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Hold your noses! The Titan Arum, also known as the “Corpse Flower” due to its rotting meat scent, is in bloom in the D.C. Greenhouse at 465 Babcock Drive. Visitors welcome!

A proposal to push back re-leasing and showing regulations until January for Madison properties was referred by the Madison Common Council Tuesday. Under the current ordinance, landlords can ask tenants to renew their lease as early as Nov. 15. The proposed ordinance would extend that time until midJanuary so students could have more time before making a decision. Many students spoke in favor of the new ordinance, arguing it would take the pressure and rush out of rent. The main problem is the “overall atmosphere created by lease season,” ASM Vice Chair Adam Johnson said. Johnson said students receive e-mails

from Madison property companies in September and early October claiming apartments were “going fast” or, in some cases, completely gone. Ald. Bridget Maniaci, District 2, said both students and Madison residents are affected by the early renting seasons. She said Madison landlords target freshmen heavily. “[Young students] are preyed upon by the marketing efforts of some of these companies,” Maniaci said. Later lease dates would create more chaos among renters if pushed to January, according to Bill White, attorney with the Apartment Association of South Central Wisconsin. council page 2

Liberal advocacy group claims RPW involved in voter fraud plot By Ariel Shapiro The Daily Cardinal

Liberal advocacy group One Wisconsin Now obtained recordings they claim prove a conspiracy between the Republican Party of Wisconsin and various Tea Party organizations to target students and minorities in a “voter caging” effort. Scot Ross, executive director of OWN, which filed complaints with the Government Accountability Board and U.S. Attorney’s office over the matter, said the kind of voter caging the groups planned to engage in entails sending out a mailing, and then compiling a list of those that

were returned undelivered and using that as a means to challenge a person’s right to vote. “For college students that is particularly problematic, because you may live in the same municipality, but you’ve moved from your apartment,” Ross said. Shane McVey of the Eau Claire Tea Party did address students as a major factor during the meeting in June where the plan was discussed. “One of the things to look at is cities and universities,” McVey said. “Students will come down in droves and then they will all vouch for each other.” Tim Dake of the GrandSons

of Liberty also discussed race as a potential hurdle for the plan. “The other thing is you run into the racial thing. You have people screaming ‘Oh, you’re denying minorities their right to vote.’ No, we’re denying their right to vote multiple times,” Dake said. Mark Block, state director of Americans for Prosperity, told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that the group had sent out about 500 mailing, received only 10 back, and took no further action. The transcript contains references to the RPW’s involvement, fraud page 2

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Ald. Bridget Maniaci, District 2, spoke in favor of a propossal to take pressure off UW-Madison students in resigning leases.

Religion on Campus: Being Jewish at UW-Madison By Kathryn Weenig The Daily Cardinal

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Chabad Jewish Student Center members serve sushi during shabbat.

There is upwards of 5,000 Jewish students on campus, according to Hillel Foundation University of Wisconsin. What does it mean for these students who identify themselves as Jews? Jordan Soffer, the Student President of the Chabad Jewish Student Association, said the university provides a generally comfortable atmosphere for Jews. “I think a lot of it comes down to individual professors being more accommodating. But sometimes that’s difficult, because our religion is very time consuming,” said Soffer. “I don’t know if there’s much the university can do. I think it’s up to the individual Jews. But I think the University has done a very nice job of making a haven to

practice any religion truthfully and openly.” However, many Jews felt an anti-Semitic presence on campus last year following the publishing of the advertisement linking to a Holocaust denial website on the Badger Herald website and the release of the “Coastie Rap.” More than 100 students attended both a protest and an ethics panel, which was co-sponsored by Hillel and the Office of the Dean of Students, addressing the advertisement. Soffer said he is shocked that the question of the Holocaust’s occurrence ever entered campus and feels a better apology from The Badger Herald was needed. “I find it absurd that this kind of rhetoric is permeating the university. I find it unfortunate that

any apology was confined. All the apologies were tainted,” said Soffer. Rabbi Mendel from the Chabad Jewish Student Association said he feels the advertisement was insensitive, especially since there are many Jewish UW-Madison students whose grandparents are Holocaust survivors. Last year, the popular “Coastie rap” generated debate about stereotypes with its lines “Jewish American Princess” and “My East Coast Jewish Honey.” Mendel believes the generalizations should not have included religion. “Lines about Jews are poor taste … It’s not okay to stereotype huge groups of people based on religion,” said Mendel. religion page 2

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New polls show huge drop for Feingold In the latest survey from Public Policy Polling for the Daily Kos, Republican Senatorial candidate Ron Johnson further increased his lead over U.S. Sen. Russ Feingold, D-Wisconsin. The poll, which was conducted September 18-19, shows Johnson ahead of Feingold 52 percent to 41 percent. Johnson’s 11-point lead is the largest advantage Johnson has had over Feingold since entering the race in April. “This poll reflects the fact that voters in Wisconsin are sick and tired of the reckless spending and the debt that’s being racked up by career politicians in Washington,” said Johnson campaign spokesperson Sara Sendek. The numbers suggest that Feingold is in for a tough race, but his campaign is not overly concerned with these poll results. Senior campaign advisor John

religion from page 1 Soffer said he did not take offense, but feels bigotry should be avoided. “Anything on campus that generates an anti-Semitic feeling is extremely unfortunate, and while I don’t personally feel that the song was inherently anti-Semitic, and I don’t feel its writers are antiSemitic, I do feel that it is unfortunate that it brought out hateful vibes,” said Soffer. “Anything that produces bigotry has no place on campus.” However, Soffer felt the conversations started by the “Coastie rap” and the Holocaust denial advertisement benefitted the university as well. “I think one of the most pos-

Kraus says the PPP numbers are “inconsistent with our own polling” and that “in order to believe this poll, you would have to believe that Ron Johnson got a 10-to-15 point bounce in the last week, which is impossible.” UW-Madison political science professor Charles Franklin said that these numbers are a “reflection of the primary and the motivation and mobilization of GOP voters to vote last Tuesday.” But Franklin is unsure of whether or not Johnson can keep this lead, and said he wonders if this is a “permanent uptick or just a post primary bounce.” According to the same PPP survey, the Republicans have also maintained their lead in the governor’s race, as GOP gubernatorial candidate Scott Walker has a 50 percent to 41percent advantage over Democratic candidate Tom Barrett. —Adam Wollner itive things I’ve experienced at UW is the interface dialogue … I think it only enhances your own faith,” said Soffer. “The despicable actions of a select few really did little to inhibit religious freedom and acceptance.” Part of this acceptance extends to the provision of Kosher food by a few food services on campus. The Statesider meal plan allows its points to be used at a kosher café at Hillel, a center for Jewish student life on campus. Rheta’s in Chadbourne offers packaged kosher foods in its marketplace. However, Soffer said he wishes there were more options. “Making kosher food more accessible on campus would facilitate a friendlier environment for observant Jews,” said Soffer.

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President Barack Obama will speak at a political rally at University of Wisconsin-Madison next Tuesday, which is being organized by the Democratic National Committee. Doors will open at 3:30 p.m. and the event begins at 4:45 p.m., said Organizing for America Director Mitch Stewart in a statement. However, the location has not been released yet. No tickets are necessary and entrance is free, but people are encouraged to RSVP online, according to Stewart. Stewart said attendees are encouraged to take public transpor-

tation and to avoid bringing bags. According to UW-Madison, Obama will be the second sitting president to ever visit the campus. The first was Harry Truman in 1950. Obama’s campus visit will be part of four rallies he will hold in swing states prior to the Nov. 2 election. Although the visit will be Obama’s sixth visit to Wisconsin as president, it will be his first to UW-Madison as sitting president. Obama visited UW-Madison in February 2008 to speak at a rally of more than 17,000 people at the Kohl Center.

WISPIRG projects high speed rail will create 13,000 jobs in the state Wisconsin Public Interest Research Group released a report Tuesday that the projected the proposed high-speed rail line would create 15,000 new jobs in the state. The overall Midwest region, according to the report, would see the creation of 57,000 new jobs. “Building a high-speed rail network will also boost the economy by creating construction, manufacturing and operations jobs,” the report said. “The Midwest is well

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positioned to see growth in railrelated manufacturing capacity.” The rail would also be accessible to the majority of people in the state, according to WISPIRG. “The new high-speed service created under the plan would place stations within 15 miles of 52 percent of Wisconsinites’ homes; 58 percent of the state’s workers would have a station within 15 miles of their workplace,” the report said.

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council from page 1 “It [would create] tension and chaos the moment the green light comes on,” White said. Many in opposition to the proposal, such as former Madison resident Margaret Watson, said the city needs, “education, not regulation.” Verveer said the current ordinance is not likely to change soon. The ordinance will reappear at the Oct. 19 Common Council meeting for further discussion. In addition, the Common Council voted against a substitute tax incremental finance amendment proposed by Ald. Mike Verveer,

fraud from page 1 but nobody from the organization actually spoke at the meeting. As for a conspiracy theory, “that’s about as thin as it gets,” RPW spokesperson Andrew Welhouse said. UW-Madison political science professor Charles Franklin said the argument over voter fraud and voter caging has been going on for

District 4. The amendment would have included four additional blocks in the Mansion Hill neighborhood in the expansion of a downtown TIF district for the Edgewater Hotel. The TIF district 32 boundary consists of upper State Street, the James Madison Park District and part of the Mansion Hill district. Verveer proposed the amendment as an alternative to the plan approved by the Board of Estimates last Monday. Verveer said Edgewater development plans were supposed to benefit the Mansion Hill area. “The bottom line is my constituents were promised some benefits from development,” Verveer said. a long time. Although the parties have taken different sides on the issue, with Republicans more stringent and Democrats more lenient over voter fraud, both parties take their stances for their own political gains, Franklin said. “Neither side much gives a damn about people’s right to vote,” Franklin said.


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Something ‘Wicked’ this way comes By Blake Rhiner THE DAILY CARDINAL

Lions and tigers and bears, oh my! “Wicked” is coming to Madison! Since opening on Broadway in 2003, “Wicked” has grossed over $1 million every week, consistently placing it within the two highest weekly grossing productions on Broadway. It has toured cities around the world, from Tokyo to Sydney, and its music has been featured in movies and television alike, including “Zombieland” and “Glee.” And starting Wednesday evening, the internationally acclaimed musical brings its magic to Madison’s Overture Center.

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Zach Hanna plays Boq, a young munchkin in love with Galinda.

But there is a reason “Wicked” is so “Popular.” “It pleases on all levels,” said Zach Hanna, who plays Boq, a young munchkin smitten with Galinda. “Visually it’s beautiful, the lighting design, costumes, everything. And there’s a beautiful story underneath it about these two girls becoming friends and learning to look past people’s differences.” That story, which is based on the Gregory Maguire novel “Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West,” focuses on Elphaba, the misunderstood, green-skinned girl who comes to be known as the Wicked Witch of the West. Upon arriving at Shiz University, Elphaba meets the bubbly and confident witch Galinda, eventually known as Glinda the Good Witch. While the two, young witches initially loathe each other, they ultimately become friends. Their unlikely friendship is tested on multiple occasions throughout the show, but especially when Elphaba chooses to risk her social standing in order to fight for what she believes is right. “Wicked” takes L. Frank Baum’s original story of “Oz” and presents it in a new light. While the 1939 film adaptation of Baum’s story, “The Wizard of Oz,” is famous for its use of Technicolor technology, the film’s depiction of Oz and its characters is not as colorful as

the musical’s. In the movie, the Wicked Witch of the West is evil while Dorothy, Glinda and the Wizard are good. It is a clearcut moral tale. But by telling the story from the perspective of the witches, “Wicked” is able to explore the idea that not everything is as simple as black, or in this case green, and white. “It’s about friendship, acceptance, love,” Hanna said. “Basically, looking past your differences and learning to be comfortable with yourself and accept people for who they are.” Hanna, who has been a fan of the musical since its original production, remarks that even in its eighth year, “Wicked” has continued to capture the magic of the original Tony Award-winning show. “They’ve done a pretty incredible job of keeping what they wanted when they first opened the show. The sets are the same, the vision is still there. There are four companies in the U.S. and all of them do a good job with storytelling.” This continued excellence is due in large part to the continued direction of Joe Mantello, the original Broadway director. Wicked is currently on its second national tour. The first began in 2005 and continues to put on shows today, while the second is currently in its second year of performances. “We started rehearsals last year in January, and opened in March,”

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“Wicked” explains what happened prior to the famed tale from “The Wizard of Oz,” specifically how Glinda and the Wicked Witch first met. Hanna said. “I saw the show years and years ago, and I always thought it was a great role for me,” Hanna said of his character, Boq. “I had all of this stuff I thought I could do with the character.” “I love the role. Its constantly changing; you gotta keep it fresh.” As the 18th longest running show in Broadway history, there’s no doubt “Wicked” is a phenom-

enon. Weekly ticket sales continue to eclipse $1 million and tours continue to open around the world. The musical shows no signs of slowing down. “There’s no set end,” Hanna said of the tour. “It could run forever.” “Wicked” runs from Wednesday, Sep. 22 through Sunday, October 10 at the Overture Center. Tickets are still available and range in price from $36-$144.

What’s in the fridge? Meatlover’s Spagetti

By Justin Behlke THE DAILY CARDINAL

Now in its 12th year celebrating local and sustainable food, the Food for Thought Festival will take place this coming Friday and Saturday, Sep. 24 and 25. If you practice sustainable eating or if you are just looking to find out more information about the local food movement, this is a festival that you will surely not want to miss. Festival attendees will have the opportunity to sample the food of over 40 local restaurants and businesses. For the past 12 years, the event has had great success. Last year, Michael Pollan, a well-known journalist and professor at the University of California, Berkeley spoke at the festival. This year, “Renegade Lunch Lady” Chef Ann Cooper will be speaking at the event. She first channelled her love for food into the restaurant business, but her focus later switched to following her passion to put fresh, healthy food into our public schools across the nation. She is accomplishing this one school system at a time, mov-

ing across the nation and taking out the highly processed foods and replacing them with fresh meals made from scratch. Chef Ann will kick off the Food for Thought Festival on campus this Friday evening, giving a speech that will be followed by a panel discussion. This discussion will take place in 3650 Humanities from 7-9 p.m. and all are welcome to attend.

The festival will feature a cooking contest, in which chefs from Willy Steet Co-op, Whole Foods Market and Metcalfe’s Market will compete.

But if you find a Friday night discussion to be a bit sobering, the true festivities will take place on Saturday on Martin Luther King Boulevard just off of Capital Square. The festival will take place at the same time as the weekly Dane County Farmers’ Market, so this is a great opportunity to truly

submerse oneself in a celebration of local food. Those unable to catch Ann Cooper on Friday night will still be able to see her off Saturday morning’s events. The festival will feature a cooking content, in which local chefs from Willy Street Co-op, Whole Foods Market and Metcalfe’s Market will compete. It’s natural to be a victim of immense hunger when you’re surrounded by a lot of tasty food. Luckily the festival will be offering food served at various local restaurants, including L’Etoile, Crema Café and Monty’s Blue Plate Diner. Anyone looking to get a closer look at the local food movement or simply satisfy their appetites with some truly amazing food, the Food for Thought Festival is sure to do both of those and more. Both Friday and Saturday will be days filled with attrations as well as a collection of people coming together to celebrate the art that is local food. It would definitely be worth taking a few short hours out of your Saturday morning to head down to check out this awesome event.

2 red onions, chopped 2 heads of garlic, minced 1 bunch fresh basil, chopped 1 bunch fresh oregano 1/2 bunch fresh parsley 6 vine-ripened tomatoes 2 large carrots, chopped 3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil 2 15-oz cans tomato sauce 1 4-oz can tomato paste 1 1/2 cups red wine The great thing about this recipe is that you can basically throw in anything you wish. In the past, I have tossed in chopped spinach, portabella mushrooms, ground beef, and even chocolate chips. Have fun and get creative with this one, for after all, that’s what cooking is about! For this particular version, begin by sautéing the fresh herbs, onions, garlic and carrots in extra virgin olive oil. Once the carrots are soft, add in the chopped tomatoes and cook until they form a sauce. Add in the red wine, and allow the mixture to cook down for ten minutes. Meanwhile, begin cooking your meat. I would suggest cooking the bacon in a skillet first, and then frying the pork chops and sausage in the bacon grease. I also like to season the pork chops with basil, oregano, garlic and crushed red pepper before I cook them. Once the bacon, sausage and pork chops

2 tbsp dried basil 2 tbsp dried oregano 1/2 jar non-pareil capers 8 pepperoncini peppers 6 strips of bacon 2 pork chops 2 chicken thighs 2 brats/Italian sausages Crushed red pepper Salt and pepper to taste are cooked, dice them into small pieces and set them aside. In a small, preferably non-stick pan, sear the chicken thighs (lightly seasoned with salt and pepper) in olive oil. Once sauce mixture is reduced, add the tomato sauce and paste, as well as the pepperoncini peppers and the capers. At this point, you can also add the dried oregano and basil, along with the meat. Allow the sauce to simmer for at least an hour (the longer the better) and then adjust the flavor with salt, black pepper and crushed red pepper. Plate the sauce over your favorite pasta, and top with freshly grated parmesan cheese. Add a side of crunchy garlic bread—made with fresh garlic and a French baguette, of course—and you’ll be able to make your friends an offer that they can’t refuse. I mean, who doesn’t like a home-cooked Italian meal?


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irst, let it be said: Harley Davidson is not the enemy. The “iconic” Milwaukee brand has existed for 107 years and has steadily brought jobs and tax revenue to the state since the 1960s. After threatening to move its operations out of Wisconsin, Harley Davidson reached a deal with its unions to make some necessary cuts. Harley plans to lay off 250 employees from Menomonee Falls and 75 employees from Tomahawk by April 2012, when the new contract goes into effect. But it also manages to save hundreds of jobs. Harley CEO Keith Wandell announced that under the new contract Harley will employ a “casual” workforce of 150 to 250 union members who will basically work part-time, depending on seasonal demand for the motorcycles, and will get less pay than full-time workers with no benefits. Last year, the company laid off half of its production employees at its plant in York, Pa., and threatened to move operations to Kentucky as a cost-cutting measure, which forced union workers at the York plant to accept a similar seven-year contract. Last Friday the State Department of Commerce gave Harley $25 million in tax credits. Some protested, saying the state redundantly dumped tax dollars on the company after it had already reached a deal with the unions. However, the DOC was in negotiations with Harley long before the deal with the unions was even reached, according to DOC spokesperson, Tony Hozeny. Harley’s threat to pack up shop is, unfortunately, not an

extraordinary event in Wisconsin. Wisconsin has one of the least appealing corporate tax policies in the country. While we are not suggesting Wisconsin should become a free-for-all tax haven like Delaware, it can do a lot more before it even approaches that point. In July, Fitchburg’s Wolf Appliance Inc. threatened to move to Kentucky if its workers did not accept a 20 percent pay cut and five-year wage freeze. Last year, the state offered Mercury Marine in Fond du Lac $70 million in tax credits as an incentive to remain in Wisconsin. Yes, Harley has forced its employees to make a tough decision, but Harley is not the larger culprit—the state is. Giving tax incentives for well-heeled Wisconsin businesses such as Harley-Davidson should not be the exception but the norm. The state should look into offering specific tax breaks for businesses that stay in Wisconsin for a particular number of years and provide their employees certain benefits. Kraft and Subzero are just two businesses the DOC should court as it did for Harley and Mercury Marine. Yes, the state needs to focus on reforming policy to support small businesses, but by the same token it cannot ignore the companies that have supported our economy for so long. To maintain businesses that have remained loyal Sconnies, as well as to support our working class, the state must be proactive in both recruiting and retaining companies, companies that can be called “iconic” Wisconsin institutions in another 107 years.

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Obama, it’s time to sink their battleships MATT PAYNE opinion columnist

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n recent months, tensions between the United States and China have been flaring up due to a variety of disputes concerning everything from joint naval maneuvers with South Korea to monetary disputes regarding the undervalued Yuan. The most recent disagreement comes on the eve of a meeting between President Obama and leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) over a territorial dispute in the South China Sea. The Chinese government has become more and more brazen in drawing territorial lines in areas of the South China Sea that ASEAN nations currently lay claim to. In July, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton enraged Beijing as she addressed the issue by encouraging member states of ASEAN to unite against China’s increased naval presence in the disputed region.

Any sign of weakness on behalf of the administration will unquestionably harm America’s image abroad.

The Chinese government wants the United States to stay out of the dispute, saying that the intervention of the U.S. by Hillary Clinton was virtually an attack on China. Yet the United States must stand firm with ASEAN on this issue and not

allow China to further its influence in the region. Allowing China to expand southward unimpeded not only threatens ASEAN interests in the region, but also those of Taiwan, Japan, Korea and the United States. The area that China is currently trying to lay claim to is vital to the economic development of Southeast Asia. The waters are not only home to valuable fishing areas, but also oil, which developing nations such as Vietnam wish to sell in the global market.

Living in a campus and city filled with Obama supporters, it’s important that we voice our concerns over foreign affairs.

The administration has thus far taken the right approach when it comes to this issue. It is important that the United States not back down now. Any sign of weakness on behalf of the administration will unquestionably harm America’s image abroad and will undoubtedly be taken advantage of by the People’s Republic of China. President Obama has a history of backing down to other nations on matters of national security, namely the missile defense system in Eastern Europe last fall. The Eastern European missile defense system, of which Poland and the Czech Republic were extremely supportive because it acted as a deterrent to Iran and North Korea’s missile programs, was thrown out by the administration, largely due to pressure from Russia. Polish officials called the capitulation

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“catastrophic for Poland” and the Czech Republic was none too pleased as well. The United States must never again abandon its allies due to pressure from other nations. This is especially true in the case of China, since their foreign policy has been known to take advantage of perceived weaknesses from other counties for its own developmental benefits. Despite the recent lapse by the Obama administration, America has always defended its allies throughout the world, including the Pacific. Since World War II, the United States has maintained a forward-operating naval presence in the Pacific region, and must continue to do so. China has no interest in attacking Taiwan so long as American aircraft carriers and nuclear ballistic submarines are parked nearby. The same goes for North Korea with regard to South Korea. To this end, the Obama administration has succeeded. Over the summer, the United States and South Korea staged joint naval exercises in response to the sinking of a South Korean ship by a North Korean torpedo. Although China took the maneuvers as a direct threat to its own security and was strongly opposed to them, the United States stood firm and went ahead with the exercises. The story, which was in the headlines for weeks in China, got little play in Western press. All China could do in response was stage its own military drills, and as a result the United States was successful in accomplishing the mission it had originally intended. America must again stand up to China when it comes to these territorial disputes throughout Southeast Asia.

The United States must never again abandon its allies due to pressures from other nations.

While China will no doubt continue to try to extend its influence throughout Asia, the Obama administration must remain dedicated to supporting our allies in the ASEAN countries. It is imperative that our nation remains resolute in confronting and combating threats to our interests both at home and abroad, especially when it comes to maintaining freedom of the seas. Living in a campus and city filled with Obama supporters, it’s important that we voice our concerns over foreign affairs. We as students need to remember that, although these issues may be happening thousands of miles away, they are important to us right here on campus. Matt Payne is a junior majoring in Chinese and economics. Please send all feedback to opinion@dailycardinal.com.


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Today’s Sudoku

Evil Bird

By Caitlin Kirihara kirihara@wisc.edu

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Branching Out

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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.

The Graph Giraffe Classic

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Crustaches

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Answer key available at www.dailycardinal.com PUT IT THERE! ACROSS 1 Outpouring, as of words 6 Soother of the savage beast 11 Material for some pipes 14 Lover of Daphnis 15 More fitting 16 Black gold 17 It may be highlighted on a weather map 20 Letters from Greece 21 Turned to the right 22 They aren’t long shots 23 “Crying” singer Orbison 24 Base for troops 25 Animal product avoiders 26 Allegro ___ (music direction) 28 Successor to the USSR 29 ___ City Rollers (“Saturday Night” group) 30 Like ice sheets and bergs 34 “Nightmare” street 35 Everyday 37 Machine tooth 38 Three of a kind beats it 39 A violinist uses one and takes one 40 Hockey org. that

awards the Calder Cup 41 Performs a household task 45 Famous fictional collie 47 African serpents 50 Wobbly walker, perhaps 51 Blood of the gods 52 Opera highlight 53 Pine tree product 54 Serling’s mysterious region 57 “I knew a man Bojangles and ___ dance ...” 58 Sect that settled in Pennsylvania 59 Not just ready 60 The start of something? 61 “Rawhide” role for Eastwood 62 Garden ___ (salad vegetable) 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9

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Small, thin pancakes Easily moved Southeast Asian nation Elegant and fashionable It may break up a band Calendar mo. Canon fodder? Vacation home, perhaps Buzzing with excitement “Li’l Abner” creator Al “I ___ Walrus” Monk’s head covering Concert ending? Brownish hue Stable relatives Comes to the rescue Team heads Without a care in the world Windpipe, e.g. Shemp, for one Metric heavyweights Takes the helm One imbibing rotgut Make a stand? Audible exhalations Oom-___ (tuba sounds) Deplaned, e.g. Absolute ruler “___ Believer” (Monkees hit) Gumshoe

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By Nico Savidge THE DAILY CARDINAL

Less than a week after Penn State announced it intends to will add Division I men’s and women’s hockey programs, the murmurs about a new Big Ten conference are growing louder. When they enter the Division I ranks in the 2012-’13 season, the Nittany Lions will become the sixth Big Ten team with a top-level men’s hockey program, joining Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State, Minnesota and Wisconsin. Since six is the both minimum number of teams for a Big Ten championship and the number of teams needed for a conference to earn an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament, many experts have speculated that a Big Ten hockey conference is inevitable.

“We’re going to have to make arrangements to try to keep ties with our WCHA rivals.” Mike Eaves head coach UW men’s hockey

Men’s hockey head coach Mike Eaves said the deal is far from done, but there are serious indications that Big Ten hockey could become

a reality. On Tuesday, Eaves seemed to speak as if the Badgers were more likely to join the Big Ten than stay put. “I think it would be a wonderful thing,” said the eight-year head coach. “It looks like it’s moving in that direction. If they can continue to take care of details it could become a reality,” he added. Wisconsin is no stranger to its Big Ten hockey foes. As members of the WCHA, the Badgers meet Minnesota each year in conference play, and though Michigan and Michigan State are in the CCHA Wisconsin face off them each year in the College Hockey Showcase. Eaves said fans often show up in big numbers for games against Big Ten schools even though they are not in the same conference, and he would be excited to see those teams more regularly. “They might not know about hockey, but they might know Michigan, Michigan State and say, ‘Let’s go see the Big Ten rivalry,’” he said. If the Badgers left their current home in the WCHA, they would lose their guaranteed matchups against some of their more famous hockey rivals, such as Denver or North Dakota. But Eaves said if the move to the Big Ten happened, Wisconsin would make sure they played some of their historic WCHA foes. “I don’t think they’re completely

going to go away,” Eaves said. “We’re going to have to make arrangements to try to keep ties with our WCHA rivals and teams in the WCHA.” When asked about the feasibility of bringing WCHA programs into the Big Ten, Eaves said the conference would look to create new programs from within rather than bringing in established ones. “If in fact we were going to move in that direction where we wanted to increase the size of the Big Ten, I think we would take a look at other Big Ten schools,” he said. “I know that Indiana and Illinois both have pretty strong club sports right now. If they see the success that Penn State is having, who knows if they’ll maybe try to find somebody who can make a donation.” Athletic Director Barry Alvarez told the Wisconsin State Journal earlier in the week he thought the Big Ten would move toward a hockey conference, saying the main barrier would be teams getting out of their current conferences. Eaves seemed to share that opinion, but said the schools are a long way from making a decision about what to do. “There’s some very strong talk about it, [but] I think there are still some hoops that have to be jumped through,” Eaves said. “When people say, ‘Well we’re about 95 percent there,’ sure enough that 5 percent can come and bite you in the fanny.”

Time is now for Favre to re-evaluate decision to play twentieth season PARKER GABRIEL

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he other day, someone asked me who my favorite athlete of all time is. A name came to my head with an authority that surprised me because—to put it bluntly—the guy cheated on an entire fan base. He cheated on my fan base. He currently leads the one sports franchise I detest more than the Chicago Cubs. Still, the name Brett Lorenzo Favre popped into my brain faster than an 80 mph rocket destined to dislocate Antonio Freeman’s index finger. That got me thinking about good ole Grandpa Favre, now in his second year at the helm of the todate winless Minnesota Vikings. A year ago, I was scared shitless he was going to waltz into that god-forsaken dome and lead my loathed westerly neighbors to their first Super Bowl ring (just take a second and remind yourself that the Vikings have never won a Super Bowl). He absolutely torched the Packers twice, took some pressure off Adrian Peterson and seemed destined to win it all...and then that New Orleans thing happened. For the sake of my already-ruined stab at objectivity, I won’t gloat about how we all knew he would eventually make a stupid throw and it just happened to be at the most unnecessary moment of his career. The point is, this year I’m not scared of what he might do for the Vikings, I’m scared of what the Vikings might do for him.

Clearly, the man is not at full strength this year. Even if they had managed a victory in the first two weeks, Number Four is visibly limping at all times. He doesn’t have that aura about him that nothing bad can happen. He’s already turned the ball over five times and, clichéd as it might be, he doesn’t look like he’s having fun anymore. Now, if the Vikings rip off four wins in a row I’m sure his smile will be much more frequent, but it seems to me that he’s only back because he didn’t want his stay in Minnesota to be a one year dogand-pony show. That puts Vikings coach Brad Childress in a tough spot, albeit a spot he got himself into by begging Favre to come back, playing chauffer for him and spit-shining his shoes. Okay, maybe the last one is just speculation, but Childress is in a pickle regardless. If Favre continues to perform anywhere near his current level, by any NFL organization’s standards he deserves to be benched. We all know that won’t happen, though, because of two factors. First, Favre has that consecutive games streak up to 287 regular season games, and Vikings management has no intention of being the reason it ends. Second, Childress tried to pull Favre out of a game late last year, and Favre just flat-out said no. Even if the Vikings are better off with Sagevaris Jacksenfels at quarterback—and I’m not saying they are just yet—there’s no way Brett gets benched. As perfect as this scenario should seem to me as a Packer fan, I just don’t want to see Favre crash and burn because of his physical condition. I would have been overjoyed to

see him throw six picks and get booed out of Lambeau Field last year, but he was healthy then. To see his Ironman career end in a heap in the Minnesota backfield wouldn’t be right. So, naturally, I’ve got an outlandish solution for my childhood idol. It’s not outlandish in the sense that he hasn’t tried it before—in fact, he’s done it several times. It’s only radical because of the fact that there are fifteen weeks left in the NFL season. He should retire. For real. Once and for all. Before you start yelling about quitting on teammates or being a pussy or some other thing, just think about it. He’s already hamstrung the whole organization two years in a row by not showing up until they had practically painted the end zones for the home opener. And is he really doing a disservice to his teammates if he doesn’t make them a better football team? I think not. He should stand at a podium with his red baseball cap and grey beard and tell the world that his ankle just isn’t healthy enough to survive another year. It wouldn’t take a one-hour special or an exclusive interview. He could just say he tried his best and after 19 years his gas tank finally ran out. I really doubt Vikings fans could blame him. It might even expedite the healing process for Wisconsinites to see him finally make a call and stick with it. Of course, now that I’ve horribly jinxed this whole situation, I’d better start thinking about who my new favorite athlete will be once Brett rips my heart out in January. Think Favre owes it to the Vikings to play out the year? E-mail Parker at pjgabriel@dailycardinal.com

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Wisconsin and Michigan may not play at Camp Randall every winter, but a Big Ten hockey conference would put the two in the same league.

Borland to miss remainder of the season, redshirt possible Wisconsin football head coach Bret Bielema announced Wednesday that sophomore linebacker Chris Borland will miss the remainder of this season due to ongoing shoulder injuries. Borland, who missed Wisconsin’s win over San Jose State and reinjured the same shoulder on UW’s first possession against Arizona State last Saturday, is eligible to apply for a medical hardship which would grant him an additional year of eligiblity. “After talking with our training staff and with Chris, we decided that the best thing for Chris was to shut him down for the rest of the year,” Bielema said in a statement released by the university Tuesday morning. “Obviously Chris is a tremendous player and a ferocious competitor, but after looking at all

the options everyone agreed this was the only option for him.” According to university officials, NCAA rules state that a player is eligible for medical hardship as long as he or she has not participated in more than 30 percent of his or her team’s games in the first half of the season and then misses the rest of the year due to injury or illness. In order for Borland to attain medical redshirt, UW must apply after the conclusion of the current season. Borland, who took home Big Ten Freshman of the Year honors a year ago after finishing in the top three on the team in tackles (54) and sacks (5.0) and led the team in tackles for loss with 10.5, also left the Badger’s opener against UNLV early with an injury to the same shoulder.


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