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By Peter Coutu SENIOR STAFF WRITER
From 2011 to 2017, at least five UW-Madison students were found guilty in sexual assault cases carrying maximum sentences that could have totaled more than six decades behind bars. But in total, the five students — three of whom were convicted of felonies — served less than a year in jail, which is significantly lower than typical sentencing norms for violent crimes. Nearly 90 percent of people convicted of rape are incarcerated, with 84 percent going to prison on an average sentence longer than 10 years behind bars, according to a Bureau of Justice Statistics’ analysis of 2009 data on felony defendants from America’s 75 largest counties. The outcome of five recent cases involving UW-Madison students sharply deviates from these rates. The longest sentence among the felony cases involving UW-Madison students was four months, and another student convicted of a felony sexual assault was not sentenced to any jail or prison time. Wisconsin state statutes do not use the language of “rape,” meaning none of the five students faced that conviction. The cases involving UW-Madison students vary significantly by degree, but two involve guilty convictions to third- or seconddegree sexual assault charges.
These charges would fit the Department of Justice’s definition of rape — which is “the penetration, no matter how slight, of the vagina or anus with any body part or object, or oral penetration by a sex organ of another person, without the consent of the victim.” Three other cases were for fourth-degree sexual assault charges, which would not fit this definition. (See Page 3 for Chart) Many students have been quick to condemn the punishments for sexual assault and sexual violence in general as too lenient, with some saying they could discourage victims from reporting assaults in the future. And as two sexual assault cases involving former UW-Madison students continue to move forward — Alec Shiva will be sentenced on Sept. 15 and Alec Cook will soon be heading to trial — some students are now advocating for harsher sentences to be handed down in future cases. “It’s outrageous. Clearly these perpetrators are not getting sentences that fit the crime,” said Katrina Morrison, chair of the Associated Students of Madison and an outspoken advocate for sexual assault survivors. “Sadly, I don’t expect Shiva to get a very appropriate sentence because that’s been the pattern.” But others have provided reasons for the short sentences, such as how less time spent incarcerated can mean a lower rate of
reoffending and how many of the cases end with plea deals, which can bring reduced charges. The five students discussed in this story have gone through both criminal proceedings and university non-academic misconduct hearings and have been found guilty and responsible in both. They represent a tiny portion of all sexual assaults committed each year (2016 saw reports of 325 sexual assaults at UW-Madison). The Daily Cardinal obtained the names of the five students through an open records request made to the university. During this time period, it is possible other students went through the criminal process and not the university non-academic misconduct hearing. Arrests bring potential of decades behind bars After UW-Madison student Douglas Gill sexually assaulted another student in a campus dorm room, he faced a maximum sentence of 16 years in prison stemming from two felonies charges, third-degree sexual assault and false imprisonment. He ended up serving no more time behind bars for the assault. The outcome of Gill’s case is not unique; it mirrors the four other cases involving UW-Madison students. Including Gill, four of the five students could have spent more
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Five UW-Madison students found guilty in sexual assault cases from 2011 through 2017 faced little jail time for their actions, although the national numbers for similar offenders were much higher.
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The Segregated Fees Committee — made up of student representatives from across the UW System — is working to create uniform fee guidelines that all universities must follow.
UW requires uniform student fee allocation across System schools By Maggie Chandler COLLEGE NEWS EDITOR
Students are making their voices heard about the future of their dollars after the Joint Finance Committee handed down an order to UW System schools in May, requiring them to have a uniform system of distributing segregated fees. Each student pays segregated fees, along with their tuition, at all UW System institutions. Segregated fees are divided into allocable and non-allocable funds. Allocable budgets are negotiated every year and support programs like WSUM and the Associated Students of Madison. Non-allocable funds cover larger, fixed costs such as University Health Services, Rec Sports and student unions. These distinctions are not the same at each institution, however. Now, the Segregated Fees Committee — a body composed of student government representatives from schools around the UW System among others — are working to make a uniform list that each school must follow. Regardless of how the committee determines which costs will be allocable and non-allocable, all UW System schools will make changes to their processes. “Every institution is going to need to make a change,” Renee Stephenson, the UW System’s assistant vice president for budget and planning, informed the UW System Student Representatives at their meeting last Sunday during a presentation about the committee’s progress. “We haven’t found an institution that had a best practice that we could say ‘Well, let’s all follow that route.’ So this will impact how each institution handles their segregated fees.”
This comes after Gov. Scott Walker proposed an opt-out of allocable segregated fees, which, at UW-Madison, would have amounted to $89 per semester out of the total $51 million in segregated fees that ASM and the Student Services Finance Committee controls. UW-La Crosse Student Body President Jacob Schimmel, who also sits on the Segregated Fees Committee, said the reclassifying of campus costs has been difficult so far because of the stark differences between how each school handles their funds. For example, while UW-La Crosse’s transportation line is entirely classified as allocable, UW-Stevens Point’s transportation comes from their non-allocable funds, he said. “The reason [it’s been difficult to make the overall decision] is that there is a good balance of schools that have certain fiscal items in either allocable or non-allocable,” Schimmel said. “I can see why this speaks to many about the need to make the process uniform across the system, however, it’s difficult to classify as a committee because each school has an efficient process regardless of whether it’s allocable or not.” The Segregated Fees Committee’s recommendation will be brought to the Board of Regents in November. At that point, the board can either adopt or reject the plan, forcing the committee to continue work until approval is given. But ultimately, the JFC has the final say in increasing segregated fees. With the state’s involvement in the final decision, Schimmel said he was concerned about the legislature’s intentions “in terms of the
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The state Senate approved the Foxconn bill Tuesday, moving it forward to the Assembly to take up on Thursday.
Senate approves $3 billion Foxconn incentive package By Max Bayer THE DAILY CARDINAL
The state Senate voted 20-13 to pass the Foxconn incentive bill Tuesday nearly on party lines, with one Democrat supporting the legislation and one Republican opposing it. The bill will now return to the State Assembly for a vote Thursday before Gov. Scott Walker signs the fiscal package. Senate Republicans have been in almost unanimous support for the bill, touting the deal will be a game changer for the state economy by creating a minimum of 3,000 jobs with the potential of creating up to 13,000. “If I was in another state, I would say you were nuts if you didn’t take this deal,” said state Sen. Alberta Darling, R-River Hills, in a statement. “Forty-nine other states wish they were Wisconsin right now because they know advanced manufacturing is the wave of the future. It’s going to create a whole different dynamic for our state.” State Rep. Robert Wirch, D-Somers, was the only Democratic lawmaker to support the bill. Wirch represents both Kenosha and Racine, the likely location for the electronics plant. Other Democrats and critics are concerned about the company’s ability to skirt environmental regulations as part of the deal. Foxconn would require a high quantity of water, with Lake Michigan as the likely source. “It is unacceptable to exclude environmental regulations and change our legal system for a foreign company that all other Wisconsin businesses abide by,” said state Sen. Lena Taylor, D-Milwaukee. For some lawmakers, the deal also represents giving up too much for too little certainly around the exact number of jobs it will create. “While I support our state promoting economic development, the incentives that Foxconn was presented were too steep, both financially and statutorily,” said state Sen. Robert Cowles, R-Green Bay. Cowles, the sole Republican to oppose the bill, said that many uncertainties surrounding the bill were left unclear during the floor debate. Despite some questions being left unanswered, Walker championed the Foxconn deal as an “amazing” win for Wisconsin for “opening the door to 13,000 good-
paying, family-supporting jobs.” Supporters have ensured that Foxconn won’t receive the full $3 billion incentives with $2.85 billion in cash payment until the company follows through on their promise of creating 13,000 jobs. “If Foxconn doesn’t build, they don’t get the (tax) credits. If Foxconn doesn’t hire employees, they won’t get the credits,” said state Sen. Frank Lasee, R-De Pere, to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. “The only way we as taxpayers end up paying for this is if they actually deliver.” Regardless, the fiscal uncertainty has proven too much for some local governments hoping to house the massive plant. Kenosha out of the running for Foxconn The city of Kenosha will not be able to support the addition of the Foxconn factory, Mayor John Antaramian announced in a press release published Monday. Antaramian said that the current deal would be too much of a financial burden on the city, namely in terms of how it would impact property taxes on the city’s residents. As it stands, local governments can’t increase their tax levy by more than the cost of new construction in a current year. Construction of the factory is expected to cost $250 million, which depending on the location of the factory, would allow for a sizeable increase in property taxes on the given community. In an August 28 interview with the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Antaramian said he has, “no intention” of raising any taxes on the city of Kenosha or for Foxconn. The City of Kenosha was one of the top options competing to house the factory. The city’s withdrawal from consideration comes on the heels of state Rep. Peter Barca’s resignation as the Wisconsin Assembly Minority Leader. Barca, whose district covers both the Racine and Kenosha Counties, was one of three Assembly Democrats who supported the Foxconn incentive package during the August 17 vote. Barca’s resignation came in part for his approval of Foxconn in his district, which his fellow Assembly Democrats did not support.
When Kristen Roman was sworn in as the new UW-Madison police chief last spring, she stepped into the role with lofty ambitions. However, her first meeting with the Associated Students of Madison last February revealed some doubts students had about her intentions. With more than a semester now under her belt, Roman contends that she is sticking to her goals. Only a few weeks into her new position, Roman visited different shared governance groups on campus to facilitate open conversations, outline goals and stress that she wanted to maintain an open-door policy with the campus community. “I really want to focus on having those community conversations around the relationship that the community has with police and what role we play in supporting and furthering the mission of the UW and supporting students and faculty in the day-to-day work that we’re doing,” Roman said last year. During her rounds to different campus groups, Roman presented her goals to the Associated Students of Madison, which last year demanded that UWPD release a list of all their weapons after citing the need for greater transparency and accountability to the community.
UW-Madison senior Tyriek Mack, then an ASM representative, disagreed with the way Roman responded to students who called for community control of the police. According to Mack, Roman had not listened to the students’ whole argument, and Mack questioned her commitment to responding to the campus. “I have a lot of hesitancy,” Mack said. “I feel as though the relationships that you had as a part of MPD with the community of Madison — I just don’t feel like it was genuine.” Roman assured representatives that her intentions were good. About eight months later, Roman says she is improving relations and transparency between UWPD and the campus community through the creation of “Chief ’s Corner,” a blog where she routinely posts updates on topics related to the police and campus. Roman now plans to establish a Community Advisory Council by the end of the semester. The committee would be comprised of leaders in the community, and would serve as a forum for “ongoing feedback and the exchange of information” used to hear from the community about their expectations for their police department and what concerns them in terms of campus safety and community safety, according to Roman. Roman said that once the
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UWPD Police Chief Kristen Roman says she is improving relations and transparency between police and the campus community.
fees from page 1 impact of reclassification.” Since students have primary control over how allocable segregated fees are spent atUW-Madison, if the group decides to move lineitems to non-allocable, students would no longer have sole power in distributing them. Instead, the chancellor has the power to influence, and sometime veto, how students make these decisions about how non-allocables are used. John Peralta, chair of UW
System Student Representatives, highlighted the importance of students’ abilities to make important decisions. For example, at UW-Stevens Point, where he goes to school, student government was able to make the campus tobaccofree, he said. “Because students have done these great things, with our power, it just goes to underscore the importance of having us involved,” Peralta said. “Those things lead to our enrichment as students … it’s part of the whole Wisconsin Idea.”
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New UWPD app ‘WiscGuardian’ aims to make campus a safer place for students
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Bill Curtis, UWPD’s emergency management director, spoke to members of the Associated Students of Madison’s Shared Governance Committee Wednesday. He outlined the features of UWPD’s new campus safety app, which was created in tandem with ASM. By Noah Habenstreit ASSOCIATE NEWS EDITOR
For all those worried about safety on campus, UWPD wants to be your guardian. Your WiscGuardian, that is. The UW-Madison Police Department launched a new app this year that allows students to easily communicate with police if they are in danger. The program, called WiscGuardian, is the product of a partnership between the department and the Associated Students of Madison. Rep. Deena Whitwam, the chair of ASM’s Shared Governance Committee, and UW-Madison junior Jake Victor worked with UWPD Lt. Brent Plisch to get the
assault from page 1 than 10 years behind bars based on the initial charges they faced. The only case that did not include a felony charge at any point was that of Frank Jermusek, who pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges of fourthdegree sexual assault and battery. He received a sentence of deferred prosecution, and both of the charges were later dismissed. In Gill’s case, a third-degree sexual assault charge was reduced to two misdemeanor counts of fourth-degree sexual assault. The same happened to Hwasung Yeom, whose initial charges included a felony of third-degree sexual assault. Yeom later pleaded guilty to the misdemeanors of fourth-degree sexual assault and disorderly conduct. This is not out of the ordinary for criminal cases, as nearly all guilty outcomes are from pleas rather than trials, according to the BJS data. U W-M a d i s o n Po l i c e Department Detective Lt. Brent Plisch said reducing charges for plea deals — which is left up to the district attorney’s office —
app approved for use by students this fall. “The features available through this app enable the UWPD to assist students better than ever before,” Whitwam said in a statement. The app, run nationally as Rave Guardian, is provided by the same company as WiscAlerts. To download the app, students should search for “Rave Guardian” in the App Store — once students enter their wisc.edu email account, UW-Madison’s version of the app will show up. At a Shared Governance Committee meeting Wednesday night, UWPD Emergency
Management Director Bill Curtis announced the WiscGuardian program and encouraged members to tell their friends about the app. Curtis touted the app’s features, such as its “send a tip” feature, which allows students to easily contact UWPD to submit nonemergency crime tips. The app also provides a “safety timer” feature which will contact students’ “guardians”—people they set as emergency contacts—if they did not reach home in the time they said it would take them. Curtis sees it as a way to give students peace of mind when walking home at night. “We have SafeWalk, but
SafeWalk isn’t around all the time … this is a 24/7 feature,” Curtis said. “It empowers you to have someone watch you and make sure you’re okay.” At the meeting, Whitwam praised UWPD’s efforts to make campus a safer place and stressed that the WiscGuardian project came to fruition as a result of student activism. “Students got together to look at more advanced [safety] technology, and that’s how this project was born,” Whitwam told members of the committee. “This was a student project that UWPD has taken on and funded. It’s a perfect example of a grassroots campaign.”
is especially common in sexual assault cases because they are often “very difficult to prove.” “That’s the DA’s prerogative. They get to do that,” Plisch said. “It’s a bargaining chip that they hold as the district attorney to ensure that the cases move through the system while still holding the offender accountable.”
the victim from having to testify in court,” Plisch said. “But the victims are also consulted by the DA’s office about these plea bargains, they’re never just offered to the suspects.” The Dane County District Attorney’s office did not respond to multiple requests for comment.
years of probation. After Gill’s charges were reduced, he still faced more than seven years behind bars. He pleaded no contest to the misdemeanor sexual assault charges and the felony of false imprisonment. In the spring of 2015, Dane County Circuit Judge John Markson gave him a time-served
Jail and probation sentences
Third-degree sexual assault
Two years of probation, four months of jail time
Fourth-degree sexual assault (two counts), false impris- Three years of probation, four days of jail time onment Fourth-degree sexual assault, disorderly conduct
Two years of probation, 30 days of jawil time (the jail time was reduced after the initial sentence of five months was already served)
Fourth-degree sexual assault, battery, disorderly conduct
Deferred prosecution (meaning that if the defendant meets certain requirements, all of the charges will be dropped)
Second-degree sexual assault
Eight years of probation
Another reason plea deals are so prevalent in sexual assault cases is to prevent victims from having to testify in court, according to Plisch. “From [UWPD’s] perspective, we would rather have the cases plead out in a manner that saves
The final sentences Out of the five cases, only Nathan Friar went to trial. He was found guilty of seconddegree sexual assault but not guilty of a count of strangulation and suffocation. Facing 40 years behind bars, he instead got eight
jail sentence of four days and three years of probation. Patti Coffey, a UW-Madison professor who has specialized in sex offender risk assessment, said that longer jail or prison sentences are not always the key to reducing the chances an assail-
UWPD from page 2 Community Advisory Council is implemented, she would like to establish a similar offshoot committee comprised solely of students. “I’m hoping to put in place this exchange so that there’s communication with individuals and with groups that aren’t always heard and don’t always feel that we are listening,” Roman said. Regarding sexual assault, UWPD debuted a new awareness campaign this year entitled “We Believe You.” According to Roman, while prevention and education efforts are always a priority, the department is also trying to focus on the issue of underreporting sexual assault and taking victims seriously. “What we try to do with [the campaign] is be visible, to send a message that we care, that we start by believing, and we want victims to feel comfortable coming forward to report to us,” Roman said. According to ASM Chair Katrina Morrison, Roman’s efforts have not gone unnoticed. Morrison highlighted UWPD’s increased connections with the campus community as a major success. “UWPD has been making good strides to be better accessible to different communities and be more transparent,” Morrison said. Morrison specifically cited Roman’s collaboration with community leaders and availability to students in building and strengthening UWPD relationships in the campus community. While Morrison acknowledged Roman’s efforts, ASM’s chair still has goals for the chief. “My biggest goal for Chief Roman is that she continues to engage the community of color and that she tries to uncover what the police department can do better so that they don’t perpetuate stereotypes and ensure that students of color are safe on this campus and not just majority students,” Morrison said. ant reoffends. Often, the longer a person is behind bars, the harder it is for them to readjust when they’re released, she said. “There is some research that suggests a slight increase in risk if you’re incarcerated for a longer period of time than someone who is sentenced to the community or sentenced to a lesser period of incarceration,” Coffey said. “There’s a lot of reasons to be concerned about incarceration if our concern is future risk. Sometimes it’s not our concern; sometimes it’s a punishment.” Morrison said she’s hesitant to advocate for mandatory minimum sentences for sexual assailants because of the harm those punishments have brought to people of color. But still, she said there needs to be more serious sentences levelled against those found guilty of assault. “I do think there should be more of a commitment to prosecuting these people,” said Morrison. “I feel like there needs to be a systematic and a cultural shift that we start viewing sexual assault as something that is incredibly serious and that needs to be punished seriously.”
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JVN Kickback at the Terrace honors Nguyen’s legacy By Francisco Velazquez MUSIC COLUMNIST
I was 17 years old and had just discovered the worlds around me. At the time, my grandmother’s home felt a little uneven; it was El Salvador, after all. Before the sun rose and reminded its people why the bonds—the blood boiling ones—are never bulletproof. It was around this time I began to read John Vietnam’s “One Life: One Love,” and wrestled with the idea of knowing that the greater wisdom of any decision can feel undeniably close. It was the only book I was interested in pursuing while 300 miles into the silent Salvadoran mountains. John “Vietnam” Nguyen was an Uptown Chicago poet, First Wave Scholar, friend and family member who drowned Aug. 30, in Madison, Wisconsin. Every year, the JVN Project expertly strings together a list of events to assure the greater Madison community that hip-hop continues to live and lift us from the grief and doubt around us. First Wave is a multicultural artistic program and the only one of its kind in the country; a program rooted in harnessing new ways of perfecting and protecting the value in our art, academics and activism. It serves as the blueprint for a hiphop and spoken word community that has proven resilience in the coldest of times. In different ways, First Wave is returning to the drawing board to continue reaching the worlds between us. This year, a closing kickback with headliner CRASHprez introduced a new way of relief. First Wavers Quaan Logan and Synovia Knox redefined the possibility of connecting in 20 minutes. Knox, a junior and dance team champion, rapped for the first time on stage. New Orleans native Logan seamlessly flowed back and forth, piecing together a feeling of forgiveness and igniting freedom all in one verse. Lyrically, visually and quite literally, Zhalarina Sanders, executive director of the the JVN Project, possesses the power to move rhythm like water and lava, framing a new surface. Ahead
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CRASHprez enthuses the crowd as headliner of JVN Day’s Kickback Concert at the Memorial Union Terrace this past Sunday. of the pack, a wolf community attributes to territoriality—its leader meticulously defends its unavoidable truth and knows its family well. On stage, Sanders led a family ready to chase and attack—“Who want it, I put my life up in this track / it’s apparently that I had to go and lose my life / Just to get it back.” Basi, an Oakland, California native, followed suit on a high-energy performance of “Zeitgeist,” the lead single from Basi and Bhairav’s debut project titled “Son of the Moon,” which will be released next July. Basi reflected on some misguided relationships, his new found stamina and his ability to keep gravity and guns at two separate distances. “Zeitgeist,” was a roaring introduction and an easily captivating way of determining the moment when the spirit within you realizes that you are more than you expected. Basi effortlessly combined his flow with Bhairav’s booming 808s and tolling bells to create a cinematic experience as he raps, “I just want to
bang my name in them bright lights / They just want the moment but I’m tryna be the Zeitgeist / Life is such a game you can lose it for the right price.” jonnychang, a California native and First Wave scholar, quickly builds energy on an uneven playing field of race in America. In a less censored and politically correct way, jonnychang swept bar by bar on at least two breaths and sent a very important message—“These bigots going through withdrawal when they’ve always had it all / Brown boy you were born to be a star / Know that you can come as you are.” Alongside him was a fellow cohort member and Chicago-born rapper Noah “Matan,” who added arsenal with a defiant mood many can get behind— “Everyday it’s fuck Donald Trump / I hope these nazis get punched.” Elephant Rebellion took the stage and showed us a bit of John Vietnam’s beginnings, how his artistry shaped so many lives, and continues to do so to this day— “One time for John Vietnam / Two
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times for JVN.” An artist’s greatest challenge is finding consistency and seeking out the resources that are sometimes not readily available. For Southside Minneapolis rapper Lucien Parker, his consistent demeanor of “Get it if you want” has fabricated an unstructured and successfully emerging pathway that has been guided under the Strange Oasis Entertainment team. Parker’s set placed us at the crossroad of wanting someone and ultimately knowing it isn’t always worth it. Parker encourages us to continue the journey, the one we are writing right now, and to take the steps to change and break the routine as he raps on a BNJM-produced beat, “Made a peace with it / I originated from the impossible / We are not the same you just gotta look / Way I play this role have these ni***s shook.” The years seem to merge together, but the distant memories always provide some familiar feelings. CRASHprez, a fifth cohort member and a cohort brother to John Vietnam, headlined the JVN Kickback five years later. It’s needless to say the passion is still pulsing as CRASHprez gives us some wisdom on explaining how the most intricate parts of our lives can often follow us even years from now. Rightfully so, the JVN Project continues to bring worlds together and mend some of the pieces we tend to leave with our most beloved ones. JVN Day is one of the main reasons love has never, and will never, die for First Wave. In reflecting on the 5th Annual Hip-Hop Festival in honor of John Vietnam, the executive board shares what this festival means to them personally: “I think that for me, JVN Day was a chance for us to really get back to the roots of the project, an opportunity to center ourselves in the work that we do. It’s the time for fellowship, the long meetings, the hard decisions, the growth, all in the name of carrying on the legacy with as much integrity as possible.” — Amina Iro
“Planning this festival this year has solidified how much this organization means to me. It has taught me patience, professionalism and given me not just an amazing staff to work with, but a group of friends who know what it means to stay up all night and sit through long meetings to create something bigger than ourselves. I am truly humbled to be a part of this legacy.” — Tiffany Ike “This year was the fifth year of the festival’s existence. John and I met as part of fifth cohort of our scholarship program. Our cohort celebrated everything that came in fives so this one was a very significant milestone. To have another member of our 15-person cohort be our festival feature was also very special to me. This year’s festival has had me reflecting a tremendous amount on our foundation and how the JVN Project was started on a Google Document on my laptop.” — Zhalarina Sanders “This year’s festival was very much one of reflection and love. I’ve been really fortunate to work with some incredible women since my freshman year to continue the legacy of John Vietnam. This year’s festival has gotten me to look at this legacy and how invested John was with his art and activism, and to look into myself in how I can be better and unafraid of the gifts and opportunities I’ve been given, and the hard work that goes into that process.” — Tehan Ketema “For me, JVN Day this year meant building the strength of an organization that is both a community and family. All the work that was accomplished by such amazing women of color was done with a passion and drive that is, and forever will be, incomparable to what can be found in any other work environment. These women are my sisters, my mentors and my lights. They are the physical embodiments of the soul of the JVN Project. They are what made JVN Day what it was, is, and will continue to be.” — Sam Arriozola
Weekend, September 14-17, 2017
College rankings do not accurately portray all a university has to offer ZHIYUN ZHAO opinion columnist
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The LGBTCC fails to offer an inviting space for all LGBT students on campus, needs to improve diversity.
LGBT center on campus lacks inclusivity, does not support LGBT community CURTIS SMITH* opinion columnist
or many university hopefuls from the state of Wisconsin, UW-Madison is a top choice. It seems diverse, inclusive, and “woke” with social issues. Now that we are on campus, we know this perception is far from true. Frankly, there is an issue with inclusivity and support in spaces that are supposedly created with such intentions. Let’s talk about the lack of inclusivity in a space that is supposed to be diverse and serve as a resource to those who need it: the (outdated and non-inclusive in naming, although that is a whole other issue) LGBT Campus Center. The LGBTCC was created to support students as they come to terms with their identities, build pride and network with similar folk around campus and in the community. While at first the center seems to be great for networking, it quickly proves to only be so for a select few. The LGBTCC is frequented by the same twenty students whose camaraderie runs so deep it intimidates nervous, questioning students from even using the resources offered. It is truly a clique, focused only on networking and bolstering the careers/egos of those fortunate enough to be welcomed. Additionally, the LGBTCC lacks intersectional diversity. It is incredibly uncomfortable to address issues pertaining to my sexuality and gender identity when I am the only person of my race present at the campus center. Further, the LGBTCC serves, as it seems, only students from out of the state. Few Wisconsinites—the vast majority of our school’s population—seem to attend, so few folks at the cam-
pus center seem to understand what it is truly like to be queer and from rural Wisconsin. Secondly, the LGBTCC does not handle the concept of pride well. For many UW students (the majority of whom are from Small Town, Wisconsin), being part of the LGBTQIA+ community may not be the easiest thing to be proud of, nor something to ever be publicly proud of. Some of us just simply see it as any other personal trait that makes us who we are. Speaking from personal experience, the clique at the LGBTCC shames people for their lack of, or timidness to express, pride. Rather than shunning and excluding those who feel ashamed of their identity, the center should be focused on boosting confidence, comfort, and, in turn, pride. Sometimes, people need resources and help coming out without it coming across as “pride.” It’s a valid desire. People should only do as they see fit for themselves and as they are comfortable, regardless of their peers’ beliefs on the “right” way to do it. Finally, the LGBTCC should be more thorough and conscientious in the selection of student employees and volunteers. Again speaking from unfortunate experience, the campus center should be a safe place, not a place for folks to incessantly hit on curious or questioning folks. It should not serve as a “target range” for openly LGB folks to exploit and take advantage of a questioning person’s sexual vulnerability. Sadly, a student volunteer during the 2016-17 year did not see the campus center as a place for community, but rather a target range for folks like me— nervous and curious men, who
cannot come forward with their victimization without “outting” himself to family, friends, school administration, and/or police officers and the public. Gabe Javier, the previous LGBTCC director, is not to blame for these faults of the campus center, nor is the current interim director. Javier was the one consistently welcoming person at the center. He has been an excellent director, and I wish him the best in his new role. My charge, however, is for the search and screen committee to seek a director who will actively address these named issues immediately upon beginning the position. Seek a director who will build a diverse coalition of welcoming volunteers and visitors including folks of all races, creeds, places of origin and so on. Seek a director who will truly tell students of all points along the gender and sexuality spectrums, and those at all stages of coming out and having pride, that they are welcome and they are supported. Lastly, ensure that the behaviors and reputations of the student attendees, volunteers and employees promote safe and inclusive spaces, where consent is something taken seriously and pride is not a requirement of admission. *Note: The author used a pen-name, as he is not yet publicly “out,” but he is hoping the LGBTCC will improve and can support him in the process of coming out. Additionally, the author sought to protect his privacy as a survivor of sexual violence. Have you had any experiences with the LGBTCC? What are your thoughts on the inclusivity of the center? Send any questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
ould you regret going to a college that was ranked a top 10 public university when you got admitted but then drops to number 12 one year later? This Tuesday, U.S. News & World Report released its 2018 Best Colleges rankings, which consisted of multiple rankings such as Best National Universities, Best National Liberal Arts Colleges, Top Public Schools among National Universities and Best Value Schools. University of WisconsinMadison still remains number 46 on the Best National Universities ranking this year, but surprisingly, does not make it to the Top 10 Public Schools among National Universities list. U.S. News & World Report’s Best Colleges rankings are one of the most popular college rankings in the world today but the lists have long been controversial. Even though U.S. News & World Report claims on its website that the rankings “can help applicants and their families search for the right fit” they do not necessarily serve their purpose. First of all, many aspects of U.S. News’s seemingly complicated methodology are not very convincing. For example, when assessing faculty resources, faculty salary weighs 35 percent. But it is still questionable as to whether a high salary is directly associated with a high dedication to teaching. Also, U.S. News asked high school counselors for their opinions on colleges and they were “asked to rate schools’ academic programs on a scale from 1 (marginal) to 5 (distinguished)”. This seems very vague and subjective. Therefore, even though U.S. News has tried its best to make the indicators as varied as possible, improvement is still needed to make the rankings more convincing and objective. Besides, what is not included in this methodology also challenges the reliability of the rankings. The methodology of U.S. News & World Report’s Best
Colleges rankings is mainly focused on academics. People usually associate the quality of a college with its academic excellence, but for students who are looking for colleges, there are more things to consider. It is not just choosing a place to study, but also a place to live, meet new people and discover who you are for the next four or five years. Thus location, sports, extracurriculum activities and the quality of campus housing are just a few factors that may influence a student’s overall college experience but are hard to evaluate by a universally agreed standard. Therefore, a shift of one ranking does not necessarily mean the quality of the school has improved or declined drastically as a whole in the past year. Fortunately for college applicants who still hope to use rankings as a measurement for college, there is more than one organization or institute in this country and worldwide doing college rankings and these rankings evaluate schools from different aspects. For example, MONEY’s Best Colleges ranking measures a college’s quality, affordability and the earnings of alumni while Business Insider’s ranking assesses a college’s ability to prepare for student’s success in later life. To some degree, these varied rankings make up for each other’s flaws by including unique aspects to their methodology and applicants now have more opportunities to learn about colleges from different perspectives. It is fun to look at college rankings each year and talk about the changes that occurred on the charts. But for college applicants, I would suggest checking each ranking’s methodology before looking at the list itself, compare multiple rankings, and think critically on the results. It is always good for applicants to have another measurement when choosing their ideal college, but it is also important to know its limitations and how to use it wisely. Zhiyun is a junior majoring in English and theatre. Send questions to email@example.com.
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College rankings are not as important as they are made out to be.
Weekend, September 14-17, 2017
Mother Earth says “It’s getting hot in here,” begins to remove her clothes By Patrick Hoeppner THE DAILY CARDINAL
Ancient Greek Mythology states that on the Ides of September, when Hades would throw a raging house party in his deathly domain, the kegs of ambrosia would be tapped, the bouncer would charge one gold piece per cup and the heat would rise as the floor of molten magma filled the chamber with acrid fumes. As legend has it, Mother Earth, more commonly known as Gaia, would disrobe, due to the excessive heat and the rising temperatures. “Geoscientists stationed at the poles have begun to receive seismic readings indicating large sections of ozone being removed and cast off into space,” a UW scientist stationed at a research outpost in Antarctica said. “The ozone sheets are beginning to resemble large formations of what looks like clothes.” “You see, here,” he said, ges-
turing to the radar scanner, “this here is an ozone sheet. As the temperature rises on Earth and Gaia becomes frustrated at its inhabitants not recognizing the blatantly obvious facts, she begins to cast off her clothes. You see, that’s a brassiere.”
“Gaia is disrobing as a direct result of the temperature on Earth getting hotter and hotter.” Zack P. Munger Antarctic Geologist
“The climate is obviously not changing,” President Trump said, as he gestured to an enormous, mountain-shaped graph indicating astronomically increasing temperatures, rising exponentially since the start of the Industrial Revolution. “These numbers mean nothing,
and science is rapidly becoming irrelevant as my illogical ramblings become more relevant.” Trump then proceeded to remove the climate reading board on the stand, and upturned it, resulting in a modified logarithmic graph. Gasps arose from the reporters. “The temperature since the start of the Industrial Revolution has approached… what’s that number?” Trump asked. “Zero,” a reporter in the Press Room said. “Zero,” Trump said. “The number has been approaching zero.” “As the legend has it, one of the Titans cast into Tartarus queued a flamin’ track on the DJ deck,” the researcher said. “As the bass built and the track dropped, the entire dance floor went crazy. The ambrosia kegs were flowing freely, and the party reached its peak. “Gaia is disrobing as a direct result of the temperature on
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Artist’s renditioning of Gaia overheating and disrobing. Earth getting hotter and hotter,” the researcher said. “It’s
getting hot in here, and she’s taking off all her clothes.”
UW-Madison freshman drops out for semester, puts blame on current campus-wide wifi-outage By Ayomide Awosika THE DAILY CARDINAL
In breaking news, UW-Madison freshman, Faye Lure has dropped out of classes for the semester, citing the outage of the university’s campuswide wifi as the cause of her decision. She claims that the lack of connectivity to the internet has caused an unnatural disconnection between herself and her generation’s love of using picture or gif templates as coping mechanisms or as a response to current events. The Daily Cardinal reached out to her concerning her allegations. “Moving to campus has been a very stressful thing for
me, you know? Having to move downtown from the suburbs of Middleton has been a drastic change for me. And yeah, I know they are only a few miles away, but I just feel so far from everyone I know and love.”
“I didn’t even know about the Ted Cruz twitter incident until HOURS after it happened.” Faye Lure UW-Madison freshman
She continued, “I haven’t been able to Skype my family or check Canvas for class updates, but most importantly, I haven’t been able to keep
up with the trending memes. I didn’t even know about the Ted Cruz twitter incident until HOURS after it happened. Can you even imagine how hard it is to live like this?” Cardinal reporters later informed Lure’s professors of the situation to which they expressed great concern, some even moved to tears. Her biology professor stated, “Had we been informed of this student’s predicament sooner we could most definitely have accommodated for her needs. We fully understand that some students need memes of the dankest degree in order to properly process and understand class
content and worldly news. In response to this myself, as well as some of her other teachers are including myself, are planning on fully integrating memes into our curriculum. I’m even allotting the first and last five minutes of class to browsing Twitter’s trending topics and Reddit’s blackpeopletwitter.”
“I’m allotting the first and last five minutes of class to browsing twitter’s trending topics.” Sye Ence UW-Madison Biology Professor
After Faye learned of this change in class curriculum she reached
out to the Cardinal to inform us that she would be attempting to return to classes in the fall semester, but the internet outage has so far not allowed her to do so. She has gone to DoIT, but so far they have instructed her to turn her computer on and off again. When Cardinal staffers learned of her predicament, they all pitched in to a GoFundMe fundraiser in the hopes that Faye can get a new unlimited data plan and browse dank memes in her time of need. As of the publication of this article DoIT has not yet responded to the Cardinal’s numerous requests for comments.
Electrical engineering student shoves banana in VCR, draws community outrage By Jared Holloway THE DAILY CARDINAL
Tensions have risen in recent days at the Gamma Delta Beta sorority house due to a malfunctioning VCR, and all sources point towards electrical engineering major Tom Bakerstaff as the culprit. The trouble began at approximately 11:30 P.M. on Tuesday when a banana was found jammed into the tape slot of the VCR in the basement. The shocking discovery was made by senior Sarah Marston when she tried to put in a VHS tape of “The Lion King”. “Oh. My. Freaking. God.” said Marston as she tried to scrape mushed banana from the inside of the tape player. “We were just going have a chill girls Disney night with gluten free crackers and hummus.” She shot an angry glance towards
the interviewer. “I bet it was Stacy’s stupid boyfriend Tom. He always does shit like this.”
“He found the one VCR we still have in this damn place and shoved a banana in it.” Ire Eed elderly bookkeeper
Gamma Delta Beta member Stacy Berk is involved in a controversial relationship with Bakerstaff, a relationship that many of her sorority sisters disapprove of. Tom has been known for “totally pranking” the sorority house in the past, with memorable incidents such as Saran wrapping cars, stretching tape through doorways, and the infamous TP-ing of the house and yard. Even more incriminating is the fact that
Bakerstaff has shoved bananas in VCRs in the past. “Tom Bakerstaff? I know that asshole.” said an elderly bookkeeper at Memorial Libray. “He found the one VCR we still have in this damn place and shoved a banana in it. Worst of all, no one uses it so it started decomposing. There was an entire tree starting to grow when I tried to put in a “Lawrence Welk Show” tape a few months ago and I had to go to over four yard sales that weekend to find a new one.” Bakerstaff has yet to be apprehended by Alpha Chi Omega officers, but immense pressure has been placed on Stacy Berk to cease relations with him. “Oh my God, Stacy better dump his ass.” commented sorority sister Jenny Schwarz. Tom Bakerstaff was last seen gluing pennies to the ground.
Weekend, September 14-17, 2017
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Paul Chryst’s new wrinkle: three tight ends Lorin Cox The Daily Cardinal
aul Chryst doesn’t run an offense with exotic spread packages or flashy play calls to try and keep the opposing defense guessing. The Badgers’ offense doesn’t try to hide what they do. Every other team generally knows what they’re going to do and how they’re going to do it. Wisconsin runs the ball pro-style, downhill, with heavy personnel groupings in an effort to win the battle at the line of scrimmage. No matter the personnel, that doesn’t change. What does change is the new wrinkles that Chryst throws in from year to year. The new look for the No. 10 Wisconsin Badgers’ offense in 2017 is its three tight end packages, called “13” personnel because it features one running back and three tight ends, (1-3). Wisconsin brings Troy Fumagalli, Zander Neuville and Kyle Penniston out onto the field to try and create mismatches in both the running and passing game. “The defense has to choose; do they want to play heavy in the box or do they want to spread it out? That’s the key part,” Fumagalli said. “If we come out 13 and they bring in heavy personnel, we can spread it out too, so just keeping them off balance as best we can, being able to play different roles, is big.” Through two games in 2017, the Badgers have run threetight-end formations on 21 percent of their offensive plays, according to Pro Football Focus, tied as their second-most common personnel package.
Twelve months ago, 13 personnel wasn’t in the game plan. Fumagalli’s presence has been a constant over the last two seasons, but Wisconsin didn’t have enough consistency behind him to get more creative with its formation usage. Eric Steffes was the team’s number two tight end, and he had a defined role as a blocker, appearing in just under half of UW’s total offensive snaps. And the depth behind Steffes was almost nonexistent, with then-redshirt freshman Kyle Penniston backing Steffes up along with a converted defensive lineman, Zander Neuville. It took time for the fresh faces to get up to speed in UW’s offense, but before long, Penniston and Neuville built up their confidence and started to get increased action on offense. “The last two or three games of the year was when I really felt confident at the position with everything that I was doing,” Neuville said. “Last year, my main thing was run blocking, so this spring and during fall camp when I was healthy, I got a lot more confident catching the ball and learning the routes.” The walk-on defensive end was asked to switch to offense two weeks before the start of 2016, learning tight end on the fly as he tried to carve out his own spot in the offensive rotation. Chryst didn’t seem to have full confidence in his tight end depth until week 10 against Northwestern. That was the game that 13 personnel first debuted for the Badgers’ offense, and it quickly became a small, but successful, wrinkle. With three tight ends on the
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Tight ends Kyle Penniston (left) and Zander Neuville (right) have carved out significant roles in UW’s offense. field last season, Wisconsin running backs averaged 6.3 yards per carry, according to Pro Football Focus. On all other rushing plays, they averaged 4.7 yards per rush. The extra blockers on the field made it that much more difficult for teams to defend. “You’ve got a chance to make a longer edge, so there’s more gaps to cancel,” Chryst said. “If they substitute different body types, then you can maybe take advantage of that.” The Badgers have been able to take advantage of the growth of Neuville and their 13 personnel package as a result has been more prominent this season. Now, as a more complete tight end, Neuville, the redshirt junior is the clear number two on the depth chart with Penniston getting more involved behind him too. Early on, the results have been encouraging. Wisconsin is averaging 5.2 yards per carry in 13 personnel, but it is the effi-
ciency in the passing game has been most notable. “I think as a tight end group, we’re pretty athletic overall, so we’re definitely big, taller guys and I think we can all run too,” Neuville said. “If we’re going against safeties, we can win the jump ball, but if we’re going against linebackers, we can maybe body them out with our size or beat them with some speed too.” Alex Hornibrook hasn’t thrown a ton of passes with three tight ends on the field, but when he has, defenses haven’t been able to stop it. Through two games, the redshirt sophomore quarterback is 5-of-6 for 85 yards, including two of his five total touchdowns. That’s good for a perfect passer rating of 158.3, via PFF. On all other passes, Hornibrook has a 49.1 completion percentage and a passer rating of just 76.0. When the Badgers come out with three tight ends on the field,
Alex Hornibrook’s passer rating this season
both defenses they faced responded with their base personnel, either 3-4 or 4-3 to try and account for all of the potential blockers in the running game. That’s created favorable matchups in coverage with tight ends on linebackers and safeties that haven’t been able to keep up with the sheer talent of Fumagalli and the growth of Neuville and Penniston. “The biggest thing from [Fumagalli] is route running and learning how to threaten guys,” Neuville said. “You’re not always going to be able to beat guys just with speed or just being bigger, but he’s really good at threatening their leverage and doing things like that.” Chryst has found a new way to threaten opposing defenses with an added wrinkle to his offense. And he’s going to use it to run the ball downhill and force the other team to load up the box.
Alex Hornibrook’s completion percentage this season
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Wthout 3 TEs
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Senior tight end Troy Fumagalli has been quarterback Alex Hornibrook’s most consistent pass catcher.