriminatory entrance policies, representing the city’s most decisive stance on the issue. Public outcry first arose late last summer when several downtown bars—notably Logan’s, Wando’s and Johnny O’s—instituted a policy requiring patrons to present either a state driver’s license or passport to enter. Although the bars designed the policies to combat an uptick in violence, critics said the I.D. requirements discriminated against minorities. Statistically, African American
and Latinos in Wisconsin are far less likely than whites to have a driver’s license. Ald. Mike Verveer, District 4, said he is currently unaware of any establishments still using the more restrictive policies, noting that Wando’s, Johnny O’s and Logan’s “long ago abandoned them.” The letter, released by Mayor Paul Soglin’s office and bearing the signature of city alcohol policy coordinator Mark Woulf, said such policies violated both state statutes and city ordinances. “We strongly suggest considering the ramifications some admittance policies may carry,” the letter said. “Maintaining a safe environment and preventing discrimination are not compet-
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Mayor criticizes bars’ entrance policies By Alison Bauter
State Sen. Tim Cullen, D-Janesville, announced Wednesday he will not be running for governor in the potential recall election of Gov. Scott Walker, as he previously indicated he would. “I have concluded that I cannot raise the $1 to 2 million necessary to deliver my message against three possible primary opponents that are far better known than I am, have access to financial resources above what I can raise and have better statewide name recognition at this time,” Cullen said at a press conference Wednesday. Cullen reported raising only $157 over the past few months, but has more than $26,000 total. The field is more wide open now, as former Dane County Executive Kathleen Falk is the only candidate to officially announce candidacy so far. Calling the recall election “the most angry partisan race in Wisconsin history,” Cullen said he would refocus his efforts on working for more bipartisanship and stability in the legislature and state.
Falk reacted to Cullen’s decision by saying she is looking forward to working with Cullen to “restore openness, transparency and accountability and undo the damage Gov. Walker has done to the people of Wisconsin.” Cullen said Wednesday he believes Falk, Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett and former U.S. Rep. Dave Obey are the three major contenders in the race. Barrett and Obey have not yet declared, but said they are considering it. A Marquette Law School poll released last week indicated Walker would beat all potential challengers, including Cullen, Falk, Barrett and Obey. But Cullen added, “I think there is still time for people to get in that haven’t been in the forefront so far.” One such candidate could be State Sen. Kathleen Vinehout, D-Alma, who filed papers to run in the recall last week. Barrett, who is facing a mayoral re-election this year, raised more than $140,000 during the second half of 2011. He has about $414,000
ing values in our community.” According to state statutes, an official identification card is not limited to a valid driver’s license or passport. Additionally, the letter noted such policies could violate the city’s Equal Opportunities Ordinance. The letter further warned such violations could be grounds for action against a venue, which, according to Verveer, could include fines or even the “death penalty”—revoking their liquor license. Verveer said the letter’s main purpose was to invite alcohol license holders to a city-sponsored “Tavern Safety Training Session,” where a recently revamped curriculum will address safety, as well as civil issues such as I.D. and dress code policy.
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Kathleen Falk, who ran for attorney general in 2006, is now the only Democratic canidate officially running for governor.
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“…the great state University of Wisconsin should ever encourage that continual and fearless sifting and winnowing by which alone the truth can be found.”
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have an embarrassing confession to make—I’ve never managed to master the art of taking off a bra. This is my last semester of college and while I’m excited to graduate, I can’t help but worry that I’m terribly illequipped for the real world. I can identify all the spinal nerves on a human cadaver and explain why one must run a Bonferroni adjustment when running Post-Hoc statistical tests, but somehow the ability to unhook two clamps with any consistency has just escaped me. It’s not that I’m completely unable to do it—about one-third of the time I manage to look like a pro; however, the other two thirds I just completely strike out. Batting 0.333 may get you a ticket to the allstar game in baseball, but when it comes to intimate encounters, only being able to successfully get past second base one-third of the time is completely unacceptable. The problem is that I was a late bloomer with girls. I missed that critical age where a young man
can look uncomfortable and twitch while taking off a girl’s bra and it’s still cute. In elementary school, I was too busy trying to get my tomboy girlfriend to play sports with me. “Anything you can do, I can do better,” I mocked as I used my superior size and jumping ability to
dominate her in a game of pickup basketball. In high school, prom? No, fuck that. I needed to play guitar in my basement. As if one night of slow dancing to James Blunt would have ruined my aspirations of becoming a rock star. Besides, I had a future vision and it involved becoming so famous that the girls would come with their bras off anyway. Fast-forward to the present: I’m in a band, but we haven’t quite reached the topless-girls-chilling-
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in-a-jacuzzi-on-the-back-of-alimo level I’ve seen in a Mötley Crüe video. Needless to say I still lack technical proficiency in the bra department, and at this age, my incompetence can no longer win me brownie points. Even if it did it wouldn’t matter, because I don’t want brownie points. I
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want boobs, and I’ve never met a girl willing to trade brownie points for boobs. Taking a bra off these days, it’s an all or nothing endeavor. Kind of like a back flip—you either nail it or you go home crying. There’s no slow motion, training wheels or second chances. When you’re in the heat of the moment—making out, feeling each other up, cardigan’s come flying off—everything goes by so fast. The last thing I
want to suggest as a guy is “aaa… I think we should slow things down, I’m not ready yet. I just need some time. Maybe we should just put on some pajamas and play some board games. We’ll try again after one of us gets yahtzee.” After my last failure, I realized it was too late to learn this skill and considered an alternative: maybe I’ll just date girls who don’t wear bras. However my hope quickly dissipated as I realized this would effectively limit the places I could go to meet women to either wet t-shirt contests or Gymboree stores. Since I am neither a pedophile nor that much of a douchebag I’ve since come up a third option, a proposal to the women of the world: Ladies, if you can do it, just do it. Nike that shit up. Next time you go to the bathroom for your presex ritual, go ahead and take your bra off too. Because I’ve moved past my childish arrogance, I’ll admit when it comes to certain things, such as taking off your own clothes, some things you can do better. I’ll still kick your ass in pickup basketball though. Feeling philanthropic? Give Elliot lessons on unhooking those pesky lil’ bras. E-mail him at eignasiak@wisc. edu, and maybe you’ll get free tutor sessions for that next Biology 150 exam.
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To be or not to be?: Keeping or losing the V-card Erica andrist sex columnist Dear Erica, Do you have any advice on how to know whether or not someone is the “right one?”…I have always thought that I would wait until I am married to have sex [but]…my boyfriend and I have been together for a very long time and I’m starting to wonder if that’s what I really want. How do I know how to make the right decision? I know this is probably a little boring for you, but any advice would be appreciated. Thank you. —Indecisive Doubtful Kid I’m sure this isn’t the answer you want, IDK, but in reality, there’s no way to know how to make the right decision. Relationships and emotions don’t always go as expected or planned. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, and sometimes it can even be part of what makes sex exciting. But it does mean that there are no guarantees that one day from now, one year from now or one decade from now we won’t look back on our first time with ambivalence, sadness or regret. Don’t get me wrong—lots and lots of people look back fondly at their first time, too. But sometimes, people do make mistakes or do things they wish they hadn’t. If you can come to terms
with that, then I think that’s the single best indicator that you’re ready. If you’re looking for magic rainbows, soul fusion, glitter orgasms and all these things that we sometimes get told our super special “first time” should be— well, maybe you’ll get it, but I think you stand a good chance of being disappointed. But if you’re looking to learn about yourself, to learn about your partner, to laugh at yourself and to enjoy the ride, then I think those chances for disappointment or regret are much smaller. Another key tip-off that things are heading in the right direction is good communication. Can you talk to your partner about sex? Can you tell them what you (think you) want, and what feels good? Have you talked about STIs and/or contraception? If you feel too awkward or uncomfortable to have these discussions, or if your partner blows you off or dismisses your concerns, then it’s probably a better idea to wait. Sexual activity should always—always, always, always—be a choice. This is true whether the choice is a life philosophy or applied to a single instance, whether it is applied to one partner or all potential partners. And there are no right or wrong choices. What we’ve learned or decided about sex and our sexual partners is part of who we are, but it doesn’t define us as people. Finally, about this “boring” thing—poppycock. First of all, I really dig it when people e-mail me. It makes me feel all warm
and happy in special places. Second of all, as an undergrad and now as a med student, I have been talking with other Badgers about sex for years (years, I tell you), and the subject of virginity and whether to lose it or keep it comes up repeatedly. It’s a big question, and it’s a common one. Some people might have moved past this particular question in our sexual journeys, but whether the decision is before us or behind us, we all can relate.
Dear Erica, I’m a huge fan of [your column] and I’ve been obsessing about this for months… Do you like boys or girls? —Hoping Yes. Feel free to e-mail Erica with anymore of your burning questions at sex@ dailycardinal.com.
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Committee rejects ordinance targeting large house parties By David Jones The Daily Cardinal
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UW Facilities Planning and Management Director Gary Brown said the proposal for a Brooks Street apartment complex violates city and university guidelines.
City postpones decision on State, Brooks Street projects Also hears new Camp Randall proposal By Abby Becker The Daily Cardinal
A city planning committee delayed decisions Wednesday on both a proposal for a Brooks Street apartment complex and the redevelopment of State Street, in addition to hearing an informal presentation on plans for a new student athletic center at Camp Randall. City officials delayed the final decision for a new five-story apartment complex on North Brooks Street to another committee. Developer Joe McCormick and architect Joe Lee presented changes they made to the plan based off of recommendations from a prior meeting like alterations to the exterior of the building. While the plans received little complaint at an earlier
meeting, Gary Brown, director of UW Facilities Planning and Management, said at a city meeting Monday the plans violate university and city guidelines for what types of buildings can be constructed in campus areas. The committee also delayed making a decision on Block 100 Foundation’s proposal for the redevelopment of State Street, which includes demolition of historic structures like the Schubert building. In addition to concerns for historical preservation, committee members questioned the productivity of an open garden area at Mifflin and Fairchild Street, which may be unoccupied from November through April due to cold weather, according to committee member John Harrington. George Austin, Block 100 project manager, said Block 100 Foundation will review the committee’s recommendations. Brown also gave a presentation for the $76.8 million athletic
center proposal, which includes plans to remodel the interior of Camp Randall and renovate the McClain Athletic Facility. Construction on Camp Randall, which began Monday, includes replacing the turf and the tunnel leading onto the field. Included in the proposal are plans for a three-story facility housing academic services for athletes, training facilities, and team rooms. The McClain Athletic Facility, which houses the Fetzer Center, will be renovated with new locker rooms and training facilities. According to Mike Siegel, the project architect, the plans “allow the [athletic] program to remain competitive with its peers.” The plan also includes renovations geared toward making Engineering Mall more usable for outdoor events, according to Brown. “It’s a very urban kind of experience,” Brown said. “There’s a large need on campus for large groups of students to gather.”
Madison’s Housing Committee voted Wednesday to reject an ordinance aimed at curbing nuisance parties. Many committee members raised concerns regarding the effectiveness of some aspects of the ordinance, and ultimately rejected it in a six to three vote. Some members, including Ald. Bridget Maniaci, District 2, questioned a requirement that police and landlords, but not tenants, meet when a nuisance party occurs. “I don’t understand how the landlord, who doesn’t know what’s going on with his property, is going to get seated in front of the police and say, ‘Don’t worry, I can get my tenants to behave for you,’” said Maniaci. Members also debated the ordinance’s intentions, with some saying it would unfairly impact student renters. “There have been different slips of the tongue between the words ‘tenant’ and ‘student’ over and over again. It’s targeted against students,” said Ald. Scott Resnick, District 8.
asm from page 1 “My goal will be to ensure that when we send our appointees to meet with staff and faculty, we send the best student advocates possible,” said Huang. “Not because we’ve picked the best people, but because we’ve also trained the best people.” Reps. Tom Sannito and Maria Giannopolous were also appointed to serve on the Nominations Board. ASM Chair Allie Gardner said the new appointments will help ASM get more work done. “Starting the semester off with a completely full set of leadership and appointments to committees and boards is just going to be extremely
Ordinance sponsor Ald. Paul Skidmore, District 9, defended his proposal. “This is about protecting health, safety and welfare. This is not about going after students,” he said. Nonetheless, city alcohol policy coordinator Mark Woulf noted he preferred to see the ordinance in place by this spring’s Mifflin Street block party. Other committee members clashed over the requirement that landlords evict tenants or be subject to fines after a property receives a third nuisance party violation within six months. Supporters said the bill held repeat offenders accountable. “It sends a message to perpetrators that there are consequences to actions,” said Skidmore. Others were not convinced. “It’s more or less forcing you into a mandatory eviction,” said District 19 resident Curtis Brink. “It’s all on the landlord… and that is the problem I have with it.” The Housing Committee’s decision will serve as a recommendation as the ordinance moves on to the Public Safety Review Committee for debate on Feb. 14. helpful because we have more hands, more people working,” said Gardner. Council also officially removed Rep. Johnny Koremenos because he had missed too many council meetings. There are now four vacant seats in the College of Letters and Science. Also at the meeting, Legislative Affairs Chair Hannah Somers deputized student council representatives, officially authorizing them to register voters. “We do have obviously a huge push for voter registration coming up in the next couple of weeks and we want to focus on making sure students know all the changes with voter registration,” Gardner said at a press conference earlier Wednesday.
ASM Chair: fewer meetings improve reps. turnout
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At another meeting Wednesday, officials discussed the Downtown Plan, which includes possible plans to demolish Mifflin Street housing and replace it with high-rise apartments.
Sen. Coggs accused of misusing government resources According to a former aide paign for lieutenant governor to Sen. Spencer Coggs, and had his other the longtime state legisemployees attend lator used state time and to personal issues, resources for personal use. namely helping his A report by the website wife’s business. WisPolitics said the aide, The comJana Williams, first raised plaint, filed to allegations in 2010 that the Government Coggs hired a state staffer Accountability Board COGGS to work for his 2010 camin 2010, is only now
becoming public. GAB spokesman Reid confirmed a complaint was filed, but declined further comment. Williams was fired in 2010 after Coggs lost his lieutenant governor bid in the primary and Democrats lost control of the state Senate. Coggs is currently running for City of Milwaukee Treasurer.
At a press conference Wednesday, Associated Students of Madison Chair Allie Gardner said having student council meet every other week as opposed to every week has worked out well thus far. Coordinating Council, the board of the chairs of the various chairs of ASM committees, saw an increased turnout of ASM representatives at its meeting last Wednesday since representatives did not have a student council meeting, Gardner said. “It’s helpful to have a coordinated discussion of what’s coming up in student council and how that’s going to effect the chairs,” Gardner said. Also since representatives
cullen from page 1 to spend campaigning for whatever office he decides to run for. Falk reported she has close to $26,000 on hand, and Vinehout reported about $20,000. When asked whether a Democratic primary could hurt the party’s chances of regain-
now have more time with student council meeting every other week, Gardner said Rep. Mia Akers proposed student council representatives have “outreach hours,” where they meet with student groups. Gardner also said ASM is working on it’s Student Workers’ Rights Campaign, which was designed to improve hourly student workers’ working conditions and pay. In addition to its initial goals, Gardner said the campaign is evolving to help teach student workers how to deal with issues they face working on campus. anna duffin
ing the governorship by draining money and resources, Cullen said he believes a primary would be good for the party. “If there is no primary, the public has the right to ask the obvious question, ‘How was the candidate chosen? And who chose them?’” said Cullen, who did not endorse any of the potential candidates.
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By Michael Penn II the daily cardinal
Though the ranks of Dipset collective have dissolved into the realms of mixtape rap and VH1 reality television, Harlem World is still throbbing through the fingertips of 22-year-old producer Abraham Orellana. Orellana is known to the blogosphere as araabMUZIK. Armed with an Akai Music Production Center, keyboards, drums and a computer, he singlehandedly rose through the ranks of sought-after hip-hop producers through his infectious viral videos. His two-handed assault on the MPC using a combination of sampling and rapid-fire drums earned him millions of combined views on YouTube as well as a production deal with Dipset’s Duke Da God Productions at the tender age of 16. He has earned nicknames such as “the MVP of the MPC,” and rightfully so; Orellana sees these skills as a tool to merely create rather than compete against other producers. “I never think of battling someone to see whose better,” Orellana says. “That’s just a skill that I have, that’s extra to what I do. I never really see myself always competing with someone.” However, Orellana has remained focused on creating his own lane for the music he does without the Dipset presence creating a misconception when presented to new audiences. “I should be known for more than what I did with [them],” Orellana says. “I’m branded as araabMUZIK. I’m not labeled as a Dipset producer. I’m way beyond that… I’m more of a performer now. That was years ago.” With the Summer 2011 release of the popular instrumental album Electronic Dream, Orellana has ventured into influ-
ences of trance and electronic samples while maintaining the same gritty hip-hop sensibilities of dominating drums and snares. “That’s always been my style of music,” Orellana says. “I don’t really do music for people who are trying to make a new way of hip-hop. I’m just doing music because I love making music. Whoever feels it, that’s them.” As the current hip-hop landscape pits the rebellious youth against the elders of the “golden era,” Orellana remains centered in his own lane by crafting music that he enjoys. Citing Swizz Beatz, Alchemist and Dr. Dre as a few of his influences, Orellana does not find himself categorizing his sounds under any specific subgenre or label you could find within tomorrow’s Twitter hashtag trend. “I’m just making music because that’s what I love to do,” Orellana comments. “I’m not trying to change hip-hop or the way people see music. I always try to merge a lot of different styles together and just create.” Critics ranging from Pitchfork to The New York Times have lauded Orellana for the experimental styling found on Electronic Dream as well as his intense live sets which are comprised of him mercilessly pounding away at his MPC through sample after drum kit with rapid speed and precision that can only be truly experienced and appreciated in the live setting. Being present at an araabMUZIK show may be compared to an extended acid trip, but Orellana emphasizes that he neither creates nor performs under the influence of any substance. “I don’t smoke anything,” Orellana clarifies. “I don’t drink anything to get myself in the zone to create music. I’m naturally nice and that’s what it is. If you get there and you’re talented, you don’t need
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Producer and DJ araabMUZIK has been praised for his experimental and progressive work on Electronic Dream. He will perform live Thursday, Feb. 2 at the Majestic Theatre. Doors open at 9 p.m., tickets are $10. to take anything to create music. A lot of people think that I get high or whatever to create because the beats are too crazy… my mind’s crazy because I don’t do anything.” Orellana has been on tour all this Winter in promotion of last summer’s Electronic Dream release and is on the bill to play Summer 2012’s Coachella festival alongside contemporaries such as Flying Lotus and SBTRKT. Six years deep in the hip-hop scene, Orellana is still youthful in age yet professional and seasoned in approach. Even at age 22, an approximate age where many artists find themselves beginning to break, Orellana sees no end in sight for the one-man wrecking crew mentality his araabMUZIK brand provides listeners. “There is no limit for me,” he says. “I’m trying to take a lot of time with instruments, scoring movies and taking it everywhere.”
Cohen has a new album, old idea By Sean Reichard the daily cardinal
Quite paradoxically, Leonard Cohen is an ageless performer. With a voice that has run from slight weariness to a decrepit husk, he has followed his own path creatively. He was a poet and novelist before he turned singer-songwriter, and his songs are peppered with literary motifs and turns of phrase. Never one to stay easily categorized, he moved from chamber folk with fingerpicked guitar and swelling choirs (1971’s Songs of Leonard Cohen and 1971’s Songs of Love and Hate) to wall-of-sound bacchanalian excess (1977’s Death of a Ladies Man with Phil Spector) to pulsing bewildering synth pop (1988’s I’m your Man). Even at his weirdest and densest, he is a compelling performer, whether you revere or revile him. That said, age has not been kind to Leonard. In 2005 his manager gutted his retirement fund, leaving him $150,000. Not petty cash, surely, but it was enough to spark Leonard Cohen into action after a few years in a Zen monastery and sporadic releases. He embarked on tours through 2008 to 2010 and now he’s released Old Ideas. Old Ideas is Cohen’s first record since 2004’s Dear Heather and con-
tinues in a vein similar to it and 2001’s Ten New Songs: eclectic instrumentation, almost a compilation of every sound Cohen has toyed with through his career, anchored by an attending trio of woman singers and Leonard’s dark and dour grumblings. While varied, the songs on Old Ideas seem cast from the same, similar molds: blues, folk and gospel. “Darkness” has a light, blue funk to it, with its trebly bass and delicate guitar while Leonard lurches through lines like “I got the darkness baby / it was drinking from your cup.” “Banjo”—while it doesn’t seem to feature an actual banjo part—concerns a banjo floating on the open sea, the scene painted in Cohen’s bobbing voice and the nigh-angelic backup singers. These and other superficial touches permeate Old Ideas, a title too apt for its content. Leonard Cohen’s career seems founded on the principle of restraint: no overreaching, no tour de forces and no definitive magnum opuses. Old Ideas is not particularly flashy and moves at a contemplative pace. It’s highly unlikely anyone but current fans or self-styled serious young’uns will find much to celebrate about
Old Ideas beyond its mere existence. At age 77, Cohen has no more time for thrills. In many ways, Old Ideas could be his death album. Which is not to say it is. There is no staring down Death yet, and barring an unforeseen complication, Leonard Cohen is still chugging, but he is looking further back than ahead. All his themes—love, devotion, betrayal, sex, religion—are on full display, but they’re tempered by a sense of reflection. On “Show Me The Place,” he asks to be shown where, “[he’s] forgotten” the place where, “the Word became a Man.” He immerses himself in a lolling wave of piano and violin as he comments on the scene with serenity. Or later, on “Come Healing,” when his attending angels sigh, “Come healing of the body / come healing of the mind” as they watch Christ leave His cross and extol blood to purify arteries. The ruminant weight of these songs is sometimes burdensome, sometimes depressing, until you realize their source: the wizened and wiry human with a voice like dredging lead, bolstered by his choir and the coursing expanse of his memory, bringing this all to the front and proclaiming, I’m right here Death, let me tell you what I’ve been through.
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matt beaty opinion columnist
t is easy to look at the upcoming Spring elections and focus solely on the potential recall of Gov. Scott Walker. It has become a national issue, and millions of dollars from both Wisconsin and out-of-state are being thrown into the election. But there is another important choice to make on the ballot: two candidates for Madison school board representatives. While most school district elections are fairly boring and forgettable, this year’s vote could help seal the fate of Madison Preparatory Academy. The proposed charter school is aimed at helping lower-income students gain access to collegeprep courses. It is championed by Urban League of Greater Madison President Kaleem Caire, but has not gained his level of enthusiasm in the rest of the city. Voters should sup-
port Mary Burke and Nichelle Nichols who have pledged support for the school. There are obvious concerns with the school’s plan. It is intended to offer single-gendered classrooms and eligibility criteria will mainly select minority students for enrollment. This could rob students of experiences of learning with people of different backgrounds, which hurts diversity. It is also a tax payer supported school with less oversight than a traditional school. Money could be wasted with no real promise of returns. Also, trying to use non-union teachers could potentially harm school district labor contracts. The contract issue shouldn’t have been one. The school district should have written contracts that allow for teacher’s unions to have a monopoly on traditional public schools, but should have let charter schools choose their own employees. Teacher union contracts protect teachers but create rigid employment structures for schools’ administrators. They cannot hire and fire teachers as easily and need to follow strict rules on seniority and level of
PolitiFact rulings skew fact and fiction Ryan waal opinion columnist
olitical accountability has always been an issue. The amount of misinformation that transpires in a 10 minute chunk of cable news alone is overwhelming, and in today’s media environment most of these falsehoods remain unchallenged. Because of this, the initial prospect of PolitiFact.com, an online news project founded by the Tampa Bay Times, was quite exciting. PolitiFact takes statements from politicians and political commentators and rates their accuracy on a scale called the “Truth-o-Meter.” Unfortunately, PolitiFact has all but lost its credibility amidst a slew of obscene judgments and a desperate desire to appear “objective.” Here’s an example: Each year, PolitiFact selects a “Lie of the Year,” signifying the most egregious factual error in the political discourse from that twelve-month period. In 2009, the LOTY was Fmr. Gov. Sarah Palin’s claim that President Obama’s health care law included provisions for “death panels” to be set-up to kill sick elderly people. In 2011, PolitiFact’s LOTY was the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee’s assessment of Rep. Paul Ryan’s health care reform as a plan to “end Medicare.” PolitiFact drew intense criticism for the latter decision, and justifiably so. Palin’s claim about death panels was an objective fabrication, the crowning jewel of the GOP’s defamation of Obama’s health care reforms, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care act. The Democrat’s claim that Rep. Ryan’s plan ends Medicare, however, is a fact.
Under the Ryan plan, Medicare as we know it would be replaced with an opt-out program providing a paltry yearly voucher. Ryan can call his plan whatever he likes, but there is absolutely no inaccuracy in the claim that the Ryan plan would destroy the current version of Medicare and replace it with a radically different program. Their flimsy defense of Rep. Ryan should come as no surprise. For years, PolitiFact has tried to draw an equivalency between both sides of the political spectrum by portraying them both as equally dishonest. Checking through PolitiFact’s database, you’ll notice that most of the individuals profiled have a fairly even distribution of statements across the various levels of their “Truth-o-Meter,” which ranges from “True” to “Pants on Fire.” With only a few exceptions, PolitiFact’s conclusion appears to be that members from both parties are equally wrong. This notion is purely dishonest. Throughout President Barack Obama’s administration, Republicans have called him a secret Kenyan, a Marxist, a Socialist and some kind of combination Atheist/Muslim. Republicans have continued to spread the thoroughly disproven myth that tax cuts for the wealthy make everyone wealthy, that global warming is not scientifically sound and that homosexuality is a choice. The reason you cannot draw an equivalency between those positions, many of which are now central to the Republican creed, and those of the Democrats is because nothing on the left compares with the level of intellectual pollution on the right. Sure, PolitiFact can assert that Sen. Bernie Sanders is factually incorrect when he says Exxon Mobil pays no taxes, but someone can be incorrect about details and correct on the general argument,
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schooling—both attributes do not always lead to the best teachers. The other two issues are general concerns for education in general, but should not factor as much for the Madison School District. Diversity should thrive in schools; peers and teachers function best when ideas are challenged. If this school were to open, most of its students would be minorities. This would take them out of schools where they interact with majority students. It could be seen as segregation. But if you look at the low graduation rate of Madison’s minority—especially male students—you have to wonder if they are already segregated in their public high schools. There is just above a 60 percent graduation rate for African-American students in Wisconsin schools for the 20092010 class, while less than half of African-American Madison students graduated in the same time period. These numbers don’t just suggest that the district is failing those students— it proves it. According to the
released information from the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, “economically disadvantaged” students graduated at a 71.7 percent rate, 18.9 percent below students who are “not economically disadvantaged.” If the system is broken, try to fix it. This is exactly what Madison Preparatory Academy is trying to do—reach out to economically disadvantaged Wisconsin students and put them on track to college. Dissent for the school was also leveled at the higher cost and lack of transparency (read: control) over the school. When school board members voted against the school, this was of top concern. It is the school board’s job to look after the well-being of the district, including its finances. The fear of allowing a pseudo-private charter school into the district has to give them nightmares. But if oversight is a concern, it is ironic that the district feels this way since it spends $13,493 per-pupil and has the paltry graduation rates I listed earlier. Of course, money is not the
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simultaneously. Sanders may be wrong when he says that Exxon Mobil pays no taxes, but his general argument, that major corporations are paying very low taxes, is right. By cherry picking these random quotations from representatives of both sides and acting as if the errors on the left and right are comparable, PolitiFact blurs the distinctions between the arguments of both sides as well. And every time the GOP can be appear equally disgusting as their opponents, it wins. Republicans survive and thrive by making voters believe the contest between both sides is a draw. When that image is communicated, candidates with ridiculous, hateful and idiotic right-wing agendas have easier paths to victory. The truth will not be found in today’s political climate by simply averaging the two parties together. And what, exactly, is the journalistic appeal of the type of equivalency PolitiFact means to draw? By pretending that political evil is evenly distributed between both sides, PolitiFact has become a tool of the two-party system, rather than a guiding light to navigate their readers through it. Perhaps PolitiFact believes this kind of diplomatic, fake objectivity is part of reporting. Well, whatever they’re reporting, it’s clearly not the facts. Ryan Waal is a sophomore majoring in English. Tweet your feedback to @dailycardinal.
President Obama’s rejection of the Keystone XL Pipeline last week proved the President’s commitment to the environment and to the health and safety of the American people, as well as his refusal to play political games with America’s future. The pipeline, built for tar sands oil, would have traveled from Canada through the United States to exit the Gulf of Mexico, at a cost of upwards of $7 billion. But the cost would not have been limited to money, and the problems with the Keystone XL project did not only lie with the pipeline itself. After President Obama indicated his hesitation to go ahead with the project, Congress attempted to force the President and his State Department to make a decision without the studies necessary. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) found the initial report on the pipeline’s regulations inadequate. In addition, TransCanada does not have a good track record with such projects. The Keystone Oil Pipeline, a predecessor to the Keystone XL, leaked twelve times just in its first year. Despite such concerns, Republicans continued to force the issue in Congress. They tied the project to such bills as the payroll tax cut—a policy not only wholly unrelated, but one on which thousands of Americans depend. The need to pass the tax cut extension ultimately led to Keystone XL being put back on the self, as the environmental impact could not be assessed before the tax cut needed to be passed. As White House Press Secretary Jay Carney noted, “the State department … recommend[ed]
only determining factor for educational success. Students must be engaged, parents must be involved and teachers need to understand when students need an extra push. The charter school boasts plans that would accomplish this. From longer school hours to meeting more often with parents, Madison Prep would offer students with opportunities that the school district has a hard time providing. This is not to say that the charter school should be built and the rest of the public schools should remain the same. They should look at reforms as well, including adopting President Obama’s call for the drop-out age being raised to 18 instead of 17. But in the meantime, the Madison School District should begin to embrace the charter school to provide a better education for the students it is failing in the city. Matt Beaty is a junior majoring in math and computer science. Please tweet feedback to @daily cardinal or e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
denying the permit because it could not grant a permit on a pipeline route that hadn’t even been identified.” Make no mistake, any potential leak in a transnational tar sands oil pipeline would have been disastrous. The 2010 Deepwater Horizon and the more recent Yellowstone River oil spill have shown the danger of lax regulations on such projects. Without increased regulation of pipelines, the risk of calamitous environmental impacts is too high for America to risk.
Make no mistake, any potential leak in a transnation tar sands oil pipeline would have been disastrous.
The problems America faces with regard to energy dependence are substantial. We must reduce our dependence on non-renewable sources and work on long-term solutions such as wind and hydroelectric power. However, the dangers associated with the Keystone XL pipeline far outweighed any potential gain from the oil. Rejecting the risky, high-cost Keystone XL pipeline will allow not only resources but also jobs to flow towards new forms of energy that the United States will be able to depend on for the future. President Obama made a praiseworthy decision in his choice to reject the Keystone XL Pipeline. America is better off without this project. Jane Alters is the vice president of The Young Progressives. Tweet responses to @dailycardinal.
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or years we here in Big Ten land have had to endure the annual media love fest that leads up to the last weekend of the football regular season, the weekend during which Michigan and Ohio State square off in the so-called “Big Game.” This preclude has become such a love fest has become that the weekend itself has become commonly known as “Michigan-Ohio State weekend”. Forget the fact that there are 53 other games that weekend in FBS alone. The last full weekend of the college football calendar is all about the Buckeyes and the Wolverines. But in the past few years, that rivalry has gained a rival of its own. While Ohio State was taking advantage of a depleted Michigan program en route to seven straight wins in the series (2004-2010), another Big Ten team was giving those same Buckeyes fits. From 2003-2010, Wisconsin took half of their matchups with the Buckeyes, all three coming with Ohio State ranked in the top 20 in the nation. On top of that, the Badgers and Buckeyes went back and forth in their series on the hardwood, with Wisconsin coming out victorious in 10 of 15 matchups dating back to 2004. During that same stretch, Michigan only beat Ohio State three times in 17 tries. So what is the true “Big Game?” At this point, I would argue that the Wisconsin-Ohio State rivalry is a better one than the Buckeyes and Wolverines. There is history. Wisconsin men’s basketball has only beaten a No. 1 team twice. Both teams were from Columbus. There is controversy. Ohio State sophomore forward Jared Sullinger claimed that a UW student spit at him while the Grateful Red rushed the floor following last year’s 71-67 Wisconsin victory over previously-undefeated OSU. There is gamesmanship. Ohio State’s student section rushing the field after beating Wisconsin this past year despite the fact that the Badgers were outside the top 10. Say what you want, that was all about avenging what had happened in Madison the previous year. And there is plenty at stake. In 2010, Wisconsin and Ohio State finished tied for the Big Ten conference title in football (although Ohio State would vacate following the tattoo scandal). In 2011, Wisconsin and Ohio
State both finished in the top three in the conference in men’s basketball, with the Badgers handing the Buckeyes one of only two losses in their Big Ten title run. That fall, Wisconsin came to Columbus still (in hindsight) in the hunt for a potential BCS Championship game bid even after losing on a Hail Mary pass the previous weekend in East Lansing. After the Buckeyes repeated that feat at Ohio Stadium, UW’s championship hopes were dashed. And finally, on Feb. 4, Wisconsin and Ohio State will meet at the Kohl Center with first place in the Big Ten on the line. The networks might not recognize it, but this is the new “Big Game.” OSU might get the CBS timeslot when they play Michigan, but you have to believe that they circle their trip to the Kohl Center on the calendar well before they would a visit from the Wolverines. And if you doubt the intensity of this rivalry on the gridiron, just watch the last two games. Not only the games themselves, but the student section reactions afterward. Michigan and Ohio State seems now to be a rivalry almost exclusively by dictation. On the field, there is not that much different about their matchup than there is a game between Michigan and Nebraska.
I would argue that the Wisconsin-Ohio State rivalry is a better one than the Buckeyes and Wolverines.
Sure, when both teams are good the ghosts of Woody Hayes and Bo Schembechler make the Ohio State-Michigan matchup something special. But in recent years, that hasn’t been the case all that often. When Ohio State and Wisconsin meet, you know you are going to see a good game. You know that both teams have plenty to play for, and by plenty I don’t mean a shot at the Gator Bowl. This new-age rivalry might lack the pageantry of its ancient rival, but if you want to see some intense Big Ten competition, come to Madison when the Buckeyes are in town or Columbus when Bucky visits. Wisconsin-Ohio State: This is the new “Big Game.” Do you think that Wisconsin and Ohio State have the makings of one of the nation’s best rivalries? Still think that Buckeyes vs. Wolverines is king? E-mail Max your thoughts at firstname.lastname@example.org
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Sophomore Cassie Rochel’s seven points in the final four minutes helped seal the Badgers’ win over Michigan
Wisconsin aims for fourth straight win By Ryan Hill The Daily Cardinal
The Wisconsin women’s basketball team (4-5 Big Ten, 8-13 overall) looks to expand on its three game winning streak against a high-flying Iowa team (4-5, 12-10) at the Kohl Center Thursday as part of UW Student Night. UW students will receive free admission, free pizza and free t-shirts courtesy of Adidas. The Badgers also look to slow Iowa’s recent dominance at the Kohl Center, as the Hawkeyes have come out on top seven of the last eight times at the venue. Fresh off their nail-biting 66-60 victory over the Michigan Wolverines Monday, the Badgers hope to continue their climb up the Big Ten standings. During their three-game conference-winning streak, the Badgers have propelled themselves into a tie for seventh place in the conference, just four games behind first palce
Purdue, which checks in with an 8-1 conference mark. In the team’s previous meeting, a 69-57 Hawkeye win in Iowa City on Jan. 19, the Hawkeyes went on a 17-2 run after the game was tied at 47 with 10:52 remaining in the game. However, the Badgers have looked like a completely different team late in games as of late, something many players have acknowledged they have noticed and worked on. “I would say chemistry is a huge thing,” sophomore guard Morgan Paige said of the team’s more comfortable feel late in games. “We’re just making more runs and when the other team goes on runs we’re able to shut them down a little quicker.” Sophomore forward Cassie Rochel, who proved instrumental late in the game against Michigan on Monday, couldn’t agree more and says that the team’s win at Illinois on Jan. 8
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served as the turning point in performing better late in games. “That’s something we really emphasized going into Illinois,” Rochel said. “We just said we need to start finishing games. And then all of a sudden we’ve started pulling together towards the end.” In order to keep their exceptional play late in games moving forward, the Badgers have to find a way to slow down Iowa junior guard Jaime Printy, who picked apart the Badgers defense and racked up 25 points in the two teams’ last meeting. Printy actually hails from the same hometown as Paige (Marion, Iowa) and puts up 17.4 points per game, good for fifth in the Big Ten. “Her basketball IQ is so high,” Paige said. “She knows when to shoot the ball, when to take you off the dribble, knows how to draw contact and she finished really well from the free throw line.” Wisconsin head coach Bobbie Kelsey attributed the 17-2 Iowa run in the previous meeting to defensive breakdowns and poor communication. “Yeah, not switching when we were supposed to. We just watched in several clips where players were not doing what they were supposed to do. Also communication; if you’re gonna switch (on defense), you have to call it.” Another aspect to look for in Thursday’s game is how Rochel responds to her clutch play that was evident late in the game on Monday. The 6 foot 4 inch forward scored seven of her nine points in the final four minutes of the game against Michigan. “Yesterday she looked for the ball and she scored and the teammates got her the ball,” Kelsey said of her signs of aggressiveness. Wisconsin also looks to keep its sudden and dramatic scoring increase up. In its last three games, it has averaged 73.0 points per game, 13.9 above its season average. Doing this is crucial, as Iowa scores an average of 70.3 points per game and has outscored opponents by 20 or more points four times this season. Tip-off for UW Student Night Thursday is scheduled for 7 p.m.
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Badgers welcome last place Mankato By Matthew Kleist The Daily Cardinal
The No. 1 Wisconsin women’s hockey team (18-2-2-1 WCHA, 24-2-2 overall) is back in action this weekend. The Badgers will host Minnesota State UniversityMankato (3-19-0, 7-21-0) Friday and Sunday afternoon. The Badgers are coming off their 11th series sweep of the season, winning a pair of close games against a very good Bemidji State team. Senior forward Hilary Knight scored the game-winning goal last Saturday to help Wisconsin com-
plete the sweep. The goal not only gave her team win number 24 on the season, it broke a seven-game scoreless streak for Knight. “It means a lot,” Knight said about breaking her streak. “Any player can tell you that if they’ve been in slump, it’s nice to break out of it. The biggest thing now is just focusing on what I can do going forward.” Knight is a key component of the Wisconsin offense. Even though she does not lead the team in goals or assists and is third in total points, the Badgers’ success rides on her individual success.
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Though she isn’t on the top of the stats sheet, Hilary Knight has been the catalyst for Wisconsin’s offense this season.
Over the course of Knight’s seven-game goalless streak, the Badgers had four games go into overtime where they lost two in shootouts. In addition to those two losses, they lost 1-0 to Minnesota in regulation. “If you look at our make-up and how we run, she’s certainly an important part in a lot of different facets,” head coach Mark Johnson said. “When the puck wasn’t going in, she was still doing other things to help us and give us an opportunity to win.” Coming down from the high of scoring the game-winning goal in front of 12,000 fans becomes even more important as post-season play fast approaches. With only three series left in the regular season, some players have already begun to look ahead to the first round of the WCHA Playoffs and past the task at hand. “A bunch of us got into that routine against Bemidji,” Knight said. “It’s important to take it day-by-day, even in practice.” “If you’re not ready, or take someone lightly, you’re going to get knocked off,” Johnson said. With the combined WCHA record of Wisconsin’s remaining three opponents sitting at 18-471-1, it could become easy to take any one of those teams lightly. However, when every game at this
point in the season could potentially give teams a better position going into the playoffs, the Badgers will get each team’s best game. “Everybody is playing for something,” Johnson said. “I don’t care if you’re Wisconsin, Mankato or Ohio State, everybody’s got a meaningful game right now.”
“Mankato wants to get out of the basement,” Johnson added. The Badgers cannot take Mankato’s last-place position lightly. If they fall into that trap, they would be in danger of losing any momentum that they may have built and even possibly their place at the top of the standings.
Rigsby named WCHA Defensive Player of the Week Wisconsin sophomore goaltender Alex Rigsby was honored by the WCHA as Defensive Player of the Week for her efforts against Bemidji State last weekend. This is the third such honor for Rigsby this season. The Delafield, Wis. native was dominant between the pipes for Wisconsin against the Beavers, recording her nation leading sixth shutout of the season Saturday night and stopping 64 of 66 shots for a .970 save percentage over the course of the weekend. She stopped 36 shots in a 3-2 overtime victory Friday night before wowing the NCAA women’s college hockey record crowd of 12,402 on Saturday with a 28 save shutout. Rigsby has been rock solid in the crease for the No. 1-ranked Badgers
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Alex Rigsby has been brilliant in goal for the Badgers this season. this season. She owns a 24-2-2 record on the year with a 1.49 goalsagainst average and a .949 save percentage, which are second and first in the nation, respectively. Rigsby was previously honored as defensive player of the week on Oct. 19 and Oct. 25. By Ryan Evans / The Daily cardinal