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What happens after sexual assault alerts? UWPD made one arrest following 24 sexual assualt crime warnings over the last four years By Sammy Gibbons THE DAILY CARDINAL

With a vibrating buzz or a quiet ding, a student at Camp Randall Stadium for this year’s commencement would have checked their phone two dozen times to find warnings of nearby sexual assaults during their last four years at UW-Madison. These alerts rarely have follow-ups. Few of these warnings of sexual assault resulted in police investigations, and even fewer— one out of the 24 total—resulted in an arrest. That arrest ended in deferred prosecution. UW-Madison Police Department officials weren’t surprised by this information—which was obtained through an open records request by The Daily Cardinal—and explained

why so few warnings ultimately yielded arrests. “It’s very possible that many of these, and quite often most of the crime warnings we send out, do not initiate a police investigation at all,” UWPD spokesperson Marc Lovicott said. “If we don’t have a victim, or they don’t want to share the identity of the offender, then we won’t be able to make an arrest.” Lovicott and UWPD Director of Clery Compliance Jaimee Gilford said this is often due to the decisions of survivors, as well as the difficulty of finding the suspect. Lovicott said UWPD is often notified of sexual assaults through third-party reports, typically coming from a Campus Security Authority or housing reports. In other instances, a

survivor may open an investigation but decide to no longer proceed with the process later on. During the years 2013 to 2017, there were 38 total crime warnings, with 24 of those being for varying degrees of sexual assault. UWPD investigated 13 of these sexual assault cases—the rest were reported to different resources. In the situation when a third party is notified of an assault, Gilford is made aware of it and it is determined whether a crime warning should be issued. But, UWPD does not open an investigation unless the survivor comes forward to the department. “We need to make sure, especially with these sensitive crime cases, that … the victim is steering the boat,” Lovicott said. “If they do not want to speak with

police we absolutely respect that. If that’s the case we literally can’t investigate something when we don’t have a victim who’s willing to share information with us.” The goal of the crime warnings is to warn the community of an ongoing threat, according to Gilford, but must protect the identity of the survivor while doing so. Crime warnings are issued under the Clery Act, a federal law that requires all institutions of higher education to have in place particular safety and security policies and report certain crimes to the community, according to Gilford. The warnings are sent when one of the Clery crimes occurs in a timely manner in a Clery geography area, which is defined by oncampus property, public prop-

erty and non-campus property. Gilford is notified of the crimes and consults the UWPD manager-on-call who determines if the crime poses a continuing threat to the community. Gilford said most cases are considered ongoing if the suspect has not been taken into custody. If they decide this is the case, a crime warning is sent to anyone with a UW-Madison email address. Crime warnings are required to include information explaining what triggered the offense, as well as information about what people can do to protect themselves and prevent a recurrence of the crime. A description of the suspect and photographs if available are also included.

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For women faculty, more road blocks line academic pipeline UW leads improvement but ‘absolutely’ has work to do By Madeline Heim THE DAILY CARDINAL

Upon walking into a lecture hall at UW-Madison, students are almost twice as likely to find a man at the podium than a woman. Numbers from the university’s most recent Data Digest clocked women faculty at just 750 in 2015, compared to 1,455 men. This may not sound too promising given the national conversation around gender equality, but 20 years ago, the gap looked more like a fourtimes difference. Progress has been made. But it’s still no secret that women looking to rise through the academic ranks face a steeper climb, particularly women of color. Even once they become junior faculty, there’s no guarantee they can easily keep moving. “They call it a leaky pipeline,” said Ann Fink, a visiting Gender and Women’s Studies professor at UW-Madison who examines these disparities particularly in the sciences. “Recently, it seems like in a lot of these disciplines, you have more women entering as assistant professors. But then they still seem to disappear.” The gender-based trends toward tenure at UW-Madison look similar to universities across the country: Men are significantly more likely to jump the hurdle to associate professor within six years. Here, an average of 54 percent of them up for tenure in the last decade were promoted within six years, compared to female faculty’s average of 42 percent. The fact that this portion of the academic career often aligns with a woman’s prime childbearing age is an explanation floated often for why this gap exists. It’s part of the reason UW-Madison started giving tenure clock extensions, according to provost Sarah Mangelsdorf.

A typical junior faculty member will come up for tenure during his or her sixth year, but women who become pregnant or adopt a child during their time as assistant professors can ask for an extension for their time to promotion. “I’ve known assistant professors who had two babies while on the tenure clock, and they might get two tenure clock extensions,” Mangelsdorf explained. “If you ask for it in a timely manner, it’s

“I’m actually quite proud of the things the University of Wisconsin has done to advance women and to hire women, promote women, support them. Is there more work to be done? Absolutely.” Sarah Mangelsdorf provost UW-Madison

pretty much granted.” That’s why the university also collects data on professors promoted to tenure within nine years— that data is much closer between men and women, at an average of 75 percent and 72 percent over the past decade, respectively. But Fink said this general referral to family responsibilities never really pans out as a complete explanation of why female junior faculty members are slower to promotions. It’s not as if women enter academia with no plans to have children and then change their minds come tenure time, she explained. The university has looked beyond that as well, making an effort to find other ways to help women advance along the pipeline. One method is the Women Faculty Mentoring Program, which pairs female assistant pro-

fessors with senior female professors in a similar department. Each junior faculty member must have a mentoring committee, but this extra opportunity is provided to women if they ask—59 out of UW’s 199 female assistant professors are currently taking advantage of it. Another is the research done through the Women in Science and Engineering Leadership Institute, a center Mangelsdorf said has been around for a long time compared to other campuses. WISELI has been a national leader in trainings that help hiring committees check their own biases in order to hire more women, faculty of color and people from other historically marginalized communities to campus. “Just yesterday, the dean of the School of Engineering was saying that those bias workshops, every department in the School of Engineering will have had them by the end of the year, which is great,” Mangelsdorf said. Those efforts work in tandem to combat a sense that requirements for tenure can sometimes be ambiguous and unclear. “They’re hardly ever transparent to the outsider, and even to the person who’s going for tenure,” Fink said, citing a few high-profile cases across the country where the faculty member thought tenure was secured only to be turned away by the tenure review board. While Mangelsdorf acknowledged that UW-Madison has no list that “explicitly tells you exactly what you need to do,” she said if the mentoring junior faculty get works correctly, men and women alike should be equally informed of what they need to be promoted. But even as women’s resources to further their academic career grow, little things can still hold them back.

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According to the Data Digest there is a large disparity among numbers of men and women faculty. But, according to univeristy officials, this number has shrunk signifactly in recent decades.


While home on congressional recess, U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan, D-Wis., stopped by Vilas for an interview with The Daily Cardinal.

Highlights from Pocan’s interview with the Cardinal By Lilly Price THE DAILY CARDINAL

In April, U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan, D-Wis., sat down with The Daily Cardinal for an hour-long interview to discuss issues surrounding the university, Wisconsin and the nation as a whole. Pocan represents Wisconsin’s second congressional district which includes Dane County and UW-Madison. The following excerpts are from of Pocan’s interview. CARDINAL: In March, you introduced a “Student Loan Refinancing Act” to allow students to refinance their federal loans whenever a lower interest rate is available. This bill was created in effort to get support across the aisle. Have Republicans shown support for this bill? POCAN: Yeah, I think we have four [Republicans]. These days, wow, that’s a lot. Back in 2013, we introduced the very first bill ever on refinancing student loans, which is still essentially the same bill as what we put out now. The next year, Elizabeth Warren and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand each put out their own versions. The biggest difference was their bills had specific rates students could refinance at and our bill allowed refinancing at the lowest available rate without a set percent. That way if rates are going up or down, you can refinance. Because of the way we structured the bill, we have bipartisan support. It allows you to get the lowest available rate, just like you would with a house. Why shouldn’t you be able to do that in an easy way with your student loans? CARDINAL: You’ve talked about how slow Congress is and how hard it is to get things passed, what do you think the likelihood is that this will pass? How will you ensure it’s success? POCAN: Right now, Congress is just really tough on bills period. If we got the appropriation bills done, that’s supposed to be your 101 level of federal government, we’re not quite there yet. But working with other groups that meet with Republicans. The American Dental Association helped us get some of our sponsors [for the Student Loan Refinancing Act]. It’s that kind of outreach that can help you build support until finally, hopefully you can get to a point where there is a higher education reauthorization and you can get it added to that bill. To attaching this bill onto another bill that’s moving through Congress might be a strategy. CARDINAL: You sit on the appro-

priations committee, is there any part of President Donald Trump’s budget that will affect UW System students directly? A lot. The Department of Education is a little misleading if you look at the percent cut it’s getting [in the federal budget] because they’re putting several hundred million into this taxpayer money going to private schools. So that cut is actually deeper to education. But if they don’t fund financial aid, if they don’t fund the National Institute of Health, you start looking at how much that would affect the UW if you don’t have financial aid dollars. There’s almost as much federal dollars going into the UW as there are state dollars going into the UW because of all these research pots [such as UW’s work with NIH]. All of that’s at risk to be cut as they do this $54 billion [defense funding]. So I look at it has an inverted pyramid where if you add $54 billion in defense, if you’re not going to add revenue everything else is going to go down to some degree. A lot is at jeopardy with that budget. CARDINAL: Have you thought about running for governor of Wisconsin in 2018? POCAN: Yeah, no. CARDINAL: So far, a Democrat hasn’t announced they will challenge Walker in 2018. Is there a strategy to Democrats taking the governor’s office? POCAN: A bunch of people who put their name out and dropped out means nothing to me. It’s still very early. I think by end of summer or fall it would be nice to have people start to talk about it. Two things: I think there is a core economic message that permeates the state. And then the fact that Scott Walker cut $2 billion from schools. Even though this current state budget, his reelection budget, he’s putting $650 million into help schools, he’s still $1.35 billion short. And the roads, we have the fourth worst roads in the country and [Walker] won’t put any money in. I think 40 percent of the bridges in the country are old enough to be eligible for Medicare. I think part of it is the general economic message and part of it is, as much as that whole politics of resentment focused on rural areas, he’s screwing over rural areas on a very regular basis. We need to get that message out. But you have to say it like that. You can’t just be polite. Have to say you’re getting screwed over by the governor, they know it, they feel it. These quotes have been edited for clarity.


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As budget process heats up, key provisions unclear


The 2017-’19 biennium budget is set to be signed sometime in June, but certain policies remain uncertain. By Andrew Bahl THE DAILY CARDINAL

The wait is truly the hardest part, at least according to stakeholders in the biennial budget. But after months of speculation, agency hearings, more speculation and public hearings, the state’s powerful Joint Finance Committee is slated to begin

faculty from page 2 A 2017 study on faculty service loads found that women are much more likely to perform departmental service like sitting on committees and organizing events. It’s even more likely for female professors of color—often because those committees need inclusive representation to build a more diverse faculty. It can place “an undue burden” on women in departments filled with mostly male colleagues, Mangelsdorf explained, recalling a conversation with a female African-American faculty member at the University of Michigan in the early 1990s. “She said, ‘If I get asked to be on one more committee, my head will explode,’” Mangelsdorf remembered. The study found that this extra service limits women’s time to pursue research and other opportunities they need to obtain tenure and a full professorship, as well as that they face bigger consequences than men for not being perceived as team players. Fink agreed that this expectation can be harmful.

debating Monday the actual budgets for several state agencies. That debate will not include funding for the UW System, which has been one of the most hotly contested subjects since Gov. Scott Walker unveiled his budget proposal in January. Walker’s budget includes a $140 million funding boost for the “It can be politically bad for you to say no to stuff like that,” she said. “And that might end up looking bad on a tenure review.” UW-Madison administration is aware of this trend, and Secretary of the Faculty Steve Smith is currently building a database called Committee Tracker, which will in part make sure the same people are not being asked over and over to perform internal department service. It’s hard to deny the data showing there’s work left to do for gender equality along the academic pipeline—both at UW-Madison and nationally—but Mangelsdorf pointed to the strides women have made in her three decades in higher education, as well as to the ways the university is leading on the issue, as continual steps in the right direction. “I’m actually quite proud of the things the University of Wisconsin has done to advance women and to hire women, promote women, support them,” Mangelsdorf said. “Is there more work to be done? Absolutely. But [the school] has been a great leader; it’s something to be proud of.”

In Memoriam The Daily Cardinal remembers the UW-Madison students who passed away during the 2016-’17 academic year. These students are greatly missed and our hearts go out to their loved ones. Beau Allison (Junior), Nadia Al-Tabaa (Graduate Student), John Brady (Graduate Student), Jacob Brunclik (Law Student), Megan Casey (Sophomore), Aaron Converse (Junior), Robert Granger (Senior), Wenxin Huai (Graduate Student), Alexandra Ihm (Junior), Derek Rohr (Senior), Megann Schmitt (Graduate Student), Beau Solomon (Sophomore), Ethan Van Cuyk (Graduate Student) and Candice Wentlandt (Graduate Student). Check online at for more information on students who passed away this year.

system, including $42.5 million tied to the performance of each of the state’s public universities in a series of metrics. Walker also proposed a tuition cut for in-state students and a series of non-fiscal policies. Those included a requirement allowing students to opt out of paying certain fees, arguing it prevented students from paying to support organizations they do not agree with. The opt-out provision, along with a host of other non-fiscal pieces of the budget, were removed by the Joint Finance Committee last month. While those measures can be reintroduced in the Legislature as stand-alone bills at a later time, many cheered their removal as a boon for the system. “Removing the opt-out from the state budget is a huge win for Wisconsin students,” said Sally Rohrer, chair of the Associated Students of Madison’s Legislative Affairs Committee. But controversy still reigns over certain pieces of the budget, including Walker’s proposed tuition cut. Members of both parties in the Legislature have largely said they want the money for the 5 percent tuition cut to instead be diverted to financial aid.

UW-Madison Chancellor Rebecca Blank and UW System President Ray Cross have also said they would prefer an increase in needbased financial aid. “My sense is that, if you’re going to put substantial money into the university of that sort, you really ought to focus it on the students who most need the access, as opposed to spreading it widely across all students,” Blank told The Chronicle of Higher Education. Lawmakers on the Joint Finance Committee have essentially proclaimed the tuition cut dead. State Sen. Luther Olsen, R-Ripon, told The Daily Cardinal that there was little support for an across-theboard tuition cut in the JFC. Other legislators have said they would support lifting the tuition freeze, which was implemented in 2011 and has long been a point of pride for Walker. State Rep. Dale Kooyenga, R-Brookfield, wrote in an op-ed earlier this year that a tuition cut could result in higher taxes for all Wisconsinites. “The governor’s proposal to cut tuition either creates a funding shortfall within the UW System or would require the UW System’s budget be backfilled with more

general fund revenue (GPR),” Kooyenga wrote. “Such a transfer of money means that Wisconsin’s hard-working men and women, most of whom do not have a college degree, will have to pay higher taxes as a result.” But a separate fight over transportation funding has the potential to dictate other major parts of the budget, including funding for the UW System and K-12 education. Walker has remained steadfast in his refusal to raise taxes or fees to pay for road work, instead advocating for borrowing $500 million in funding. Republican legislators, led by Assembly Speaker Robin Vos, R-Rochester, and Joint Finance Committee Co-Chair John Nygren, R-Marinette, have moved away from Walker’s plan and have pledged to formulate a new way of funding roads. They argue that it is irresponsible to borrow and saddle the transportation fund with nearly a $1 billion shortfall. A final vote on the budget normally occurs in mid-summer but the stalemate between Walker and the Legislature could draw out the process, especially if Walker follows through on his aim to veto any tax or fee increases.


Out of 24 sexual assault crime warnings between 2013 and 2017, few resulted in a investigation. Only one resulted in an arrest, and the offender deferred prosecution.

alerts from page 1 There are several details, though, that legally do not have to be disclosed. The specific address of the incident, for instance, is not explicitly listed. For example, 13 of the 24 total crime warnings occurred in residence halls, but citing the specific hall in a crime warning would be considered the survivor’s address. Instead, a description such as “a southeast residence hall” is used. Lovicott said details that would jeopardize the police investigation, such as specific time stamps, are also not included. Sam Johnson, a violence prevention specialist with University Health Service’s End Violence on Campus unit, said she often hears from students that the crime warning emails are vague and they wish they knew more, especially about the situation of the survivor. “[It’s] part of the protection of the law that there’s a duty to disclose crimes, but there’s also a safety and privacy concern for

the victim that experienced that crime,” Johnson said. “[This] is why you don’t get a lot of follow-up information with the campus community. UWPD determines there is an ongoing threat to the rest of campus, and they really have to balance individual safety and community safety.” She said UWPD has to be careful when describing even the most minor details because “information travels quickly” and events can be pieced together with the slightest clues, especially in close communities such as residence halls and Greek houses. She said not disclosing particular information protects the survivor’s privacy. If a survivor of a sexual assault chooses to go another route and does not file a report with UWPD, they are provided with the assistance they want, according to Gilford. If the incident is reported to UW Housing, the survivor is given resources—such as a support person—and is put in touch with the residence hall office.

The Title IX coordinator as well as a Title IX consultation team review the case and reach out to the survivor to ensure they receive the support they need. Johnson said there are a number of reasons why survivors do not often move forward with police investigations. Among these are not knowing how to file a report, fear of authority figures and police more generally and the stigma that survivors will not be believed. She said although the number of arrests compared to that of crime warnings may appear disproportionate, arrests often do not occur out of the personal interest of the survivor and their reluctance to pursue an investigation, sometimes due to protection of their privacy. “From a victim advocacy perspective we encourage the student to focus on what’s going to be best for them and their own healing process,” Johnson said. “They are the expert in their experience, so they get to prioritize their own safety and interests first.”

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The thought of training for a triathlon can be extremely daunting, but it’s actually very easy; follow these easy steps to learn how.

Simple tips for triathlon training By Tenley Sanduski the daily cardinal

The idea of competing in a triathlon is daunting. Mastering one sport is hard enough, but combining three? Impossible. Except it isn’t. Flashback to the last semester of my senior year of high school. I had put off taking my final P.E. requirement to the last minute and now I had to pick a class. I thought, why not challenge myself and sign up for the gym class that has the intimidating reputation as being the hardest one? So, I signed up for the triathlon class. Looking back, this was one of the best decisions I made in high

school. Since then, I have competed in three triathlons and am currently training for my fourth. What initially appealed to me was that triathlons are a fantastic way to stay in shape. I quickly learned that they are so much more than that. Not only has my lazy self actually turned into something resembling an athlete, but I have also found a community of people dedicated to health and fitness who are so supporting. Best of all, anyone can do a triathlon with enough determination. In my gym class, we started at square one. Easy runs, swims and bike rides got us all at a baseline of fitness. From there we began training combination

days, doing swims into bike rides and bike rides into runs. I’ve kept up this training in Madison, too. As students we have access to fantastic pools at the SERF and natatorium. If you’re looking to get started, head to one of the pools and try swimming laps. Both pools have kickboards available to help out if you’re not used to swimming longer distances. Swimming is, at least for me, the most difficult component of a tri. And for a lot of others, it’s what’s keeping them from attempting the sport. Before, I had never swum laps, but now I can comfortably swim in open water while competing.

Running and biking are also accessible in Madison. I love going for runs along Observatory Drive in the nice weather. Madison is also a great campus for biking. But, if you don’t have a bike, the SERF and the Nat have stationary bikes available for use. Competing in a triathlon doesn’t have to be scary. If you start slow, train in all three disciplines and work your way to longer distances, you too can be a triathlete. If that hasn’t convinced you, completing a tri comes with some pretty impressive bragging rights, too. I encourage anyone interested to go for it! You won’t regret it.

Three ways to stay healthy while studying for exams By Sierra Bychowski the daily cardinal

Finals week is upon us, so that means it’s time to get no sleep, eat chips for every meal and stay in the same position for eight hours studying, right? Wrong! This finals week, let’s all promise to take a little better care of ourselves, because if you harm yourself studying then it won’t really matter what grade you got on your chem exam.

finals are over). Really eat some brain food. Good old fruits and vegetables will do wonders in keeping you energized and focused on what you’re studying. Also, don’t forget that little thing that makes up more than half your body. Staying hydrated by drinking water is very important for the health of your brain, and you need your brain to ace your finals. Which means drink water.

Keep it moving I’m not saying that you can’t sit and study for a couple hours, but make sure to keep taking breaks in between! Stand up every once in awhile and stretch. Set an alarm on your phone for every half an hour or so, to remind yourself to move around a little. This will help not only your body, but also your mind. Moving around after sitting for too long, focused on one thing, will give you new energy to make your studying more productive. In addition, taking longer breaks to do some relaxing yoga or a short exercise can be very beneficial to your study sessions, helping you remember what you need to for your exam and giving you the motivation you need.

Relax your mind Don’t forget to pay attention to how you’re feeling. If you get too stressed, you don’t have to just push through it. Take some time to center yourself, whatever it is that does that for you. Maybe that means going on a walk or writing in a journal, but whatever it is, do it. You don’t need to forget about your mental health just to pass an exam.

Take snack breaks When you stand up for your stretch break, walk on over to the fridge and grab yourself some healthy snacks. Don’t go hungry while you’re studying; your mind needs food to run properly. But don’t go and eat a whole tub of ice cream (save that for celebrating after

Remember you are the most important. Do check-ins with yourself. If you begin feeling overwhelmed, wondering how you will ever get everything done, take a deep breath and make a plan. It will always work out better than you think it will. And remember, you got this!

“If you begin feeling overwhelmed, wondering how you will get everything done, take a deep breath and make a plan.”

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It’s difficult to focus on studying when the weather is beautiful.

Stay focused for finals By Colleen Muraca the daily cardinal

In Wisconsin, you can never be sure of what spring is going to hold. Lucky for us Madisonresidents, by the end of this week, it is going to be warm and sunny. Unlucky for us students, finals start at the same time. In the Midwest, taking advantage of the nice days we do have is something many of us enjoy. However, because it’s finals season, it can be difficult to focus on studying when all you want to do is go outside. Here are some helpful ways to overcome spring fever and stay focused on exams. The first tip is to study outside. My roommate has a portable hammock, and I know a lot of people who are obsessed with this new hobby of ‘mocking.’ Take your hammock over to Lakeshore path and do homework hanging from the trees. Whether it’s reading a book or going over notes, having access to fresh air helps clear your brain and keep you alert. Another outdoor option is studying at the Terrace or any outdoor spot with a table. The only issue you might have is the lack of outlets, but if you want the best of both worlds, being able to study outside will be a

happy compromise. If you can’t focus with outdoor distractions, another way to stay focused while the weather is heating up is to make a detailed schedule for your day. Although you may feel as though your life might end if twenty minutes of your day is not solely devoted to your studying, taking a break to clear your mind and enjoy the fresh air might be what you need to get your creative juices flowing. Instead of procrastinating by scrolling through social media, which takes up a lot of your day, purposely schedule outdoor time instead. We would all love to spend a full day out in the sun, playing spike ball with our friends and grilling out, but at least having that twenty to thirty minutes will satisfy the need for fresh air and still keep us on a schedule. Lastly, remember that summer is a little over a week away. Despite it seeming like you have not seen the sun in a long time, whether you are spending your summer in Madison or at home, you will have plenty of R&R time soon enough. Sacrificing a week to the library and your books brings you all the closer to being stress, homework, exam and paper-free for a blissful few months under the sun.


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New model gives insight into neurological research By Cayla Guerra the daily cardinal

Model organisms are an integral part of studying health. A model organism is an animal used in the lab—like a rat, fly or fish. They share high genetic similarities with humans, making them useful for studying the genetics behind human disease. Rats are exceptionally similar to humans in a lot of their genetic makeup and symptoms. In this case, rats are providing us the unique opportunity to study a rare and complex disease. Hypomyelination with atrophy of basal ganglia and cerebellum, or H-ABC, is a rare disorder that begins in infancy or early childhood. The symptoms range from mild and overlooked to devastating and lethal. Symptoms include visual problems, loss of motor skills, cognitive delays and many more.

“This model is going to ... ideally help towards developing a treatment.”

Ian Duncan professor of neurology UW-Madison

The disorder is progressive and gets more severe as the child ages. Much like the protective insulation of an electrical cord, myelin forms a sheath around nerve fibers to insulate them and increase their ability to relay signals. Hypomyelination, which occurs in H-ABC, is when too little of that myelin sheath is produced. In the central nervous system, hypomyelination can cause some of the symptoms associated with H-ABC. However, the path to the discovery central to this article began well before H-ABC was a known disorder in humans. The person at the head of this long endeavor is Ian Duncan, professor of neurology in UW-Madison’s department of medical sciences. “It arose from a letter that I got from doctors Bjorn and Ruth Holmgren who were neurophysiologists at

the University of Puebla in Mexico,” Duncan said. They had been breeding rats for a separate study when they noticed that one litter of rats were shaking and exhibiting abnormal behaviors. “To their great credit, they asked, what would happen if we rebred these animals to see if the same thing will happen [in the offspring]? And sure enough, it did,” Duncan said. Through a mutual connection, the couple got in touch with Duncan and asked him if he’d like to take a look at the rats. Duncan was an accomplished researcher in the field of neurology and myelin disorders, so he readily accepted the opportunity to examine the abnormal rats. After obtaining the bottles containing leaking tissue samples at a science meeting, explaining to airport security that the reeking bottles of brains were harmless, and finally getting the brain tissue back into his lab, Duncan was eager to take a look. “What I saw was in the young mutant rat at two months of age … there’s not as much myelin as there should be compared to the control rats. Then I cut the 12 month old mutants brains, and the myelin was gone,” Duncan said. Myelin, the helpful and protective coating on nerve fibers, is created by oligodendrocytes in the central nervous system. Microtubules are a part of the oligodendrocyte structural skeleton, and they assist in the formation of myelin. Oligodendrocytes need just the right amount of microtubules to make myelin, so the balance that they maintain is very important to proper cell function. “The breakthrough came when I found microtubule accumulation in the mutant oligodendrocytes, this was the eureka moment. This abnormality was totally unique and novel,” Duncan said. “Nothing like this had been described before … The microtubule accumulation is the basis of the defect,” he added. The over accumulation of these microtubules in the rat’s brain means that the oli-

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UW-Madison is home to a vast array of medical research. Ian Duncan’s lab is housed within the department of medical sciences.

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A transmission electron micrograph of a myelinated axon of a neuron. The myelin surrounds the axon like concentric rings. godendrocytes aren’t able to properly make myelin. This leads to the hypomyelination that is also characteristic of the human disease H-ABC. “Initially there’s some attempts at myelination, especially in the CNS, but the myelin sheaths were not normal in terms of the thickness,” Duncan said. Another notable aspect of this pathology is that as the rat ages, demyelination, which is the loss of myelin, occurs. The brain, spinal cord and optic nerves were demyelinated so severely that you could see the difference easily by eye and with a microscope. “So, we spent the next 10 years working on determining why there’s a failure of normal myelination and then demyelination,” Duncan said. The formation of microtubules is controlled by the cell’s DNA and the building blocks of microtubules result from the expression of genes that generate the signal for protein production. “To identify the abnormal gene, we first isolated DNA from taiep and normal rats. We mapped the mutation to an interval on rat chromosome-9 which unfortunately didn’t contain any candidate genes that we could associate with a microtubule development defect,” Duncan said. The failure to find the taiep rat gene was a puzzle. The team did not know how a microtubule defect could be due to a gene that, at the time, didn’t appear to exist in the region it was supposed to. However, like microtubules, research is constantly being renewed and replenished, so Duncan set aside the research for some time until more was known about the rat genome. “I’d written this long paper, and sent it to a colleague at the Waisman Center, John Svaren. A few days later, I got a call from him and he said, ‘I think I know the mutation,’” Duncan said.

John Svaren is a professor of comparative biosciences in the Cellular & Molecular Pathology graduate program at UW-Madison. He is an expert at searching gene databases, and he was able to read through the paper presented to him by Duncan and hone in on the specific gene that he believed could be responsible. The gene that causes H-ABC had been discovered fairly recently by other labs. After a paper is published with a new gene, the gene goes into databases for other researchers to use for their research. Svaren found that the Tubb4a gene is located on rat chromosome-9, in the region Duncan and colleagues had identified many years prior, and is involved in microtubule production. The mutation is responsible for the accumulation of microtubules leading to the dysfunction of oligodendrocytes, and causing the hypomyelination and demyelination seen in the rats. “This model is going to be useful for determining why mutations in this gene cause the microtubule defect, and ideally help towards developing a treatment,” said Duncan. Patients with the disease, like the three-year-old H-ABC child whose brain was similar to that of the hypomyelinated rat, have a grim prognosis. Although the rat mutant does not model every aspect of H-ABC disease, it will be a huge step forward in studying and eventually devising therapies that decrease microtubules in oligodendrocytes and restore myelin production in H-ABC. After a process of around 29 years, this discovery of the Tubb4a mutation in the mutant rat is a commendable achievement by Duncan and those involved. It will provide science the opportunity to advance in the direction of understanding and treating demyelinating disorders like H-ABC.

College stress makes me feel like my hair could go prematurely gray, but why it goes gray is an interesting question. First off, your hair color is determined by something called melanin. Melanin is the chemical that your pigment cells produce to give you your unique hair color. In fact, without melanin, your hair would be completely white! For the first few decades of our life, our cells produce melanin normally. However, as we age, our pigment cells start to die without being replenished, so less and less melanin is produced over time. Consequently, gray hair is a result of reduced melanin in our hair pigment cells. No one really knows exactly what causes our pigment cells to die off or stop producing melanin. There is some evidence that suggests our genetics play a role in it, but it is unclear what exact genes are influencing graying or how early or how late we start the graying process.

Dear Ms. Scientist, Why do I cough more when I sleep? Jackson P. Night coughing is a terrible curse. We have all been there. We are abruptly woken up from our hard earned slumber and forced to fumble around in the dark for our water bottles. What is the culprit for this phenomenon? When it comes to coughing fits at night, gravity is to blame. During the day, the purpose for coughing is to clear mucus and other related materials from the lining of our throats. Coughing can be a nuisance during the day, but a nightmare when we go to bed. When a person lays down, the mucus begins to pool in our throat, and the gastroesophageal reflex kicks in. resulting in coughing. The best way to avoid losing sleep over coughing fits is to prop the head up with a pillow. This will stop mucus from collecting in the throat. Also, avoid dry environments that can easily aggravate the nose and throat.

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Summer Arts Concerts Records Preview


With the last week of class coming to an end and finals creeping in, I’m sure everyone is relieved to get some well-deserved time off. Now you may be thinking, “What in the world am I supposed to do with all this free time now that I’m not drowning in assignments?” The answer is go to as many concerts as is physically possible. Luckily, Madison is a hot spot for all kinds of music, so if you’re here for the summer and need something to do, follow this semi-comprehensive guide. These are the shows I’m looking forward to, but you should always take time to find new shows as well. What better way to celebrate another semester in Madison than to kick off summer with a concert from a UW student band? Hit up High Noon Saloon May 10 to catch Trophy Dad’s first show after the release of their EP, Dogman. Be there or be square. Keep the concerts flowing through your blood a few days later by deciding between two killer choices: rapper Ab-Soul and rock band The Dear Hunter. Unfortunately for music lovers everywhere, they both play May 14 so you’ll have to choose carefully. Find Ab-Soul at the Majestic Theatre and The Dear Hunter at High Noon Saloon. The next choice is obvious. Madison favorite, Hippo Campus rescheduled their visit for May 18 after a last minute cancellation in April. They’ll be tearing up the stage at Majestic Theatre in front of what’s sure to be a big crowd, so get there early if you want to try and make eye contact with one of the band members.

May is the time to adventure outside your music comfort zone. A ton of smaller bands are performing across the city, and with a quick Google search you’ll be able to find something that could spark a new interest. June is one of the best times for concerts, and on June 15, Bone Thugs-n-Harmony will be at the Orpheum. The legendary hip-hop group is definitely a must-see considering their status as a classic. Don’t miss your opportunity. This next recommendation is a bit outside Madison city limits, but if you’ve got a way to get to Eau Claire, then do everything you can to make that happen. For the third installment of Bon Iver frontman Justin Vernon’s music festival, you’ll have the chance to see a slew of hypertalented artists. Taking place June 16 and 17, the Eaux Claires festival is hosting Chance The Rapper, Francis and the Lights, Sylvan Esso, Danny Brown, Wilco, Tweedy and a handful of other acts that are sure to blow your socks off. Plus, if you’re a fan of camping, that’s an option too. At this point you’re probably thinking that these tickets are going to add up quick. We’re supposed to be working to save for college right? That’s where the next recommendation (read as requirement) comes in. Concert On the Square is an absolute essential if you’re in or around Madison over the summer. The best part? It’s free. Gather up a group of friends, a few old blankets, food and drinks and join hundreds of other people on the lawn of the Capitol for a night filled with music from the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra. Starting June 28, you can catch

this amazing experience every Wednesday until August 2. Do yourself a favor: Go have a spectacular night with your closest friends and family. I’m going to cheat again and throw in another festival that is outside of Madison, but it’s a Wisconsin essential: Summerfest. Superstars like Red Hot Chili Peppers, Migos, Big Sean and Future will all be headlining, which means their shows will cost a bit extra, but it’s worth it. Other stars like Steve Aoki, Flume and The Shins will all be playing on side stages, which means you can see them for a super low price of admission. On top of that, there’s endless potential to discover new bands playing on one of the 11 different stages. This year T-Pain will also be performing one night which basically guarantees you’ll have the chance to hear him make “mansion” and “Wisconsin” rhyme while actually in Wisconsin. It’s pretty much a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Summerfest runs from June 28 to July 9 in downtown Milwaukee. Indie folk band The Mountain Goats will be at Majestic Theatre on July 8 to woo the crowd with a flawless combo of fun alt-rock and modern folk. Their music is extremely pleasing so grab a friend and stroll on in. Even if you haven’t heard them before, you won’t regret it. This list only goes through the beginning of July, but it’s a solid starting point for some of the bigger acts that will be in the area for everyone who’s spending the summer in town. This summer is a perfect time to explore new places, try new things and find new music. Make the most of your time off.

By Francisco Velazquez MUSIC COLUMNIST

Summer returns in cycles. Whether or not we connect most with ourselves during the summer, music has always been a platform of change. Like many artists looking to reinvent their image around this time, we would only hope that their music matches the reasons we listened to them in the first place. The music industry is fickle. Where or how it will change or impact us as listeners is never set in stone. When we look at the music industry from various angles, whether political, social or culturally conscious, we see a lot of our lives in the artists we support and listen to today. Art exists like many of us do today. For Lorde, Melodrama breaks the bottle of emotions. Set for a June 16 release, Lorde strips her world for us. She returns with a new album that touches on the emotions of being alone, being unappreciated, and losing the good and bad parts of people. Consistency over time is a work in progress. Returning to an audience involves trust. Time changes like many of our connections with ourselves and those around us. Snoop Dogg plans to return with Neva Left this coming May. After a visually-charged music video envisioning Donald Trump’s death scenarios, Snoop Dogg continuously leaves his mark and reminds us why he’s been around for decades. Like Snoop

Dogg, Sean Paul has become a household name. Whether this may rely on his classic songs like “Give It Up to Me” or “Like Glue,” Sean Paul is set to release his seventh studio album this summer. Only time will tell if he continues to bring a consistent separation from the pop mainstream that has current fans wanting more. Life is an uneven playing field. It has forgetful moments but is never at a standstill. Lana Del Rey’s Lust For Life brings Hollywood glam to a politically conscious timelapse. Set for a May 26 release, Rey has expressed how our current political climate has affected this upcoming record. She engages with the reality of a generational divide that remains among us. We feel everything through the ages. Our emotions become a lot easier to handle and express as we grow older. Perhaps the time difference does not matter all that much on Lil Yachty’s Teenage Emotions, set to release on May 26. With past singles like “Broccoli” and “1 Night,” Yachty debuts with his first studio album centered around heartbreak, happiness, the turn up and sadness. With features that include Migos and YG, Lil Yachty is set for a multidimensional album. As the summer nears us like the sunrise, music continues to help us sort out the ways in which we must speak without saying anything. The summer is set for change and its music awaits us.

Film By Jake Skubish FILM COLUMNIST

It’s easy to rewatch Netflix series you’ve already seen nine times during the summer. But movie theaters are dying, and there are lots of great features coming out this year. Here are 11 movies you should check out this summer. Alien: Covenant (May 19) We’re approaching the point where the “Alien” franchise feels completely worn out, but there’s still reason to be excited for this new iteration. Ridley Scott is directing and, at age 79, we might not have many chances to see more of his visionary work. The cast is eclectic, ranging from dramatic talents like Michael Fassbender to comedians like Danny McBride. And, as one of the seemingly few people who really enjoyed “Prometheus,” I’m excited to see where Scott takes this saga. All Eyez on Me (June 16) After the massive success of “Straight Outta Compton,” it was inevitable that we’d see more rap biopics, and this Tupac film has a lot in common with that 2015

breakout film. Both are R-rated, longer than two hours, feature relatively unknown talents and are an attempt to capitalize on nostalgia for rap’s golden age. It will be interesting to see if this film can replicate the success of “Compton” or bring anything new to the genre. Rough Night (June 16) Last summer’s premiere female ensemble comedy, “Ghostbusters,” fell flat to critics and audiences. “Rough Night,” centered on a bachelorette party gone wrong, is an opportunity for a more original endeavor. The cast is stacked (Scarlett Johansson, Kate McKinnon, Ilana Glazer and many others), and unlike “Ghostbusters,” this one is also female-directed, helmed by Lucia Aniello. The Bad Batch (June 23) Described as a “dystopian love story ... set in a community of cannibals,” it’s hard to describe the vibe of the film in words. Please check out the trailer to see just how unique of a voice director Ana Lily Amirpour (“A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night”)

brings to the screen. I’m not sure if this movie will be great, but it will at least be compelling. Baby Driver (June 28) Ansel Elgort stars as a getaway driver who gets roped into a risky heist, but the real star here is director Edgar Wright. The cinematic luminary behind “Shaun of the Dead” has yet to release a disappointing feature film, and it’s been four years since his last project (“The World’s End”). “Baby Driver” is also already earning positive reviews from early screenings, and it looks like an absolute delight. Okja (June 28) The narrative in “Okja” is a familiar one: A young child befriends an unusual creature and tries to protect it from those who misunderstand the beast. Don’t expect this film to be similar to “E.T.” or “The Iron Giant,” though. Director Joon Ho Bong was behind one of the wildest, most inventive action films of late (“Snowpiercer”), and his bold style should make this retreaded plot feel fresh. “Okja”

will be streaming on Netflix. The Beguiled (June 30) This Civil War-era drama isn’t the stereotypical summer blockbuster, but it looks to be enthralling. Set at a girls’ school in the Confederacy, the film follows the drama that ensues when the women shelter a wounded Union soldier. Director Sofia Coppola’s filmography has been inconsistent, but when she’s at her best, few filmmakers are superior. Spider-Man: Homecoming (July 7) Yes, it feels a bit exhausting to see a third Spider-Man reboot in the past decade. But star Tom Holland is perhaps the first Peter Parker to truly look the part—he’s just 20 years old—and from what we see in the trailer, he looks like he’s having a lot of fun with the role. Hopefully this new feature can give due care to this narrative and not simply use it as a vehicle to advance the Marvel Cinematic Universe. War for the Planet of the Apes (July 14) This franchise has quietly

become one of the most enjoyable summer staples, and the third film looks like it’ll bring the same combination of gloom and action delight. Andy Serkis, the king of motion-capture acting, returns as Caesar who is the leader of the apes. The villain this time around is a maniacal Woody Harrelson, which is truly the best kind of Woody Harrelson. Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (July 21) Based on a hit comic book, this sci-fi flick looks like it could be the most visually stunning blockbuster in a while. It also stars Cara Delevingne and Dane DeHaan, the king and queen of beautiful eyebrows in Hollywood. Detroit (August 4) “Detroit” follows the city’s infamous riots in 1967, but the focus on civil rebellion and police brutality will likely evoke current headlines. That’s especially true considering this film comes from director Kathryn Bigelow (“The Hurt Locker,” “Zero Dark Thirty”). John Boyega, John Krasinski and Anthony Mackie star.



By Leah Voskuil and Monique Scheidler TV COLUMNISTS

Twin Peaks Season Three (May 21) Perhaps one of the more highly anticipated summer shows is the return of 90’s classic “Twin Peaks,” which is being revived on Showtime this May. “Twin Peaks” originally ran from 1990-1991, created and directed by David Lynch. It has since become a cult classic. The series follows Agent Dale Cooper in the town of Twin Peaks, Washington, as he investigates the murder of homecoming queen, Laura Palmer. But as the series goes on, we step into a world full of supernatural happenings that are equal parts surreal and campy. Not much has been revealed about the new season, but showrunners have said that it isn’t a remake or reboot but, instead, a continuation of the first two seasons. The 25 years that have passed will become a major plot point as we follow Dale Cooper back into Twin Peaks. David Lynch will be returning to direct the 18 episodes for the limited series, as will Angelo Badalamenti, the composer of the original the soundtrack which was just as iconic as the show itself. “Twin Peaks” is available to binge on Showtime, Hulu or Netflix. Season three will be premiering on Showtime May 21, at 8 p.m. —MS I’m Dying Up Here (June 4) “I’m Dying Up Here” is an ode to the Los Angeles 1970s stand-

up comedy scene, premiering on Showtime in early June. With the official trailer released earlier this year, the sex, drugs and rock n’ roll, hour-long drama explores the golden age of comedy when personal anguish and selfdeprecation first became a point of brilliance for comedians struggling to make it big. The cast is comprised of familiar faces, notably Melissa Leo (“The Big Short,” “Flight”) and Clark Duke (“Superbad,” “The Office”), with relatively new talent, such as RJ Cyler (“War Machine,” “Me, Earl and the Dying Girl”). Executive producers Jim Carrey, Michael Aguilar, Christina Wayne and Dave Flebotte made a conscious effort to mingle award-winning dramaturgs with comedic flare in order to achieve the near-perfect balance “I’m Dying Up Here” must strike in order to accurately crystalize such an iconically dark time in comedy’s history. Overall, if you have an affinity for finding humor in what should be tragic, “I’m Dying Up Here” is a must-watch. “I’m Dying Up Here” airs June 4 at 10 p.m. on Showtime. —LV Blood Drive (June 14) SyFy’s new series, “Blood Drive,” brings gritty elements of grindhouse cinema to a low-budget television series. The show follows Arthur Bailey, the last good cop left in town, as he teams up with Grace D’Argento, a classic femme fatale. It’s set in a 1999 parallel universe, a dystopia

where a climate crisis has left the entire world in a post-apocalyptic shamble. With resources limited, the protagonists are forced to enter a death race where cars run on an alternative, and morally questionable, form—blood. The trailer for the series promises each week to be dedicated to an inspiration of grindhouse: cannibals, monsters, cults and more. The show looks as campy as it is gory, so if you’re a fan of over-thetop horror, this show may be your biggest summer hit. “Blood Drive”’s series premiere airs June 14 at 9 p.m. on SyFy. —MS Boy Band (June 22) ABC attempts another singing competition in June with the twohour series premiere of “Boy Band,” a competition in which contestants compete for a spot in a band. Produced by Matador Content of “Lip Sync Battle,” “Boy Band” notably rides the success of One Direction and the heartthrobs that came before them. Promising a grand prize to five contestants in the form of a record deal with Hollywood Records, the hope is that the elusive judges panel—or “architects”—will discover the next Harry Styles et al. With 10 episodes on queue, enjoy the calm before an inevitable fangirl storm. “Boy Band” premieres June 22 at 7 p.m. on ABC. —LV GLOW Season One (June 23) This summer, Netflix is premiering a brand new series titled

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“GLOW” from the same creators of “Orange is the New Black.” “GLOW” is based off a series by the same name that ran from 1986 to 1990. It follows Ruth Wilder (Alison Brie), a struggling actress who finds herself in the middle of the female wrestler show business instead. Though Netflix hasn’t released an official trailer, we can see through the teasers and promo posters that the new series will be keeping “GLOW” in the past, for everything about the ads scream 80s (big hair, glitter and spandex). After the massive success of “Stranger Things,” it’s clear Netflix knows what it’s doing when it comes to the 80s. The show appears to promise an entirely new female-centric cast. Alison Brie is already a fan-favorite from her days on the NBC series “Community,” and the rest of the cast looks just as promising. I can only hope it is as campy as the trailers make it out to be. Be sure to check out “GLOW” June 23 on Netflix. —MS Saturday Night Live: Weekend Update (August 10) In such a content-worthy time, it only seems natural that NBC would order a “Saturday Night Live” Weekend Update spin-off series. Airing mid-August, comedians Colin Jost and Michael Che will host a minimum of four 30-minute episodes to discuss daily news, featured content and bits from fellow “SNL” castmates—just like the current Weekend Update. Robert Greenblatt, chairman

of NBC Entertainment, said that “SNL”’s ratings are the highest they have ever been, so continuing their most popular content into the summer only made sense. For now, it is unsure whether or not “SNL” will still house Weekend Update if its spin-off becomes an independent success. One thing is for sure, President Trump is already not a fan. “Saturday Night Live: Weekend Update” will air August 10 at 8 p.m. on NBC. —LV Disjointed (August 25) One of Netflix’s most anticipated releases of the summer is “Disjointed,” a comedy series following the daily lives of stoner grandma Kathy Bates (“American Horror Story”) and her “budtenders” as they run a cannabis dispensary in Los Angeles. With a 20-episode series order in July, it was the brief teaser released on 4/20 that showed Bates emerging from a cloud of smoke that really grabbed the internet’s attention. Coming to viewers from Chuck Lorre (“Big Bang Theory,” “Two and a Half Men”) and David javerbaum (former “Daily Show” head writer), “Disjointed” tells the story of Ruth (Bates) as she, her adult son and a security guard open and operate Ruth’s Alternative Caring— a lifelong dream of cannabis advocate Ruth. As one could suspect, everyone is high at all times. “Disjointed” drops August 25 on Netflix. —LV • • (608) 441-8000

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The formation of the white nationalist group, the Madison American Freedom Party, compounded with the discovery of Dropik’s past, led students to protest and Chancellor Rebecca Black to publicly denounce the group. However, Blank’s response was panned by student leaders, who said that its call for the UW System to discuss considering criminal background in


A UW-Madison student caused a stir in January when he handed out flyers advertising an “alt-right” group that sought to “fight anti-white racism on campus.” However, the campus was thrown into even more of a frenzy with the revelation that the student, 33-year-old Daniel Dropik, had been convicted in 2005 of two “racially-motivated arsons” for setting fire to black churches.

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are spearheading a plan which would allow eligible students to use food stamps to pay for meals in UW-Madison’s dining halls. It would need to be approved by the state government to move forward. Evans, an F L A IN ASM represenD R /CA tative and a wellON O Y JON known advocate for low-

income students, has been urging University Housing to make dining halls food stamp accessible since 2014. After Novak announced the the proposal at an ASM student council meeting, the council passed legislation supporting it. The proposal is much more feasible for UW-Madison than it would be for other institutions. Since the government requires demarcation of food stamp acceptable items, there would be no way to implement such a program at a university with allyou-can-eat dining halls. —Noan Habenstreit



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UW-Madison pilots free menstrual products program

Renovated menstrual product dispensers with openings labeled “free” where there once were coin slots began appearing in campus bathrooms after the Associated Students of Madison initiated a pilot program in April to provide the products to students for free. ASM Vice Chair Mariam Coker and former ASM intern Evan Pelke introduced the legislation, which then became a Shared Governance campaign. The idea had already taken off at other Big Ten schools, but the UW-Madison movement stemmed from the student organization, Accessible Reproductive

Healthcare Initiative, which advocated for the implementation of free menstrual products this semester. The pilot program will continue until the end of 2017, at which point movement leaders will evaluate student feedback as well as cost breakdowns. Members of ASM said they hope the program becomes an official initiative and will dispense free items in all



Starting next fall, UW-Madison could be the first school in the nation to accept food stamps in dining halls, university administrators announced in March. Director of University Housing Jeff Novak and Associate Dining Director Julie Luke, alongside UW-Madison student Brooke Evans,

research that Mack completed the prior summer and The Committee for Undergraduate Recruitment and Financial Aid’s 2013 recommendations to the university. Immediately following the proposal, it received national attention and harsh, racist backlash from individuals and conservative news outlets. But, as recently as last week Western Kentucky University students passed a similar proposal with help from Mack. UW-Madison countered ASM’s demands by saying that while encouraging PH dialogue, they were not certain LE I LF that some parts of the proposal would IN A D R /C A be legal for administration to pursue. YE R G AGE M E —Nina Bertelsen


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that would have struck a clause detailing human rights abuses committed by Israel. However, the body failed to call the amendment to question and instead chose to table the legislation indefinitely. Sponsors of the bill reintroduced it in a modified form as an ASM subcommittee that would push for more financial transparency. Although the new plan did not mention Israel, the April 12 meeting to introduce it was held on Passover; many Jewish representatives who took issue with the original legislation were not in attendance. —Madeline Heim

As reparations for slavery and years of discrimination, the Associated Students of Madison demanded free and full tuition for all black students. The legislation was the brainchild of Rep. Tyriek Mack and was titled “Cognitive Dissonance,” citing the university’s language, professing values of diversity and their mismatching actions. It also called for a committee to be created to assess the possibility of becoming a test-optional campus. The legislation built on independent







Two former UW-Madison students were expelled from the university this year after being found responsible for crimes of violence in separate sexual assault cases brought forward in 2016. Nearly a dozen women have come forward with allegations against Alec Cook, 21, since he was arrested in October. Cook currently faces 21 criminal counts, including second-degree sexual assault, strangulation and felony stalking. In November, Alec Shiva was arrested on tentative criminal felony counts of false imprisonment, strangulation and seconddegree sexual assault. The 19-yearold reportedly sexually assaulted and choked a student in Sellery Residence Hall while high on LSD. Cook and Shiva have been released on bail to their homes in Edina, Minn., and Verona, Wis., respectively. Trial dates for both cases have not yet been set. In addition to these two cases, UW-Madison also saw an increase of more than 100 sexual assault reports last year, rising from 217 in 2015 to 325 in 2016—more than double that of the year before. —Gina Heeb


Cook, Shiva prepare for trial after being expelled from university



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“pussyhats,” chanted, “No hate. No Fear. Everyone is welcome here,” and “Fired up” as they marched. Madison’s march was one of the largest women’s protests in the nation. According to the digital strategy company Reverbal Communications, the march was tied for the fifth-largest in the nation by sheer numbers, but when compared to city population, it was second, trailing only Washington, D.C. Even after march participant estimates surged from 10,000 to 100,000, Madison Police Department reported having no issues maintaining citizen safety. —Noah Habenstreit




all the way back to Bascom Hill, with protesters raising signs and chanting. Protesters, many donning pink

free bus passes, rape counseling support and other essential services could be lost to students. UW System S t u d e n t Representatives and student governments at system schools— like UW-La Crosse, where athletics are the Efunded with allocable FLEH next fees—organized their own ING ER y e a r. /C A RDI campaigns and joined forces Student NAL F I L E P H OT O to pressure the JFC to take this out campaigns of the proposed budget, winning their remain active, and the Legislative battle in early April. Affairs Committee is putting together However, some fear this proposal materials in case they need to reacticould reappear as a bill in the Colleges vate their campaign. and Universities Committee within —Nina Bertelsen N


In the aftermath of the election of President Donald Trump, roughly 100,000 swarmed State Street in a protest to raise awareness for rights of women and other populations they fear could be in jeopardy under the new administration. The march was one of hundreds of satellite protests that took place across the nation and internationally to stand in solidarity with a major march taking place in Washington, D.C. Participants walked from Library Mall to the Madison Capitol building. As speakers were starting around 1 p.m., the compact crowd still stretched

An uproar echoed from students across the state after Gov. Scott Walker’s budget proposed that students would have the ability to optout of segregated fees. At UW-Madison, approximately $89 of each student’s segregated fees are allocable and would be subject to change under the proposal. Items such as the budgets for the Wisconsin Union, University Health Services and the Tenant Resource Center are nonallocable, and allocable items include the Associated Students of Madison’s internal budget and General Student Services Fund groups. ASM’s Legislative Affairs committee immediately started the “Save Our Orgs” campaign and began lobbying legislators with call-ins, visiting offices and testifying at Joint Finance Committee hearings. Their position was that without guaranteed funds,




Roughly 100,000 people flock to State Street for Women’s March




campuses to establish a path for three-year degrees, freedom of expression throughout the system and requiring the Board of Regents to monitor teacher workload were also removed from the budget. Despite tension over certain aspects of Walker’s plans to invest in education, this budget gives new money to the system which has been stumbling since Walker cut its funding by $250 million in the last budget. Which performance metrics will be used and the fate of the tuition cut will be determined in the coming months. —Lilly Price



biennium budget also includes extending the tuition freeze another year and then cutting for all in-state students at a UW System campus by 5 percent. The cut would be funded with a $35 million grant. Recently taken out of the budget was Walker’s controversial proposal to allow students to choose if they want to pay allocable segregated fees that fund campus organizations such as the Associated Students of Madison, Badger Catholic and Sex Out Loud. Requiring


the UW System would receive $100 million overall with a $42.5 million investment distributed based on how the different campuses perform in certain metrics. Part of Walker’s 2 0 1 7- ’ 19


After years of funding cuts, UW System President Ray Cross called Gov. Scott Walker’s recent budget proposal the best the system has seen in decades. Under the proposal,

Walker’s segregated fees opt-out proposal stirs students, ASM



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buildings—they are currently just in Helen C. White Hall, Sterling Hall and the Red Gym—within the next five years. —Sammy Gibbons I DT K AT I E S C H E

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In February—nearly two years after Tony Robinson, an unarmed 19-year-old, was shot and killed by Madison police officer Matt Kenny—a lawsuit filed against the city of Madison by the Robinson family concluded in a $3.35 million settlement. The lawsuit was the largest settlement in the case of an officerrelated shooting in Madison’s history, according to the family’s attorneys. In 2015, Robinson’s death sparked large protests in Madison during the height of a national movement demanding justice for black

Americans killed by police. The family’s lawyers said they consider the large settlement an attempt by the city at avoiding a trial in which a jury may be presented with incriminating evidence that could have potentially proven Kenny, who continues to serve on the force, of wrongdoing. According to a statement by the Madison Police Department, Kenny was “cleared of any criminal culpability” after an independent investigation. —Noah Habenstreit


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Today’s Sudoku

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The Lizard Seat

By Sophia Silva

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

Today’s Crossword Puzzle

Oh, Buckster!

ACROSS 1 Vanilli’s lip-synching partner 6 Causes of bad air days 11 Clingy seed shell (var.) 14 Chinese or Filipino 15 Not in the same place 16 Geisha’s waist tie 17 Plaything that gets blamed for everything? 19 Like the virgin in “Silent Night” 20 Common street-lining tree 21 Almost sing 22 Melancholy 23 Street lighter of old 27 Taps in the kitchen 29 Necessity for a rock guitarist 30 Signals to those waiting in the wings 32 Succeed with a pitch 33 One way to write 1,002 34 Standing straight 36 Fizzy drinks 39 Old burner used in labs 41 Shortstop’s wild throw, e.g. 43 Sorvino who won an Oscar 44 Brings into harmony 46 Some blown instruments 48 Grade A thing

49 Mischievous little rascals 51 It may take a bow 52 Bitterly regret 53 Like many basements in the ‘80s 56 Student assignments? 58 Toupee, in slang 59 Palindromic name among artists 60 Earlier in time, a long time ago 61 Any ball-shaped object 62 Source of a neighbor’s child’s envy? 68 Chinese chairman, once 69 Coffee go-with, sometimes 70 George W.’s first lady 71 Cleverly crafty 72 Puts a picture on a wall 73 What a ticket permits, often DOWN 1 Gaping pie-hole 2 Suffix meaning “approximately” 3 33-Across minus 950 4 Place for a pin 5 Positioned correctly 6 “___ Antonio Rose” 7 Car’s rate of speed 8 Mild ones are not obscene 9 Clusters or bunches 10 Flummoxes or baffles

11 Participants in a play war? 12 World war sub 13 Thick fruit skins 18 Put in prison, in law 23 Things people play 24 Good relations 25 Lad in a revolving door? 26 Members of nobility 28 Grab (with “onto”) 31 Extremely gaunt one 35 Poisonous 37 Dispute 38 Ones known for wisdom 40 Company with Wile E. Coyote’s address 42 Something tested with a little hammer 45 Weird, irregular stain 47 Frighten 50 Mexican Mrs. 53 High school galas 54 Ear- or hearing-related 55 Elder statesman 57 Car with plenty of room 63 Hound about trivial things 64 Ambulance letters 65 What you are when caught off base 66 Boston’s Bobby, the hockey legend 67 Small amount of sun

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As the spring semester comes to an end, The Daily

Criminal history in admissions

Cardinal Editorial Board reflects on the past few months with a series of short recaps.

Class on whiteness persists UW-Madison’s spring course guide included an African languages and literature class called “The Problem of Whiteness,” which drew backlash from many state Republican legislators in the state Capitol. Despite the outcry and national attention before the semester started, the class went on as planned without any trouble. “I think the class was initially controversial because people wanted to see the university cancel the class. Once the university stood behind my professor and refused to cancel the course, the public outcry was unnecessary,”

Lauryn Seibold, a mixedrace student who took the course, explained. The course was not only important to defend on grounds of academic freedom, but because the class and other courses like it that delve into the nuances of privilege and bias are necessary in addressing campus climate issues surrounding diversity and inclusion. “If more students take courses like this one, the campus will feel more inclusive to students from all walks of life, and a real change can be made,” Seibold said.

Intervention in ASM elections In this year’s student government election, an outside group, Turning Point USA, provided support and campaign materials to two candidates who ran on the Badger Freedom Caucus slate. Turning Point and the candidates in question happen to be conservative. However, whether the unfair influence comes from a conservative or liberal group, we take issue with this interference. Student voter turnout is already low in Associated Students of Madison elections, typically hovering around 9 percent, and when an outside

group interferes in a campaign, the small percentage of those participating in the election could be voting based on expensive and noticeable campaign materials, rather than the candidates themselves. ASM currently does not have any rules related to outside groups providing resources for candidates. This needs to change, and the way to do that is to make a bylaw ensuring candidates are impressing students with their qualifications alone. Members of ASM are called representatives—and that is what they should be, representative of students.

Travel ban impacts university Amid widespread national backlash to President Donald Trump’s late-January executive order on immigration, the UW-Madison community made its voices heard, rallying behind those affected. According to the university, 115 students were directly affected by Trump’s executive order. Reaction in the wake of its signing demonstrated the campus’ support for those impacted both at UW-Madison and around the world. Chancellor Rebecca Blank joined with multiple organizations in “calling for a reconsideration” of the order days after it was signed. Chants of “stand up, fight back,” and “no ban, no wall,” reverberated across Bascom Hill on an early February morning dur-

ing a student protest. The next day, in Janesville, Wis., a crowd of over 1,000 protesters picketed outside House Speaker Paul Ryan’s constituent office, dwarfing any demonstration that the Janesville police had ever seen. And just over two weeks later, the city of Madison signed onto an amicus brief opposing the ban, at the time joining more than 30 municipalities across the nation. At the same time, with growing anti-immigrant sentiment around the country, UW-Madison also saw a 14 percent increase in international student applications. While high tensions still certainly persist, UW-Madison has remained a supportive campus environment for those students affected.



Political activity after inauguration Our spring semester began amid a wave of social unrest across the country and on our own campus, but with it came an invigorated political activism. An estimated 100,000 people marched to the Capitol Jan. 21 at the Madison Women’s March in protest of the Trump administration. In the days before, after and during the march, the focused engagement and active anger were tangible in our community and on our campus. The vigor toward change was unlike any we’ve seen on our campus in recent years as students rallied and spoke out against the racist, sexist, homophobic, islamophobic and xenophobic rhetoric of the new administration. We’d be remiss not to take a moment to remember the things we learned, the emotions we felt and let them push us forward with renewed energy to fight oppression on out campus, in our country. A protester told The Daily Cardinal that day she was marching because she can’t pretend as if a Trump presidency is normal. Let’s remember her words and continue to fight against the normalization of hatred and complacency toward systematic subjugation.

UW-Madison student Daniel Dropik sparked outrage on campus in January after distributing flyers denouncing “antiwhite racism.” In the days following, it was discovered that the 33-year-old, who founded the controversial Madison American Freedom Party, had pleaded guilty to two counts of “racially motivated arson” in 2006. Countless members of the UW-Madison community took to social media platforms and other outlets to express their concerns and curiosity about how Dropik was admitted to the university—which does not currently ask for or consider criminal history in its admissions process. As a result of these events, UW-Madison Chancellor Rebecca Blank issued a statement stating that she “will engage the Board of Regents and the System in a discussion and request that the board consider a review

of this policy.” The statement was condemned by student government representatives, who expressed concerns over including criminal history in the admissions process because it is ”unnecessary and discriminatory.” These are concerns that The Daily Cardinal shares, as there is no evidence to support Blank’s claim that looking at criminal history in the admissions process would keep campus safer. And though the actions and ideas being promoted by Dropik are deplorable, we believe that criminal history should continue to be excluded in the admissions process. No further action has been taken by Blank on the matter, but it can’t be forgotten that in her role as chancellor, she should be trying to carry our university “all ways forward.” Including criminal history in the UW System’s admissions process would definitely be a step back.

Attacks on vital health services As a liberal hub in an otherwise bright red state, liberal Madisonians’ battle with a Republican-controlled state and federal government heightened this winter when President Donald Trump attempted to repeal the Affordable Care Act while simultaneously undermining Planned Parenthood. This put the mental and physical health of millions of people in jeopardy, giving a general idea on what the next four years will look like. However, through UW-Madison organizations like PAVE and Sex Out Loud, which are dedicated to protecting sexual health and wellbeing on campus, and professionals at University Health Services, there’s still a glimmer of hope for students’ care. While these programs and services are by no means perfect or a replacement for the vital services that are being slashed by Trump, it’s important to note the care put forth by local campus groups.


Segregated fees proposal defeated by opposition In February, Gov. Scott Walker proposed his biennial budget. This budget would have made segregated fees optional for students. It was ultimately struck by the Joint Finance Committee, but could be introduced as separate legislation in future sessions. Segregated fees—the approximate $90 every student pays as part of their tuition and fees every semester—help provide funding for student organizations, services such as the student bus

pass and more on campus. By making these fees optional, funding to help maintain these services and organizations would plummet. ASM currently uses a viewpoint-neutral system to fairly fund student organizations using the existing segregated fees. However, if this funding were to decrease or even disappear, many fear that the viewpoint neutral system would disintegrate, and the amount and variety of student organizations on campus would suffer.

Spring Farewell Spring 2017




Beginning a new era at The Daily Cardinal THEDA BERRY outgoing editor-in-chief



Wisconsin’s guiding principle, “Forward,” can only be upheld by those who fight for what they believe in.

Opinion will always have a place in history books SEBASTIAN VAN BASTELAER opinion editor


he two-dozen pieces I’ve written for this opinion page in the past 19 months have been some of my proudest accomplishments since I came to UW-Madison. I’ve been able to use this platform to share my voice, whether it was about politics, sports, school policies or memes (that was a weird one). I’ve spent more time banging my head on my keyboard, trying to bludgeon words out of my head and onto my Word document, than I can count. I have also typed out more dashes—fear not, they’re liberally used throughout this farewell piece—than I can count. Some articles have been eloquent and well-thought out; others weren’t exactly worth reading aloud at the dinner table. With my time at the Cardinal (in this capacity at least) coming to an end, I’ve been reading back over what I’ve written. I’ve been surprised by a lot—I’ve found I don’t even remember, or even agree with, some of my own opinions. It made me realize that, throughout this entire process, I’d only been focused on how I’d felt at the time. I had rarely bothered to wonder why any of it mattered at all. Myriad momentous events have occured over the course of the past several years. Few, however, have been able to hold our attention, as the rest quickly fade into memory as the next news cycle rolls along. So many seemingly earth-shattering pieces of news have arrived, caused widespread consternation and have been quickly forgotten about. The events themselves come and go, as they always have and always will. What tends to stay, however, is the way that the news has made us feel. The two years I’ve worked for The Daily Cardinal, the first spent as a writer full of upright zeal and the second spent proudly presiding over the opinion section, have been some of the most momentous and

significant years of my lifetime. I’ve seen the transition of power from one president, beheld as unfit by many, to one deemed dangerous by another sizable portion. I’ve seen firsthand the impact that budget cuts can have on a proud flagship university. I’ve learned that college referees have it out for the Badgers in all sports, and nothing anyone can say will convince me otherwise. The tumult, drama and division shown both in the U.S. and around the world has been both awe-inspiring and harrowing. It’s been an honor to have been able to witness these events unfold and to be able to speak my mind. Sharing your voice, even if you aren’t the editor of an opinion section, has never been more important. This, of course, is easy for me to say—as somebody who has spent more hours reading and writing opinion pieces than he can even begin to count, of course opinions matter. But they matter most importantly because our opinions, and the way that we manifest them, will be remembered long after we’re gone. As a student of history—rather than a student of journalism, as many of my brilliant Cardinal cohorts are—my responses to the world around us have always been slightly different. When something newsworthy happens, one of the first questions I ask myself is, “How will this event be remembered decades down the road?” The things we do today will someday end up in a textbook, and even those who feel insignificant will have an impact on that particular chapter’s events. It’s always been one of my most firmly held beliefs that, in due time, posterity will vindicate those who stood up for what they fought for—whatever that may be. Even to those who feel anonymous—in their student body, in their local community or even on this planet—the way you acted during this time period will, one day, be reflected upon by those you impacted. If I’ve learned one thing in my

time as a student of history, it’s that every single thing you say or do can and will have an impact on the history of yourself, and your country. Everything from what you say and do to the way you treat those whom you love and who love you will one day help to form an image of who we were as a people in this particular moment in time. Even when it feels like nobody’s watching, history does have its eyes on you (did anyone who knows me really think I wouldn’t make a Hamilton reference before the end of my tenure?). So if you believe that the Earth is flat, that the climate isn’t changing, that UW-Madison shouldn’t bring back baseball or even that our 44th or 45th president is the worst we’ve ever had (either opinion pays a gross disrespect to William Henry Harrison, who literally died a month into office after neglecting to keep himself warm at his own inauguration), far be it from me or anyone to deny you your right to express that opinion. But the worst thing you can do is to not express it at all. When future generations ask who we were, they won’t just look at the major news events—the front pages of the newspaper. Sure, they’ll pursue page 1 to see what news dominated our time. But eventually, they’ll come to the inevitable question: How did contemporaries feel about this? And maybe then, they’ll decide to flip to page 5—or page 6 or 7 or 11 or whatever page the management team decided to assign the opinion section that given day. Only then will they begin to really understand who we were—and, most importantly, what we stood for. Sebastian is a sophomore majoring in history and environmental studies. He’d like to thank all his colleagues, family and friends for their support over the last two years. Through what lens do you view current events? Please send all comments, questions and concerns to

uring my year as editorin-chief of The Daily Cardinal, I have spoken and written so many words that in this final column, I am having trouble finding them. Between announcements, posts, messages and conversations with editors, I’ve said more than what I need to say. But, a few things deserve repeating. I am awed every single day, including my last day here, with the dedication and passion of Cardinal staff. I have seen writers and editors work up to and nearly past deadline in order to report on issues essential to students. I have seen editors lay out pages days in advance, just to get it right. I have seen intense emotion regarding everything Cardinal, from word choices to long-awaited denim shirts. I can only hope that in my time as management, I have done for current staff what was done for me. If I have helped make the Cardinal a welcoming place with opportunity for growth for even one other person, I can leave knowing I’ve given back to a place that has been that for me and more. It is impossible to reflect on management without thanking Negassi Tesfamichael, managing editor this year. His patience and understanding as a co-editor are immeasurable. Negassi helped me and the Cardinal to be better in so many ways that I cannot do justice to it in a short column. Despite this year being incredibly difficult, it will be just as difficult to leave this role. I am comfortable doing so because I know the paper will be in the competent and caring hands of Madeline Heim and Andrew Bahl—who have demonstrated their commitment to the Cardinal and desire to make it better. Women editors-in-chief at the Cardinal are too few and far between, and I am absolutely thrilled that Maddy will be taking on the role. Thank you to those who engaged with the Cardinal this year—whether that meant reading one article or working 40-plus hours a week. Theda will be a senior next year, finishing a degree in creative writing. Feel free to send any reflections on the 2016-’17 school year to

MADELINE HEIM incoming editor-in-chief


here’s something about The Daily Cardinal that feels like home. It’s something in the way dozens of unpaid staff members stream into the office for hours on end, hungry to be a part of good journalism in action. We feel it when our news team hits the street together to cover a protest, when a pack of sportswriters settles in for pizza and advice from their editors, when our copy chiefs are up late to make sure every sentence is as clean as we want it to be. For me, it’s felt that way from the start—even three years ago when I used to rush straight to the newsroom after covering a student government meeting, every so often giving a timid wave to the management team at the desks where incoming managing editor Andrew Bahl and I will now sit. As I’ve made my way from writer to college news editor to editorin-chief, the paper has grown with me. It made huge strides even in just the last year, where we’ve had another three solid action project issues, learned more about refining our online product in the age of digital news and celebrated our 125th birthday. And although Andrew and I are just one small chapter in a story that began in 1892, we look forward to keeping our best traditions alive and simultaneously pushing our tireless staff toward greater excellence with every headline, page layout and photograph. To our readers, you can expect energetic and thoughtful coverage of critical campus issues. You can count on this paper to accurately provide the information you need to make decisions about what your time here will look like. We ask you, as always, to read what we write. Pick up a copy off the stands and finish the crossword. Go online and learn about UW’s role in the state budget process; find a new favorite song from the arts desk’s record routines; share it all on social media. Use it to start conversations and engage with others around you in the pursuit of an inclusive campus that everyone can call home. This sifting and winnowing for truth—we’re in it together. Madeline is a junior majoring in creative writing and journalism. Please send all comments to


Madeline Heim and Theda Berry share their thoughts on the Cardinal.

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Farewell to the Cardinal’s outgoing editors

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Back Row (left to right): Peter Coutu, Morgan Winston, Sebastian van Bastelaer, Ellie Herman, Katarina Gvozdjak, Marc Tost, Katie Scheidt Front Row: Nina Bertelsen, Sammy Gibbons, Theda Berry, Negassi Tesfamichael, Bobby Ehrlich, Tommy Valtin-Erwin, Julie Spitzer, Audrey Altmann, Yi Wu Not Pictured: Hannah J. Olson, Lisa Milter, Allison Garcia, Will Chizek.

To everyone at Capital Newspapers...

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THANK YOU! from everyone at Marc Toasty

In not-so-breaking-or-important news, Daily Cardinal editor Marc Tost is has died in a freak Nordic skiing accident. Saturday night, Marc attended the annual Mifflin Party and, while intoxicated, attempted to ski from the top of one of the buildings on Mifflin street. He was pronounced dead on the scene, but at least he died doing what he loved the most.

Almanac Presents: Fun facts to share with your friends, families and pets by Marc Tost (RIP) and Ayomide Awosika (still alive)

Most preschools limit how much oatmeal a child is allowed to eat every four hours.

Dogs hate puffer fish, though most will never see one.

Dolphins have been teaching their children the rhetoric of Karl Marx since 1638.

Chairs can only see one shade of the color purple.

The amazon rainforest is home to four unique species of wallpaper paste.

Love is a social construct created in order to make you buy diamonds.

Turtles are racists.

People named Tom are nice.

Glitter is made by crushing up the bones of Tinkerbell and her cousins.

Neither horses nor rabbits can vomit.

Becky Blank’s real name is “Beckingham.”

Everyone is born with magic inside them, but it dies a little bit everytime you touch yourself.

Computer mice only share 82 percent of their DNA with real mice.

Kazakhstan has large reserves of Uranium 77, which is extremely difficult to mine, but doesn’t do anything particularly interesting.

Star Wars was the first movie to use laser animations.

People that are color blind are actually seeing the world as it is. The rest of us are constantly tripping balls.

In 2017 more people will do cocaine than read a book to their children.

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Seniors reach third Elite Eight Hughes nets winner in New York In the Badgers’ trip to Madison Square Garden, UW grabbed a two-goal lead against Ohio State and held that advantage with just two minutes left. Still, despite playing a complete 58 minutes of hockey, the Badgers ultimately squandered that two-goal lead, as the Buckeyes scored twice, tying the game with 16 seconds left in regulation to force overtime. Nonetheless, UW found a way to regain the momentum immediately at the start of overtime. The Badgers came out flying, and less than three minutes into the extra frame, junior forward Cameron Hughes collected a loose puck in front of the Ohio State net and buried it, giving Wisconsin a



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Wisconsin swept into this year’s national semifinal against Boston College riding a 21-game unbeaten streak and a No. 1 ranking, looking to avenge three straight losses to the Minnesota Golden Gophers in this same game. The Badgers were heavily favored, but for 59 minutes they had been unable to get any of their 34 shots past Eagles’ goaltender Katie Burt. On a “gut instinct,” head coach Mark Johnson put freshman center Abby Roque out for an offensive zone face-off. She won the draw, and the puck found its way to senior defenseman Mellissa Channell. Channell lined up a slap shot from the blue line that squeezed through a mass of bodies and found the back of the net with

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17 seconds remaining, S ept. 3, effectively ending the game. The Badgers ultimately didn’t capture the NCAA title, falling to Clarkson two days later, but in that moment the emotional toll of the past three years had been wiped away. They knew they had another game to play, but their celebration showed that this was more than just a semifinal victory; it was an expulsion of the semifinal ghosts that had haunted the Badgers the previous three years. —Cameron Lane-Flehinger

With 20.3 seconds remaining and the No. 2016 8 seed Badgers tied 62-62 against the No. 1 overall seed Villanova Wildcats, Wisconsin head coach Greg Gard called a timeout, looking to draw up the most important set piece of the Badgers’ season. The playcall was designed for senior forward Nigel Hayes, who throughout his four years at Wisconsin not only received constant accolades, but also frequent criticism. Hayes caught the ball on the right wing and immediately attacked the basket. He would say after the game that he was

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huge victory. The whole season, the race for the Big Ten title was tight, as each team was separated by just a few points. Ohio State was one of the teams among the top, and Hughes’ goal not only sealed a victory for Wisconsin, but also boosted UW in the conference standings. And not only did this game end up being a big win against a Buckeye team that would later make the NCAA Tournament, but Hughes’ overtime goal under the lights of Madison Square Garden is not something that these Badgers will likely ever forget. —Ethan Levy

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the Badgers’ experience allowed them to turn it around. Senior setter Lauren Carlini was instrumental in the comeback, with 10 assists and two blocks in the fourth set to send it to a win-or-go-home fifth set. In that final set, it was another senior stepping up, Haleigh Nelson, who notched five kills. In a special moment, the two senior leaders, Carlini and Nelson, combined for the final point of the match to complete the comeback and send the team to the Elite Eight. It was the senior class’ third Elite Eight in four years, completing the best four-year run in program history. —Jacob Hams


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There were many spectacular moments for a historically good UW volleyball team, but the moment that tops them all is the Badgers’ comeback victory over Ohio State to advance to the Elite Eight. Wisconsin looked like they would dominate the match early, winning the first set by 10 points to take a 1-0 lead. But, that lead would not hold up, as Ohio State’s familiarity with the Badgers helped them take the second set, and narrowly take the third set in extra points. It looked likely that the season would come to a disappointing end in the Sweet 16 for a second-straight year, but

Hayes delivers dagger into Nova’s repeat bid channeling Michael Jordan with his drive, as the Badger forward used a fake spin move to get under the rim before laying the ball in with his left hand. Less than 12 seconds later, Hayes’ basket would prove to be the difference. After a steal and a free throw by senior forward Vitto Brown, the Badgers walked away from a cold and snowy week in Buffalo, N.Y., with two victories and a battle against Florida in the Sweet 16 looming on the horizon. Hayes’ layup helped guide UW to its fourth-consecutive Sweet Sixteen, the longest active streak in the nation. In knocking off defending-champion Villanova, Wisconsin had done what many had considered impossible. —Ben Pickman

Badgers leap past LSU at Lambeau Field to set stage for stellar season Before the season began, the Badgers’ daunting gauntlet of a schedule looked as if it might be too much for UW to handle. First LSU, then Michigan State and Michigan on the road, topped off by Ohio State and Nebraska in Camp Randall under the lights. Going 2-3 in those games seemed like a great scenario for a UW team with an untested secondary and an unproven quarterback. First, though, Wisconsin had to head to historic Lambeau Field to take on the No. 5

LSU Tigers in the first week of the season. With a grand setting, a formidable opponent and College Gameday in attendance, the game was shaping up to be one of the biggest regular season tilts in school history. By the half, the Badgers had put themselves in a position to win the game. They held LSU scoreless and held highly touted running back Leonard Fournette to a measly 35 yards. While they only had six points themselves, the defense looked like it might

be good enough to make up for it. But the Tigers didn’t go down without a fight, and Fournette came alive, giving them a 14-13 late lead. The fourth was much like the rest of the game: a backand-forth defensive affair, but Wisconsin eventually broke through and kicked a field goal with 3:47 left. LSU was swiftly driving down the field to set up a winning field goal, but just in the nick of time, D’Cota Dixon snagged an interception that

sealed the victory for UW. While the rest of the schedule didn’t get any easier, after beating one of the best preseason teams in the nation, the Badgers proved they were a force to be reckoned with. Sure enough, Wisconsin finished 3-2 in that brutal stretch en route to a Big Ten Championship appearance and a win in the Cotton Bowl, and it all began in the spotlight up in Lambeau. —Andrew Tucker

Sports Athlete of the Year: Carlini solidifies legacy as all-time great in final season Spring Farewell Issue 2017

Senior setter led best era in Badger volleyball history, now sets sights on 2020 Tokyo Olympics By David Gwidt The Daily Cardinal


n early April, Lauren Carlini stepped under the bright lights of the Big Apple and took a seat atop the stage inside the storied New York Athletic Club, utterly unprepared for the historic moment she would soon experience. Among some of the finest amateur athletes in the world, the former Wisconsin setter felt exceedingly privileged to receive recognition as a finalist for the AAU James E. Sullivan Award, a tribute reserved for the most outstanding amateur athlete in the country. Carlini, while undoubtedly grateful for the opportunity to be considered in a 2016 class featuring six Olympic Gold Medalists, was dubious about her chances of winning—understanding that the pedigree of her fellow finalists was seemingly unequivocal.

“I hope the girls who do win a championship for Wisconsin savor every moment because they’re going to make history.” Lauren Carlini setter UW Volleyball

So, when the award was presented and her name was called, Carlini rose from her seat on stage and walked toward the podium, dumbfounded and awestruck. “I was completely shocked,” Carlini said. “I was definitely not expecting to win the award. I didn’t think I even deserved to be a semifinalist, just looking at all the other athletes’ résumés and accomplishments. The people who win that award are the best of the best in their sport and in their specific time period.” A four-time A l l -A m e r i c a n at UW, Carlini is already flush with accolades, but the latest addition to her collection may be the most prestigious. In earning the 2016 Sullivan Award, Carlini became the first ever volleyball player—and the only Badger—to accomplish the feat in its 87-year history, and now joins the company of past recipients, a list that includes sports legends like Bobby Jones, Carl Lewis and Michael Phelps. “There’s so much history that goes into the award,” Carlini said. “I’m

so honored and humbled to even be mentioned with [the Sullivan Award winners].” “What they’ve achieved in their careers gives me something to work towards. I don’t feel like I’ve gotten to the point where I matchup with the people on that list yet, but I’m motivated to keep working so I can be worthy of the honor.”

“There’s not a doubt in my mind that she has an unbelievable future in front of her.” Kelly Sheffield head coach UW Volleyball

Surprise or not, Carlini’s recognition was surely well-earned. During her time at UW, the Illinois native helped turn her school into a volleyball juggernaut, finishing her college career with a composite record of 11434, advancing to the NCAA regionals four times and the national championship match in 2013. At the helm of the program for the last four seasons, Carlini asserted herself as arguably the best setter in the nation, ending her college days as the country’s active leader in assists (5,559) and Wisconsin’s all-time leader in double-doubles (74). No one is able to evaluate the impact a particular player has had on a program quite like a coach can. And, in the words of Badgers’ head coach Kelly Sheffield, Carlini’s impact on Wisconsin volleyball has proven nothing short of “immeasurable.” “ S h e ’ s helped bring a lot of fans and a lot of energy back to Wisconsin volleyball,” Sheffield said. “She’s dramatically helped increase our win-loss record, and she plays with an intensity and drive that make her teammates want to play with her.” Although the talent was evident immediately, Carlini’s rise to stardom didn’t happen overnight. A stalwart competitor in many aspects of life, much of her greatness is rooted in a refusal to accept anything less. “I didn’t lower the standard for myself,” Carlini said. “Whether we were winning, whether we weren’t winning, whether I was going through hard times. It didn’t matter what the circumstances were, the standards stayed the same for me.” Now, four months removed from the conclusion of her college career, the

standout setter’s insatiable appetite for success has not abated by any measure. From hiring an agent to pursuing a professional contract in Italy, Carlini has been busier than ever, unwilling to let anything interfere with her longtime goal of representing her country in the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo. T h a t journey will officially commence this May, when she moves to Anaheim, Calif., to begin training with the U.S. National Team. Until then, she has been practicing and training seemingly nonstop in preparation. “Going into the USA gym, I just want to be the best possible version of myself,” Carlini said. “Playing in the Olympics has been a dream of mine since sixth and seventh grade, and I’ve been continuing to make sure I’m in the best shape possible.” After a summer stint with the National Team, Carlini will transition over to the professional circuit this fall. She expects to join a league in Italy, where she will be forced to face the uncer-

tain reality of adjusting not only to a new team, but to a new country and culture as well. “It’s gonna be really hard to be out of the country for most of the year,” Carlini said. “But you need to be able to stay positive even when you’re down and keep your head up during tough times. There’s a good chance you’ll be the only American on the team, so it’s really

important to go out and have new experiences and to not be afraid of being uncomfortable.” Amidst all that’s going on right now, Carlini has little time to think about legacy. But she loves Wisconsin wholeheartedly and hopes that she’s made an impact on future generations of Badger volleyball players. “For the girls I played with, and the girls I didn’t, I hope I leave a positive legacy behind that helps build a championship mentality,” Carlini said. “Even though I won’t be on the team, I hope the girls who do win a championship for Wisconsin savor every moment because they’re going to make history. I know it’ll happen.” As for her future, Sheffield doesn’t need any convincing. “She’s ready for the next challenge,” Sheffield said. “There’s not a doubt in my mind that she has an unbelievable future in front of her. I think she’s gonna light the world on fire.” Photos ByBrandon Moe

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