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‘We have to cut to the bone’ With the state slashing hundreds of millions of dollars from its budget, the UW System’s accessability—and its reputation—could be in jeopardy. By Anna Duffin
Additional cuts to the University of Wisocnsin System and expected tuition hikes pose a threat to the reputation of campuses state-wide, UW System President Kevin Reilly said. In addition to the initial $250 million in cuts to the UW System included in the state’s biennial budget, lawmakers told system leaders in October to plan for another $65.7 million in cuts this biennium; $46.1 million this year and $19.6 million next year. UW-Madison will begin to absorb $18 million of the cuts included in the lapse for this fiscal year, and could take an additional $7.5 million next year. “Sometimes you don’t know you’ve crossed the line in a downward direction until it has happened, and then it’s really hard to get the reputation back,” Reilly said. “It’s a lot easier to invest a little and keep the reputations high than it is to recover if you start to slip back because of budget cuts that damage the quality of education we offer our students and families.” Reilly said faculty and staff members’ compensation could suffer as a result of the cuts, and the prospect of some of the
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The UW System could be expected to shoulder up to $315.7 million in budget cuts from the state this biennium
UW System President Kevin Reilly said cutting back on programs and enrollment to bear the cuts puts UW’s reputation at risk
Students saw a 5.5 percent increase in tuition this year, and Reilly said students will likely see another increase next year to help the system bear the cuts
Twenty-nine one-credit Physical Education courses are being cut because of budget shortages.
The master’s program that trains students to become school counselors and the Consumer Affairs major are being eliminated due to a lack of funding
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Lectures explore blending rap, education By Aarushi Agni The Daily Cardinal
Spoken word poet Michael Cirelli kicked off an event series Monday that focuses on hip-hop as a means of engaging under served minority students with their educations. The lecture was the first in the 15-week Getting Real II: Hip-Hop Pedagogy and Culture in the Classroom and Beyond series, which will explore the integration of spoken word and hip-hop culture in teaching and the development of students’ critical thinking. Professor Gloria Ladson-Billings, a professor of Urban Education at UW– Madison, orchestrated Monday’s event, as well as the entire series. Her research explores the strategies and methods of teachers that she says work well with
African-American students. Ladson-Billings believes the achievement gap between white and minority public school students is propelled by educators’ limited expectations in the abilities of minority students. “You can go to a school that is highly regarded but the teachers only expect certain things out of certain students,” she said. “My job is to connect up the artistry in hip-hop with the reality that kids are facing.” Ladson-Billings said that using hiphop in teaching is a way to “build kids’ sense of their own humanity through the arts,” she said, engaging kids “through the things that matter to them.” Cirelli, a New York-based poet and director of the hip-hop inspired Urban
Word writing program, led the audience in a close reading of a verse from rapper Aesop Rock’s song, Bazooka Tooth. In an exercise meant to promote critical thinking and analysis, Cirelli acknowledged the flipside of using hiphop as a teaching tool. “[Hip-Hop] is misogynistic, homophobic and racist. It is those things, but it’s a lot of other things as well. You must be able to critique it as well,” he said. “As educators, we need to be equipped with the resources to talk about how this form [of teaching] will be critiqued.” The on-going series, sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Initiatives and the Office of the Vice President of Diversity and Climate, is held Mondays at 7p.m. In 1101 Grainger Hall.
ASM chair presents internal budget request to SSFC By David Klein The Daily Cardinal
The Student Services Finance Committee discussed the Associated Students of Madison proposed budget on Monday, including a $100,000 request for alumni training. The proposed $100,000 increase would allow student organizations to receive training from ASM alumni.
“The request would allow UW alumni to pass on skill sets to current students,” ASM Chair Allie Gardner said. “Alumni in past years are going to have a lot more historical information and work experience on career and skills advancement.” Other members of SSFC believe the request is too high. “The other side of the debate is that $100,000 is a lot to ask for,” SSFC Chair
Sarah Neibart said. “Every year ASM gets new bylaws, so some are concerned about what real benefit the alumni would be providing ASM.” The proposal also included a funding request for membership to a federal lobby group. The United States Student Association (USSA) is a federal
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Man, high on cocaine, jumps into Yahara River After hitting several cars, a hit-andrun driver under the influence of cocaine plunged into the Yahara River last Friday, Madison Police said Monday. The 40-year-old suspect, Gregory S. Ostern, hit four cars near Williamson Street and East Washington Avenue.
“I can’t believe I did this! This is crazy!” Gregory S. Ostern alleged hit and run driver
According to Madison Police Department spokesperson Joel DeSpain, witnesses reported Ostern yelling, “I can’t believe I did this! This is crazy!” Ostern was running across an East Washington Avenue bridge over the Yahara River when he realized police were chasing him. Although police tried to convince him otherwise, Ostern jumped into the Yahara River, according to DeSpain. After Ostern refused MPD paramedics’ assistance, Madison Fire Department rescue divers pulled the suspect to shore. One hit-and-run victim, a pregnant woman, went to the hospital as a precaution, but no one was seriously injured, police said.
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Little Shapiro, Big World
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inter break is a wasteland for productivity. It is too short in which to accomplish anything significant and too cold to ever make you want to leave the house. This, of course, means television. A lot of it. “Family Guy,” “Law and Order: SVU” or, what the hell, “The Price is Right,” because the remote is all the way on the other side of the living room and your skin has begun to grow into the fibers of your parents’ couch. Although this practice is commonplace amongst college kids on break, I managed to take this marathoning to brave (read: lame) new heights. Despite the fact that I live 15 miles from New York City—the most exciting, vibrant and all-around-bitchin’ place on the continent—I chose to spend nearly all nine of my daily waking hours consumed by situations that are not and never will be real. My mom would suggest that I, say, check out the Diego Rivera exhibit at the Museum of Modern Art, but my response was something like, “But Robin and Barney may be more than just friends. ZOMG, I cannot possibly stop watching NOW.” Clearly, it was time for an intervention. Not by real people, mind you, but by several of the characters whose made-up lives I was so deeply invested in. In avoiding how problematic it is that I even have such delusions, I will just tell you how it all went down.
SCENE: Hastings-on-Hudson, N.Y. The Shapiro living room, 2 p.m. on a Tuesday. Despite the carefully planned decorating, it reeks of uselessness, future unemployment and fermenting Honey Nut Cheerios. FRED ARMISEN (“Portlandia”): Ariel, do you know why we are here today? ARIEL (Reality, supposedly): Uuuhh, I dunno. CARRIE BRADSHAW (“Sex and the City”): Sweetie, we are worried about you. This is getting a little sad. PRESIDENT JOSIAH “JED” BARTLETT (“The West Wing”): Ms. Shapiro, the first step to fixing the situation is admitting you have a problem. ARIEL: Okay, first of all, Carrie, your disingenuous terms of endearment are obnoxious. And, Mr. President, I appreciate the thought, but— BARTLETT: You know I’m not actually the president, right? ARIEL: Oh. Right. I mean, I knew that… DR. GAIUS BALTAR (“Battlestar Galactica”): Your problem appears to be quite severe. It seems as though you have completely forsaken the real world for a fictional one. ARIEL: Oh come on, it is not THAT bad. It is winter break! Everyone does this! BALTAR: Ariel, it is pathetic, and I am on Battlestar frakking Galactica. You have to come to terms with the fact that none of us are real. ARIEL: But Fred is real! FRED: Urban myth. I am really just a state of mind.
ARIEL: Oh. BARTLETT: Ms. Shapiro, it is your duty as a patriot, as a member of the human species to do something. Anything! Volunteer at a soup kitchen. FRED: Or put a bird on something. CARRIE: Or go find love in the big city! ARIEL: Seriously, Carrie, I will rip out your weave faster than you can say Manolo. BALTAR: The point is that you must get the hell off that couch and re-enter the real world. FRED: Word. These mental projections were, unfortunately, correct. After several weeks of lazing around, it was high time to get off my ass and do something. With the fall semester officially behind us, I am no longer an editor at this fine publication in my final semester at
UW-Madison. I can finally escape the confines of this dungeon called heaven and explore all this dynamic campus has to offer. So begins Little Shapiro, Big World, a new feature on this here Page Two. With this column I will venture down avenues previously brushed off as outside of my very narrow comfort zone. Maybe I will try religion on for size, or attempt to join the Brotherhood of the LAX bro. Perhaps I will explore campus myths like the ghost on top of Science Hall or Tri-Delt blood sacrifices to Satan. It is a big world out there, filled with endless, potentially horrible decisions: I intend to make every one of them. Have an avenue of campus life you want Ariel to explore for Little Shapiro, Big World? Let her know at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bacterial infections attack south of the border JAIME BRACKEEN brax on brax on brax
et me be honest: I am pretty spoiled. Being your mother’s only daughter will do that to you. My mom takes me on fun trips and we do exciting things together, “Gilmore Girls” style. BUT (and there is always a but), do not hate me too much yet. More often than not my fortunate circumstances are characterized by highly unfortunate events, and when bad shit happens to me, it is go big or go home. Take, for instance, the time I went to Nashville when I was 10 to spend Christmas with my dad. I wound up with strep throat and a double ear infection, which consequently led to me barfing all over my Aunt Debbie’s car and her expensive throw pillow I had clutched for moral support. Then there was that trip to Disney World in seventh grade. I had the time of my life traversing Epcot and the Animal Kingdom, but all that faith, trust and pixie dust had me hospitalized with a staph infection a mere two days after our return. Next up we have my sophomore-year trip to Hawaii:
I severely sprained my ankle during soccer tryouts the week before and was on crutches the entire time. No surfing lessons for me. However, my most noticeable and gruesome of misfortunes befell me this past winter break when my mom and I took a lastminute trip to Cancun for a week. (Yes, a week alone with my parent. Don’t worry, it was an allinclusive bar. We all cope in our own ways, mine being doublefisting glasses of Dos Equis.) The first signs of this trip’s hardship surfaced on the plane ride to Mexico. After napping, I awoke to blurred vision in my left eye. A quick swipe with a cocktail napkin revealed filmy, green gunk as the culprit of my foggy eyesight. But it was probably just some really disgusting sleep in my eye, right? Wrong. As the day wore on and we arrived at Grand Esmeralda— our digs for the week—the gunk became a recurring problem. Just as the 55-year-old dude in a Speedo with a monster beer belly began to look more like one of the hot French guys I saw playing cards earlier, my mom would turn to me, and with a disgusted look point to my eye saying something along the lines of “ew.” By the time morning rolled
around, my ocular orifices were down to one, being that after a restful night’s sleep, my left eye had crusted itself closed. At this point it became pretty clear I had an eye infection and should probably do something about it. Of all the godforsaken places in which to seek medical attention, Mexico sure as hell does not even make my top three. Yet it was either put my trust in Grand Esmeralda’s resident M.D. or walk around with a perpetual, oozing wink sure to creep out attractive waiters and small children alike. Seriously, when you picture my eye, think of the guy from the basement in “The Goonies.” All I had to do was ask for a Baby Ruth and we would practically be fraternal twins. So, naturally, it was to the physician or bust. Being that I could only use one eye, my depth perception was highly off. I tightly gripped my mother’s arm as we trekked to the main building. Luckily, the doctor was in, and she had seen bacterial eye infections like mine before. For 35 USD she could even write me a prescription for eye drops! Frankly, I was ready to drop any sum of money to clear up my cream-puffed eye, so $35 seemed more than reasonable. While we waited for the prescription to be delivered, my
mom and I went to get breakfast. Keep in mind my eye looked like one of those pictures of STDsgone-facial they show students in middle school health classes. For this indoor situation I had two options: take my sunglasses off and look like I went for a quick romp with a waiter in a back room only to receive a shot of Chlamydia to the face, or wear my sunglasses inside just like a movie star who doesn’t want to be recognized. Obviously I chose option number two, though I am not a movie star, so I looked like a pretentious douchebag trying to be cool. It was the lesser of two evils. But eventually the medicated drops arrived and worked their magic after about 24 hours of use, rendering me able to be where I should have been all along—poolside with a mojito in hand by 11 a.m. But experiences like this can scar a girl. Just what diseases wait for me in other locations across the globe? The prospects are terrifying. However, I will continue to take my chances, because no matter what medical mysteries befall me, it makes for a killer story. Did you come down with a case of the mumps last time you were in Sweden? Toe fungus in the Caribbean? Tell Jaime about it at email@example.com.
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Group kicks off ASM constitution proposal With hopes to restructure the current student government system at UW-Madison, the Students for a Constructive Associated Students of Madison hosted its kickoff meeting Monday. The group is looking to implement a new ASM constitution that would divide ASM into an executive branch consisting of a president and vice president, a legislative branch made up of a Senate, a judicial branch similar to the current Student Judiciary and an allocations branch that would appropriate student segregated
fees. Currently, ASM consists of a student council, the Student Services Finance Committee and the Student Judiciary. Of the approximately 20 students who gathered to learn about the new ASM constitution a group of students recently drafted, some asked how the proposed method of distributing segregated fees would impact student groups. Committee member and current Student Services Finance Committee member Sarah Neibart said the new model would give students more avenues to access segre-
gated fees. Committee member and current ASM representative Tom Templeton said the meeting made him hopeful for future student participation in drafting the document. “In no ways is this necessarily a finalized document. It is ultimately the student body that has to vote to approve it,” Templeton said. “At the end of the day making sure we have something better than what we currently have, which is essentially a broken system, is what is important.” —Anna Duffin
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Democrats and Republicans in Wisconsin have raised $340,000 and $243,000 respectively in anticipation of a gubernatorial recall election.
Groups raise money for recall Although organizers are finished collecting signatures for recall campaigns, political groups continue to raise money in preparation for expected recall elections, which will likely take place sometime this summer. The Wisconsin State Journal reported Monday that the Democratic Party of Wisconsin has raised approximately $394,000 since Dec. 10. In that same amount of time, the Republican Party of Wisconsin raised $243,000. According to a Monday press release, Governor Scott Walker has raised more than $12 million in recall and general campaign funds since Jan. 1, 2011. Communications director
for Walker, Ciara Matthews, said in the press release Walker’s pro-business message resonates with people. “These donations will allow us to fight back against this baseless recall and ensure Governor Walker can continue to lay the foundation for a more successful Wisconsin and keep government working on the side of taxpayers,” Matthews said. Mike Tate, chair of the DPW, said at a Jan. 17 event celebrating the collection of 1.9 million signatures that campaign funding in the recall process is important. “When we started this movement, we took a look at how much it was going to cost. It wasn’t cheap,” Tate said.
Community remains concerned with revised State Street proposal By Abby Becker The Daily Cardinal
After developers submitted a second proposal for renovations to the 100 block of State Street, continue to have reservations. The $10 million plan to reconstruct the 100 block of State Street includes plans to save historical buildings like the Castle & Doyle Building, as well as making North Fairchild Street more pedestrian-friendly with a garden space, according to George Austin, project manager. The plans would mean the Schubert Building at 120 W. Mifflin St. and an adjacent building at 122-124 W. Mifflin St. would be relocated or deconstructed. Austin said the goal of this project is “retaining and enhancing what we have on State Street today.” Critics say using a rehabilitation approach instead of reconstructing the buildings preserves the historical aspect of State Street. “The demolition and new construction, no matter how good, will erode the special character of the historic district,” Jason Tish, executive
director of the Madison Trust for Historic Preservation said. While Ald. Mike Verveer, District 4, felt positive about this proposal, he said he hopes there will be further compromises.
“The demolition and new construction, no matter how good, will erode the special character of the historic district.” Jason Tish director Madison Trust for Historic Preservation
“I have a high comfort level about the State Street treatment as opposed to the removal of the two buildings on the West Mifflin Street, which I’m still not enthusiastic about,” Verveer said. According to Austin, the second proposal ensures Madison retains its authentic characteristics. “This city needs to adapt and take advantage of the reinvestment opportunity to ensure that a prosperous and dynamic community will be for the generations of the future,” Austin said.
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SSFC member Joe Vanden Avond reads over ASM’s proposed internal budget while ASM Chair Allie Gardner fields questions about the budget.
asm from page 1 representative for university students and their needs, lobbying on behalf of universities for research dollars and grant money. “School tuition has increased quite a bit, but funding has
cuts from page 1 best professors in the system leaving for other universities that are able to offer higher salaries “keeps him awake at night.” His fear has become a reality at UW-Madison. The masters program that trains students to be school counselors was eliminated after Professor Kimberly Howard, who ran the program, was offered $25,000 more to teach at Boston University this year. “We’re not saying people at the universities of Wisconsin should be the highest paid faculty and staff in the world, we just want to get our institutions to the market rate of our peers so we can keep the good people we have and compete for new young talent,” Reilly said. Reilly said the cuts could force universities to eliminate even more courses and increase the number of students in each class. As competition for the open spots in fewer classes increases, Reilly said it could be more difficult for students to enroll in their desired classes. If students are unable to enroll in the necessary courses, it could take them longer to graduate, Reilly said. If students take longer to graduate, universities will be forced to accept fewer new students into their programs, “blocking the progress of everybody through the system,” he said. This possibility poses a threat to the system’s goal to enroll 80,000
decreased,” Gardner said. “USSA membership would allow for Madison’s needs to be recognized.” Some members of SSFC feel membership in USSA is not necessary and its proposed funding could be better spent elsewhere. “Some may see this as double-dipping because ASM is
already a member of United Council,” Neibart said of the proposed move. “ASM is arguably the most influential student government in the country, so a lot of times it doesn’t need that representation.” SSFC will vote on the ASM budget Thursday.
more students by 2025, Reilly said. “We may well not be able to take as many students, we may not be able to graduate as many students in a timely way and that will disadvantage everybody in the state if that happens, not just our students,” Reilly said. “For competitiveness in the global college economy, this state needs more graduates.” Currently, about 25 percent of Wisconsin citizens have a bachelor’s degree, in comparison to Minnesota’s roughly 32 percent and the national average of approximately 27 percent. Not only may fewer students be able to graduate from UW schools, but the students who do may have to bear a greater financial burden. Tuition was raised by 5.5 percent this year, and Reilly said students can most likely expect to see another 5.5 percent increase next year in order to help the system stomach the cuts. However, these increases make up for less than 30 percent of the total cuts to the system this year. “The genius, I think, of the American experience is that we’ve said ‘higher education ought to be available to individuals regardless of family wealth,’” Reilly said. “If higher education, especially the more selective institutions become the products of the wealthiest families only because nobody else can afford the tuition, we will have lost a big part of the American dream and we don’t want to go there.”
Even with tuition hikes, UW-Madison students are still seeing popular courses being eliminated. For example, 29 one-credit physical education courses will be eliminated by the end of 2012 due to funding shortages. The twelve part-time staff members who teach most of the courses, some of which include fencing, yoga, bowling and badminton, will be laid off. Cutting the physical education classes will trim the School of Education’s kinesiology department’s budget by about 7 percent, but the department will still have to eliminate another 1.5 percent of its budget to stomach the additional cuts from the lapse. Additionally, the School of Human Ecology’s consumer affairs major is being eliminated because of a lack of funding; there is currently only enough money to fill four of the 11 vacant faculty positions in the program. Over 160 students at UW-Madison are currently enrolled in the major, and will be allowed to finish completing their degrees. “We have to make some pretty serious budget cuts and we’re at the point right now where we have cut to the bone and the only place we have to turn now are eliminating faculty lines,” SoHE Dean Robin Douthitt said in December. “If we eliminate faculty lines, we have to eliminate programs; we don’t have the luxury of doing anything else.”
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Manifesting meaning in marvelous music Jeremy Gartzke artzke gartzke
think everyone goes through that point in their life where music takes on a special meaning— certainly one or two albums must stick out in your mind. I was probably 13 or 14 when I started getting into punk and ska, like many angsty suburban teens. I didn't quite know what to make of Streetlight Manifesto though. While all of the other bands I was listening to were either shouting “fuck authority” or “stop the war” over the sounds of heavily distorted guitars, Tomas Kalnoky's outfit was releasing songs that caught my attention and wouldn't let go.
I was probably 13 or 14 when I started getting into punk and ska, like many angsty teens.
The crunch of a distorted guitar and raspy, half-shouted vocals ringing out over intricate horn lines, featuring dueling melodies—it was downright infectious. The sheer musicality of the songs, with horn lines that act more like an orchestra than flair, blew me away. I'd never imagined that songs that were four and five minutes long could fly by, leaving me waiting for more. There's something to be said for being able to sing along to every horn part, even if you can't keep up with the lyrics. The lyricism of the songs is what keeps me coming back though. There's so much that can be said in a song like “Better Place, Better Time” that sounds so cheesy when spoken or written out, but when placed into a song it sounds perfect. I don't know if reading the words “So you were born, and that was a good day / Someday you'll die, and that is a shame / But somewhere in the between was a life of which we all dream / And nothing and no one will ever take that away,” the chorus to “Somewhere in the Between,” will ever give me the same sense of empowerment as when sung or shouted. This is why music is so important, because it can say things that don't come across in the written word and don't carry the right weight when spoken. The trick to music is finding what speaks to you, and I mean really speaks, not just the catchy pop song on the radio. It has been nearly nine years since Streetlight Manifesto's first album came
out, and “The Big Sleep” still sends chills down my spine. I can't think of any other song or album that does that after that length of time. I think what surprises me most about how much of a part of growing up Streetlight Manifesto's music has been for me is how little I think about it. In all seriousness, I knew that I would have to write a column on my favorite band or record, and I couldn't for the life of me figure out what to write about. When I was driving back to Madison after break I was flipping through my iPod and came across “Everything Went Numb” and it all fell into place. The saxophone introduction, the minimal guitar in the verse, the driving bassline, it all clicked again immediately. I still knew every word, even if I couldn't spit them out fast enough (if you don't believe how fast the lyrics are, check out some of the songs I've mentioned. You will not be disappointed). The sense of calm that washed over me, however, was profound. After probably the most trying winter break I've had, I needed something familiar and safe to get my head back on straight. Listening to Streetlight is rejuvenating for me in a way, giving that extra energy I need to get off the couch and actually wash the dishes or keep me awake on the drive back to Madison.
The trick to music is finding what speaks to you, and I mean really speaks, not just the catchy pop song on the radio.
It's kind of like coming home to your favorite meal, or knowing you have your favorite cookies in the cupboard. There's a little pep in your step and life doesn't look so glum, and after all, isn't that what music is all about? What’s your turning-point album, or your most significant musical experience? Tell Jeremy at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Guided By Voices has come together once again to release their latest album, Let’s Go Eat The Factory. Expect a new sound from the group—this album is not their tried-and-true style.
Voices in your head By Sean Reichard the daily cardinal
Let’s Go Eat The Factory Guided By Voices Way back in the 1990s, in indie rock days of yore, few bands commanded as much reverence and devotion as Guided By Voices. Hailing from Dayton, Ohio, GBV were less a band than a collective, purveyors and devotees to a genre of indie rock called lo-fi: Songs were recorded cheaply—no studio gloss of which to speak—and with a “do it and move on” attitude. Tape fuzz was omnipresent. Lo-fi was by no means a fringe movement; Beck’s early output can be classified as lo-fi, along with other favorite ’90s bands such as Pavement, Yo La Tengo, Sebadoh, Neutral Milk Hotel, Iron & Wine and the Shins. But in lo-fi’s entire crop, Guided By Voices often yielded the most “lo-fi” results. GBV started as a group in 1983, releasing album after album until their disbandment in 2004. The term “disbandment” is loose, considering Guided By Voices
As we jump back into the swing of things this semester, the arts and entertainment industry is busy at work pumping out new products for you to enjoy. Or mock, rather. The inclination to mock couldn’t be more tantalizing than with the products of Hollywood this week. “Man on a Ledge,” a film about a man threatening to jump off a building in pursuit of justice, is being released this Friday, Jan. 27. It has garnered lukewarm reviews, called “farfetched” and “flat” by critics across the board. Also receiving tepid reviews is “The Grey,” starring Liam Neeson as the leader of a pack of oil-riggers stranded in Alaska. The film, also being released Friday, could either be a thrilling survival story
never had a consistent lineup outside of frontman/lyricist Robert Pollard—who looks like your favorite and/or terrifying grandfather who binge drinks in his garage. Let’s Go Eat The Factory is the first GBV album since 2004’s Half Smiles of the Decomposed and the first album of GBV’s “classic lineup” (noted because they were the group upon which much of GBV’s legend rests on, the lineup which recorded 1994’s widely lauded Bee Thousand ). Considering the amount of hype which the term “classic lineup” garners, it’s no surprise that innumerable expectations loom over Let’s Go Eat The Factory . Will it be another Bee Thousand ? Will it hark back to the storied yesteryear of flannel and basement shows? Will it give your hip, cool dad a one-up over this generation’s music? The sad truth is that these expectations are dissolute; the term “classic lineup” dissipates its own expectations. Invariably, part of the reason people loved Guided By Voices was because they seemed so there compared to other more popular ’90s bands. Soundgarden, Pearl Jam and Nirvana didn’t live down the street, whereas GBV did, and they were probably drunk. People felt attached to a band they could pay practically nothing to see in a small venue and get right up next to. That’s one of the issues
with the lo-fi crowd: a higher recording resolution was tantamount to betrayal, no matter whether the music had improved or deteriorated. There was a loss of intimacy. To get back to Let’s Go Eat The Factory , it doesn’t hold up in the context of their ’90s output, only because it’s a bad comparison. This time GBV is still recording on 4-tracks, but only sometimes: there is a comparative lushness to the album, especially compared to their previous work. There are fun rockers (“The Unsinkable Fats Domino,” “Laundry And Lasers,”) plaintive numbers (“Who Invented The Sun,” “Hang Mr. Kite,”) and eccentric, goofball songs (“Doughnut For A Snowman,” “Imperial Racehorse”). Like prior Guided by Voices releases, quantity of songs is a priority, cramming 21 songs into 41 minutes (some of them only 30 seconds long). And all over the band sounds like it’s enjoying itself, with Robert Pollard’s voice running through as many distinct phrasings as production qualities. Let’s Go Eat The Factory ’s only real deficiency is the baggage Guided By Voices carries from yonder lost years of the 1990s, which for some people is a make it or break it situation. It’s by no means revelatory, but without the weight of GBV’s legacy, Let’s Go Eat The Factory is a quality, acceptable recording. Grade: B
or a hackneyed story with lacking character development. Finally, “One for the Money” is also being released Friday, starring Katherine Heigl. With an interesting twist on the classic thriller and the classic romance flick, “One for the Money” is about a loan shark pursuing her ex-beau. In music, there are several interesting releases coming out this week. On Jan. 24, look out for releases from Chairlift, Craig Finn, Ingrid Michaelson, Joe Cocker, Nada Surf, Rodrigo y Gabriela and more. Something, the newest release from Chairlift has been anxiously awaited by fans that were wowed by their debut album Does You Inspire You came out over three years ago. Although not as triumphant as their debut, Something is fittingly progressive and worth a listen. For a sure hit, give Rodrigo y Gabriela’s Area 52 a chance. The album, previewed on NPR Music’s “First Listen,” has been lauded by critics across the board. With the unique fusion of upbeat flamenco and heavy rock, the album is unique and entertaining.
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Tuesday, January 24, 2012
Matt Beaty opinion columnist
n the face of recall, Gov. Scott Walker is continuing to push for changes. His most recent plan calls for education reform, focusing mainly on teacher evaluations and improving reading levels. While these programs will improve Wisconsin’s public education system, Walker would do the state’s students even more good if he looked at reforms happening on America’s coasts. Improving education is a bipartisan concern, and two governors are making great strides to improve their respective state’s system. Democrat Gov. Jerry Brown of California and Republican Gov. Chris Christie from New Jersey have both released education reform plans that focus on improving education while keeping costs and taxes under control. Walker’s focus on evaluating teachers is necessary. It is
hard to make improvements to a system when there is no standardized way to know how well a vital part is working. If a reliable evaluation system can be created and used, it will help teachers improve, let parents know if their children are in a good school and ultimately help improve the education of Wisconsin’s students.
While knowledge is power, something must be done about resource allocation to schools.
But evaluating teachers will not be enough. There needs to be follow up to the evaluations, and there needs to be a better way to hire and retain teachers. Christie’s plan, in part, addresses this. He proposes to eliminate arbitrary standards for retaining teachers, such as seniority and graduate degrees. This system will help keep the best teachers in schools. Evaluating teachers is not an
easy task since there are other factors contributing to student success than who is giving the lesson. Parents and children obviously have to do their part in education. Christie acknowledges this fact by calling for improved outreach to parents through e-mail, websites and forums. When parents are able to get involved with their child’s education, students and teachers benefit. Walker’s plan to reach out to parents is limited to displaying school test scores online, which is not enough. Parents need to see more than a grade to make a judgement, just like how you must look beyond a student’s grades to know how intelligent he or she is. While knowledge is power, something must be done about resource allocation to schools. Many times—but definitely not all the time—failing schools are hampered by poor funding. This is where Brown’s education plan comes in. According to Michael Kirst in an LA Times article, Brown is aiming to get more money to the “neediest students.” How does he plan to do this in a way that doesn’t
take away from schools that are performing well and still need funds to stay that way? They are aiming at loosening regulation on school districts, a problem caused by outdated state funding schemes and No Child Left Behind mandates, which Walker is wisely asking for a waiver from. Wisconsin is not so different from any other state, and there is most likely waste at the state level. Walker should look at his government, as well as the schools, for waste and burdensome bureaucracy. If Walker is able to find even more savings, he should focus on improving schools that have the worst evaluation scores. Furthermore, Brown’s plan calls for letting school districts decide how to best use their money. When the people closest to the students are able to work how they think best and then be evaluated by the state, there is a better chance at improvement, instead of statelevel changes followed by statelevel evaluations. Brown and Christie are both proposing ideas that are reasonable to implement and will undoubtedly let the education
system improve. But there is another governor making big changes in the area of school choice, Gov. Mitch Daniels, R–Indiana. Daniels’ idea to expand the voucher system and charter schools is a big change and definitely not one that is easily palatable in Wisconsin. This is evident by the difficulty of the proposed charter school in Madison. But that is the interesting part about the United States, there are different states doing different things. It would be wise to watch and learn how Indiana deals with parents having more options of where to send their children to schools. Education is vital to Wisconsin staying competitive in the coming decades. Walker has not released exact legislature yet, and he and legislators should use that opportunity to look at what is happening in New Jersey, California and Indiana to help shape his plan and change our education system for the better. Matt Beaty is a junior majoring in mathematics and computer science. Please send all feedback to email@example.com
Letter: Student involvement is key to taking Wisc. back Sam Gehler President of the young progressives
Last week, thousands gathered near the Capitol to celebrate as nearly two million signatures were delivered to the Government Accountability Board in the culmination of the effort to recall Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch, Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald, and three other state senators. Representing a stunning 46% of the 2010 electorate, the more than one million signatures submitted for the recall of Scott Walker announced loud and clear that Wisconsinites are ready to put their state back on track. Students at UW-Madison have been hurt badly by Walker’s policies, and they played an important part in the recall. Walker’s cuts to public high schools and universities are resulting in higher
tuition, educator layoffs and reduced class offerings; his refusal to build a sustainable small business environment has meant fewer jobs for students upon graduation. In the month before finals, hundreds of students took action, talking to their friends, classmates, roommates and others to collect signatures. Ultimately over 10,000 students signed the recall petitions. As the Government Accountability Board certifies the signatures and begins the process of calling an election, all of us will begin working to elect the next governor of Wisconsin. But it’s important that we not lose sight of the other political events going on around us. We’re less than ten months away from the date we need to re-elect the President. We need to elect the first openly gay U.S. Senator in the form
of Tammy Baldwin. We have Tammy’s open seat to fill, in a race complete with a four way primary. And that’s not to mention the myriad of state legislative, county board and city council races, beginning with the spring 2012 primary in just a few weeks. Now, with the voting rights of the student and the Wisconsin value of public education under attack, it is more important than ever to stay involved, be informed, and participate in the process as advocates for ourselves. The past year has shown that one person has a voice and can make a difference. The past week has shown that one million of our voices would like a new governor– someone with a history of standing up for the people rather than pushing us down, and that the citizens of Madison and of Wisconsin won’t let a bought-and-paid-for governor
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corrupt the values we’ve held dearly for decades. I encourage each of you to get involved again as Madison life settles back into rhythm after the holidays. • Tuesday, January 24, former Dane County Executive and declared candidate for Governor of Wisconsin Kathleen Falk will be visiting campus at noon in 114 Ingraham to talk about her 30-year career in public service and the change she will bring when elected. • On January 30 at 4:30, Valerie Jarrett, senior advisor and longtime friend of Barack Obama, will visit campus in Ingraham B10 to conduct a phone interview with first lady Michelle Obama, where both will talk about their experiences in the White House and what students can do to help re-elect Barack Obama. • Beginning with the February primary, all voters
will need a valid Wisconsin ID to vote. If you don’t have one, please be sure to stop by the Wiscard office in Union South to pick up an updated ID free of charge from the UW. There is no better place in Wisconsin to be an advocate than in Madison. I’m proud to be here, where we are able to work with diverse people from all walks of life in pursuit of shared goals. I’m proud to use our resources to advocate for students, progressives, the LGBTQ community, economically disenfranchised minorities, the middle class and the Wisconsin Idea. But most of all, I’m proud to work with each of you as together we stand up for ourselves and begin taking Wisconsin back. Sam Gehler is the President of the Young Progressives. Please send all feedback to opinion@ dailycardinal.com
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Indiana awaits resurgent Badgers By Peter Geppert The Daily Cardinal
Just two weeks ago it appeared the Wisconsin men’s basketball team’s (5-3 Big Ten, 16-5 overall) season was headed for disaster. With three straight losses, including a rare stretch of backto-back home losses the Badger’s streak of 12 consecutive NCAA tournament births was in jeopardy. Fast forward just sixteen days later and Wisconsin suddenly finds itself only a half game out of first place in the conference after an impressive four-game Big Ten winning streak. “So much of the schedule is who you play, when you play, who you played before, how many days off you get,” head coach Bo Ryan said. Indeed the fickle nature of college basketball scheduling can sometimes either emphasize the struggles of a team, causing a team to quickly pile up loses, or trigger a win streak in a similar stretch if a team is hot. “Because of the popularity and media coverage of college basketball, no sport is as controlled as college basketball,” Ryan said. “Some weeks you could be playing on Monday-Tuesday, or TuesdayThursday, Thursday-Sunday, or you could have nine days off.” Right now the schedule is working for the Badgers, as a combination of hot shooting and improved defense has allowed Ryan’s group to pull out a string of quality conference
wins, including impressive road wins over Purdue (4-3, 14-6) and Illinois (4-3, 15-5). “Anytime you have an object that you are trying to put in a target, you will have some nights that are better than others,” Ryan said. “In basketball you have the defensive end, which can allow you to fight through slumps and give you a chance to win.” Improved quality and consistency from All-American senior point guard Jordan Taylor has elevated the Badger’s play during the win streak. During conference play, Taylor has taken more control of the offense, which at different points has yielded mixed results. During the four-game winning streak, Taylor’s play has brought the team out of shooting slumps and has kept them in close games. “Jordan is always going to find a way to make the team more successful; which is what all players will do. It’s just he’s better at it,” Ryan said. The Badgers look to continue their streak this week against No. 17 Indiana (4-4, 16-4) who come in as a surprising contender for the Big Ten title after finishing in the conference’s bottom tier for two consecutive seasons. After posting wins against the likes of No. 1 Kentucky and No. 2 Ohio State, the first time in Indiana’s prestigious basketball history that the basketball team beat a No. 1 and a No. 2 team in the same season,
many are projecting Indiana to make a run deep into March. The credit goes to Indiana head coach Tom Crean, who has been able to attract talent back to Indiana with the likes of freshmen forward sensation Cody Zeller (15.1 ppg, 6.4 rpg). Combining young talent with the veteran presence that has learned Crean’s system has gotten the Hoosiers back into college basketball’s elite programs. “There’s a lot of the same players, they have the experience and have played in the toughest environments,” Ryan said. “90 percent of [Indiana] players have been there for a long time. Everyone in the conference expected them to be good this year.” Finding a way to contain Zeller will be key for Wisconsin. In addition, limiting Indiana offensively as a team will be key, as the Hoosiers shoot 50 percent from the field, which is sixth in the nation. The Badgers are up for the challenge, as they lead the conference in opponent field goal percentage. Wisconsin has been especially stifling from behind the arc, as it is allowing opponents to only shoot 26 percent from threepoint range. “There are a lot of things that go into that. Like other teams we look at a scouting report and try to stay consistent with our roles,” Ryan said. “There’s no magic formula, just a lot of hard work from our players who try to limit our opponent’s looks.”
Schultz, Rumpel leading the way for improving Wisconsin team By Ryan Evans The Daily Cardinal
We’ve all heard the expression that Rome wasn’t built in a day. Good things tend to take time. With an inexperienced roster, that has been the mindset for the Wisconsin men’s hockey team (7-9-2 WCHA, 12-10-2 overall) this season. The Badgers have had to learn on the fly this season, which is not an enviable task in the perpetually rigorous WCHA. But a string of solid performances over winter break
yielded signs of progress for this young Wisconsin roster. In series against RIT, Minnesota State-Mankato and Alaska-Anchorage, Wisconsin boasted a 5-1 record—as well as an exhibition win over the U.S. Under-18 team—while UW students were enjoying their time off, and head coach Mike Eaves liked what we saw from his team. “In all facets of our game [we’re improving],” Eaves said. “We watch video and we’re connecting dots, understanding sys-
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Joel Rumpel appears to have taken command of the crease for the Badgers, winning four games over winter break.
tems better, winning more one on one battles, doing things that we’ve been trying to improve in practice and we’re seeing results in the games now.” One player who has been an integral part of the Badgers’ recent success is junior defenseman Justin Schultz. The West Kelowna, British Colombia native had three goals and six assists in Wisconsin’s six games over break. Schultz has had himself quite the year, putting up number that will surely garner him consideration for the Hobey Baker at the end of the season. His 37 points on the year (12 goals, 25 assists) make him the nation’s highest scoring defenseman by a wide margin (the closest is Minnesota’s Nate Schmidt, who has 26 points) and the fifth highest scoring player regardless of position. Eaves said that Schultz has helped lead the way for Wisconsin’s young players this year, and that his actions have spoken volumes in the locker room. “He teaches without even saying anything, and I think in games his hard work and his ability to play at a high level, it’s the cornerstone of the success that we’ve had this year,” Eaves said of Schultz. “To have a player like that, with the skill
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Jordan Taylor has regained his All-American form of late to help lead the Badgers back into Big Ten title contention.
Two big games earn Taylor Big Ten Player of the Week Jordan Taylor led the way for the Wisconsin men’s basketball team in wins over Northwestern and Illinois, and for his efforts he was named the Big Ten Conference’s Men’s Basketball Player of the week. In the two victories, the senior guard averaged 17 points, six rebounds and 5.5 assists, which helped the Badgers move within a half game of first place in the Big Ten. In Wisconsin’s 77-57 win over the Wildcats Jan. 18 Taylor scored 15 points, nine of which came in the form of three three pointers during a 17-2 Badgers’ run early in the second half that swung the momentum in their favor. Taylor also had six assists and three rebounds in the game. Sunday against the Fighting Illini the Bloomington, Minn., native poured in a game-high 19 and the work ethic, he becomes your ultimate teacher […] and he’s not the most verbal guy but his actions speak very clearly.” While Schultz’s example has helped Wisconsin along its growth curve, the play of freshman goaltender Joel Rumpel has been emblematic of the team itself. Rumpel came into this season with zero games of college hockey experience, and like the Badgers as a whole, was forced into a trial by fire to start the season. It seems now that Rumpel has settled in nicely as he has grabbed the reins between the pipes for Wisconsin. Over break Rumpel went 4-1 as the starting netminder with a .964 save percentage and a 1.00 goals against average and registered his first two career shutouts against Mankato and Anchorage. On the season, Rumpel is 9-5-2 with a 2.44 GAA and a .920 SV%, and
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Jordan Taylor led the Badgers to two key wins over conference foes. points and had a season-high nine rebounds as UW knocked off No. 22/25 Illinois 67-63. Taylor was again clutch for the Badgers in the win, scoring seven points—which included going 5-for-6 from the free throw line—in the final 32 seconds to seal the game for Wisconsin. By Ryan Evans/The Daily Cardinal
Eaves said he is impressed with the growth he has seen from his young goaltender this season. “In his position he’s gotten better at moving the puck, he’s gotten better at his rebound control,” Eaves said of Rumpel. “He’s raised his level of intensity in terms of detail work to his areas as a goaltender and as a result it’s helped him get better numbers.” Eaves added that Rumpel’s improved play is also a testament to the growth and improvement that Eaves has seen from the team as a whole. “Our team in front of [Rumpel] is better because we’re older and we’ve been working our play away from the puck, which is ultimately going to help him because we’re going to give up fewer scoring chances and fewer shots,” Eaves said. “So, the combination of those things are helping us see what we’re getting right now from Joel.”