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Long after the signs were removed, the Capitol lawn was reseeded, and the thousands of protestors departed, the ever-present partisan division and immense rise in lobbyist fundraising born during the spring protests continue to define Wisconsin politics today. Gov. Scott Walker’s collective bargaining limits that inspired massive labor protests at the Capitol also gave both political action committees and labor unions the motivation to spend big to support the ideology that fits their interests. But some state senators say that even before Walker’s divisive budget, money from left and right wing groups created a legislature where lawmakers are so ideologically separated they view each other as detrimental to Wisconsin’s progress. Among Walker’s supporters is Americans for Prosperity, the conservative think tank created by David and Charles Koch, founders of Kansasbased Koch Industries. They began contributing to Wisconsin Republicans in 2005 and spent $400,000 on advertisements supporting Walker’s policies during the Capitol protests. They contribute to Republican politicians that support freemarket policies in more than 30 states. While labor unions have historically contributed to Democrats, 25 labor unions together, including Wisconsin State AFL-CIO and Wisconsin Education Association Council, spent more than $7 million from January to June 2011. That was $5 million more than the first six months of 2009 when the previous budget was introduced. Wisconsin Unions contributed most significantly. Mike McCabe, director of Wisconsin Democracy Campaign, a nonpartisan group that tracks money in state politics, said the amount of money groups gave to candidates was “unprecedented,” and has not been witnessed here. “[The amount of influence outside donors have is] something we haven’t seen in politics,” McCabe said. “It has to do with the fact that Wisconsin has been thrust on the nation’s stage, becoming a pawn on a much larger national chess board.” Political action committees contributed $4.3 million mostly in negative campaign advertisements in the April Supreme Court race between incumbent Justice David Prosser, who Walker supporters favored, and unknown Asst. Attorney

With block party assured, students, police discuss safety By Jeffrey More The Daily Cardinal

As students, residents, city officials and the Madison Police Department concluded that an event on Mifflin Street in May is inevitable, the focus of a Mifflin neighborhood meeting Thursday was part of an initial discussion on how to make the party this year safer. The city hopes to have plans for the party finalized by mid-March. Along with the number of alcohol-related arrests and

citations, last year’s block party was marred by two stabbings, which led Mayor Paul Soglin to threaten that he would cancel the party this year. “[The mayor’s goal] is not to end the event this year,” said Mark Woulf, Madison’s alcohol policy coordinator. “There’s still going to be a large group of people that shows up on Mifflin Street on May 5. That’s the reality.” In previous years, police said they could not set up a controlled environment

around Mifflin Street because the area lining the street is residential private property. “Our charge as police officers is to make the event safe, and what we’ve seen from last year is that it wasn’t,” Lt. David McCaw said. Madison Police said they would make landlords more accountable for violations this year. Police may limit households to 50 people, and if fire marshals find houses that violate the rule, they will contact and

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How an influx of special interest spending split Wisconsin in two and kept it that way.

STORY BY Rachel Hahn and Samy Moskol

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Professor testifies in federal trial on redistricting maps’ impact on Latinos UW-Madison political science professor Ken Mayer testified in the ongoing redistricting lawsuit Thursday that the Latino vote would be significantly diminished under the new state election maps drawn by Republicans. In the federal trial over the constitutionality of the new maps, Mayer said the changes to the 8th and 9th Assembly district boundaries “would simply overwhelm the voting power of the Latino community” by splitting up certain Latino areas in Milwaukee, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Mayer said the districts were “radically reconfigured,” noting that only about half of the current

residents in the 8th district would remain in their district under the new maps. Mayer’s testimony came the day after Republican lawmakers declined the court’s request to redraw the election maps set to take effect in November. The Milwaukee-based Latino rights group Voces de la Frontera filed the lawsuit earlier this month, claiming the maps violate the Voting Rights Act. Republicans claim the maps signed into law last year cannot be altered, because the constitution states legislative voting lines can only be redrawn once every ten years.

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Another random to run in recall

Students tear down Ward statue after no snow day

One more no-name Democrat throws his name into ring By Dr. Leonard McCoy Fake news friday

Another relatively obscure Wisconsin Democrat has announced his intention to run against Gov. Scott Walker in the likely recall election this summer. “What Walker has done to Wisconsin’s workers is unforgivable! He has created a divide in this state that can only be mended by the right politician with a proven record of bipartisanship, and folks, that’s me,” the candidate said at a press conference attended only by his mother and MSNBC’s Ed Schultz.

“We don’t care about winning. I mean, if we did, we wouldn’t have endorsed Kathleen Falk, amiright?” Mary Bell president Wisconsin Education Association Council

The new candidate said he hopes to invigorate Wisconsin voters with his platform of open government, restoration of collective bargaining and jobs. “I think we’ve got a really special thing going on here,” he said. Many of Wisconsin’s highprofile politicians have either

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Although less than 10 percent of Wisconsinites could pick him out of a line up, another obscure Democrat has entered the recall race. declined to run or stayed mum on the subject, creating a vacuum for a viable Democratic candidate. Kathleen Falk, former Dane County executive and allaround union groupie, commended the new candidate on his decision. “I look forward to seeing which one of us the public doesn’t know the least,” she said at her own press conference nobody attended. Walker spokesperson Cullen Werwie said the governor is unfazed by the new entry. “I’ll be honest, we were a little worried about this whole recall business in the beginning. We thought it might be [Russ] Feingold or someone else formidable,” Werwie said. “But the best the Democrats have is

Students confuse Gordon Commons pollng booth for vote on campus food Election officials have concluded the 100 votes cast by students at Gordon Commons in Tuesday’s spring primary were submitted by accident, as students believed they were taking a poll on their favorite University Housing meal. While the 0.85 percent turnout in Madison electoral District 8 was a record for the undergraduate-dominated area, the recipients of the 100 votes for a Dane County Circuit Court race clued election officials in to the miscommunication. Exit polls indicated that write-in candidate “Buffalo Shrimp” held a slight lead over “Make Own Waffle.” “Make Own Waffle w/ Whipped Cream” was a close third. “Stealing dishware,” a write-in candidate, came in fifth. Ald. Scott Resnick, District

8, said he was disappointed students prioritized food over Dane County Circuit Court elections. “I just wish we could live on a campus where students care about who they elect to vote on so many integral decisions that affect our lives, like traffic citations and small claims and all those other things they do all the time.” Sally Smith, a Witte residant, was disappointed “Make Own Waffle” came in second, because it was “what she hoped for every morning.” Resnick is now starting a media campaign around campus to raise awareness about what Dane County Circuit Court judges do. Look for his editorial in next Wednesday’s edition of The Daily Cardinal once he figures out what that is exactly. —B.S.

Kathleen Falk? Seriously?” Milwaukee Mayor and former Walker opponent Tom Barrett expressed interest in the race on Tuesday, but several unions are trying to discourage him from running due to their strained relations. “We don’t care about winning,” Wisconsin Education Association Council President  Mary Bell said. “I mean, if we did, we wouldn’t have endorsed Kathleen Falk, amiright?” Because normal campaign finance regulations do not apply in a recall campaign, Walker has already raised millions, much of it coming from out of state. The new candidate, however, remains ambivalent. “Well that’s just fine,” he said. “I’ve got a piggy bank full of quarters and a dream!”

A statue erected at the top of Bascom Hill late Wednesday night depicting Chancellor David Ward was destroyed by enraged co-eds after it became evident the snow day Ward had scheduled for Thursday was a farce. Five-hundred and sixty students, all interns for the Winter Precipitation Interest Research Group, built the marble statue of Ward to thank him for finally deciding to bring legitimate snow—not that illegitimate, windy, rainy, shitty snow—to campus for the first time this season. But the eight inches of snow expected for Thursday never came. And now, WINPIRG Chair Abbot Dungleberry is planning a trip to Amherst College for the first week of March to “get my Biddy back” because the group is “totally pissed.” Former UW-Madison Chancellor Biddy Martin, who now works at Amherst, said it was unfortunate to see Chancellor Ward keeping the snow from the student body. “My pride and glory were the two snowstorms I caused, that brought two fruitful, glorious snow days to campus in my two last years as chancellor,” Martin said. “And now I’m gone, so suck it.” Amherst College has had six snow days since December. Ward, who issued the faux snow day announcement from abroad, was not available for comment as he was skiing in the Swiss Alps with his mother. —Yams McYummy, MD

Prof suspected to be Skeletor Citing his high-pitched voice, cackling laugh, insistence on carrying around a walking stick and wardrobe consisting only of tight blue shirts and purple belts, students in Dr. Colin Rotelek’s botany class have filed concerns that he may be Skeletor. On the first day of class, a few eyebrows were raised after reading the syllabus for his selection of topics on poisonous fungi indigenous to Eternia. In particular, the entire third unit of the class was slated to focus on “how to exploit the weaknesses of He-Man,” with week 13 dedicated to students learning to “finally finish off that fool He-Man once and for all!” According to university records, Roteleks has been on the botany staff for six years, though his fellow staff acknowledge a rather hazy recollection of his interactions with the rest of the department over that period of time.

“I know he’s been part of the faculty for a while, but I can only remember meeting Dr. Roteleks at party he threw for us over in his castle on Snake Mountain,” recalled Dr. Cameron, also in the department. “Come to think of it, I don’t really remember that party very well.” While many students felt Rotelek’s unorthodox teaching methods to be unsettling, there are some who believe he is the best professor on campus, including Beastman, a fifth-year senior unable to enroll in the class, but still in attedance for every lecture. “I just find his opinions and demeanor inspiring. Like, yeah, maybe I can destroy He-man—I mean learn all about plant toxins and their numerous uses.” Dr. Rotelek released a public statement on the issue simply stating, “Nyah!” —Timothy McCorgi


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news Metcalfe’s proposes East Wash. location By Ben Siegel The Daily Cardinal

Two building proposals for the city-owned land along East Washington Avenue envision different futures for the area east of Capitol Square. Proposed by Metcalfe’s Market, the newest plan for the former site of the Don Miller auto dealership along the 800 block of East Washington is a $45 million package, the centerpiece of which is a new Metcalfe’s location with a rooftop farm. The city is six months into negotiations with developers over the other proposal for a primarily commercial site with ample parking and office space meant to attract high-tech firms with highsalaried positions. Tom Neujahr, principal of Urban Land Interests, the developers behind the high-tech commercial proposal, said he was confident in the viability of a plan that would help revitalize and diversify the area. “The big focus for us is on trying to transform East Washington into an employment center,” he said. “We’ve been very active in pursuing software firms downtown to balance the tenant mix.” Neujahr said ULI’s 160,000-square-foot plan also features retail space, and the group is

politics from page 1 General JoAnne Kloppenburg, who union supporters favored. It became a referendum on Walker’s controversial collective bargaining law and was the first major election after the budget protests. Prosser was narrowly re-elected, preserving the four to three conservative majority in the Supreme Court. The effect of the race “was mostly the shock factor of [it], how close the votes were and everything that followed,” said Hannah Somers, Associated Students of Madison legislative affairs chair. “Everything” included summer recall elections for six Republican and three Democratic senators. Two Republican senators lost their seats while all Democrats survived, resulting in a narrow 17-16 Republican majority in the Senate, one of the most evenly-divided in the nation. Moderate State Sen. Tim Cullen, D-Janesville said the large amount of money in campaigns today tends to produce “further to the left Democrats” and “further to the right Republicans” in the legislature. “You can’t overestimate the money,” Cullen said. “It changed everything.” State Sen. Jim Holperin, D-Conover, one of the senators who faced a recall election, noted growing separations within his own northern Wisconsin district. “The voters were very split which is something I’ve found not only that time but ever since,” Holperin said. The one-seat difference in the state senate established a power struggle. Moderate state Sen. Dale Schultz, R-Richland Center, the one Republican senator who opposed collective bargaining limits, often had the deciding vote. While Republicans and Democrats on the Senate might be nearly even in numbers, many are so

in talks with potential tenants for a market that is a “far more appropriate size for the neighborhood [than Metcalfe’s].” Negotiations have stalled over city concerns about ULI’s proposed timeline for the project. Neujahr said project can be completed in five years; Metcalfe’s project would be finished within a year, according to Ald. Bridget Maniaci, District-2. “Resoundingly, the neighborhood has more enthusiasm for the Metcalfe’s proposal,” Maniaci said. “These guys are local grocers, not commercial real estate folks.” While the jobs created by ULI’s plan would be higher paying, the supermarket and hotel included in the Metcalfe’s proposal would create more jobs. The plan also includes office space of its own, which means high-tech companies wouldn’t necessarily be left by the wayside, she added. “This is the parcel that is supposed to be catalyst for the entire district,” Maniaci said. “I don’t understand how office buildings on a phased schedule are going to provide the excitement and energy that potential businesses and companies are looking for in the corridor.” The mayor’s office is expected to make a decision on the proposals within the next month. ideologically extreme that compromise is a lost cause. State Sen. Fred Risser, D-Madison, the longest serving state legislator in American history, said the state is more polarized than it has ever been. “You have an extreme right wing here and extreme left here. One of them is going to win,” Risser said. “You have a legislature made up of extremes.” And outside donors broke fundraising records during summer recall campaigns. Candidates, political committees and special interest groups together spent $44 million in the recall elections, more than doubling the previous spending record for legislative election candidates. “It was just off the charts … [$44 million] is a conservative number. [It was] probably more than that, [but] that’s what we can actually trace,” McCabe said. $34.5 million of that came from special interest groups. That was five times more than the previous record of $7 million for outside spending for all 115 legislative races in 2008. McCabe said before 2011, he was shocked when candidates would receive 10 percent of their funding from out of the state, and that the rise in fundraising reduced candidates to “spectators in their own race.” Out-of-state money will continue to play a role in campaigns as Walker could face a recall election. Americans for Prosperity spent $700,000 earlier in February on an advertisement to support Walker’s policies in preparation for a probable recall election. The four most significant contributions to Walker’s campaign, each more than $250,000, came from Missouri and Texas. “State elections are really supposed to be about the people of Wisconsin,” McCabe said. “It’s pretty hard for people to decide when out-of-state interference is deciding for them.”

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Students showcased their talent at an open mic in Der Rathskeller. Every month the Memorial Union offers amateur musicians the opportunity to play before an audience. Photo by Stephanie Daher

SSFC approves Health Services budget By Anna Duffin The Daily Cardinal

The Student Services Finance Committee approved the University Health Services budget at more than $14 million Thursday. Although the committee denied the Wisconsin Union and Rec Sports’ budget last week because the groups did not provide specific outlines of where student segregated fees would go, committee members said UHS was transparent in its budget process. The three groups, along with childcare and the Student Activity Center make up UW-Madison students’ non-allocable segregated fees.

SSFC Chair Sarah Neibart said about 80 percent of the group’s budget comes from segregated fees. “They were very clear where [segregated fees] are going and how that’s delineated in their budget,” Neibart said. “They gave us all the information we requested.” The committee added approximately $180,000 to the group’s budget to hire two additional mental health counselors to the UHS staff. Former SSFC Secretary Jair Alvarez said as of last year, students were allowed 30 counseling sessions through UHS throughout their four years at the university.

Alvarez said this would limit undergraduates to about one session every two months, a number he said is too low. “The truth of the matter is that if in the end, you don’t fix the problem, there will be an issue at some point,” Alvarez said. Rep. Tia Nowack said it is SSFC’s job to ensure services are meeting constituents’ needs. “The one resounding complaint that I always hear about the UHS is that there just is not enough access for mental health providers,” Rep. Tia Nowack said. “I think it’s our job to make sure we’re filling this void when we see it.”

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SSFC Chair Sarah Neibart said Thursday UHS provided the committee with a more detailed outline of where student segregated fees are used than Wisconsin Union or Rec Sports.

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on State Street. Some police suggestions for improving the safety of the event included prohibiting drinking on the street, which was legal last year, as well and not closing off traffic on Mifflin Street. Residents in attendance opposed allowing traffic down Mifflin, saying it would only push partygoers further

onto private properties and limit the space available for vendors and portable bathrooms. Most changes suggested by police at the meeting would involve putting more officers on duty, the funding of which would involve sponsors footing the bill for additional man-hours, according to one suggestion.


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By Marina Oliver The Daily Cardinal

Dance teams from all over the Midwest are gathering in Madison this weekend for an India Students’ Associationhosted dance competition that is truly one of a kind. The aptly titled, “Aa Dekhen Zara” translates to “Come Take A Look,” and that is exactly what students should do, according to Nivkiran Dhillon, the captain of UW’s team, School of Bhangra. “In Wisconsin, there isn’t another competition like it,” Dhillon explained in a conversation with The Daily Cardinal. “We wanted to be the ones to bring it to this state.” The Overture Center stage will come alive on Saturday when various college teams try to dance their way to a win in one of three categories: Bhangra, Fusion or Bollywood. There will be colorful outfits, an enthusiastic crowd and

The Skinny Who: UW’s School of Bhangra and participating Midwest groups. Where: Overture Center When: Saturday, Feb. 25. Show starts at 7 p.m. Cost: $15 Why you should care: This is the only Bhangra event hosted in Wisconsin!

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plenty of...hip hop? “We mix in hip hop to appeal to the general public,” Dhillon said. “We don’t do traditional songs all the time.” She mentioned using a Nicki Minaj jam in a recent mix, and also went on to explain how the UW School of Bhangra once shocked their audience.

“We chose [the Overture] as a venue because we wanted to make a lasting impression on the other teams.” Nivkiran Dhillon captain School of Bhangra

“At a competition once, we mixed in dubstep and people were amazed!” she said. While the UW team is not participating in the event due to their hosting duties, teams from universities like Northwestern and Purdue will show off moves and mixes that are sure to entertain the crowd. “Some of the teams are from nearby, and they’ll bring their friends, so it should be a really lively crowd,” Dhillon said. The Overture Center also offers an ideal atmosphere for the event. According to Dhillon, it is by far the best stage for such performances. “We chose it as a venue because we wanted to make a lasting impression on the other teams,” she said with a laugh. “We couldn’t just show them

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From Bhangra and Bollywood to hip-hop and dubstep, UW’s School of Bhangra team promises spectators will see a little bit of each at the India Students’ Association competition this Saturday. some random place.” The event offers an opportunity for students to experience something culturally enriching and to see a different side of campus. If any student is asked about football at UW-Madison, they will likely have plenty to say, but Bhangra is a little-known aspect of Madison life. “There isn’t always that much diversity on our campus, so it can be really interesting to see what other people or groups have to offer,” Dhillon pointed out as she expressed her wishes for people to give Bhangra a try, either by attend-

ing the show this weekend or even by taking the next step and testing it out themselves.

“In Wisconsin, there isn’t another competition like [‘Aa Dekhen Zara’].” Nivkiran Dhillon captain School of Bhangra

All in all, the competition this weekend will give Madisonians a chance to answer the question,

“Hey, what is Bhangra anyway?” and to be part of a unique experience. After all, it is the only competition of its kind in our great Dairy State. According to Dhillon, people often don’t know what to expect when they see Bhangra teams in their performance outfits. For those who go to the show on Saturday, they will no longer have to wonder. The show is at 7:00 p.m. this Saturday, Feb. 25. Tickets are $15 dollars for students and can be purchased at www.overturecenter.com/production/aadekhen-zara.

In defense of English teachers: Give literature a chance Sean Reichard your raison d’être

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always cherished English classes in high school, especially since I usually ended up with good teachers. In 9th grade there was Mrs. Saunders and Mrs. Dasovich. In 10th grade, Mrs. Labs. In 11th grade, Mrs. Thomas and Mrs. Hedstrom. And in 12th grade, there was Mrs. Sinkler and Mrs. Saunders again for AP Composition. I was lucky to have these women teach me English; I was lucky that they were good teachers as well. I would be lucky to have such good teachers for the rest of college.

It’s a teacher’s job to teach even a class as subjective and seemingly “soft” as English.

People seem pretty split on the teaching of English. You don’t meet people who are “just okay” with English classes. You meet people who either adore it or loathe it. On my part, I never really understood why people loathed English class. Granted, I was a semi-neurotic who checked out his weight in books from the

library every week; nonetheless, it seemed to me inconceivable that anyone would have hated this subject. The only reason I could surmise for a legitimate hatred of English would be someone having had a bad teacher, which can ruin any class. I was especially befuddled with people’s common explanations for hating English class: “It’s too much work,” “I don’t like being told what to think,” “All that damn analysis!” Worst of all was the explanation that people liked reading, just not for English class. And in many ways this is unfair. You wouldn’t protest your history teacher if they told you X happened in year Y, or if your math teacher gave you a proof, or your science teacher a chemical equation or theory. For a long while I had a mindless aversion to math and science. I figured (as anyone might) that because they dealt with numbers and otherwise realistic calculations, they were the diametric opposite of what I was interested in (mainly reading fiction). So I shut myself up in books and aspired to never take such classes again. However, over the course of last semester, I had a change of heart. I had come in undeclared, entertaining an English major if nothing else came up, but I quickly became enamored with Environmental Studies. For me this wasn’t some whim, this was a real desire. It was

a real enough desire that I declared Environmental Studies as my second major (along with English). So of course, doing science (be it biology or other physical sciences) will be an inevitable, integral part of understanding the environment.

You don’t meet people who are “just okay” with English classes. You meet people who either adore it or loathe it.

And I don’t mind it. I understand that if I want to complete this major, I have to take science courses. Certainly it’s a shift from what I’m used to, but I’m not going to blame my professors just because it isn’t my favorite course. They will receive just as much respect as my professors in other classes, a practice, unfortunately, I’ve never been particularly adherent to in the past. It’s a teacher’s job to teach, even a class as subjective and seemingly “soft” (compared to math and science) as English. All those English teachers you had in high school, or will have in college, were paid to make you read and analyze and think about literary works. It’s no different from a history teacher teaching history, a math teacher teaching math, and so on and so forth.

In this way, I understand why people don’t like a particular class, and why English may be a focal point of disgust or derision. If you don’t like it, you don’t like it. But the adequate response is not loudly proclaiming it and rushing headlong in that direction. Be conscious of why you don’t like it. And consider that behind all the

literary analysis (and the historical explanations and theorems and zenith-angle calculations) there are real, working people. Try not to be so dismissive; you might actually learn something. Did your high school English teacher ruin your formative literary years? Tell Sean at sreichard@wisc.edu.


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

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HAY IN THE BARN ACROSS 1 They might precede bravos 6 Does one better than 10 Energy-focused org. 14 “___ for the sky!” (cry in a Western) 15 Singular operatic performance 16 The Vatican’s vicinity 17 ___ allegro (very quickly) 18 Boxing officials (abbr.) 19 ___-Cola 20 SOS card 23 Volvo’s homeland 25 It’s obtained by leaching 26 “Do the Right Thing” director 27 Fall into decay 28 Economy size 31 Apply a bandage to 33 A very small quantity 35 Sallie ___ (student loan company) 36 Amateur’s antonym 37 SOS Bible book 42 “... ___ daily bread” 43 Howard Hughes’ airline 44 Evidence of healing 46 Church engagement announcement

49 Home of Barack Obama’s father 51 Indecisive result 52 “How was ___ know?” 53 ___ chi 55 Ailing 57 SOS donation 61 Coil in the yard 62 1952 Winter Olympics setting 63 Administers (with “out”) 66 Portentous sign 67 ‘50s French president Coty 68 Non-reactive, like some gases 69 Aphid, to a gardener 70 A cheese 71 “A Modest Proposal,” e.g. DOWN 1 Supply with guns 2 “Anna Karenina” author Tolstoy 3 Register for Tiny Tim 4 Appeared on stage 5 Snow-removing tool 6 Alpine lake 7 White-and-black stacked snack 8 Senseless talk 9 Backtalking 10 “Free Willy” animal 11 Sometimes-dyed dog 12 Awards-show hosts 13 Discontinues

1 Inflame with love 2 22 California’s San ___ Bay 23 “Lanka” start 24 Seeks the affection of 29 Battle of Britain fliers (Abbr.) 30 “Beau ___” 32 CD-___ (computer inserts) 34 “Author” of many quotations 36 Emphasize the importance of 38 Hearty or keen enjoyment 39 Rent to ___ (purchasing option) 40 Eightsomes (var.) 41 Manicurist’s concern 45 ___ paese (cheese) 46 Certain chess piece 47 In one’s abode 48 Hangman’s knots 49 Exchanged smacks 50 Absence of societal values 54 Earlier, in poetry 56 Brown songbirds 58 “They ___ thataway!” 59 Bone below the elbow 60 Rhyming literature 64 “Big Band,” for one 65 Barnyard pen

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he dispute over open pit mining continues as controversy over legislation regarding a prospective mine in northern Wisconsin resurfaces. A subsidiary of the Cline Group has proposed an open pit iron ore mine to be created in the Penokee Hills, a project which could boost the economy and create many jobs for Wisconsinites. While this may appear to be an incredibly beneficial plan at first glance, upon considering the nearby Bad River Chippewa tribe’s treaty with the United States government, it becomes clear that the creation of such a mine would be a blatant violation of the tribe’s rights. The

mine would impose a glaring infringement on the Clean Air Act and Clean Water Act. While iron ore mines are not explicitly prohibited in Wisconsin, mining in general does not have a good record in the state. In 1998 Gov. Tommy Thompson prohibited sulfide mines due to their negative environmental effects. Evidence shows iron mines have the same nasty potential. It has been proven that the St. Louis River is polluted with high levels of mercury and sulfates because of an iron mine upstream in Minnesota, and the very same thing could happen in Wisconsin. The mine can only result in a contaminated water supply in northern Wisconsin. With a polluted water supply, the Bad River tribe can expect to see its rice beds suffer and its fish to either die or contain high enough levels of chemicals

that they would not be safe to eat. According to its treaty, the tribe is considered a sovereign nation which may decide what level of pollution is acceptable in its air and water, meaning they can hold mining companies to higher standards than the State of Wisconsin or federal government. This is reaffirmed by the Mole Lake tribe’s case in the 1980s, where the Native American reservation was given the right to choose what they considered clean water.

Unlawfully destroying Native American reservations’ resources cannot be justified by any number of jobs.

As it is, the Bad River tribe’s

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treaty subjects the northern third of Wisconsin to its stipulations; this area functions as both hunting and fishing grounds for the tribe. With its resources in jeopardy, the tribe is completely within its rights to question the mine’s creation. The Bad River tribe has not yet filed a lawsuit, but it has been reviewing its rights as a sovereign nation and confirming documents and treaties in preparation for protests or a potential lawsuit. The mine is a clear infringement on its rights and threatens the tribe’s way of life. It is obvious that the current state of the economy is a large factor and job availability will carry some weight if the mine is pursued, but unlawfully destroying Native American reservations’ resources cannot be justified by any number of jobs. Unemployment is terrifying, but if fear is enough

to drive legislators to vote for negating legal documents and essentially stripping people of its rights, far more serious problems will likely emerge. The Bad River tribe is currently seeking Class I Air Quality designation within its boundaries, which, if they succeed, will prevent further mining in the area. The tribe’s case is simply too strong to be trifled with. Its treaties date back to before Wisconsin became a state, and its rights have been explicitly written and proven by precedent. In the end, the rights of the people are at the center of the controversy and those very same rights will ensure the proper outcome: a safe and clean environment for all involved. Kate Krebs is a first-year student majoring in English and Spanish. Please send all feedback to opinion@dailycardinal.com.

Human rights is biggest issue in adidas contract mediation ethan safran opinion columnist

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he angry protesters marching around Madison these past few days have good reason to be upset. Last week, UW-Madison and the athletic apparel giant adidas agreed to enter a stage of mediation regarding whether one of the manufacturer’s factories unfairly compensated its workers. The factory, which was owned by an adidas subcontractor PT Kizone, failed to pay out approximately $3.2 million to more than 2,800 workers. PT Kizone terminated its relationship with adidas and illegally shut down and abandoned its Indonesian factory in January 2011 because of supposed financial problems. It did all this without giving its workers severance pay. The factory’s apparel included items that bore UW-Madison logos. Adidas also produces other athletic equipment, greatly increasing

the worth of it UW-Madison contract. Interestingly enough, such brands as the Dallas Cowboys and Nike have reportedly made financial contributions to the factory workers, according to UW-Madison officials. Yet the factory’s workers are still short some $1.8 million for their labor. UW-Madison’s relationship with adidas, whose contract with the university runs through June 2016 and is worth nearly $2.5 million dollars a year in equipment and royalties, could be in jeopardy. That is, it could be in jeopardy so long as UW-Madison’s leaders take this issue seriously and demand that adidas take charge of protecting the rights of its workers wherever its factories may be located. Much of the frustration—frustration with much merit—revolves around the fact such mediations or private talks between adidas and UW-Madison could take up to 60 days before Ward and university officials make a decision. Many of the angry protesters believe that such a prolonged period of time means the university is trying to stall in its decision-making process, and

if UW-Madison decides to end its contract with the company, adidas would have 90 days to make all necessary changes to its labor practices or else its contract could be discontinued. This should not be an issue that revolves around contracts or financial obligations. UW-Madison’s officials must take this issue seriously regardless of the size of the school’s contract with the athletic supplier. Yet, in fairness, some of the anger directed at the school is without merit. I cannot blame UW-Madison’s university officials for wanting to enter “prolonged” mediation with the company. After all, mediation is a contractual requirement. It is a pretty well known fact that UW-Madison, as a Division I school, has excellent athletic programs that attract an enormous amount of attention. Athletic achievement is one of the many staples of this university. And it is an important one too, since it is visible by the number of fans that are drawn to athletic events at Camp Randall, the Kohl Center or other venues each year. Regardless, I implore the university to do the right thing

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Students gather to protest against adidas. Adidas subcontractor PT Kizone failed to pay severance when it shut down in 2011. in this situation. If adidas cannot figure out how to fix this problem with PT Kizone’s severance pay, then the university must consider changes to its contractual obligations with the company. While licensing royalties paid by adidas over the past eight years have provided hundreds of thousands of dollars in non-athletic need-based scholarship support to UW-Madison students, adidas must adhere to UW-Madison’s

code of conduct, which includes such things as workers’ wages, child labor, overtime compensation, health and safety, working hours and full public disclosure of factory locations. While contracts are important, the rights of human beings should always prevail. Ethan Safran is a freshman with an undeclared major. Send your feedback to opinion@dailycardinal.com or tweet us at @dailycardinal.

Letter: Students must pay attention to new nuisance party ordinance Rachel Lepak Associated Students of Madison

House parties have always been a part of the UW-Madison campus; however, recently proposed legislation could change that. After months of deliberation, in late January the Alcohol License Review Committee (ALRC) approved a bill that would target “nuisance” parties. Although the bill still has to be passed by city council to take effect, the bill was passed in two of the three committees it was brought to. This Nuisance Bill is targeted at landlords, specifically absent

landlords. Upon the first citation of a nuisance party, police contact the landlord. The landlord, police, city officials and tenants are then all required to meet to prevent future parties. If future parties do occur at the same location within six months of the first violation, the landlord, not the tenant, will be fined. The bill also includes a list of seventeen criteria that would qualify a party as a nuisance. This list includes things from underage drinking, blocking fire exits and selling alcohol. A violation of only one of the seventeen criteria is required for citation of a nuisance party.

Since November, the Associated Students of Madison Legislative Affairs Committee has worked very hard to oppose to this bill. The committee met with Alderman Mike Verveer and city alcohol policy coordinator Mark Woulf in order to fully understand the bill. Myself and many other students from the committee also drafted a letter to the ALRC in December stating our opposition to the bill. Students lobbied the ALRC in January, showing up to the meeting and ensuring the student voice is represented on this legislation Although the ALRC did

approve the bill, students did still have a major victory. The Nuisance Bill had four drafts in total and student input along the way helped amend each draft. Students from ASM actually sat down with aldermen and the city alcohol policy coordinator to draft the final version of the bill. Although not yet written into city law the bill could have profound effects on students if it were. The relationship between tenant and landlord would change. Landlords, with more at stake, would be more likely to keep a close watch on their tenants and report any possible violations they may suspect.

This is especially true given the fact that most campus parties meet at least one of the seventeen criteria to deem a party a nuisance. The Associated Students of Madison Legislative Affairs Committee works constantly on issues that require student advocacy. If you are interested in working on this legislation, or any other city and state level issues, come to the ASM Legislative Affairs Committee Meeting, Mondays at 7 pm in 4th floor of the SAC, 333 E Campus Mall. Rachel Lepak is a sophomore, and can be contacted at rdlepak@ wisc.edu.


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The ‘second season’ begins The Badgers begin their post-season run this weekend as they take on Minnesota State at the Eagles Nest By Nico Savidge the daily cardinal

Talk to members of the Wisconsin women’s hockey team about the first round of the WCHA playoffs this weekend against Minnesota State, and a similar theme emerges in how they refer to the start of postseason hockey. This, they say, is the “second season,” a new beginning with a fresh start for every team. No matter how a group did in the regular season—if they were, for instance, conference champions like Wisconsin, or the last-place Mavericks with just three WCHA wins—when they take the ice at the Eagles Nest in Verona Friday night to open a best-of-three series, the slate will be wiped clean. All that will matter is how they execute in playoff hockey, where even downtrodden teams tighten up and wins have to be earned more than ever. “Whether you had a great season, mediocre or things didn’t go the way you planned, everybody’s back at the starting gate,”

head coach Mark Johnson said. “Everybody’s competing for a spot in the next round, or they’re competing for their lives,” junior forward Brianna Decker said. “It’s a completely different season—everybody’s 0-0-0, that’s your record coming into it,” junior defenseman Stefanie McKeough echoed. It seems the newly minted WCHA regular season champions are not planning to dwell on their success over the past few months. As far as they are concerned, that “second season” is all that matters now. But the blank slate idea of playoff hockey is an imperfect one, as what happened in the regular season is more than capable of bleeding into the next round. It is a particularly troubling thought for Wisconsin, who lost at home to Ohio State in the final game of the regular season 4-2 in a game where a bad defensive start doomed the Badgers. There is a risk that loss—just the third of Wisconsin’s sea-

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Sophomore goaltender Alex Rigsby has been a work-horse for the Badgers this season, playing just under 2,000 minutes.

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mhockey from page 8 can play well on the road.” This weekend will be the Wisconsin mens’ hockey program’s first trip to Bemidji, Minn. and head coach Mike Eaves said even he has only been there once in 1986 during his only season as head coach for the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. Bemidji State has played its best hockey inside the confines of the Sanford Center this season. The Beavers own a 11-4-1 record at home this year, and in their last home series they swept then-No. 10 Colorado College. Eaves recognizes that Bemidji is tough to beat in its own building, but believes his team has the right mentality going into the series. “I know they play well at home,” Eaves said of the Beavers. “And the way we played [against

son—could take some air out of the team’s sails. But McKeough saw a silver lining. “You can look at it both ways,” she said. “I think any time you lose, you’re motivated to win again, and I think that’s one of the positives coming out from that loss.” Another piece of the regular season that could impact the playoffs is the play and health of goaltender Alex Rigsby. The sophomore has been reliable beyond her years for the Badgers, posting a 1.42 goals against average and .950 save percentage, enough to earn a nomination for the Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award, which recognizes the most valuable player in college hockey, alongside Decker and senior forward Hilary Knight. But that reliability has come with a price tag as Rigsby has played all but 60 minutes of Wisconsin’s regular season, and will pass 2,000 minutes of ice time early Friday night. Last season, Rigsby backstopped the Badgers’ national championship run with expert goal tending in the playoffs. This year, the fatigue of a long season is a potential issue on the horizon. Still, while the past few months will have some impact on Wisconsin’s “second season,” players and coaches know their success so far does not get them too much of a leg up when it comes to winning what Johnson calls “the big trophy.” Instead, they have to hope the habits and work ethic they have been building since September carry them through the tough sledding of playoff hockey. “What we’ve done in the past can help us in the future,” Johnson said, “but the results from the past won’t.”

finding answers after Aaron White’s layup with 7:29 remaining made it 63-52. However, the Badgers trimmed the defecit to 63-61 on Brusts’ three with 21 seconds remaining. “Defensively, we did a much better job in the second half,”

Ryan said. Fittingly, Gatens sealed the win with two free throws in the final four seconds. “Matt hit some incredible shots,” Brust said, pausing as he searched for words to describe the performance. “Geez.”

Denver], I think the guys had a real sense of the way we need to go. It’s just all out there…we’ve got to be playoff ready now. There’s no other reason to look at it any other way.” Road games have been one of the Badgers’ biggest Achilles’ heals. They have only managed a single win in 10 tries (1-8-1) outside of Madison this season and have scored a meager 1.6 goals per game on the road. But Wisconsin is hoping it can carry the offensive momentum it built in its 5-2 win over Denver last Saturday into its series in Bemidji. “We’re going to take that momentum from Saturday night and we’re going to go back and learn from it,” sophomore forward Keegan Meuer said. “You understand what you did well and how you did it well and when you do that you put that into the

system versus Bemidji and I think we’ve set our self up for a great weekend against Bemidji.” The Badgers’ defense has not fared much better away from home—giving up an average of 3.5 goals per game on the road— but will be matched up this weekend with a Bemidji State offense that has had struggles of its own this season. The Beavers’ scorers rank next to last in the WCHA in goals per game (2.69) and their leading scorer, junior forward and Madison native Jordan George, ranks 29th overall among conference scorers with 26 points (15 goals, 11 assists). However, Bemidji did put up eight goals the last time it played at home Feb. 10 and 11 against Colorado College. Puck drop for Wisconsin and Bemidji State is at 7:37 p.m. Friday and 7:07 p.m. Saturday.

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Badgers drop sixth straight game in loss to Indiana By Adam Tupitza the daily cardinal

The Wisconsin women’s basketball team knew it was going to face an Indiana squad desperate for its first conference victory of the season on Thursday night. In their last home game of the season, the Hoosiers delivered with a 62-60 win over the Badgers. On her senior night, Indiana forward Danilsa Andujar drained two free throws to give the Hoosiers (1-14 Big Ten, 6-22 overall) a two-point lead with 3.2 seconds remaining in the game. Andujar stepped up to the free throw stripe shooting only 44.7 percent from the line on the season, but calmly sunk both attempts of the one-and-one to break the tie. Wisconsin junior guard Tiera Stephen’s half court shot at the buzzer would not fall, and the Badgers (4-11, 8-19) fell for the sixth straight game. “We didn’t come out ready to play and they took advantage of that,” head coach Bobbie Kelsey said. “It’s just disheartening because with four [straight] losses we should be ready to play, but apparently not.” Wisconsin trailed 33-29 at halftime, but kept within striking distance of Indiana for much of the second half. With 2:17 remaining in the game and the Badgers down three, sophomore center Cassie Rochel was fouled while making a layup, and she sunk the free throw to tie the game at 58. Wisconsin had a chance to take the lead with less than a minute to go and the game tied at 60, but Stephen’s jumper with 33 seconds left would not fall.

The Badgers had two players finish with double-doubles, the first time that has happened in over four years for Wisconsin. Junior guard Taylor Wurtz finished with 22 points and 12 rebounds, and senior forward Anya Covington had 10 points and 12 rebounds. Senior guard Jade Davis chipped in with nine points and six rebounds, and the Badgers outrebounded the Hoosiers 41-33. However, the Badgers struggled with taking care of the ball and ended up with 23 turnovers. “You can’t turn the ball over 23 times and think you’re going to beat anybody,” Kelsey said. “They scored 26 points off of our turnovers. It’s just carelessness, not paying attention to detail, you’ve got to care enough to take care of the ball.” The Badgers find themselves tied for tenth place in the Big Ten conference standings with Northwestern. Wisconsin’s final regular season game takes place this Sunday at the Kohl Center against Illinois. The Badgers would move into a tie for ninth place with a win over the Fighting Illini, who are currently one game ahead of the Badgers in the standings at 5-10. Wisconsin defeated Illinois on the road 70-67 on Jan. 8. Sunday will be Senior Day at the Kohl Center for Covington, Davis and forward Ashley Thomas. The trio has been a mainstay in the starting lineup in Kelsey’s first year as Wisconsin’s head coach. The game is scheduled for a 2 p.m. tipoff, with a post-game ceremony to honor the three seniors.

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Junior guard Taylor Wurtz was one of two Badgers to record a double-double Thursday in Wisconsin’s loss to Indiana.


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Badgers come up short in Iowa City By Parker Gabriel the daily cardinal

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Sophomore guard Josh Gasser’s hot start in the first half was not enough for the Badgers Thursday night as they lost to Iowa.

IOWA CITY, Iowa—Matt Gatens came into Thursday’s game against No. 15 Wisconsin (9-6 Big Ten, 20-8 overall) shooting 40 percent from three-point range, so when his first attempt found the bottom of the net, it did not come as a surprise. But then he hit again. And then again and again and again. The senior guard poured in 18 first-half points and finished the night with 33 as the Hawkeyes (7-7, 15-13) topped UW 67-66 in a raucous, sold-out Carver-Hawkeye Arena. “He’s obviously an unbelievable player,” UW sophomore guard Josh Gasser said. “Any time a streaky shooter like him gets a couple early, he just felt ever since.” Gasser was charged with checking Gatens most of the night. By the second half, he showed outward frustration and fatigue as the Iowa City native kept piling up points. “We were there for a lot of

them but he made some tough shots,” Gasser said. “He made shots most players wouldn’t make. You think you’re playing pretty good defense and it just turns out it’s not good enough.” Gatens’ 33 points was the most scored against the Badgers since Kansas State’s Jacob Pullen scored 38 points in the third round of the 2011 NCAA Tournament. Before Thursday, UW had won 54 consecutive games when it shot a higher percentage (50.9) than its opponent (48). The Badgers shot 57.7 percent (15-26) in the first half but trailed by nine after allowing the Hawkeyes to roll up 43 points. Ball security killed UW, as Iowa turned 11 turnovers in to 12 points in the first 20 minutes. “It’s a part of the game but usually for us it’s not 11 in a half,” UW head coach Bo Ryan said. “Big picture, that’s probably the thing that cost us the game,” Gasser said. The Badgers turned the ball over just twice in the second

half, and used two runs to try to climb back in the game. UW junior reserve guard Rob Wilson (11 points) started a 12-2 run with 4:37 into the second half with his first points of the night. He and sophomore guard Ben Brust combined for all 12 points on the run, as Brust closed the lead to 51-48 with 12:08 remaining. “It was huge,” Brust said of Wilson’s contribution. “He kind of sparked one of our first comebacks. He made some plays and it’s good to get some production off the bench.” UW needed the contributions. Gasser and junior forward Ryan Evans led the Badgers with 14 points each, but combined for just six points in the second half. In a game Iowa led start to finish, though, Gatens made sure UW could not come all the way back. He hit a jump shot and Brust missed a long three before the under-12 timeout and

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Sophomore Michael Mersch stressed the importance of winning on the road to build momentum going into the postseason.

In search of road wins The Badgers look for some stability in program’s first visit to Bemidji, Minn. By Ryan Evans the daily cardinal

Playing away from Madison has not been kind to the Wisconsin men’s hockey team (8-14-2 WCHA, 13-15-2 overall) this season, but it will try to improve on its dismal road record this weekend as it travels north to face Bemidji State (9-12-3, 15-14-3) hoping to build momentum for the postseason. Wisconsin’s final two series of the season will be played away from home, which could be a blessing in disguise with the start

Injuries Freshman goaltender Joel Rumpel (cut) cleared to play. Sophomore forward Jefferson Dahl (concussion) got the OK to play this weekend. Junior forward Derek Lee (concussion) will remain out of the lineup.

of the WCHA playoffs looming two weeks from now and the Badgers preparing to play the first round of the postseason on the road. “Were going to be used to getting on the road and what it’s going to take to win,” sophomore forward Mark Zengerle said of these last two regular season weekends. “I don’t think it’s a big deal, yeah we’ve struggled, but we have two weekends still to buckle down our play on the road and take it into the playoffs.” Sophomore Michael Mersch added that success on these road trips could go a long way toward building up for a playoff run. “It would be nice if we can go into Bemidji, get a few wins and build some confidence with our play on the road,” Mersch said. “It’s just a matter of staying with it and believing in ourselves that we

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