Issuu on Google+

House hunting! with Little Shapiro + PAGE TWO University of Wisconsin-Madison

Swingin’ to wins The Badgers’ winning streak continues with a shutout against Bradley.

+ SPORTS, page 8

Complete campus coverage since 1892

dailycardinal.com

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Racial climate at UW-Madison By Aarushi Agni The Daily Cardinal

Stephanie Daher/the daily cardinal

Rep. Andrew Bulovsky, who will serve as Associated Students of Madison chair next year, said he wants to reach the “average” UW student in the 19th session of council.

ASM appoints new leadership for next year’s student council By Cheyenne Langkamp The Daily Cardinal

The 2012-13 Associated Students of Madison student council appointed Andrew Bulovsky as chair in their first meeting Tuesday. Bulovsky was unchallenged and appointed by a vote of 19-0 with two abstentions. Bulovsky said one of his main goals as chair is to get in touch with the average student. “I want to reach the run of the mill student, not the special interests on campus, the people that are already overly involved,” Bulovsky said. “I want to reach the student who doesn’t know

what ASM stands for.” Rep. Sarah Neibart said Bulovsky shows many of the characteristics important in an ASM chair.

“I want to reach the student who doesn’t know what ASM stands for.” Andrew Bulovsky chair ASM 2012-13

“Chairs are supposed to actively listen to their commit-

tee members and to facilitate discussion, and also empower students around them to come up with ideas and think of other ways of coming up with decisions,” Neibart said. “I truly think Andrew is able to exhibit those qualities.” Council also appointed Maria Giannopoulos as vice chair and Marie Kumerow as secretary. Both were the sole members nominated for their positions. Giannopoulos said ASM needs to be “relevent to this campus” and as vice chair she plans to address that notion

Last June, senior Danez Smith was walking down Langdon Street when a hanging figure caught his eye. From the Badger House apartments hung a Black Spiderman doll with its limbs bound, a detail Smith pointed out was reminiscent of lynchings. “It was just so jarring, because as much as the people who committed that crime claimed that it was a mistake, it seemed too well thought-out for it to have been a mistake,” Smith said. Following the incident, student groups protested outside the Badger House and pressed the administration for a response. Tensions boiled to the surface in September when conservative think-tank Center for Equal Opportunity issued a report calling UW-Madison’s admissions process discriminatory against white and Asian students. The conversation about racial climate resurfaced again March 16, when students attending a party at the Delta Upsilon fraternity reportedly yelled racial slurs and threw a glass bottle at two black women nearby. Anjali Misra, a former

Multicultural Student Coalition member, said these incidents are not isolated, but reflect a broader issue of campus climate that harkens back to a history of structural racism.

The Student Experience of Race on Campus

Althea Miller, a member of the MCSC board, said being a black student on campus can feel “awkward” because the campus environment can be subtly hostile to non-white students. “I know that there are stereotypes out there about my people, and when I walk into a room, I automatically feel as if those stereotypes are being activated,” she said. “It’s the small things that accumulate and get to people.” Smith said it is not uncommon for black students to be harassed the street or be regarded suspiciously by authority figures. He recalled a situation wherein he was asked for his student identification while studying at a table inside Memorial Library. Promoting Racial Equity and Awareness, a student group of mostly white allies to underrepresented minorities, helped orga-

racism page 4

asm page 3

Officials limit moped parking on campus By Abby Becker The Daily Cardinal

Starting next fall, moped users will only be able to park in designated campus lots, and moped permit prices will increase. UW Transportation Services is

creating 74 designated parking lots where moped users with permits can park. Moped drivers will only be able to park in the lot assigned to them. Moped users select their assigned lots on a first-come,

first-serve basis, but drivers living on campus can have priority of moped lots near residence halls. There will also be several lots where anyone with a moped

mopeds page 3

Former Yahoo! CEO, alumna to speak at commencement UW alumna and former Yahoo! CEO Carol Bartz will return to Madison to deliver the address at the university’s commencement ceremonies May 19 and 20. The four commencement ceremonies will be held at 10 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Bartz received a Bachelor

of Arts degree in computer science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1971, and has extensive experience in leading complex global technology companies. According to the university’s announcement, she is known for her strong leadership style and is regularly listed on the Forbes list of “Most

Powerful Women.” Bartz is currently the lead director on the board of Cisco Systems. She also serves as a director of the National Medals of Science and Technology Foundation and as a trustee of the Paley Center for Media. Commencement speakers are recommended and selected by senior class officers.

on Campus

Making finals a little less ruff “Dogs at the UW” began Tuesday. For the third straight year, local nonprofit Dogs on Call will bring dogs around campus to help students relax during exams. + Photo by Stephanie Daher

“…the great state University of Wisconsin should ever encourage that continual and fearless sifting and winnowing by which alone the truth can be found.”


page two Little Shapiro, Big World tODAY: scattered t-storms

Thursday: scattered t-storms

hi 81º / lo 63º

2

l

hi 80º / lo 61º

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

dailycardinal.com

An independent student newspaper, serving the University of Wisconsin-Madison community since 1892 Volume 122, Issue 67

2142 Vilas Communication Hall 821 University Avenue Madison, Wis., 53706-1497 (608) 262-8000 • fax (608) 262-8100

News and Editorial edit@dailycardinal.com

Editor in Chief Kayla Johnson

Managing Editor Nico Savidge

News Team News Manager Alison Bauter Campus Editor Alex DiTullio College Editor Anna Duffin City Editor Abby Becker State Editor Tyler Nickerson Enterprise Editor Scott Girard Associate News Editor Ben Siegel Features Editor Samy Moskol Opinion Editors Matt Beaty • Nick Fritz Editorial Board Chair Samantha Witthuhn Arts Editors Riley Beggin • Jaime Brackeen Sports Editors Ryan Evans • Matthew Kleist Page Two Editors Rebecca Alt • Jacqueline O’Reilly Life & Style Editor Maggie DeGroot Photo Editors Mark Kauzlarich • Stephanie Daher Graphics Editors Dylan Moriarty • Angel Lee Multimedia Editors Eddy Cevilla • Mark Troianovski Science Editor Lauren Michael Diversity Editor Aarushi Agni Copy Chiefs Jenna Bushnell • Mara Jezior Steven Rosenbaum • Dan Sparks Copy Chiefs Dave Zhang, Melissa Howison

Business and Advertising business@dailycardinal.com Business Manager Emily Rosenbaum Advertising Manager Nick Bruno Senior Account Executives Jade Likely • Philip Aciman Account Executives Dennis Lee • Chelsea Chrouser Emily Coleman • Joy Shin Erin Aubrey • Zach Kelly Web Director Eric Harris Public Relations Manager Alexis Vargas Marketing Manager Becky Tucci Events Manager Andrew Straus Creative Director Claire Silverstein Copywriters Dustin Bui • Bob Sixsmith The Daily Cardinal is a nonprofit organization run by its staff members and elected editors. It receives no funds from the university. Operating revenue is generated from advertising and subscription sales. The Daily Cardinal is published weekdays and distributed at the University of WisconsinMadison and its surrounding community with a circulation of 10,000. Capital Newspapers, Inc. is the Cardinal’s printer. The Daily Cardinal is printed on recycled paper. The Cardinal is a member of the Associated Collegiate Press and the Wisconsin Newspaper Association. All copy, photographs and graphics appearing in The Daily Cardinal are the sole property of the Cardinal and may not be reproduced without written permission of the editor in chief. The Daily Cardinal accepts advertising representing a wide range of views. This acceptance does not imply agreement with the views expressed. The Cardinal reserves the right to reject advertisements judged offensive based on imagery, wording or both. Complaints: News and editorial complaints should be presented to the editor in chief. Business and advertising complaints should be presented to the business manager. Letters Policy: Letters must be word processed and must include contact information. No anonymous letters will be printed. All letters to the editor will be printed at the discretion of The Daily Cardinal. Letters may be sent to opinion@ dailycardinal.com.

Editorial Board

Matt Beaty • Nick Fritz Kayla Johnson • Jacqueline O’Reilly Steven Rosenbaum • Nico Savidge Ariel Shapiro • Samantha Witthuhn

© 2012, The Daily Cardinal Media Corporation ISSN 0011-5398

For the record In Tuesday’s issue, we reported Neil deGrasse Tyson would visit campus March 10 when in fact he will be here May 10. Also in yesterday’s paper, we reported the decision regarding Occuy Madion’s encampment was made in city court when in fact it was made in the Dane County Court. We regret the errors.

Ariel looks for post-graduation housing in the nation’s capital Ariel Shapiro little shapiro

W

e all know how stressful it is finding off-campus housing in Madison, and that is in a town we know and presumably with people we know, as well. Imagine, then, finding housing in a big bad city. If you have done this before, you will know what I am getting at. If not, then prepare yourselves for the excruciating and uncomfortable experience that is finding housing post-graduation. I found out last week that I will be moving to Washington, D.C. for the summer, and possibly forever. I have wanted this for as long as I can remember and have been to the District many times, so I felt like I knew what I was getting myself into. Not, as it turns out, where housing is concerned. I wrongly thought I would be able to avoid the cesspool that is Craigslist, but like Rome, all roads apparently lead to it. I had it in my mind that I would be able to find something reasonably priced, close to my job and with chill peeps who have connections to White House staffer parties. Completely realistic, right? Well, I have run into a few

SNAFUs. First there is the issue of being close to my job. My internship is in Dupont Circle, one of the most bustling and hip areas of D.C. You know what bustling and hip costs? A lot. More money than I have ever had and probably more than you have too. The runof=the-mill sublet in a funky yet painstakingly preserved townhouse goes for at least $2000 a month, and a studio or one-bedroom the size of my infanthood crib goes for much higher. So staying in the neighborhood is not really a thing. Then, eureka! A posting for an apartment not far from Dupont for a mere $600 dollars a month. Could this be? Am I dreaming? There must be some catch. Th i s

seems perf – oh wait no, this dude wants a stripper. Not just any stripper, but “a real down to earth female,” so a stripper with a heart of gold. While this could be the makings for either a wacky sitcom or depressing TLC special, I think I will have to pass. OK, so the price and location are not things that are going to happen, that is fine. Worst comes to worst I live in Northern Virginia, right? It is like the Brooklyn of D.C. only not even a little like Brooklyn, but that is fine. Interns cannot be choosers. The problem is that the Virginia crowd is kind of old. Like, looking to have children soon and playing couples mahjong old. C’mon, I’m only 22! I may b e

out of college three weeks from now, but I am not dead! I need to be with people who like to party even a little bit. Well, dear readers, every prayer has an answer. “$800 Looking for a frat-guy/sport roomie.” Alright braaa, let’s do this! “Do you like sports and drinking? Be cool to watch sports together and chill while we drink after work, lol.” I could be a cool dude and end completely non-relevant sentences with “lol.” Pick me! “Wouldn’t mind a frat-house setting where we chill in gym shorts, etc.” I, too, enjoy loungewear. Now I just need to bind all my lady parts, grow patchy stubble on my face and stick a sock in my gym shorts and we are good to go! Or, you know, not. The search continues. After sending out about a million sublet requests, I have gotten only one nibble, but I think it is a good one. Capitol Hill, the exact dates I want and one stop from the metro. Granted, it is with a couple of California bros who probably sk8 or whatever, but that is fine. At least they did not put “frat” in their posting. Maybe they have the White House party hookups. Or maybe I could be like the adorkable Zooey Deschenel and bring a touch of domestic cuteness to the dude lair. More likely I will just unsuccessfully pretend to know things about sports. By the grace of God are you a White House staffer with an available bedroom for the summer? E-mail Ariel immediately at arshapiro@dailycardinal.com. She will make you cous cous.

y rt

ia

or

c

i ph

By

l Dy

an

M

a

Gr

Just tryin’ to figure out my role Emily Lindeman lin-da-mania

M

any movie montages and character monologues will tell you life keeps moving; it is your job to watch it unfold and determine where you fit in. In rushing around like a good college student—being active on campus and doing more than just going to class—I have found I am trying to do exactly that. By watching what other people do and understanding what one is supposed to do in college, I am following in the footsteps of the proverbial college student. I am working a low-paying, menial job because that is what

broke students do. I am organizing events for clubs because I am pretty sure they did that in an episode of “Sister, Sister.” And I am studying abroad for a few weeks this summer—mostly because of the “Lizzie McGuire Movie.” I recently had a hotly anticipated interview for a lab position I was gunning for. By the time I finally sat down across from my interviewer, I was shocked I had actually gotten this far. How had I successfully landed an interview? How did I write an e-mail that convinced a graduate student my semi-educated self was qualified? I may think I am under-prepared to do the things I sign myself up for, but other people seem to think I can handle it. This has fostered a new belief within me: Everyone who seems to know what they are doing likely feels as though

they are running around like a chicken with its head cut off (pardon the gruesome idiom). The similar type of shock was felt when I asked someone for help with an upcoming event. Suddenly it was obvious I was in a position of influence; the individual from whom information was being gleaned. I was regarded as a responsible person (at least, I hope so), and it was both an overwhelming and exciting development. I could not help but think, though, since when did I know how to lead meetings, and how will I wield this recently discovered power? So often I feel I am just acting the part of a trustworthy adult, going through the motions I observe those around me doing. Hopefully that will convince someone, maybe even me, of my worth. If this is what everyone

else does to get by, we are running a collective scam on ourselves, but I am OK with that. I have my tickets for study abroad booked, but who knows how I will fare once I get to France (assuming I get there at all)? And when I start working in the lab, I can only hope I will run an experiment correctly. It is like I am all dressed up and not only do I have nowhere to go, I do not even know how to walk in my heels. I should not be this hard on myself, though, for perhaps this is simply my way of living life on the edge. It is not exactly skydiving, but I am taking a chance at something—many things, actually—that require a leap of faith, and I am beginning to feel like I am jumping. Are you the master of seeming like you have your shit together? Send tips to elindeman@wisc.edu.

It is statistically proven that funny people get more high-fives.*

Get more high-fives. Be a Page Two columnist. *It is not statistically proven that funny people get more high-fives.

Now accepting applicants for the Fall 2012 semester. Send three samples to page2@dailycardinal.com by May 20.


news

Wednesday, May 2, 2012 3

l

dailycardinal.com

Mifflin residents can register parties at meeting today

Grey Satterfield/the daily cardinal

Labor action groups, union members and immigrant rights groups gathered at the Capitol Tuesday to advocate for worker and immigrant rights.

May Day rally draws diverse crowd with common message Hundreds gathered at Capitol Square Tuesday for the annual “May Day” rally for immigrant and workers’ rights, as similar scenes played out in cities across the country. While the event is traditionally an arena to air a variety of worker-rights grievances, Tuesday’s gathering took on even more weight in light of the nation-wide Occupy movement and the state’s contentious political atmosphere. After an accordionist played a union-themed song, speakers for advocated unity against injustice. President of UW-Madison’s Student Labor Action Coalition

Tina Treviño-Murphy appealed for both immigrants’ and workers’ rights and criticized UW-Madison’s contract with adidas, which has been accused of not paying their workers due severance. “Injustice anywhere is injustice everywhere, and we will fight for it every time, in solidarity!” Treviño-Murphy yelled as she rallied the crowd. Many protesters came to decry Gov. Scott Walker and his controversial removal of collective bargaining rights for public workers. “I don’t think [Walker] understands what Wisconsin

Barkoff said it was important to stay as a representative of Occupy members. “I chose to object to [leaving] the City-County Building in front of Mayor Soglin’s office as a symbolic show of solidarity with the people on East Washington,” Barkoff said. Madison Police Department spokesperson Joel DeSpain said the Occupy members were cooperative, and Barkoff understood he would be arrested if he did not leave. “It wasn’t that he was being disrespectful or creating a disturbance, he wanted to get arrested,” DeSpain said.

Also on Monday, a county judge denied an extension to Occupy’s permit for the East Washington site. All residents of the camp were required to leave the site by Tuesday at noon. Barkoff said although police officers and Captain of Police Carl Gloede were present, it was a “peaceful situation.” DeSpain also did not report any problems with Occupiers vacating the site. “Everyone was very cooperative and conducted themselves in a very respectful way and got everything taken down,” DeSpain said. —Abby Becker

Group to rally against ‘Cinco de Mifflin’ on Friday Social advocacy group Badgers Against Racism announced it will hold a rally this Friday to speak against “Cinco de Mifflin” celebrations. The group said they oppose “Cinco de Mifflin” because it leads to thinking that might promote hate crimes. “We should be able to participate in traditions like Mifflin without promoting stereotypes

that dehumanize our peers,” the group said in a statement. BAR is a recently created community group that promotes social justice, education, cultural awareness and mutual respect. “We must educate ourselves so that we can make conscious decisions to continue our traditions without objectifying and disrespecting a community,” the group said.

long as they end the party. In addition to city officials, police and fire department residents will attend the meeting to clarify rules for the weekend. The meeting takes place Wednesday at 7 p.m. at the Madison Senior Center, 330 W. Mifflin St. Visit www.dailycardinal.com for a list of frequently asked questions from the Mifflin Street Block Party Planning Committee.

mopeds from page 1

point” in having a moped if you cannot use it between classes. “If I can’t take [my moped] from my apartment and park it right in front of Van Hise...or in the lot I want to, than I obviously am not going to [have a moped permit],” Riskey said. Riskey uses his moped daily between classes but will not be renewing his permit because of the changes. After students criticized the new rules via Twitter, UW-Madison acknowledged their concerns and directed them to contact UW Transportation Services for more information.

permit can park, and all lots are open to moped users after 4:30 p.m. each day. In addition, moped permits will increase from $85 to $120 for the 2012-2013 school year. Transportation officials say designating lots will allow moped users to know exactly where they are parking and will decrease the amount of moped traffic on campus. However, UW-Madison freshman and moped user Danny Riskey said the new rules are “ridiculous” and there is “no

needs to move forward,” protestor and UW-Madison graduate student Naomi Williams said. “People need to afford to buy groceries, but his policies don’t take that into consideration.” While Madison’s event was peaceful, demonstrations throughout the country broke out in violence. Tear gas dispersed crowds in Oakland while police mobilized against protesters in New York. Seattle’s mayor issued an emergency declaration after protestors rampaged throughout the downtown, smashing windows and spray-painting cars. —Tyler Nickerson

Occupier arrested one day before site cleared peacefully Despite Occupy Madison members peacefully vacating the East Washington site Tuesday, police arrested one Occupy member Monday night for refusing to leave a city building. Officers arrested Allen Barkoff for trespassing after he refused to stop protesting in front of the mayor’s office when the building closed at 6 p.m. After Occupiers participated in a rally Monday voicing their opposition to the city’s decision to shut down their site on East Washington Avenue, several members, including Barkoff, chose to protest in front of Mayor Paul Soglin’s office.

City officials are inviting students and Mifflin residents to an informational meeting on the upcoming Mifflin Street Block Party where residents can register their house parties with police. The House Party Protection Plan is a voluntary agreement between homeowners and police where residents can request police assistance to clear out-of-control parties. Registered residents who call police will not be punished as

Spokesperson CJ Rios said several people will speak Friday from 1 to 2 p.m. on East Campus Mall to voice opposition to “Cinco de Mifflin” references. Audience members will also have the chance to voice their opinions. BAR will print and distribute free shirts that explain why the phrase and associated celebrations is offensive.

mifflin

Ghost of Miffland past

UW alumnus David Williams shares his memories of the first Mifflin Street Block Party at a lecture sponsored by the Young Socialists Alliance Tuesday. + Photo by Shoaib Atlaf

asm from page 1 through external relations. Council appointed representatives to multiple ASM leadership positions despite the lack of participation of nine representatives from the BOOP campaign slate.

“In the long run, I personally feel this will stall functioning and only provide a breeding ground of hostility.” Colin Higgins representative ASM

The Student Judiciary ruled in April the representatives-elect would not be allowed to participate in the first student council meeting of the 19th session due to election violations complaints. Many representatives voiced

concern over the exclusion of members from the discussion and nomination process. Rep. Colin Higgins said making appointments without all members present and active felt unfair and undemocratic. “In the long run, I personally feel this will stall functioning and only provide a breeding ground of hostility,” Higgins said. Neibart said she opposed postponing the appointments because all leaders need to act in accordance with ASM’s rules and standards. “I want the most qualified people who will uphold all the rules of this organization and not just carelessly defy them because they don’t think they’re going to get caught,” Neibart said. Council’s next meeting will be held Friday, at which time the nine BOOP representatives will be sworn into office and become eligible for participation in meetings.


4

l

news

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Photo courtesy of danez smith

The hanging of a black doll from a Langdon Street apartment in June sparked conversation about racial insensitivity at UW-Madison.

racism from page 1 nize a student response to the March 16 incident. Elise Swanson, a PREA member, said many of the racial tensions on campus are partially due to white privilege, the idea that institutions within society systematically advantage whites over other ethnic groups. “People feel attacked when you talk to them about white privilege,” Swanson said. “I’m working to make sure that my privilege doesn’t come at others’ disadvantage.” Swanson said these incidents reflect a lack of thoughtfulness on the part of their perpetrators. “The fact that we live on a campus where people don’t think through things in that way –and they don’t really have to, is really problematic,” Swanson said.

Administration’s role

The Division of Student Life has a branch devoted to diversity and climate. This depart-

ment attempts to create a positive climate toward minorities on campus. Eric Williams, assistant vice provost for Student Diversity and Academic Excellence, said they address climate by preparing underrepresented students for academic life and teachers to address their needs. The department plugs into a greater network of support groups for minority students, including diversity coordinators in each school and residence hall. The office also sponsors courses emphasizing intercultural dialogues, and supports student organizations related to minority identities. But where does the administration come in when a polarizing incident occurs on campus? In the face of incidents that destabilize the notion that minorities “belong” to this campus, Eric Williams said his department provides support to minority students in the form of advising ser-

vices, outlets for frustration and opportunities to increase their involvement on campus. “We’re trying to make sure those students feel connected to this campus, so that when these incidents happen, they have a buffer,” Williams said. But in the end, he said creating a positive climate for all students is a responsibility of the entire institution that cannot be relegated to just one department. Despite the office’s work, Ben Fox, another PREA member, said in times of heightened tension, the university is not responding effectively to racial incidents. “If there was any dialogue about it, it was because students were having it, and potentially forcing the administration to allow a safe space for that to happen,” Fox said.

The Ethnic Studies Requirement and Starting the Conversation Early

One of the means by which the administration seeks to infuse racial understanding into campus culture is the three

dailycardinal.com credit ethnic studies requirement. But student leaders said the current curriculum does not do enough to penetrate barriers between races on campus. Miller said the treatment of ethnic studies as just another requirement to satisfy does not change attitudes about race. Strengthening the ethnic studies requirement, to her, would entail employing a more direct curriculum that calls upon students to reflect on their own stereotypes. Smith said students should be required to take ethnic studies as freshmen so racial understanding is a part of what it means to be a UW-Madison student at the outset. “It’s not right that there are fifth year seniors just now taking their ethnic studies requirement,” Smith said. Journalism Professor Hemant Shah sits on the newly formed Ethnic Studies Requirement subcommittee of a larger university committee. With student surveys, the committee will examine how effective the requirement is in

changing attitudes. Responding to students’ criticisms, Shah said he ideally would like students to take two ethnic studies classes, the first in their freshman or sophomore years and the second in their junior or senior years. “The purpose of an arrangement like this is that it not only starts the conversation early, but also keeps the conversation going,” Shah said in an email. The Office of Diversity and Climate is starting a program this summer that aims to open up the conversation as early as SOAR. Interns trained through the First Wave program will join SOAR leaders to engage incoming students in dialogue about race. “People don’t realize that diversity, and advancement of people of color is not just for people of color, it’s the concern for all of society, the same way that I as a man have to be concerned with women’s rights,” Smith said. “It’s irresponsible of us to not acknowledge the existence and struggles of other people.”

People don’t realize that diversity, and advancement of people of color is not just for people of color, it’s the concern for all of society. —Danez Smith


arts ‘Secret Life, Secret Death’ goes public dailycardinal.com

By Erin Berge the daily cardinal

Director Genevieve Davis, alumna of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, has returned to show one of her recent creations, “Secret Life, Secret Death” at a discounted price to students Wednesday, May 2 at the Barrymore Theater. This movie is not an ordinary independent film—it was created on a budget of $1,700, and by the end of production, a remarkably low total of $5,500. Davis took the time to talk with The Daily Cardinal about her historic film, how it has improved her life and her hopes to inspire the audience as well. A budget so low for a film has to have some ingenious mind behind it, but Davis thinks otherwise. “Making a movie is more than money,” Davis said. “It’s

not a matter of finding people—it’s inspiring people to come on board and be a part of it whether there is money involved or not.” And there was no trouble finding people for “Secret Life, Secret Death.” The film was set in the 1920s when gangsters, such as Al Capone, were traveling in and out of Wisconsin. While there have been numerous movies made to explain the harsh realities of men involved in these gangs, Davis wanted to expose a point of view that is rarely seen, and one that is far more personal. “You see all these romanticized versions of gang legends in Chicago,” Davis said. “And the women are always sort of just like peripheral set dressing. You never really hear, ‘well what is her story?’ It turns out that a lot of these women were demolished by their experi-

ence, and my grandmother was one of them.”

“You just do it on the fly—you just start something and you have people get on board.” — Genevieve Davis, director As a child, Davis did not hear stories of her grandmother often. In fact, her grandmother was seldom spoken of because of the activities she had been involved in. This unknown family history is what gave Davis inspiration for the film, because

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

she knew that there was a story waiting to be discovered. “I know that my dad had a hard childhood,” Davis said. “But it wasn’t until my father had passed away that I started thinking about the funeral he told us he went to when he was five years old, that he went to Big Jim Colosimo’s funeral in Chicago.” The process of discovering historical events, such as Big Jim Colosimo’s funeral (a predecessor to Al Capone), that were also connected to her family history brought up explanations to family issues, such as alcoholism—a common disease of the family. However, Davis found this unraveling to be rewarding. “If you can turn around and face [the truth], it’s very helpful because then it’s not chasing you throughout your life,” Davis said.

l

5

The experience not only brought closure for Davis, but also a film filled with an authentic portrayal of the 1920s. Classic Ford vehicles, costumes vintage music—mostly recorded in M i lw au ke e — c o m p l i m e n t e d each scene. “The cars were just kind of serendipity, pure serendipity,” Davis said. “You just do it on the fly—you just start something and you have people get on board.” This idea is what Davis is trying to get across to her audience by showing this film. During her years at the University of WisconsinMadison, Davis not only learned the skills of film making, but also the courage needed to go out and make her vision a reality. Larry Junkins, one of her professors, largely influenced and inspired her driven attitude. “It’s a part of doing something new and doing something different,” Davis said. “Following your creative vision is wrestling with this huge thing that you don’t know how it’s going to resolve. But I know now from studying with Larry that it can resolve and it will resolve, if you hang onto the tigers tail.” When asked if she would do anything different with the film, Davis conceded that she would most likely have produced a completely different movie. But as of right now, “Secret Life, Secret Death” is what Davis has to present at the Barrymore, and is proud to do so. There will also be a Q & A with Davis, and a few cast members after the film. Who knows, you may discover even more about what can happen with the help of those around you.

Look for the May Arts Calendar in the Thursday, May 3 issue of The Daily Cardinal!


opinion Let the free market drive green energy 6

l

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Steven Nemcek opinion columnist

M

ilwaukee mayor and gubernatorial candidate Tom Barrett made statements last Thursday indicating he will create jobs by investing in wind power and other clean energy technologies if elected governor. His words, while benevolent in their intention, follow the same anti-free market beliefs so common in both liberal and neoconservative circles today. Furthermore, this statement is insulting to any informed Wisconsinite or American in general. Current ethanol subsidies in our state are worthless, and the Bush-Obama Solyndra and Beacon Power failures should give us pause before we try to waste taxpayer money so frivolously. First, we should deny the fallacy that government can create jobs. The government takes from the people through taxes. Anything government creates it must first destroy. Government work requires an input, in this case, money taken from the tax-

payers. Any output should not be thought of as a net increase, but rather, a redistribution of funds with a net loss. Think of the government as an engine. You put in some sort of fuel—tax revenue—and through combustion you get a response. Just like how the second law of thermodynamics shows any engine will not be able to convert all its fuel to useful energy, a government also cannot be perfectly efficient. Therefore, anything the government does with its input will result in the economy experiencing a net loss. We must not forget there is no such thing as a free lunch. Government cannot create jobs out of thin air. Now let’s look at the practical nature of Barrett’s statements. I am in no way opposed to clean energy. In fact, I whole-heartedly support energy conservation and the search for cleaner ways to meet our energy needs. That said, after doing a research project for the Biocore curriculum on Wisconsin’s ethanol subsidies, I have come to the conclusion that investment in this type of energy is in no way cleaner or cheaper. My research found that after corn processing and transportation costs are accounted for, using and creating

wil gibb/Cardinal file photo

Tom Barrett speaks at an April DaneDems conference. Last Thursday, he released a plan to support clean energy in Wisconsin. ethanol is more costly and emits nearly 57 percent more carbon dioxide than using pure gasoline in automobiles. The only beneficiaries of Wisconsin ethanol subsidies are farmers. Mother Nature and the rest of Wisconsin residents lose out. At the national level, investments in alternative energies cannot have failed more resoundingly. The Solyndra loan scandal wasted hundreds of millions of dollars of tax-payer money and was widely reported on throughout the last year. Investment in that company seemed like a good

Letter: Falk is the progressive voice Democrats need to beat Scott Walker month. There are four strong candidates seeking to chalLast November, our for- lenge Walker on June 5, but one mer President wrote a column stands apart. That candidate is detailing the resurgence in Kathleen Falk. student activism that has been From the moment Scott prompted by Gov. Walker’s Walker began his assault on historic attacks on virtually workers’ rights in February every facet of life in Wisconsin. 2011, Kathleen Falk was on Over the last 15 months, each the front lines standing up for new attack—restrictions on Wisconsinites. As Dane County collective bargaining, the larg- Executive, she filed a lawsuit est cuts to public education in against the Walker adminisWisconsin’s history, restric- tration to overturn the collections on the voting rights of tive bargaining law as soon as students and minorit had been forced ities, and more— through the legissent new waves of lature. When hunoutrage coursing dreds of thousands through the student of people marched body. These spurred on the Capitol spontaneous rallies, building to protest grassroots lobbying Walker’s attacks on efforts, and perhaps the rights of workmost importantly— ing Wisconsinites, votes. Turnout in Kathleen Falk the 2011 spring elecmarched with them, tions was nearly 700 braving the cold percent higher than and snow to stand KATHLEEN FALK in previous compashoulder-to-shoulrable elections, with der with unionized historic numbers of students Wisconsinites from every cortaking an interest in their state ner of the state in opposition and local government. We have to Walker’s radical ideological had the privilege of seeing stu- agenda. And, when it came dents energized, informed, and time to collect signatures to active in a way that hearkens remove the governor from back to Madison’s rich history office, Kathleen Falk volunof protest in the 1960s with the teered nearly every day, going Vietnam War. And this energy door-to-door across the state on campus continued as over 1.1 to speak with voters and colmillion Wisconsinites signed lect signatures. petitions to remove Scott And Kathleen Falk has a Walker from office, with over record that proves she shares 10,000 of those signatures com- our values as students and as ing from our campus. progressives. As someone who Now, we face the difficult worked to put herself through task of determining who will state school in Waukesha, Wis., assume the office of the gov- she understands the burden ernor in little more than a of graduating with tremen-

Sam Gehler

The Young Progressives

dailycardinal.com

dous student loan debt. That’s why our Vice-President, Janel Alters, stood proudly beside Kathleen Falk when she introduced her Wisconsin Student Loan Debt Crisis Initiative, which would implement farreaching reforms to ensure access and affordability for higher education in Wisconsin. That’s why Falk has earned the endorsement of EMILY’s List, the national organization that promotes the election of progressive champions for women’s rights. As Falk herself said, “Believe me, I know about glass ceilings. I’ve been breaking them my whole life. Who better to stop the War on Women than a woman?” And that’s why she has earned the endorsement of every major labor organization in Wisconsin—because of her proven track record negotiating pragmatic solutions with labor, and because of her commitment to restoring the Wisconsin tradition of collective bargaining. Voters across Wisconsin will go to the polls in less than one week to determine who will face Scott Walker in his historic recall election on June 5. In a field of strong candidates, one stands out as a champion for progressive values and an advocate for students, women, and working Wisconsinites. That’s why Kathleen Falk has earned the endorsement of The Young Progressives and countless other organizations that share our values. On May 8, vote Kathleen Falk for Democratic candidate for Governor. Sam Gehler is the president of The Young Progressives. Please send all feedback to opinion@ dailycardinal.com.

idea because their solar panel technology was supposedly more versatile than other solar panels, allowing for application on a wider range of roofs. However, its business model was largely dependent on the silicon market, and when silicon prices fell, Solyndra was unable to compete with other solar panel companies and was forced to file for bankruptcy. Another federally sponsored company, Beacon Power, also went bankrupt and cost the taxpayers tens of millions of dollars. Their technology also seemed innovative, in that they

created a more efficient storage and injection process of energy when demand rises and drops. However, its technology is not profitable either. The private sector has been more successful in the provision of alternative energies. While solar and wind technologies are still in their infant stages, states like Texas have been very successful in farm implementation. Currently, Texas gets around 7 percent of its total energy consumption from wind power alone. Wisconsin currently has over 75 companies in the wind turbine supply chain, which all exist with little to no government subsidies. With increasing prices at the pumps and data indicating that global warming is a result of a human fossil fuel addiction, alternative energy will increasingly become necessary. Government should not and cannot be the impetus for this change. Just because statements like Barrett’s garner emotional approval, we must remind ourselves to be guided by practicality and logic. Steven Nemcek is a sophomore majoring in biochemistry and political science. Please send all feedback to opinion@dailycardinal.com.

Catch up on past opinion articles at our website. Go to our archives at dailycardinal.com.


comics

Rolling on... Landslides carrying millions of tons of rubble can reach speeds of 100 mph, but leave the grass on the hill beneath them completely untouched. This is because air, trapped and compressed, acts as a cushion allowing the moving debris to travel a few inches above the ground. Wednesday, May 2, 2012 • 7

dailycardinal.com

Befriendng a puppy

Today’s Sudoku

Evil Bird

By Caitlin Kirihara kirihara@wisc.edu

© Puzzles by Pappocom

Eatin’ Cake

By Dylan Moriarty EatinCake@gmail.com

Solution, tips and computer program available at www.sudoku.com.

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

Caved In

By Nick Kryshak nkryshak@wisc.edu

Today’s Crossword Puzzle

Crustaches

Answer key available at www.dailycardinal.com

STAY THE NIGHT ACROSS 1 Strange hoverers 5 Thickly entangled, as hair 11 Did some crunches? 14 Craft project bonder 15 Be in a sticky situation? 16 “Friend” Courtney 17 One place to drink on vacation 19 “___ Tac Dough” (old game show) 20 Only Super Bowl won by the New York Jets 21 Escape clause 23 Does a checkout chore 26 The “p” in rpm 27 Head hawk on Olympus 28 Art that requires a folder 30 Anti-seniors people 32 One of the Bobbsey twins 33 Assign to a role 36 Software that includes accounting and inventory programs 41 Monogram letter 42 Hosp. hot spots 44 Any Bryn Mawr grad 47 Merchant ship fee 50 You need a good deal here

51 Response when something hits you? 53 Vice ___ (conversely) 54 Compliant 57 “Culpa” preceder 58 Python’s cousin 59 Beverly Hilton amenity 64 “Walk-___ welcome” 65 Angora yield 66 Devil’s forte 67 Yes, on the briny 68 Position on an issue 69 Baseball stitches DOWN 1 Utterance of revulsion 2 Andy Capp’s missus 3 Under sedation 4 Keeping company with 5 A neighbor of Niger 6 Unseemly fuss 7 Greenland air base site 8 Voice above a baritone 9 “Cogito, ___ sum” 10 Type of fly ball 11 They’re seen in casts 12 Lavatory fixture 13 Glut 18 “Friend” Kudrow 22 Port-au-Prince’s country 23 Simba, to Mufasa 24 “Hermit” crustacean 25 Aboriginal Japanese

(Var.) Obsessive enthusiasm Wedding pathway Up-to-date antelope? Tire-pressure abbr. Port near Kobe ___ Says (kids’ game) Place that could fit this puzzle’s theme 39 Go like lightning 40 10 million of them equal a joule 43 Word in a classic Hemingway title 44 “Lawrence of ___” (1962 epic) 45 Like some furniture polishes and custards 46 Restlessness 48 “Be it ___ so humble” 49 Table extenders 51 Lei bestower’s greeting 52 “Masters of the Universe” fellow 55 Weaponizes 56 Start up, as a computer 57 “A ___ formality” 60 “Attack, dog!” 61 “Now ___ heard everything!” 62 Org. whose seal contains a bald eagle and a compass 63 Street “created” by Wes Craven

By Patrick Remington premington@wisc.edu

Scribbles n’ Bits

By Melanie Shibley shibley@wisc.edu

6 2 29 30 31 34 35 37 38

Washington and the Bear

By Derek Sandberg kalarooka@gmail.com


Sports

wednesday MAy 2, 2012 DailyCardinal.com

Pro leagues’ discipline policies not enough

Softball

matthew kleist too kleist for comfort

S

grey satterfield/the daily cardinal

Junior pitcher Meghan McIntosh threw a complete-game shutout against Bradley Tuesday. It was a great response to her previous start, where she was pulled in the first inning.

Badgers extend home win streak in shutout By Ryan Hill the daily cardinal

The Bradley softball team (9-14 Missouri Valley, 19-28 overall) stood no chance against junior pitcher Meghan McIntosh Tuesday night at Goodman Diamond in Madison. McIntosh’s performance propelled the Badgers (12-6 Big Ten, 31-15 overall) to a 2-0 win. McIntosh gave up four hits and two walks in her complete game effort and struck out four. The shutout improved her record to 6-5 and lowered her ERA to 2.78 on the year. “From the mound, we’ve been throwing a lot of innings and we need the whole staff to contribute,” head coach Yvette Healy said. “So that was huge and for her to throw a four-hitter was great. We really needed that A-plus effort, and that’s what she gave us.” The Braves, who boast only one batter hitting over .300, simply could not catch up to McIntosh’s above-average fastball. Most of her outs came on ground balls and popups to the opposite field. That, along with her recent hard work in practice, allowed her to excel in the circle

today, according to junior second baseman Whitney Massey. “[McIntosh has] been working her butt off,” Massey said. “She’s always asking people to catch for her and just doing extra and it was really nice to see her come out and be really successful today.” Massey also said the team had a little bit of the revenge factor working in its favor after losing a critical series last weekend against Purdue.

“[McIntosh has] been working her butt off.”

Whitney Massey junior second baseman Wisconsin softball

“We were definitely a little upset about those losses and we definitely wanted to take it into this game tonight,” Massey said. “We could’ve definitely hit more but we want to come out fighting tomorrow against Green Bay, too.” Wisconsin scored in the second inning when freshman left

fielder Marissa Mersch bounced one high off home plate with sophomore first basemen Michelle Mueller on second base. Mersch beat out the chopper at first base, but the Bradley first basemen made an error that allowed Mueller to score. In the third inning, sophomore shortstop Stephanie Peace doubled to knock in Massey, who also doubled earlier in the inning. The only time Bradley put up a serious threat was in the third inning, when the Badgers’ defense committed back-toback infield errors that easily could have been hits. McIntosh then forced a groundout and walked one batter to load the bases. The next batter ripped a grounder up the middle that ricocheted off of McIntosh right to Massey. Massey stepped on second base for the force out to end the threat. Pacing Wisconsin offensively was Massey, who went 3-for-3 with two doubles and a run. She now has 19 doubles on the year and came into the game second in the nation in doubles per game, with 0.38. She was the lone Badger with multiple hits in the contest.

Visit www.dailycardinal.com for a preview of tomorrow’s doubleheader with Green Bay.

La Bahn Arena ice sheet to be named after donor’s son By Vince Huth the daily cardinal

The University of Wisconsin Athletic Department announced Tuesday it will name the La Bahn Arena ice sheet the “Lance Johnson Memorial Rink.” Lance Johnson was an accomplished youth hockey player in the Madison area. He passed away in a car accident as a teenager in 1987. The naming recognizes a major gift to the athletic department from Peter O. Johnson, Erik

S. Johnson and their families. Peter was Lance’s father, and Erik was his brother. “Lance was a tremendous hockey player who lived life to its fullest,” Erik Johnson said. “His time with us was cut short, but he would be overjoyed knowing that he was able to impact hockey for the better at the University of Wisconsin and all youth hockey in the greater Madison community.” Peter Johnson, a 1961 UW

graduate, founded Hy Cite Corporation in 1959. Erik Johnson, a 1997 UW graduate, is currently the Chairman and CEO of the Madison-based company. Peter, Erik and their families are generous donors to the university. La Bahn Arena seats 2,200 and is scheduled to be completed by the Wisconsin women’s hockey 2012-’13 season opener. UWBadgers.com contributed to this report.

ports are not just about winning. Don’t get me wrong, winning is important, especially in professional athletics. But personal conduct is just as important, and a recent string of unprofessional incidents and suspensions call into question the conduct of professional athletes. Lakers forward Metta World Peace (Ron Artest) was recently suspended for seven games after elbowing Thunder guard James Harden during a game April 24. And just two nights ago, Knicks forward Amar’e Stoudemire punched a fire extinguisher’s glass case, cutting his hand and forcing him to sit last night’s game against the Miami Heat. These two cases illustrate some of the frustrations that I have with how athletes are punished for their actions before, during and after games. While World Peace did receive a suspension, I believe it was not enough. You cannot honestly tell me those seven games are going to make a difference for him. Yes, they are during the playoffs, but it’s only seven games. Even though the incident with Stoudemire did not involve another athlete, there should have been some form of reparation. I’ve heard the testimonials from teammates about how it was just frustration and all that, but that does not excuse his actions. Athletes have become more than just people who get paid to play a sport—they are role models for young people across the country. I know I am beating a dead horse with the whole “athletes are role models” thing, but seriously, they are. They are role models just as much as actors, musicians and

even political figures are. And it is time that they come to fully realize this. Sure, there are athletes who are great public figures—in fact, most of them are. There are your Curtis Grandersons, Ray Allens and yes, even your Tim Tebows of the world. These athletes have done it right. But there are a few who cross the line. Now, I’m not trying to single out the NBA, or even individual athletes. The New Orleans Saints have been in the spotlight lately for the bounty program scandal, and allegations of wiring the away coaches’ box and listening to their conversations. I actually agree with the punishment handed out to the Saints coaches in this case, but I haven’t seen anything done to the players that participated in the program. The argument is that they were only doing what they were told, but again, that excuse is horse shit. These players must have known what they were doing was wrong, but went along with it anyway. I, like many football fans, am still waiting for the NFL to take some action concerning the players involved. The fact that many athletes receive punishments that do not live up to the offense really pisses me off. It is made worse by the useless banter sports “analysts” spew, either defending or tearing into the severity of the measures. In most cases, I believe the disciplinary actions are not enough. Athletes and coaches are role models, enough said. In order to ensure that these incidents occur very few and far between, the repercussions need to be more severe. And if athletes and coaches don’t like it, maybe they shouldn’t have committed the offense in the first place. Do you think athletes and coaches should be more severely punished? Are professional athletes role models? Let Matthew know at mdkleist@dailycardinal.com.


The Daily Cardinal - Wednesday, May 2, 2012