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Administration and teachers agree on forming grievance procedure By Mike La Count News Editor firstname.lastname@example.org
Members of the Milwaukee Graduate Assistants Association met with the UW-Milwaukee administration three times last week and came to an agreement to form a grievance procedure following the end of state union employee contracts this summer. The Milwaukee Graduate Assistants Association (MGAA) is a teachers union that represents over 1,000 individuals working as teaching assistants at UW-Milwaukee. Last Monday (May 2), an impromptu meeting was held at Chapman Hall after members of MGAA arrived with a document outlying nine demands sought from the UWM administration in regards to work-
ing conditions for TAs and university ﬁnances. Some of the items on the list included tuition freezes for students and pay cuts for administration, but the focus of the meetings that would follow was on negotiating employment contracts with the university. The unscheduled meeting on Monday led to a scheduled one on Tuesday. At 6 p.m. on May 3, a group of over 30 people met with UWM administrators Colin Scanes, Shannon Bradbury and Rodney Swain; Scanes is the dean of the UWM Graduate School, Bradbury works in Human Resources and Swain is the dean of the College of Letters and Science. During the Tuesday meeting ,members of MGAA presented the administration with an
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Baseball takes series with Youngstown St. Basketball adds new recruit
A year in UWM news
fringe | page 9 By Kurt Raether Editor in Chief email@example.com
As we at the Post wind down the year with our last issue (*sniﬀ*), I would like to present a compilation of the most important stories and issues we covered this year. The events of the last nine months have been momentous, echoing the larger events hap-
pening outside of our campus. In world news, 2011 has been a tumultuous year of protests in the Middle East, natural disasters in Japan and the death of Osama bin Laden, the world’s most wanted terrorist. Closer to home, Wisconsin was also embroiled in political upheaval, with heated gubernatorial elections leading to one
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Some like it rough Bin Laden’s death
The Post’s picks for Summerfest Don’t-miss festivals this summer
Editorial | page 19 HOLMES: the media’s obsession with the royal wedding A veteran’s perspective on bin Laden’s death
Savage Love columnist hits home at UWM comes to UWM Thousands of flags flown to signal foreign
Post photo Sierra Riesberg By John Parnon Staff Writer firstname.lastname@example.org
Dan Savage discussed the abnormally high suicide rate of queer teens and the importance of social media in getting through
to this traditionally outcast group during a question-and-answer forum last Wednesday, May 4 at UW-Milwaukee. Savage is a popular syndicated sex columnist for the Seattle paper The Stranger and is known for his satirical straight-talk column “Savage Love” that Milwaukee residents can read in The Onion every week. Savage is also the author of several books dealing with sexuality, his own life, and many of the problems members of the LGBT community face on a regular basis. An audience of all sexual orientations and ages brought their own content to the event, asking questions about sex toys, relationships, monogamy and cheating. “However ﬁlthy, disgusting, inappropriate or ﬁst-fucky it gets, you have no one to blame but your-
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policy success, commemorate 9/11 victims By Steve Garrison Staff Writer email@example.com
Almost 3,000 miniature ﬂags were ﬂying in Spaights Plaza Monday, May 2 to commemorate victims of the 2001 World Trade Center attacks and to close a chapter in the country’s nearly decade-long hunt for the mastermind behind the devastating Sept. 11, 2001 attacks. The memorial was quickly organized by members of the College Republicans at UW-Milwaukee and Young America’s Foundation following the announcement Sunday night that Osama bin Laden had been killed in a ﬁreﬁght with U.S. operatives.
Organizers were quick to point out, however, that the memorial was not created to celebrate the terrorist’s death. “We do not rejoice in the death of a person,” Dan Pesch, former UWM student and Iraq War veteran, said. “We rejoice because a huge force of evil no longer exists.” Bin Laden, the spiritual and ideological leader of the terrorist organization al-Qaida, has been on the FBI’s 10 Most Wanted Fugitives list since the 1998 bombing of U.S. embassies in Tanzania and Kenya. The search for the terrorist leader intensiﬁed after he was identiﬁed as the mastermind behind the orchestrated attacks of Sept. 11,
2001, when four commercial jets were hijacked and subsequently crashed into the World Trade Center Twin Towers in New York City, the Pentagon in Arlington, Va., and a ﬁnal ground crash in Shanksville, Pa., killing almost 3,000 people. Bin Laden was killed in the Pakistani city of Abbottabad on the morning of Monday, May 2 by a small team of U.S. Navy SEALS who stormed his compound in what President Obama called a “targeted assault.” The 40-minute ﬁreﬁght was the result of months of intelligence work beginning back in August and was launched with
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Less sex says Aussies In an almost undeletable response to a survey, Australian men between the ages of 16-24 say that they want less sex. The survey was completed by 4,300 and 4,400 heterosexual men and women, respectively. Researchers believe the finding may result from women in the same age group being more love-oriented than men, causing them to be overwhelmed. On the other end of the spectrum, 57 percent of the men between the ages of 55-64 wanted more sex, a sentiment only shared by 28 percent of women in the same age group. Half of men over age 55 wanted more sex, while only 27 percent of women did as well. Researchers have attributed this to the declining interest in sex amongwomen after they can no longer conceive.
High-school grad rates lowered in new count A new way of calculating graduation rates in Wisconsin dropped the rate to 85.7 percent. The new system follows students for four years beginning when they enter as freshmen. Federal laws put in place by the No Child Left Behind Act require all states to monitor graduation rates with the same system. Previous methods used by Wisconsin counted the number of diplomas distributed and kept record of known dropouts, leaving the possibility that students who take longer than four years to graduate or drop out after four years are unaccounted for. Wisconsin plans on creating a report that will include a six-year graduation rate as well as the four-year.
Police Reports On May 2 at 9:58 a.m., the chancellor’s office reported 20 teaching assistants arrived at Chapman Hall requesting to see the chancellor. UWMPD reported the building was locked at 6 p.m. On Wednesday, May 4, a subject complained that a member of the College Republicans at UWM was ripping down posters for a protest being held in Spaights Plaza later that day.
On Monday, May 2, an RA reported an odd page torn out from his or her diary at 12:10 a.m. On May 2 at 9:29 p.m., a neighbor called to complain about kids riding go-karts in the parking lot outside Cunningham Hall. The students said they had permission from their professor to be in the lot. The neighbor called back again and an officer was sent to tell the students to “wrap it up,” but they had already left.
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The lost-and-found repository located in the UWM Police Department in Sandburg Hall is full of jump drives, wallets, iPods, cell phones and other things. The UWM police are encouraging anyone who may have lost something in the course of the year to stop by and see if it has been turned in. If you have any questions, please contact Officer Fanetta Marion at (414) 229-6887.
Lovell officially chancellor By Mike La Count News Editor email@example.com
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Following a meeting of the UW System Board of Regents, Michael Lovell has been oﬃcially named the chancellor of UW-Milwaukee. The appointment came after a special meeting of the Regents held on May 3. It was originally planned for the UWM chancellor to be named after the June 9 meeting of the Regents, which will be hosted by UW-Milwaukee.
The special meeting, held via teleconference, had only one item on the agenda: the appointment of a chancellor for UWM. Lovell will drop “interim” from his title and continue the duties he has been performing since the departure of former UWM Chancellor Carlos Santiago last October. Michael Lovell will be UWM’s eighth chancellor since Wisconsin State College became the University of WisconsinMilwaukee in 1956 under J. Martin Klotsche.
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of the most-contested governorships in decades. Governor Scott Walker’s budget bill incited over 100,000 protestors to take to the streets in Madison. UW-Milwaukee has been no diﬀerent. A lot of changes have happened over the course of this last year, and if you haven’t been reading, now is the time to catch up. We’ve provided a summary of each story, along with the relevant articles you can read online at www.uwmpost.com.
Searching for a new chancellor It was the year without a Santiclause. Former Chancellor Carlos Santiago informed the UWM community of his resignation in August, writing that he would be leaving the campus to go to Washington D.C., taking the job of CEO for the Hispanic College Fund. Santiago left on Oct. 1, leaving a slew of in-the-works projects for his successor, including the acquisition of the Columbia St. Mary’s Hospital, the establishment of the School of Public Health and the development of Innovation Park. Mike Lovell, at the time dean of the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, took over as interim chancellor soon after. After a semester-long search-andscreen process, Lovell was named the new chancellor of UWM by the UW System Board of Regents.
The battle over free parking In late December, the Post broke a story about the UPARK lakefront lots and the administration’s decision to shut them down in favor of a new parking garage on the Columbia St. Mary’s (CSM) property. According to the university, Milwaukee County refused to renew the lease for the 2011-2012 school year. This contradicted statements that County Parks Director Sue Black made to the Post. The Student Association and SA President Travis Romero-
Boeck responded to the situation by proposing an alternate solution which involved raising student segregated fees to provide for free parking in the CSM structure. The struggle lasted for most of the spring semester, but the SA eventually won out. Following an SA vote in March and approval from then-Interim Chancellor Michael Lovell, the parking structure will be free and open to students next year.
ﬂoor of the Union. Over the next month, the money sat in the vault, occasionally moved around by Union employees. On Feb. 23, Union Nights and Weekends Manager Neal Michals can be seen on the security footage removing the money. According to his statements, he counted it and then deposited it into the Union drop safe. Then, the money disappeared. After this story came to light, and after a lengthy but fruitless investigation by the SA, the UWMPD, Union Director Scott Gore and the Post, Gore decided that the blame fell on misconduct by Union employees in their money-handling procedures. The Union wrote a check for $1,300 to the SA, who then donated it to the American Red Cross of Southeastern Wisconsin. Read the articles below for a step-by-step analysis of our investigation. See if you can ﬁgure it out, because we sure weren’t able to. Mishandled money disappears from Union Vault (Raether, Erdmann) Union to refund missing Haiti money (Raether)
Protests and unrest permeate campus
UWM gains some ground
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The Student Association’s slip-ups and successes The Student Association started the year with controversy. Senator Katie Krause was investigated for her connection to the missing Haiti relief money, and although she resigned from the Senate, she was ultimately exonerated. An early Senate meeting was closed after the speaker balked and senators walked out to stop controversial legislation and break quorum. As the fall semester drew to a close, the SA seemed to ﬁnally have their ducks in a row and most of winter and spring would be spent working with the city and administration on the parking issue. In the spring elections, ASAP was re-elected in a landslide victory with big promises for the coming year and some major challenges on the horizon. See the following articles (Zach Erdmann): ASAP sweeps elections Budget causes tension at the Senate meeting Look who’s talking Student Senate in shambles SORC investigates
The vague Badger partnership (La Count) UW system may lose ﬂagship (La Count) Local politics The Milwaukee Common Council passed a ban on the sale of herbs that had been compared to cannabis in psychological eﬀect. Criticism came from Milwaukee retailers who sold products such as K-2, which became prohibited after the ordinance passed. Objections also came from Nik Kovac, the alderman representing the UWM campus area, who was interviewed in the Riverwest edition of the Post. See the following articles: Milwaukee herbs up in smoke (La Count) By your powers combined… (Erdmann)
The Post had the unfortunate duty to report the deaths of three students and one recent alumnus this year. Ryan Fieck, a 23-yearold ﬁnance major set to graduate in May, suﬀered a deadly fall from a retaining wall in midOctober. Craig Staples, a graduate student, died of reported “natural causes” at his home the week prior. Marcus Johnson, an alumnus who had just transferred to the University of Minnesota, died in a car crash, also in within the same week as Fieck. Johnson was a Panther cheerleader during his time at UWM. On April 18, junior Patrick Allen Martin passed away after falling down a ﬂight of stairs at a friend’s house. He was a sushi chef at Izumi’s Japanese Restaurant. Thoughts go out to the families of these students. See the following stories:
Santiagone Santiago discusses change, residency rules in farewell plenary The search for chancellor begins Lovell given green light
UWM ﬁnalized the long-anticipated purchase of the Columbia St. Mary’s Hospital for just over $20 million after CSM relocated in December of 2010. The hospital, renamed the Northwest Quadrant, increased the campus area by 20 percent. Debate continues over how to pay for and use the space as well over how to best manage the parking structure acquired as part of the deal. See the following articles: The future of an old hospital (Steve Garrison) UWM ﬁnalizes Columbia St. Mary’s purchase (Tom Swieciak) Hip to be square (La Count) Haiti relief money disappears $1,300. A sealed vault. No witnesses. Faulty cameras. This story had all the elements of a Hollywood crime caper with none of the resolution. The Student Association raised $1,300 for the Red Cross’s Haitian Relief Fund over a three-day period in early 2010. At the end of each day, thenSenator Katie Krause placed the money in the vault on the ground
When Scott Walker’s administration brought Wisconsin into the national spotlight, protestors from around the country stormed the capitol steps in Madison to voice their opposition to Walker’s budget bill. The protests spilled over to the UWM campus, culminating in a protest in Spaights Plaza on Feb. 17 that involved hundreds of UWM students as well as students from local high schools. Students also participated in occupations of campus buildings, including one group that holed up in a study lounge for 67 days before the administration ﬁnally negotiated their exit last Friday. See the following articles: Third time’s the charm (Erdmann) Unplanned theatrics in Peck play (Aaron Knapp) “Solidarity!” (Erdmann) Protestors storm capitol (PenzeyMoog) Rufus King students self-organize for protest (Raether) UW politics UW-Madison Chancellor Biddy Martin worked with members of the Walker administration to put together legislation which would in eﬀect remove UW-Madison from the UW System and have it exist as an independent university.
Big-time speakers visit campus
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See the following articles: UW-Milwaukee to cut 700 free parking spaces (Erdmann) County kills lakefront parking (Erdmann) Parking discussion makes a rolling stop (Erdmann) Objections over NWQ parking (La Count)
Criticism was raised by the UW Board of Regents and members of UW System schools over Martin’s support of a move by the legislature separating UW-Madison from the System without receiving any speciﬁcs from legislatures on what would be in the act.
Ryan Fieck (La Count) Two students, one alumni dead in unrelated incidents (Erdmann) UWM mourns student death (Flood)
BIN LADEN Continued from page 1 the cooperation of Pakistani oﬃcials. The morning following the news of bin Laden’s death, 2,974 ﬂags were placed outside the UWM Union, one ﬂag for every victim of the attacks. Because of the spontaneity of the event, however, organizers said that the ﬂags were not counted before being planted. Kate Edwards, chair of the College Republicans at UWM, said the ﬂags are not only representative of the lives lost on Sept. 11 but also to honor the men and women in uniform who are ﬁghting in the subsequent wars that resulted. “The fact that they risk their lives to protect our freedoms is a testament to their character, and I believe the ﬁnest men and women this country has to offer are in the military,” Edwards said.
UWM was visited by some major national ﬁgures this semester, including the likes of Ben Stein Henry Rollins and Dan Savage. Most of the controversy centered on former Bush cabinet member Karl Rove, who provoked protests and scrutiny into the somewhat secretive nature of his appearance. The College Republicans at UWM, who brought Rove to campus, followed the written guidelines of the Senate Allocations Committee, but questions remained about the distribution of tickets. Roving Karl at UWM (Jon Gorski) Interview with Ben Stein (La Count) Interview with Dan Savage (Garrison) Words with a liar (Patrice Vnük) I would personally like to thank all of you who have been reading with us this year, and I hope we’ve been able to keep you engaged with the goings-on of your school, community, and state. The amount of sweat and hard work that goes into this paper every week is worth seeing somebody paging through the paper as I walk down the halls. Look for some big changes coming in the next few years at the paper as we transition into a new age of journalism and media. Mike La Count and Zach Erdmann contributed to this article.
Pesch is one of the men who was honored in the memorial, serving in the Wisconsin National Guard for seven years and deployed in Iraq twice, spending almost two years ﬁghting abroad. Pesch sat outside the memorial at noon on Monday wearing his military jacket, holding a larger version of the U.S. ﬂags sprouting from the ground behind him. On his jacket a patch identiﬁed him as a permit-holding terrorist hunter. “It’s kind of a joke,” Pesch explained, saying that the patches were something him and his friends bought when they enlisted. Pesch said that bin Laden’s death at the hands of U.S. operatives was probably the best way the 10-year search could have ended. “It will never bring back the loved ones that were lost on Sept. 11, 2001, but it will serve as, hopefully, closure,” Pesch said.
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SA denies College Republicans’ grant A tumultuous Senate meeting By Zach Erdmann News Editor firstname.lastname@example.org
At the Student Association Senate meeting on Sunday night, the SA approved all of the grants for student organizations except for one, which was pulled from the SAC grant package and denied at the urging of President Travis Romero-Boeck. The grant was a Major Event Grant for the College Republicans to bring Steve Forbes to campus next semester. It was for $23,852.90. During the SAC deliberations weeks ago the grant was approved with the stipulation that the University Student Court provide an interpretation on the College Republicans eligibility, pursuant to a SAC bylaw.
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selves,” said Savage. Predictably, he received numerous questions about relationships; less predictably, he made a point to argue against monogamy in his responses. “There is no ‘one.’ There is a .64 that you round up to one … and we’re gonna build this lie together called a relationship,” said Savage. Lauren Otte of the Peer Health Advocates (PHA), a student organization on campus, coordinated the event and brought Savage to Milwaukee using a student segregated-fee grant given to PHA by the Senate Appropriations Committee (SAC). Otte said that Savage had spoken to many of the troubles she had gone through herself. She had organized events before and wanted to ﬁll a room with Savage fans and make the university well known. “It really is a dream come true,” said Otte. “I had a lot of people
The bylaw states that student orgs cannot be granted two Major Event Grants during the same school year. Concerns were raised that the College Republicans would be in violation of this bylaw because they held a large event in both the Fall and Spring semesters of this academic year and requested a grant for next fall as well. Chief Justice Meggan Dewitt interpreted that bylaw, speciﬁcally the word “granted,” to mean the moment when the money is distributed, not when the grant is approved. However, according to SA President-elect Alex Kostal, Chief Justice Dewitt overstepped her bounds in making such an interpretation, which he claimed holds no legal clout. Kostal brought a motion to the ﬂoor to remove the Chief Justice
from her oﬃce, which the Senate then declined. Senator Omer Farooque made a motion to refer Dewitt to the Senate Oversight and Rules Committee (SORC), reminding the Senate that mechanisms exists for investigating and removing an appointed ofﬁcer and to override them would set bad precedent. The Senate approved the motion to refer Dewitt to SORC. During the course of the meeting, the Senate passed a budget adjustment moving $500 from the SAC Chair’s line item salary over to the Vice Chair. Attached to the legislation were three “deﬁning clauses.” The clauses clariﬁed the term “granted” to mean when the president signs and approves a grant, not when the money is distributed. This is in direct contradiction to the inter-
squealing like 12-year-old girls, like the Beatles were coming to visit.” Savage had come to Milwaukee before, in 2005, and many of the audience members were returning for their second dose of Savage. “[At the last event], one of my close friends was too embarrassed to write down this question that she wanted to ask him, and we went to every hotel around Milwaukee to ask if there was a Dan Savage,” said KapelkeDale. “When we found the hotel that he was staying at we repeatedly called his room at least a dozen times.” The event went oﬀ without a hitch aside from two false ﬁre alarms but Otte said she received no complaints from any students or community members about bringing such a controversial ﬁgure to campus. Savage also talked about the “It Gets Better” project that he and his husband started in September of 2010. Savage said the project aims to open channels of communication between gay adults and youth, providing support for bullied LBGT youth in light of the
16-year-old Billy Lucas’ suicide. Lucas was bullied relentlessly for his sexual orientation, even after his death. “We are not allowed to talk to LGBT kids,” said Savage. “When we try to, we are accused of being pedophiles; we are accused of attempting to recruit children into the gay lifestyle.” According to SAC records, Dan Savage was the second-most expensive speaker that was brought to UWM this year, costing close to $18,000. It Gets Better The “It Gets Better” project was started by Savage and his husband Terry Miller in September 2010. The project ﬁnds a way to get a message of support out to LGBT teens who didn’t have anyone they could look up to and see that life gets easier. Savage said the premise was to use social media and technology to reach kids in a way that was logistically impossible before. Lucas’ suicide on Sept. 9, 2010 was the inspiration for the project. According to news sources, he was repeatedly told by chil-
pretation provided by the Chief Justice. Kostal also brought forward several pieces of legislation which he called the “Kostal Campus Stimulus Package,” the foremost of which was a bill titled The April 25th Student Organization Transparency Act. April 25 is the day Karl Rove spoke on campus. The act is a direct response to the controversy regarding ticket distribution at the Rove event. The bill as originally written would have forbidden student orgs from distributing tickets for free on-campus events beforehand. After some discussion, an amended compromise was reached. As passed, the bill would force student orgs to distribute tickets for free on campus events exclusively at the Union Bookstore. Near the end of the three hour meeting, SAC Vice Chair Andrew Hastert motioned to fund the
College Republicans’ Steve Forbes event at the approved regular Event Grant level, which the Senate approved. Hastert later explained that this is what SAC did with all of the other Major Event Grants that were not funded at the higher level. He estimated the approved grant to be around $8,000. The Senate also declared that they do not support the OrgSync system, commended Union Director Scott Gore for his service, supported the Student Reps constitution of United Council, opposed plans to build a housing development in the empty lot next to the RiverView Hall and struck from their own bylaws a stipulation regarding the two minute wait period before unanimous consent can be declared. The SA Senate will conclude the year’s business at a meeting on Monday, May 9 at 7 p.m., directly following their Passing of the Gavel dinner.
dren at school to “just go kill yourself.” Eventually, he did. But the bullying didn’t end even after the bullies got what they wanted. An acquaintance of Lucas’s created a Facebook memorial page for him, and according to Savage, the school children that had bullied Lucas while he was alive continued to spread hateful comments about him on the memorial page. “How can I reach these kids…? They need to know it gets better … and it occurred to me that in the YouTube era I was waiting for permission that I no longer needed,” said Savage. “I could make a video, I could use Savage Love, my column, my podcast, to encourage other LGBTs to do the same ... We could reach kids like Billy before the suicide, whether their parents wanted us to or not.” The energy in the audience was palpable as Savage discussed this tragedy that led him to start such a profound social movement. “Fuck them!” yelled one audience member in reaction to the bullies that had ruthlessly spread their hate, even after Lucas’s
death. Savage said that the video he and his husband created together ultimately led to over 10,000 usersubmitted videos and has well over 40 million hits on YouTube. “That sounds like a lot until you learn that Rebecca Black’s “Friday” is viewed 40 million times a week,” joked Savage. “But it’s signiﬁcant when you’re talking about reaching bullied LGBT kids.” Lucas’ story inspired Savage to research LGBT suicides and the history surrounding them. What he found was unsettling: • LGBT teens are four times more likely to attempt suicide than their straight peers. • LGBT teens whose parents are hostile and reject them are eight times more likely to attempt suicide than their straight peers. • 35 percent of all bullying at high schools involves gay bullying. • Only ﬁve out of 67 anti-bullying programs available to middle schools and high schools in the nation acknowledge the existence of “gay bullying.”
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Riding solo Carpooling Grad student races in college just got easier bike-racing championship By Aaron Knapp Staff Writer email@example.com
Robin Bauer was not always a bicycle racer. On the contrary, her ﬁrst race was inauspicious at best but led to her spot on in USA Collegiate Road National Championship. She and about 15 other women of varying levels of skill and experience raced alongside 30 to 40 relatively inexperienced men in a small local race, doing lap after lap for the better part of an hour. In the ﬁnal laps, the two packs of racers came together; the mass of inexperienced riders in close quarters was a recipe for disaster. “Within that juggle of people, someone hit my wheel and I went over,” said Bauer. The crash took her and two men out of the race for good. One of the men ﬂipped over Bauer and landed on his bike. “I ended up being okay, my bike was ﬁne, no broken bones,” she said. “But the guy who landed on his bike, I’m not sure what ended up happening.” Despite that experience in her ﬁrst race, Bauer kept biking. Now she is a graduate student at UWM studying biometrics and the only UW-Milwaukee student that qualiﬁed to compete in the USA Collegiate Road National Championships last weekend, held outside of Madison. She raced in two of the three events: the Division 1 women’s road race and the D1
women’s criterium race. Both races pitted her against 65 other women from universities across the country. The only thing that kept her out of the third event, the team time trial, was lack of a team. “There are no other women at UWM who are racing,” said Bauer. “It’d be nice to have some fellow women riders … that would be amazing.” Without a team, she has to use a completely diﬀerent strategy than she is used to with her local club, especially for the criterium, which is 45 minutes’ worth of short laps. “If there’s an attack, you have to be cognizant of who it is, of how long it is into the race, do you think it’s going to succeed,” said Bauer. “You’ll have a split second to think about this too, because … if you miss the attack [an eﬀort to pass someone], then you could lose the race.” Bauer ﬁnished second in the criterium and 24th in the road race. UWM was unrepresented at Nationals this year in the men’s divisions. “We did have a couple A men riders that didn’t get a chance to really compete this year,” said Bauer. “You have to have so many races and so many points in order to qualify.” This race will wrap up the collegiate road-biking season. This summer, Bauer plans to compete in the non-collegiate races which last until September, then continue training for triathlons and hopefully get in some research for her graduate thesis.
Ride-sharing service coming to campus By Kevin Kaber Staff Writer firstname.lastname@example.org
For those of us who have heard one too many hitchhiking stories from our fathers, seen the movie Wolf Creek, or are too weary to utilize Craigslist’s rideshare listings, a new alternative to catching rides is coming to campus. Soon UW-Milwaukee will have its own rideshare service speciﬁcally for the campus community. The university’s Parking, Sustainability, and Housing departments have teamed up to give UWM access to Zimride, an online ridesharing social network. “It’s like an electronic type of rideshare,” as University Housing Director Scott Peak deﬁnes it. “If you want to go somewhere, you use a social network to gather people who are going places.” Zimride is related to the already-established Zipcar program that rents cars to university students, faculty and staﬀ. Zipcar renters must ﬁrst become members and pay several fees before getting behind the wheel.
The biggest diﬀerence between the two is that Zimride is entirely free to the UWM community, although University Housing and Parking & Transit will pick up the bill to keep the program’s online software running. Sustainability Coordinator Kate Nelson organized the university’s adoption of the program in an eﬀort to usher in more “green” options to campus. “Zimride is a rideshare social-networking program,” said Nelson. “It helps students, staﬀ and faculty ﬁnd commuter rides, or they can oﬀer up rides.” Because of its ease of access, users will be better able to participate in “going green” eﬀorts. “It’s really approachable,” says Nelson, “and it’s better than buying a hybrid.” Essentially, Zimride is an online service in which members post and ask for rides, but it also oﬀers a bit more. In addition to displaying where rides are coming from and going to, the service will also calculate the carbon savings from carpooling
together. Of course, the idea of carpooling with strangers may distress some folks; however, Zimride adds an eHarmony element to the mix. Riders’ online proﬁles include things like music-volume preferences, whether or not the user is a smoker, car type, and so on. The service even aggregates ratings for its members. “There’s a lot of trust built in the system,” Nelson maintains. Zimride is used by numerous other campuses in the United States, and its popularity continues to grow. “You connect with everyone in the Zimride program,” says Nelson. “It can be across the state, even across the country.” Though the program hasn’t oﬃcially been initiated, Nelson asserts that Zimride will be up and running soon. “We just got the approval through purchasing. We’ll do a soft launch late May or early June, but we’ll really push it hard at the beginning of next semester.
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amended version of the university’s Graduate/Teaching Assistant Appointment Letter. This letter currently functions to establish one’s employment as a TA as well as the terms and conditions of employment. Their actual pay and beneﬁts are in the contracts that teaching unions negotiate and are approved by the Wisconsin State Legislature. With the passage of the Budget Repair Bill, state unions will not be able to negotiate contracts with the state as they have in the past. MGAA’s hope is to change the Appointment Letter to include some of the elements that are in the contracts once they expire. The two primary additions to the letter include a clause about a grievance procedure and securing a minimum take-home pay. Discussion of the amended Appointment Letter was held oﬀ until a meeting on Friday, May 6 to give Bradbury a chance to present it to the rest of the administration. The meeting held at 1 p.m. on Friday, which was originally scheduled for Chapman Hall, took place in a Union conference room reserved by MGAA after two room changes, one by the administration and one by MGAA. The amendments to the letter were discussed, but the administration – again represented by Scanes and Bradbury – made it clear that it was not a negotiation and an amended letter could not be agreed upon. Bradbury read from a memo received that morning from the Oﬃce of State Employee Relations (OSAR) which stated, “UWM management does not have authority to hold or schedule meetings related to negotiations.” MGAA went over its request for a wage oﬀset for insurance. They wanted the university to agree to supplement salaries if the cost of insurance exceeds ﬁve percent of a total salary. Discussion was brief, and the administration indicated there was little they could do on that issue. A solution for the grievance procedure was something Bradbury said could be worked out. Under current contracts, disciplinary action for TAs (such as ﬁ rings) is handled under a neutral multi-step process allowing for appeals. This is a provision that will no longer be protected by the state once contracts expire, which administration has been told will be July 1. “When the time comes, when we are able to put together a workable grievance procedure for you folks, we will do that,” said Bradbury. Bradbury promised to work with a group of four or ﬁve TAs to assemble the conditions for a grievance procedure that would be protected by their employment with UWM.
MGAA seeks vocal chancellor During the Tuesday meeting, MGAA also stated that they are disappointed with UWM for not speaking out against the Budget Repair Bill and state budget cuts. On the following day, MGAA organized a rally at which they requested the chancellor to speak. “We feel like the chancellor has made some statements in the past … but they are fairly vague and have been in email form,” said Dawn Teﬀ t, copresident of MGAA. “We would like him to speak at this rally and be more emphatic and speak to the public at large.” Scanes said a member of the UW System Board of Regents was available to speak at the rally but the chancellor would not be attending. Ultimately, he stated that UWM was refraining from making any political statements. “There are two aspects to this: what [chancellors] can do and what is wise to do,” said Scanes. “For a chancellor to speak with some of the language that MGAA has used would essentially cut him oﬀ from ever talking to any of the legislatures on one side of the political fence.” UWM Chancellor Michael Lovell said making any political statement about an individual or act is in violation of a system-wide policy. “I’m not allowed to make statements on pending legislation,” said Lovell. “The only people who can do that, because of the UW System, are the Regents.” Wisconsin Sen. Randy Hooper (R-Fon du Lac) is calling for UW-Oshkosh professor Stephen Richards to resign after it was discovered he encouraged students to sign a petition to recall Hooper. Richards is facing “corrective action” from the university. Lovell says he has been advocating for the university by talking about the impact of pending legislation; he testiﬁed at the Joint Finance Committee hearing over the state budget. “I talked about how the impact of the changes are hurting the employees on campus [who] are actually making the least, who are primarily unionized employees including the grad students,” said Lovell. Jacob Glicklich, MGAA vice president of bargaining, said UWM administration has made a lot of promises of support no matter what happens in the legislature, but teachers in MGAA will not feel any more at ease in their employment until they see something “concrete.” “We would have more conﬁdence that our chancellor and our Board of Regents are in [sync] with us if administration would commit more directly, if they would make it clear that there is an incompatibility with what is coming out of the state government … and the interest of grad employees and students,” stated Glicklich.
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Paris is coming to Milwaukee Third-Team NJCAA All-American adds three-point sharpshooting By Alex Wendland Staff Writer email@example.com
Paris Gulley was a third team NJCAA last season and expects to add some depth to the guard position.
Panthers take series with Youngstown State Panthers find their swing in weekend series By Nick Bornheimer Staff Writer firstname.lastname@example.org
The Panthers extended their winning streak to ﬁve games last Saturday, before dropping game three of the series. UW-Milwaukee banged out 16 runs Friday in an oﬀensive outburst and squeaked out an extra-inning victory, 3-2, in the ﬁrst of Saturday’s doubleheaders. UWM (22-23, 11-8 Horizon) set season-highs in hits and runs scored in their 16-6 trouncing of Youngstown State (12-33, 7-11) on Friday in Ohio. The Panthers totaled 18 hits and used a 12-run fourth inning highlighted by Paul Hoenecke’s grand slam to take full control in the series opener. Sophomore Jonathan Capasso drove in four runs and
went four for ﬁve at the plate, while senior Doug Dekoning and freshman Ryan Solberg added three hits apiece. Senior starter Chad Pierce struggled on the mound, scattering nine hits and giving up ﬁve earned runs through
Freshman Sam Koenig came through in extras, sending a 1-2 pitch back up the middle in the top of the 10th to plate Kraft and give Milwaukee the eventual winning run. seven innings, but got more than enough runs to work with.
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The Panthers’ Men’s Basketball team added what they hope is the puzzle piece that completes the picture with Paris Gulley, a junior college combo guard from Southeastern Community College in Iowa. Gulley hails from perennial high school basketball powerhouse Peoria Manual High School in Peoria, Ill. While at Southeastern, Gulley
averaged 13 points and nearly three rebounds. In his ﬁ nal year at Southeastern, he was an academic All-American and was a third team NJCAA All-American. Gulley led Southeastern to a regional victory and a fourth place ﬁnish in the NJCAA national championships this season. He also brings his proﬁcient three-point shooting from last season to Milwaukee in an attempt to make up for some of the scoring lost since the graduation of Tone Boyle.
In the Panthers’ three-guard system, assistant coach Duﬀ y Conroy believes that Gully will bring much more to the Panthers. “What goes overlooked is his ability to handle the basketball, his ability to make decisions with the ball and defensively. The guy can guard,” said Conroy. “With those three combined, he’s deﬁ nitely going to be competing for playing time.” With Kaylon Williams returning, a Ja’Rob McCallum/
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X’s and offenses Is there a double standard when it comes to disciplining coaches and players in the NCAA? By Tony Atkins Asst. Sports Editor email@example.com
Over the years, countless college student athletes have gotten in trouble for many reasons. From drug issues to things they say, these kids are constantly under the microscope. Lately, more and more collegiate coaches and athletic programs have been recipients of punishments from the NCAA, but many would argue that compared to the athletes these parties often receive a mere slap on the wrist. One of the more noticeable examples of questionable sanctioning was the mild punishment of Ohio State’s head football coach Jim Tressel. Tressel is the head of a powerhouse Buckeye football program that had some of its players violating NCAA rules by selling memorabilia, including star quarterback Terrelle Pryor. When the story ﬁrst broke, Bowl season was approaching and the Buckeyes were set to play in the Allstate Sugar Bowl against Arkansas. Knowing that players would be tempted to head to the NFL to avoid sus-
pension, Tressel made his guys commit to the team next season or else not be able to participate in the Sugar Bowl. Tressel was laying down the law until he, too, became caught up in the scandal. It was discovered Tressel knew about the activity all along and didn’t tell the authorities. Tressel was always known for having a clean image but some of his big-name players admitted to receiving excess beneﬁts, including former Heisman winner Troy Smith. Pryor and ﬁve other players were suspended for ﬁve games of the regular season by the NCAA for the ﬁrst violation. Tressel, however, was only suspended for the ﬁrst two games against Toledo and Akron, two teams that are expected to be easy wins. Is there some sort of double standard in the world of sports when it comes to disciplining players and coaches? It seems the players often take the harsher punishments. Former USC running back Reggie Bush was stripped of his Heisman when it was discovered that he accepted money from boosters. The USC program itself had to
vacate wins and lost its eligibility to play in Bowl championship games for two seasons. Everybody has had to deal with their sanctions. Back in the early ’90s, Southern Methodist University (SMU) was given the “Death Penalty,” applied to programs that violate NCAA rules multiple times. This allowed players to leave the school without losing eligibility. The move crippled the recruiting process and set SMU football back for nearly a decade. Even here at UW-Milwaukee, former Men’s Basketball coach Bruce Pearl was recently ﬁred from Tennessee for a poor performance coupled with shady recruiting methods stemming from his time at UWM. This was after he was suspended for the ﬁrst couple SEC games but allowed to return. No one is really above the law when it comes to breaking NCAA rules. Some really get slammed, such as a Reggie Bush or an SMU. Other times, people get a slap on the wrist, such as a Jim Tressel. There should be a more set structure for these consequences before these double standards get out of hand.
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Grading the Packers’ draft picks Ted Thompson works his magic once again catch and run, which the Packers love to do.
By Mitch Pratt Staff Writer firstname.lastname@example.org
The Green Bay Packers came into the 2011 NFL draft with no real immediate holes to ﬁll. The running back position has some question marks with Ryan Grant coming oﬀ last year’s season-ending ankle surgery, but with the emergence of James Starks, they have a solid backup. Ted Thompson believes in building his teams through the draft, and I’d say he’s proven that he knows what he is doing. What about this year? The draft following the winning of a Super Bowl is always essential. First Round Derek Sherrod, Mississippi State: B+
Watching the draft, I was convinced the Packers were going to take Da’Quan Bowers, the defensive monster from Clemson. Instead, they went with another value pick in Sherrod. The guy excels in pass protection, and the Packers are one of the best passing teams in the league. Second Round Randall Cobb, Kentucky: A
The Packers ﬁnally have someone other than Pat Lee or Jordy Nelson who can return kicks. Randall Cobb (4.46-second 40-yard dash) seems to be a guy who can
PARIS Continued from page 7 Lonnie Boga combination at the two-guard, Ryan Allen playing the ﬂex-guard position and redshirt freshman scorer Evan Richard all competing for playing time, Gulley will deﬁnitely have his hands full. What is special about Gulley is his dead-eye shooting. In his two years at Southeastern, Gulley made 143 three-pointers and was good on 45.4 percent of his attempts. With Gulley’s ver-
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Milwaukee needed extrainnings in game one of the doubleheader Saturday to earn their ﬁfth win in a row. The Penguins jumped out to a two-run lead in the ﬁfth inning after a scoreless ﬁrst half of play. The Panthers would get one back right away in the sixth on a Hoenecke double, scoring Dekoning. The Panthers struck again in the eighth when senior Cole Kraft sent one over the fence, ty-
The sixth round brought even more depth with Schlauderaﬀ, third-team AP All-American in 2010.
Alex Green, RB, Hawaii: D.J. Smith, Appalachian State: C-
C+ I don’t see Green making too much of an impact on all downs, but he could be a decent third-down back. Playing in the spread in college, he learned how to passprotect but not necessarily how to be a great runner. The Packers are also pretty set at running back. Fourth Round Davon House, CB, New Mexico State: A Anytime you can get a second-round talent at the end of the fourth round, that’s a good pick. At six feet tall and 200 pounds, he could be a diamond in the rough and a replacement for Charles Woodson down the road. Fifth Round D.J. Williams, Arkansas: B
Mike McCarthy loves to run multiple tight-end sets, and with Jermichael Finley’s long-term health a concern, he can’t have too many. Sixth Round Caleb Utah: B
The Packers aren’t the deepest team in the league on the oﬀensive line. They addressed this shortcoming with their ﬁrst-round pick.
Locker most likely to succeed right away
Not a huge linebacker by any means (5-foot-11-inches), and he doesn’t really ﬁt Dom Capers’ 3-4 scheme. Ricky Elmore, DE, Arizona: A Not sure how this guy fell to the sixth round. He had 10 sacks last year and 26 in his career. He’s a big boy (6-foot-5-inches 260 lb.) and has a motor. Sometimes that’s all you need as a defensive end. Seventh Round Ryan Taylor, TE, North Carolina: C The Packers, like most teams, took a player from North Carolina. But the Packers already have three tight ends on the roster; Thompson could have gone elsewhere. Lawrence Guy, Arizona State: B+
Some would say the last pick doesn’t matter, but not our GM. He goes and gets a guy that could compete in camp depending on what happens with certain other guys on the D-Line (Johnny Jolly).
satility, the Panthers might be looking to him to log in minutes at all three guard positions throughout the season. Combined with the signing of Demetrius Harris, the Panthers are reloaded and possibly more balanced than they were last season when they were just one game away from the NCAA tournament. “Until you get all the pieces on the ﬂoor, you can project but there’s a diﬀerence between projecting and making the puzzle ﬁt,” said Conroy. “You can have a lot
of pieces but the puzzle’s got to ﬁt, and if they ﬁt well, we’ve got some pieces that can compete and hopefully make the Panther Nation proud.” Coach Conroy was also impressed with the character that Gully has shown and believes he will ﬁt in well once he arrives on campus. “Paris is a soft-spoken young man but he isn’t going to step back, he competes and is hungry to earn his spot,” said Conroy. “He’s got a competitive ﬁre about him that we really like.”
ing the game 2-2. Freshman Sam Koenig came through in extras, sending a 1-2 pitch back up the middle in the top of the 10th to plate Kraft and give Milwaukee the eventual winning run.
get though 1.1 innings before a call to the bullpen. Schneider walked three and gave up six on the day. The Penguins gathered 16 hits, facing ﬁve Panther pitchers as they salvaged a victory Saturday. Youngstown State’s Jeremy Banks went 45 with four RBI in the series ﬁnale. Kraft led the Panthers in a 4-5 day at the plate. The Panthers continue their road trip this weekend with doublevheaders against Valparaiso on May 14 and Butler on May 15.
Sophomor Eric Semmelhack pitched well, going eight innings and giving up just two. Senior Cuyler Franzke got the save, striking out the Penguins’ ﬁnal batter on three pitches. The Panthers fell short in Saturday’s nightcap, losing 9-12 in a shootout. Freshman Mike Schneider could only
2011 NFL quarterbacks class: who will be the best?
Cam Newton was the ﬁrst quarterback taken in the draft. Will he be the best of the bunch? Image courtesy of media.al.com
By Nolan Murphy Staff Writer email@example.com
The 2011 NFL Draft quarterback class may be one of the most scrutinized and picked apart of all time. How will this class be remembered? Will it be for the never-before-seen run-pass talent of Heisman trophy winner Cam Newton? Or will it be for the teams that reached too high for players like Jake Locker and Christian Ponder? In assessing the quarterback that has the best chance to succeed in the NFL, we look at the top four taken. First round selections: 1. Carolina – Cam Newton, Auburn 8. Tennessee – Jake Locker, Washington 10. Jacksonville – Blaine Gabbert. Missouri 12. Minnesota – Christian Ponder, Florida State These four quarterbacks’ performances will be linked and compared for the duration of their careers but they ﬁnd themselves in very diﬀerent situations. Newton is a hit-or-miss prospect who has the responsibility of becoming the face of Carolina’s franchise. Not only is he walking into a major rebuilding project, but there are also questions about his skills transitioning to the professional game.
In Tennessee, Locker ﬁnds himself in a comfortable situation and might be the one most likely to succeed early. He is surrounded by an All-Pro running back with Chris Johnson and a talented wide receiver with Kenny Britt. Tennessee is a team that is built on defense and running the ball, and Locker will most likely be able to start right away. However, he will not be counted on like the others in his class. Locker’s athleticism and intangibles will help him through the early rookie growing pains. Gabbert ﬁnds himself in Jacksonville in a developmental role and will be a student of the game for at least one year while he watches veteran quarterback David Garrard lead the team. Gabbert could end up being the steal of the draft for Jacksonville because of how far he fell. Look for him to contribute to Jacksonville in the 2013 season, if not before. Ponder might be going into the hardest situation of any rookie quarterback other than Newton. Ponder may have a bright future in the league as a quarterback, but he was selected too early by the Minnesota Vikings. The Vikings felt the urge to reach for a quarterback because they lack a true quarterback on their roster after the retirement of Brett Favre. Ponder will be under a large amount of pressure in Minnesota to succeed and win. Adding to the pressure is the fact that this team is loaded with talent but two years removed from the NFC Championship game.
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Mark your summer music calendars Summer shows endorsed by the fringe section of the UWM Post
Alan Paloma’s Neon Indian project is coming around again at Turner Hall May 18. Image courtesy of Richard Card
By Graham Marlowe Staff Writer firstname.lastname@example.org
The Post, by nature, does not print throughout the summer months, so here’s a forecast of some summer shows that may be worth checking out. May 12 – Shpongle with Random Rab (The Rave) “Shpongle” is not a word you’d ﬁnd in the dictionary. But for Simon Posford and Raja Ram, this neologism for euphoria forms the basis of the U.K. duo’s East-meets-West synthbased ambience. Journalists call it “Psytrance” or “Psybient,” and like The Orb before them, their Tales of the Inexpressible (and their message) transcend space and time entirely, with straight faces and psychedelic inﬂection. As a live band, Posford often performs DJ sets to break things up. However, for this leg of the tour, the focus will be new material from an untitled, upcoming sixth album. May 18 – Neon Indian with Oberhofer (Turner Hall) If you missed this parking-lot sage the ﬁrst time, Turner Hall is giving you a second chance. Alan Palomo’s songs sound like they’ve been lifted from the grill of a summer barbeque in the early ’80s with a grainy VHS quality that’s bound to induce studyhall daydreams. Last July, Palomo’s “concert” included a synapse-frying suburban-American slideshow, a band that looks like it met behind Goodwill after hours, and a front man (Palomo) who multitasks onstage better than an overworked receptionist. Since
that time, Mind Ctrl: Remixes has made the rounds online and will help Palomo & Co. turn the trip-o-meter to a Spinal Tap 11. Something about that ticket price just doesn’t do it justice.
Nowadays, Coﬃn divides his time evenly between Mu’tet and Bela Fleck & the Flecktone. Nevertheless, this is a special treat for the Jazz in the Park crowd.
May 24 – Bruno Mars with Janelle Monáe (The Rave)
June 10 – Canyons of Static (Frank’s Power Plant)
Given the ubiquity of the headliner’s radio play, it’s odd that Mars will share a bill with Monáe at The Rave and not an expansive arena. Mars’ stint at Motown Records never quite got liftoﬀ, but the natural performer was genetically engineered for success by the label’s distant bloodline of producers, which explains the mounting success of his solo debut, Doo Wops & Hooligans. Monáe, a sort of interstellar Erykah Badu, has been compared to an alien, among other things. Her Kansas City heritage does little to deﬁne her Grammy-nominated alter-ego debut TheArchAndroid (Suites II and III), but with her star-struck R&B sound, what else can? Whether Monáe spent time on another planet is best left to guesswork, but chances are good that there are moon rocks on that tour bus.
West Bend has many strange qualities, though most people couldn’t spot a “post-rock” band in that town if they tried. Following the local success of 2008’s The Disappearance, these shoegazers have been busy reshaping their sound and veering into jazzy open structures at their live shows. Guitarist Ross Severson says a new 7” will be ready at the show, though it’s unclear what will be on it. If it’s anything like their Borg Ward gig earlier this year, it’ll split an atom. Or get syndication by HBO.
June 9 – Jeﬀ Coﬃn & The Mu’tet (Jazz in the Park) Playing two saxophones at once might seem a little gimmicky to some music fans, but Jeﬀ Coﬃn’s bald, bespectacled credentials now transcend that practice completely. In 2008, Coﬃn ﬁlled in for the late, great Dave Matthews Band saxophonist LeRoi Moore, and he made his ﬁrst Milwaukee visit in quite some time by way of DMB’s annual, storied Alpine Valley concerts this past August.
June 16 – My Morning Jacket (The Riverside) The last half-decade has been good to MMJ. Concert ﬁlm/live album Okonokos (2006) revealed to a widening audience their inward-thinking jazz-prog chops as well as the Kentucky rocker’s inward-thinking jazz-prog urges. That road led 2008’s Evil Urges into simpler, Prince-inﬂected territory that stumbled into overlooked acoustic EPs, gigs with the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, and other distractions like Jim James’ indie-lauded Monsters of Folk record with M. Ward, Conor Oberst and Mike Mogis. The upcoming Circuital is projected to meld these learned experiences together.
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Summer album releases By fringe Staff email@example.com
Okkervil River – I Am Very Far Release date: May 10 Okkervil River, one of the hardest-working yet leastrenowned of the important modern indie-rock bands, has made a fairly signiﬁcant imprint on the music landscape in the last few years. Starting with 2004’s Black Sheep Boy, the band has released a string of modern folk-rock classics that latch ﬁrmly onto a classical rockand-roll aesthetic while maintaining an incredibly digniﬁed and thematically dense lyrical repertoire. The pinnacle of this streak was their 2007 magnum opus The Stage Names, a devastating, emotionally naked treatise on the creative process, though the follow-up (2008’s The Stand Ins) was by no means disappointing either. The band’s last project was a joint venture with underground rock legend Roky Erickson. Don’t be surprised if collaboration with the psychedelic master has left a lasting impression on an already tremendous sound. Tyler, the Creator – Goblin Release date: May 10 The founder of hip-hop group Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All (OFWGKTA) took the Internet by storm with his last solo album, Bastard, released in 2009. Toeing the line between alternative hiphop and horror-core, Tyler’s unique brand of music has turned him into one of the most-talked-about upcoming rappers. At only 20 years old, he has made and helped produce more than three fulllength albums for OFWGKTA
and his solo career, as well as collaborations with other artists. Two singles oﬀ of Goblin have been released to overwhelmingly positive reviews and will probably be the only thing music blogs write about for the next couple of weeks.
The group’s latest, Codes and Keys, promises to reel back some of the longer, electronic wanderings of those albums.
Ben Harper – Give Till It’s Gone Release date: May 17
It’s unclear whether Eddie Vedder is getting more in touch with his surfer soul or his old age, but there’s one thing that is clear: his solo release, Ukulele Songs, slated for late May, is something to look forward to. It’s not the ﬁrst time the Pearl Jam legend picked up a ukulele, having written a few uke songs for his 2007 Into The Wild soundtrack. But this album will be entirely dedicated to the instrument, and what better way to start the summer than with some relaxing hammock tunes (or however one wishes to appropriate it). Ukulele Songs will feature 12 originals, three covers, and guest appearances from Cat Power and Glen Hansard. Get excited.
While Ben Harper has outgrown the weed-mellowed angst of his earlier, jam-inﬂected albums, that angst has put a socially conscious stamp on his music. Harper’s second decade in music brought many changes, particularly a de-emphasis on craft in favor of gospel redemption (2004’s There Will Be A Light) and funk-based social critiques (e.g., 2006’s Both Sides of the Gun). His latest collaborations, however – Blind Boys of Alabama, Relentless7, Fistful of Mercy – marked a return to his acoustic, pre-millennial roots. Harper’s 10th album, Give Till It’s Gone, is labeled a “solo eﬀort,” but recording it at Jackson Browne’s studio (with help from Ringo Starr) probably helped. Death Cab for Cutie – Codes and Keys Release date: May 30 The late ’90s and early 2000s were good to this band, leading them down the golden road to perpetual indie cred and on to catch cries of “sellout” with 2005’s Plans – a poetic kiss-oﬀ to summer’s end that is as comforting as it is pained. In response, Death Cab reshaped its sound with 2008’s Narrow Stairs and The Open Door EP, both synthpop curveballs that tested the allegiance of their original fans with bleak musical statements.
Eddie Vedder – Ukulele Songs Release date: May 31
Arctic Monkeys – Suck It and See Release date: June 7 The U.K. phenomenon Arctic Monkeys made a large splash, to say the least, in 2006 with their debut release Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not. That initial splash has continued to produce more than just ripples as the band went on to release their well-respected sophomore album, Favourite Worst Nightmare, in 2007 before heading to the States to record at Rancho de la Luna in the Mojave Desert with the “Shepherd of the Weird” himself, Josh Homme, co-producing.
Recording again with James Ford, their third album sidestepped their standard proﬁle, twisting down a darker road with Homme’s inﬂuence strongly present, and with cited inﬂuences from Nick Cave (we’ll just call him the “Wizard of the Weird”), Hendrix, and Cream, proving that the Arctic Monkeys pretty much can and will do whatever the fuck they want, and succeed while doing so. Stepping into the studio with James Ford once again, their fourth album, Suck It and See, is due out in early June, and we can only hope for another ripple – maybe even some waves. Bon Iver (S/T) Release date: June 21 Justin Vernon (aka. Bon Iver) primarily built his image in isolation, in a desolate rural Wisconsin cabin some four years ago. Over time, that woodsy escape (2007’s For Emma, Forever Ago) has given Vernon a ﬁrst-class ticket to numerous music industry privileges – speciﬁcally, the God-given right to roll blunts with Rick Rubin while working on his (and Kanye West’s) latest albums. And when Vernon joined Collections of Colonies of Bees at Turner Hall back in March as Volcano Choir (the sole American performance), fans had already tracked his next move. But judging by last month’s bizarre video prelude, June’s Bon Iver will merely lengthen the lines at his Riverside gig in July. Brian Eno – Drums Between The Bells Release date: July 5 When Brian Eno releases an album, the industry usually skips lunch to tune in while mainstream audiences
scratch their heads and hit “skip.” His new album, which should be subtitled “crazy-ass glitchfest career sidestep,” is instead titled Drums Between the Bells, a collaboration between Eno and Rick Holland, a fringe poet whose past is murky. Yet with personality to spare, Holland mocks the Auto-Tune-saturated pop charts by concealing his identity through computer-generated means of his own. “There is a glitch in the system, outside the brain ﬂow,” he intones, “the only joy there is, is onward through the darkness.” The music behind the words is busy and danceable, but conceptually it’s heavy. Jane’s Addiction The Great Escape Release date: August 2011 Jane’s Addiction’s inﬂuence on American culture has sprawled far beyond their status as one of the preeminent American art-rock acts of the late ’80s and early ’90s. The music videos for “Jane Says” and “Been Caught Stealing” might have seeped deep into the American consciousness. The band has become better known for their many reunions and breakups, as well as for guitarist Dave Navarro’s infamous marriage to Carmen Electra and a little music festival called Lollapalooza, which front man Perry Farrell founded and continues to operate. The Great Escape is the band’s ﬁrst album since 2003’s well-received Strays and features work from TV On The Radio guitarist Dave Sitek, who has similarly contributed to albums by the likes of Scarlett Johansson and Wale.
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SA's End of the Year Report Card Chancellor Michael Lovell Supports students and is accessible to them. Works with students concerning issues pertaining to student services, student life, and student interests Addressed students with a bullhorn â€Ś. in a positive fashion.
Vice Chancellor Michael LaLiberte Attends student events. Has successfully facilitated issues between administration and students. Reduced red tape in student affairs to help meet student organization needs.
Dean of Students Jim Hill Strongly supports studentsâ€™ shared governance rights. Supported efforts to increase student life and services on campus, making for a more inclusive environment. Readily available and open to student concerns and complaints.
Laurie Marks, Center for Volunteerism Ardent supporter of student voter registration efforts Worked with students to strengthen and reform the Office of Student Life Continues to help students be active members of the surrounding community
Jen Murray, LGBT Resource Center Director Has worked to build an inclusive campus environment Strong student advocate Supported the students in reforming and strengthening the Office of Student Life
Dr. Alan Horowitz Tried to prevent on-campus parking for students Said that he would not support free on-campus parking for students Is not respectful to students
Dr. Eric Jessup-Anger, Student Activities Director Consistently tries to hinder students and student organizations from having a good student experience at UW-Milwaukee Has implemented OrgSync and other bureaucratic rules, without student input, that make it difficult for student organizations to operate Is unwilling to work with students in the spirit of the Wisconsin Idea
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Summer sights A Milwaukee summer art preview By Justin Hamilton Staff Writer firstname.lastname@example.org
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With summer fast approaching and the looming stress of ﬁnals soon to pass, summer is the time to check out some of Milwaukee’s upcoming art happenings. UW-Milwaukee and the surrounding communities have a slew of events and openings in the coming weeks and throughout the summer with both student and professional exhibitions to look forward to.
For more UWM student work, be sure to check out the Print and Narrative Forms department’s end-of-the-year showing. The graduating printmakers chose a more unoﬃcial route with their exhibition, booking a slot at Riverwest’s Jackpot Gallery (825 E. Center St.). The opening will be held on the evening of June 24 and should see a good turnout of friends and neighbors, making the show a little more casual than a typical thesis exhibition.
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The annual UWM BFA Exhibition II opens May 2 at the Inova/Arts Center Gallery (2400 E. Kenwood Blvd.) and will feature the work of this spring’s graduating visual arts students. The exhibition will see a range of creations in traditional ﬁne arts such as painting, sculpture and printmaking, as well as more design-orientated work not typically seen in a gallery setting. The work will be on display throughout May, with a closing reception May 21 from 5-7 p.m.
Moving further outward to the surrounding community, the Haggerty Museum of Art will sponsor a community outreach art event in the area surrounding Marquette University this summer. A planned series of window installations will be constructed around 27th and Wells Street, highlighting the often-overlooked area and hopefully encouraging reinvigoration of the neighborhood. Viewers can expect to see work by Milwaukee area artists including Hans Gindlesberger, Rafael Francisco Salas, Michael
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munity has had an eﬀect. As in years past, activities include a Rage-in-the-Cage Dodge Ball tournament, BMX stunt teams and a burrito-eating contest.
June 18 – Demetri Matrin (The Pabst Theater)
June 16 – Choir Fight (Charles Allis Art Museum)
Demetri Martin, king of the modern one-liner, is stand-up comedy’s blind spot. Onstage and oﬀ, he guides audiences as quirky as himself through the inner workings of his complicated, logic-puzzled brain. One could say Martin shares a fate similar to that of Zach Galiﬁanakis, a slow-burning comedic goldmine that found its niche in one long, streamlined ﬂash. That ﬂash was “Important Things with Demetri Martin,” a Comedy Central platform for Martin’s musings on the everyday, the absurd and the philosophical, for which he oftxen created his own satirical infomercials. The show ended last month after its second season, but in October the comedian signed a blind deal with CBS to produce his own TV series. This Is a Book, Martin’s ﬁrst, was released on April 25.
If you’ve been to the Jazz Estate (or Eastside Jazzfest) recently, you probably know these players by now. Trumpeter Jamie Breiwick leads this pack of jazzmen, though the other six jazz veterans are no strangers (Steve Peplin and Jeremy Kuzniar, among others). In years past, the group was known for its spare instrumental readings of songs like “Brothers On A Hotel Bed” by Death Cab for Cutie. But things changed for Breiwick when he co-founded Milwaukee Jazz Vision last year, an organization that shines a light on jazz activity in the surrounding area. Lately, though, he and Choir Fight have been busy rekindling jazz and rock’s voodoo-like love for one another – speciﬁcally late’60s/early-’70s Miles Davis.
June 18 – Summer Soulstice 2011
Few artists inhabit the concer t-as-dr unken-beach-par t y motif better than Jimmy Buﬀett, the concept’s own aging ship captain. It’s beach music, sure, though there’s been enough country-western inﬂection over the last four decades to keep even the most xenophobic Hawaiian shirt-bearers satisﬁed. Almost by default, Buﬀett’s Alpine Valley concerts sell out in minutes each summer, though some wonder how. The venue itself has become a roving bro-fest (even to Parrotheads), but in the absence of Dave Matthews (and Phish) this summer, who else can ﬁll this Alpine Valley void?
Milwaukee likes its drinking holidays, and the annual Summer Soulstice festival (which takes place on the longest day of the year) is no exception. Summarily, as the music lineup grows stronger, so does the popularity of this outdoor concert. This year boasts a jaw-dropping lineup: Call Me Lightning, The Wildbirds, The Daredevil Christopher Wright and Kings Go Forth round out an already-impressive batch. Sponsored by Made in Milwaukee and Miller Brewing Co., its support within the com-
June 25 – Jimmy Buﬀett (Alpine Valley)
Velliquette and Rina Yoon from June 18 through July 30. The Parachute Project For something uniquely Milwaukee, be sure to look out for local upstart art collective The Parachute Project’s summer exhibition. The group was founded in 2010 by UWM graduates Jessica Myszka Lewis, Makeal Flammini and Ella Dwyer with the goal of highlighting forgotten and unused space in Milwaukee through art events open to a wide range of visitors. After successful showings at the former Pabst Brewery and an abandoned theater on Wells Street last summer, 2011 will mark their third one-night-only event, complete with local beer-tasting and live musical performances. The date is set for August 19 with a site announcement to follow in the coming weeks. Work to be displayed will include paintings by expressive Belgian artist Kati Heck as well as Milwaukee-native Colin Matthes, a contributor to the proliﬁc art activist group Justseeds.
The Locust Street Festival in Riverwest includes live music, food, and dancing. Photo courtesy of things-to-do-in-milwaukee.com
The best of the fests More summer festivals in Milwaukee By Patrice Vnük Asst. fringe Editor email@example.com
Buﬀett spends most of these concerts onstage with a bright smile. He’s also been known to cohort freely with fans. July 29 – All Tiny Creatures (Club Garibaldi) Booking gigs can be tricky, especially when you perform a record (Harbors) in its entirety before anyone has a chance to hear it. Such was the plight for ATC when they shared a small, weird-ass billing at the Borg Ward back in March. And just like their audience, this Madison foursome builds warm ambiance into loopsaturated epiphanies. (Sound familiar?) The group contains highproﬁle alum (Justin Vernon, Collections of Colonies of Bees) with no reason to relive the past. Harbors emits a natural, forwardlooking optimism; however, you won’t hear anything more loud and clear than on this night.
August 18 – Jerry Garcia Band (Milwaukee Zoo) Jerry Garcia’s solo band rose to prominence at a time many consider to be a mid-’70s peak for his primary employer, The Grateful Dead. JGB served as Garcia’s main side project for 18 years until his death in 1995 and remains a much-discussed act for Deadheads new and old. As for recordings, it’s been an on-oﬀ aﬀair for these folks and (not surprisingly) operates in the tradition of bootlegged, you-hadto-be-there aﬀairs. But original all-star organist Melvin Seals has carried the torch with pride ever since. Fans may not ﬁnd much that is “new” in their performances, though more recent tours have traced the country-blues roots of the Dead better than they could themselves.
Summer days in Milwaukee are notorious for revolving around Summerfest in late June and early July, but the city has much more going on than that. If you’re looking for local events to quench your social thirst during the dog days of Wisconsin’s humid summer, here are a couple of default options. PrideFest, June 10-12 The LGBT celebration held every year brings out a very colorful crowd, and it is also one of the more interesting events held at Henry W. Maier Festival Park. This year, PrideFest is bringing acts like Salt-N-Pepa and LeAnn Rimes, as well as actress and comedian Mo’Nique. The festival also sponsors a dance pavilion, history exhibit and youth center. Locust Street Festival, June 12 After 35 years, the Locust Street Festival is still running strong and promises another enjoyable Sunday this summer. The annual Beer Run through Riverwest – 1.8 miles with four beer stops – will also take place. Food stands, crafts and live music will ﬁll Locust Street in Riverwest until 8 p.m., and of course, there will be beer. Summer Soulstice, June 18 Another music festival, yes, but this one features local music, and it’s on North Avenue, surrounded by great restaurants, stores, and probably your own home. It’s also way cheaper than most events. Three music stages, market stands and great food and drinks make up this annual event. Who can think of a better way to welcome summer than by blocking oﬀ a major East Side street and throwing a big party?
Downer Classic Bike Race, June 25 The Tour of America’s Dairyland presents a full day of racing and includes a 0.85-mile course through the city, along with food, beer and other events that continue into the evening. This race has a long legacy and attracts cyclists from all over the world, and even if you aren’t into biking, there is plenty more to experience than the race. Brady Street Festival, July 30 This is very similar to the Summer Soulstice setup, but it’s located on the quirkier, more artistic Brady Street. Vendors line the street selling food and merchandise, retailers oﬀer special deals, and music and other entertainment take the stage. This free event welcomes everyone to see what makes the Brady Street neighborhood unique. Wisconsin State Fair, August 4-14 Although it’s technically in West Allis, the State Fair Park is close enough to go for even one day if you’re so inclined. So much happens here that it’s impossible to summarize, but the memory everyone leaves with is the same year after year: the incredible cream puﬀs. What other reason is needed to attend? Besides the festivals highlighted above, there are also many ethnic festivals held throughout the summer each oﬀering a taste of their culture. Polish Fest (June 17-19), Festa Italiana (July 21-24), German Fest (July 28-31) and Irish Fest (August 18-21) are all located at the Henry W. Maier Festival Park on the Summerfest grounds. One would be hard-pressed to search the city on any given day and not ﬁnd some sort of celebration going on. Go out, enjoy the weather, and experience the festivals that make Milwaukee famous.
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Five little rumors The buzz about this year’s E3 trade show By Tom Kosiec Staff Writer firstname.lastname@example.org
E3, the largest videogame conference and trade show in the world, begins next month. At every E3 new video games are announced, and gamers can expect a few surprises at the show. Here’s a look at what could be the ﬁve biggest stories at E3 if the rumors prove true. Rumor one: Nintendo’s new system will have a wacky, revolutionary new controller At this year’s E3, Nintendo will unveil the successor to the Wii, rumored to be called “Project Café” or “Stream.” Early reports on various videogame websites claim that the system will be about as powerful as Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, possibly with slightly better graphics. However, what is getting the most attention is the new controller. Videogame journalists and analysts speculate that the new controller will be a more traditional joypad similar to the Nintendo GameCube’s and will have a sixinch touch screen, a camera, motion control and some kind of innovative new online feature. Also, it’s possible that Nintendo will release a separate motion controller and that the system will be backward compatible with the Wii. Whatever Nintendo’s got up its sleeve, this new controller will probably steal the show at E3 just like the 3DS did last year. Rumor two: Grand Theft Auto V It’s been over three years since Grand Theft Auto IV hit consoles,
and with the upcoming release of L.A. Noire it makes sense that Rockstar is working on something new. The new GTA is rumored to be set in Hollywood and to release before 2012. Also, 2012 is when series creators Sam Houser, Dan Houser and Leslie Benzies’ contracts expire with Take-Two, according to analyst Michael Pachter. It would make sense that publisher TakeTwo would want to release another GTA before these three potentially leave the company for good. In addition to contracts expiring, casting calls for voice actors for GTA style characters that ﬁt the new Hollywood direction have leaked on the Internet. And most interestingly of all, GTA V may be a launch title for Nintendo’s new system. Rumor three: Halo 4 or remake of Halo: Combat Evolved Bungie is done making Halo games, but that doesn’t mean the Halo franchise is over. This November marks the 10th anniversary of the original Halo, and 343 Studios is taking over development duties on future Halo games. Since Gears of War 3 is launching in September, Microsoft needs another big gun in its arsenal of holiday releases to combat Sony and Nintendo. The new title could either be an HD remake of Halo that uses the Halo: Reach graphics engine, or it could be Halo 4. A new Halo game starring Master Chief would bring back old fans of the franchise. Even if no new Halo comes out this year, it’s likely that Microsoft will make some kind of announcement at E3.
Rumor four: Metal Gear Solid 5 or a new original title form series creator Hideo Kojima It’s a running joke in the videogame industry when Kojima says that the MGS game he’s currently working on will be the last one he directs. He said the same thing about Sons of Liberty, Snake Eater, Guns of the Patriots and so on. Having just released Peace Walker for the PSP this year, Kojima’s next title could be either Metal Gear Solid 5 for PS3 or the Sony NGP. Rumors on the Internet are that it will be a follow-up to Peace Walker since the series main character Solid Snake’s story was wrapped up in MGS4. If Kojima’s new game isn’t MGS5, then he probably will show something completely new at E3 that will get a rise out of all his fans. Rumor ﬁve: NGP launches this year at $250 If Sony can get the price of the Next Generation Portable down to $250, Nintendo will have quite a ﬁght on their hands. The NGP is considerably more powerful than the 3DS, so the price of the handheld will likely come in at $300 or more with some of the more expensive features like 3G removed. It’s also possible that the Japanese earthquake’s resulting hardware shortages could aﬀect the launch. Still, some kind of announcement from Sony is expected at E3, but to compete with Nintendo they’re going to have to settle on an enticing price to make consumers choose the NGP over the 3DS.
Part two of the Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows ﬁlm will be in theaters July 15. Image courtesy of Warner Bros.
Film features Summer movie preview By Steven Franz Asst. fringe Editor email@example.com
The summer movie season is rapidly approaching, and in tight economic times it can be somewhat diﬃcult to arrange one’s moviegoing schedule. To make things a little easier, the UWM Post oﬀers a brief summary of the upcoming season and features a pair of our mostanticipated summer releases. All the comic book movies in the universe ever made (all summer long) It’s the age of the superhero at the movies, with critically acclaimed Batman, SpiderMan and Iron Man franchises already saturating the public consciousness. The summer of 2011 marks the trend’s oﬃcial explosion into the stratosphere with a variety of Marvel’s and DC’s most important properties gracing the silver screen to (hopefully) greater and greater returns. In addition to Thor, which was released only a few days ago, upcoming ﬁlms include XMen: First Class (June 3), Green Lantern (June 17) and Captain America: The First Avenger (July 22). Even the upcoming action-horror Paul Bettany vehicle Priest (May 13) is based on a Korean graphic novel of the same name. All the franchise sequels you’d ever want, and then some (all summer long) The aforementioned X-Men: First Class is being advertised as a canon prequel to the threeﬁlm (four if you count Wolverine) X-Men ﬁlm franchise that’s been ongoing for more than a decade, and it’s not the only signiﬁcant franchise continuation to be released in the upcoming months. In addition to the standard series – Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (May 20), Transformers: Dark of the Moon (July 1), Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (July 15), the much-needed Final Destination 5 (August 12) and Spy Kids 4: All the Time in the World (August 19) – a variety of startups are getting their ﬁrst sequels in, including The Hangover: Part II (May 26), Kung Fu Panda 2 (May 26) and Cars 2 (June 24). In a similar vein, look forward to a similarly staggering
number of reboots, including Winnie the Pooh (July 15), Rise of the Planet of the Apes (August 5), Conan the Barbarian (August 19) and Fright Night (August 19). The Tree of Life (May 27) Terrence Malick is responsible for some of the truest masterpieces of late-20th century cinema, from his debut feature Badlands (1973) through 1998’s The Thin Red Line – one of the greatest war movies ever produced – and 2005’s underappreciated and beautiful The New World. The Tree of Life is Malick’s ﬁrst feature in over ﬁve years, and very little has been said about it aside from the fact that it follows its main character from birth through his attempts as an adult to ﬁnd meaning in his life. What is known for certain is the stupendous cast and crew, which, in addition to Malick himself, features Brad Pitt and Sean Penn in its foremost roles, cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki (whose relationship with Alfonso Cuaron has yielded some truly groundbreaking ﬁlms, including the 2006 masterwork Children of Men) and composer Alexandre Desplat, a four-time Oscar nominee whose most recent notoriety was for his work on The King’s Speech. Super 8 (June 10) J.J. Abrams’ follow-up to 2009’s well-received (and allaround great) Star Trek, Super 8 is as much a loving tribute to the Spielberg-patented, kid-friendly adventure ﬁlms of the 1980s as the director’s Cloverﬁeld was to the monster movies of the 1950s – particularly, in the case of those family ﬁlms, E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial. Featuring a similar story of family upheaval and a level of gravity not generally granted to “children’s” ﬁlms outside of Pixar Studios, Super 8 is the story of a group of young friends who stumble upon an escaped alien while doing a bit of amateur ﬁlmmaking. The alien, of course, comes to rely upon them, and many a valuable lesson about life and love is learned along the way. The marketing for Super 8 has been as tight-lipped as any movie since, well, Cloverﬁeld, and similarly viral clues to its plot were dropped into its earliest teaser trailers.
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Instant suggestions for the summer Netflix selections to stream instantly on your computer
The adventures of superspy James Bond are just some of the many options available on Netﬂix for casual summer viewing. Image courtesy of MGM. By Sean Willey Staff Writer firstname.lastname@example.org
If you have a Netﬂix account, you probably have over 200 movies stacked in your instant-watch queue. Soon you can sit back and enjoy them all because summer means slouching, and that’s where a $7.99-per-month Netﬂix subscription comes in. It’s the best deal out there for a cleanedout student looking for a serious investment. The instant library is huge. But because there may be some who are tentative to subscribe after hearing tales of indecisive ﬂippers wasting hours searching for something to watch, we’ve narrowed it down for you. These selections equal grade-A satisfaction. Action and Adventure: James Bond classics MGM released their entire collection to Netﬂix, including the
entire James Bond series, on instant streaming. The Pierce Brosnan and Daniel Craig installments aren’t up yet, but you can watch the 15 that preceded them, from Dr. No to License to Kill. It’s the longest-running and arguably most successful Hollywood franchise. Fifteen mistresses and missions to shoot through with Sean Connery, George Lazenby, Roger Moore and Timothy Dalton. Good deal.
from this era. The prodigious Josh Waitzken (Max Pomeranc) ﬁnds chess, and his father (Joe Mantenga) enters him in some high-stress tournaments. Josh is a genius; the remnants of, you guessed it, Bobby Fischer, the 11-time chess master. But unlike Fischer, Waitzken may not have the stamina to handle the emotions of the world’s most intelligent game, forcing his dad to reevaluate his priorities.
Drama: Searching for Bobby Fischer
Thriller/Suspense: The ﬁlms of Alfred Hitchcock
Early 1990s Warner Bros. ﬁlms are a fascination – the ﬁnal frontier before special-eﬀects narratives began to conquer. They seemed more individualistic, perhaps cheesy sometimes, and with a strong sense of underlying happiness. Nominated for Best Cinematography at the 1994 Academy Awards, Searching for Bobby Fischer is an iconic movie
He deﬁned the entire industry. Alfred Hitchcock was a master of his craft. “If two people sit down at a table and a bomb goes oﬀ, we’re surprised; but if we ﬁrst see the bomb planted under the table, and then two people sit down at it, we have suspense,” said Hitchcock. Psycho and Vertigo (his most famous) are not on Instant Play, but 14 others are, including some
early silent ﬁlms. You can follow his progression all the way to his 1976 hit, Family Plot. If you can ﬁnd a better way to embrace the suspense genre then go for it, but you can’t beat the best, so let the “Master of Suspense” into your Instant Queue. Comedy: Abbott and Costello ﬁlms “Heeeeeeey Abbott!” and “Who’s on ﬁrst” are bits from America’s greatest comedy team, Bud Abbott and Lou Costello. They created 36 ﬁlms, and while only six are included on Netﬂix Instant, the company didn’t scrap some of their biggest hits: Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein and Abbott and Costello Meet the Mummy. Their comedy was simple, based on a human relationship, and includes no profanity, controversy or politics. Independent: The Ten
The Ten is a comedic collection of 10 stories, each mocking one of the Ten Commandments. Nothing is sacred. It’s raunchy and might oﬀend, but an all-star cast – Paul Rudd, Winona Ryder, Jessica Alba, Oliver Platt and others – give amazing satiric performances. This indie comedy is worth an open-minded look. TV: “3rd Rock from the Sun” The Emmy-winning comedy “3rd Rock from the Sun” follows a group of aliens disguised as humans as they uncover the bizarreness of the human race. John Lithgow headed the cast, which also included a pubescent Joseph Gordon-Levitt. All six seasons are available in Netﬂix’s collection. The show, which started as a mid-season replacement in 1996, quickly gained success for its comedic exploration of the human condition.
Union theatre presents: Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives By Sean Willey Staff Writer email@example.com
Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives is an experience like none other. A little weird, that’s for sure, but if you’re open to new experiences then you’ll have no problem with Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s adaptation of a similarly-titled 1983 Thai novel. It’s a story about reﬂection and remorse, and the ﬁlm won the Palme d’Or at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival. Uncle Boonmee (Thanapat Saisaymar) is dying of kidney failure. His family moves to a secluded area out in the Thai wilderness. And then it gets weird – but in a good way. At dinner with his family, Boonmee’s son shows up as a monkey-man ghost with ﬁery red eyes, and his wife apparates out of thin air. We could take this rather literally, claiming his son represents a lost soul on the brink of dam-
nation and his wife a ghost wandering aimlessly in search of humans to help. Quite honestly, that’s probably the safest route to take, but Weerasethakul isn’t playing it safe. He wants you to say, “What the hell?” Be aware, clear-cut answers aren’t this movie’s specialty. Neither is acting. The dialogue seemed dry, but when you have a roof-welder playing the main character, I guess that’s to be expected. The scenery makes it all worth it though. Thailand’s caves, mountains, forests and waterfalls blanket every scene, providing a majestic view into Thailand’s spiritual link to nature. Let’s debate the extension the movie holds to the meaning of ghosts. Are they attached to places or people? We, as Americans, assume places; that’s what we are taught. But the movie steers towards the latter. People reﬂect their image of us back to us, so if the mind and body are the same, as Buddhism believes, why should
that illusion change just because we’re dead? Reincarnation is at the centerfold as well. From the opening scene of a water buﬀalo wandering aimlessly through the plains to a catﬁsh in a waterfall, we can assume both these were the past lives of Uncle Boonmee. Towards the end, Uncle Boonmee enters a cave that seems to remind him of a woman’s womb. (Check the opening shot. It looks as if a face is about to kiss another on the forehead. A clue?) Is this where it all began, at least for Uncle Boonmee, under a starry sky in a cold, dark place? This movie is not a onetime thing. It will need to be watched a second and probably third time, but the fact that it’s open to so much interpretation with no deﬁnitive conclusion makes it fun. It’s one of those ﬁlms: after hours of discussion, all you’ve concluded is that it’s an interesting piece of artwork, to say the least.
Uncle Boonme outlines a world most have never seen, the Thai thought of consciousness and reincarnation. Image courtesy of Anna Sanders Films
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Let reading be fun again Three books to read while you’re away from the books By Timothy Sienko Staff Writer firstname.lastname@example.org
Sure, you plan to spend your spare time this summer grilling out at Bradford Beach rocking out at Summerfest and blacking out at house parties. But, one of the great joys of three months away from school is that no one is telling you what to read. There are no philosophy texts, no trans-Atlantic classics and no UWM Post. It is the perfect opportunity to slip a new paperback into those cargo shorts or that paisley purse and read for sheer pleasure on the patio of some local coﬀee shop. That being said, here are a couple ideas for you. The Blow Oﬀ, by Jim Knipfel The sweat of a New York City summer becomes just too much to bare in The Blow Oﬀ when a local ne’er-do-well fails to identify his assailant. The only rational explanation for the assault that the drunk can conjure is that he was attacked by some mythic beast. Small-time tabloid writers, just looking for something, anything, to splash across a front
page begin compete by blaming every unsolved crime and event on some Yeti-like ﬁgment of a vagrant’s imagination: fear and pandemonium ensue. Does this sound silly? But, of course. Is silliness a bad thing? Only when you have to write a paper on Dostoyevsky. Knipfel’s slapstick mystery seems like the perfect, forgettable summer romp of a novel. A Short Autobiography, by F. Scott Fitzgerald You never sold that copy of The Great Gatsby and you still have photocopies of Fitzgerald’s short stories from AP English in high-school. His writing is so enjoyable and relatable, and often introduced to students at just the right moment in their lives that a brief glimpse into how Fitzgerald saw himself is sure to be great summer read. This collection essays may not reveal any more than we already know of his life, but it promises to demonstrate the extent to which Fitzgerald drew inspiration from personal experience and more importantly, how harshly he judged his own youthful promise and adult regret.
In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler’s Berlin, by Erik Larson Larson is an expert storyteller. He has taken some of the most complex headlines in American journalism, conducted exhaustive research, and spun them into vibrant yarns of terror and mystery, while never straying from the path of a journalist. His most widely read nonﬁction novel, The Devil in the White City, recounts the grisly serial murders during the Chicago World’s Fair in 1893. In this, his latest oﬀering out this week, Larson found the lives of America’s ﬁrst ambassador to Hitler’s Germany and his daughter. The story follows the ambassador as he becomes increasingly suspicious of the Nazi regime’s decadence and ambitions and his daughter as she becomes enamored with its trappings. Larson’s style may require a little more effort than your average summer thriller, but it will certainly be more rewarding.
Post Mixtape Vol. I ﬁfth edition fun. Rumor has it some of the guys from The Championship may be spending it working on something new. Only time will tell, but while waiting I can only hope this summer churns up a few more live surprises on the streets of Milwaukee. Dustin Zarnikow fringe Editor Tea Leaf Green – “If It Wasn’t For The Money” (Live, 2006)
Summer’s Steam With so many local block parties, street festivals and outdoor events all summer, it’s nearly impossible to think back our previous summer and not have some sort of local musical memory – unless you just weren’t here (take that how you will). The ﬁfth and ﬁnal mixtape of the school year, “Balls, Sweaty” is reminiscent of the Summer festivals of Milwaukee’s yesteryear. The Championship – “Diamond Rings” Last summer was an epic experience, and I know I can speak for more than just a couple of my colleagues when mak-
ing that statement. And throughout the haze and blur of that fast-paced time, it seems that The Championship’s music was creeping up on me around every corner. I saw them three or more times last summer, all by chance and all at local outdoor festivals including Locust Street Days and Verge Festival. The band is sadly no more, but as with many great musicians of yore, the music remains, and Joseph Crockett’s voice still echoes from cars and radio stations around our little urban-cowboy town. Lucky for us, there’s another summer on the horizon: more music, more heat, more debauchery, more
Somewhere in that heat there is a hint of autumn, and that brisk emotion is stamped all over Joe Cocker’s slow, wistful reading of “Just Like A Woman” (Bob Dylan). But to have that on a summer playlist can be regrettable later on. So what I chose is the closest thing I could ﬁnd to replicating that emotion – without killing the mood, that is. “If It Wasn’t For the Money” is the signature of Tea Leaf Green, a San Francisco jam band that’s wise beyond its musical years – for one reason and one reason only. What they play resides in Funk Standard Time. Listen to Josh Clark wail and moan his way happy-faced through a distant summer memory. Watch the others follow along and then harmonize together like the ﬁrst day of June. Graham Marlowe Staﬀ Writer
Sat. Nite Duets – “Peel Away” A song built for summer in every way – lyric, melody and sentiment – this song was the obvious choice for the summer playlist. But for some reason it doesn’t make me think of summer as a concept. Although images of a beach at sunset and ﬂeeting romance ﬂash through my head, this song leaves a more abstract taste in my mouth. You know those little summer moments? The ones that don’t normally get into songs? Like driving down a road right after the rain, smelling the air, feeling the sun and hearing the wet crackle of the road beneath your tires? That one. Mixed with a whiﬀ of cigarette smoke and Jack Daniels. “Peel Away,” and all of Sat. Nite Duet’s music for that matter, has an ability to get in between the cracks of cliché while at the same time not shying away from convention. They must drug the speakers or something. Kurt Raether Editor-in-Chief Fable and the World Flat – “Cynopocolyptical” With the announcement of the 2011 Cascio groove stage last week, Milwaukee-music lovers are reminded of what made last year’s Summerfest truly special. 2010’s incred-
ible list of Groove Stage headliners included Collections of Colonies of Bees, Canyons of Static, IfIHadAHiFi, Worrier, and Milwaukee electronica/ pop/soul staple Fable and the World Flat. One of the city’s most under-appreciated bands, Fable completely detours the bubbly, synth-heavy trends that seem to devour most up-andcoming pop bands. Instead, they stay cool, calm and funky as fuck. In “Cynopocolyptical” Fable’s rhythm section could seriously be mistaken for something that the Red Hot Chili Peppers could have written in the 90’s, back before they started sucking so hard. Steven Look’s lyrics and vocal melodies drown in a beautiful sea of drunken melancholy. Buoyant, crystal tails of patient electric piano lines ﬂoat atop it all. Fable has been ﬂying under the radar lately, but inside sources tell me that they will have new material coming soon. You need to fucking check this band out. And check out the 2011 Cascio Groove Stage anytime you need some respite from the STYX/Peter Frampton/Goo Goo Dolls bullshit or whoever’s playing on those other Summerfest stages. PAYYYYCE. Josh Evert Production Editor/Juggalo
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Royal wedding coverage Death of a terrorist obnoxious and fanatical Manhunt for most-wanted Media obsession laughably nauseating By Brian Holmes Staff Writer email@example.com
On April 29 Prince William tied the knot with Kate Middleton in what has been coined “the wedding of the century” – never mind that we are scarcely in the second decade. Across the globe, billions of drooling idiots gawked in amazement as the dashing couple gallantly strolled down the aisle towards their happily-ever-after. This, of course, is what the gushing American media would have us believe. Never mind that unemployment continues to sky rocket around the globe and nations are being torn apart by famine, disease and war. Many are lucky to be able to pay their rent from month to month or afford their tuition. In light of these harsh realities, it is hard to believe that the average individual wastes time dreaming of the wedding gown Kate will don and how much it will cost. There was no shortage of
individuals in the media making their bread and butter doing just that. It was almost laughable watching these pseudo-media types speculating on how many pieces of wedding cake the queen will stuff down her gullet or when Kate will begin to show signs of the first royal baby. If only the rest of us could make a living with such trivialities. One must wonder why the U.S. is so obsessed with the British royal family that is half a world away. Or could it be the perpetuation of this obsession by the American media? The New York Times recently ran a poll that found a whopping six percent of Americans were closely following the play-by-play coverage of this laughable British event. It’s not as if we don’t have our own spoiled, self-important celebrities to enthrall (or sicken) us. While flipping through the American news networks, one was almost tempted to forget that 300 people just died in one of the worst tornado disasters in U.S. history.
The message behind such fanatical coverage is a sobering reminder that no matter how much suffering exists at any given time there will always be those who live in a world leagues away from the majority. For all the talk about equality, fighting poverty and human rights, the have-nots are still expected to cast their eyes up to the haves in awe and admiration, as they go about their own petty existence. It is sad that undeserving people are put on pedestals, while, in reality, the royal wedding held no more importance than any of the millions of other weddings taking place that day. The only difference was that the media were notshoving these other weddings down the collective throat of the public. Osama bin Laden couldn’t have picked a better time to go. The media has finally found a new focus that may save the world from fanatical coverage of the royal honeymoon. Unless – God forbid – a sex tape gets leaked.
Anti-abortion legislation keeps pushing for purity U.S. House of Representatives passes H.R.3 By Jackie Dreyer Editorial Editor firstname.lastname@example.org
The “Super Hyde.” What sounds like the latest squirt gun model is actually the nickname for the oppressive, woman-hating bill, H.R.3, or the “No Taxpayer Funding For Abortions Act.” The moniker draws from the Hyde Amendment, the legislation already in place that prohibits the use of certain government funds for abortions, but takes it more than one step further. Not only will federal money from Medicaid and other federal programs still be forbidden, but now, in addition to that, the bill includes “any possible funding in the new health insurance exchanges that will be open due to health care reform, effectively banning abortion coverage by all
participating insurers,” according to Care2.com, a social action network that connects activists. This includes eliminating the ability for businesses with health insurance policies covering abortion to get back tax credit, as well as the ability for individuals to deduct the cost of an abortion on their taxes and to use a taxexempt savings account to pay for an abortion. But that’s not all, folks! The real kicker is that it will “allow health care providers to refuse to perform an abortion for any reason, even if the woman needing the abortion’s life is in danger,” according to Feministing.com. And the House of Representatives just passed the bill. As Jessica Valenti, a feminist blogger, published author and the founder and Executive Editor of Feministing.com, wrote in her latest book, The Purity Myth: How America’s Obsession with Virginity
Is Hurting Young Women: “There is a moral panic in America over young women’s sexuality – and it’s entirely misplaced. … A combination of forces – our media- and society-driven virginity fetish, an increase in abstinence-only education, and the strategic political rollback of women’s rights among the primary culprits – has created a juggernaut of unrealistic sexual expectations for young women.” That is to say, since when has ignoring the elephant in the room ever solved a problem? The Republican agenda continues to force-feed the American public offensively naïve sentiments about virginity, abstinence and purity. One of the “best” (and by best, I mean most galling) similes for virginity, of which Ms. Valenti shared on Wednesday, May 5 when she spoke at UW-
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terrorist comes to an end By Antony Kamps Staff Writer email@example.com
“Geronimo EKIA” This was the code sent to the White House on the night the face of terrorism was shot and killed. This code marked the end of an almost 10-year-long manhunt for the most-wanted terrorist, the mastermind behind the most brutal terrorist attacks on American soil. As a veteran of the Armed Forces and having served in Operation Iraqi Freedom, it gave me a sense of relief when I heard the news that Osama bin Laden was dead. It also made me happy that it was a U.S. soldier that killed him. Yes, I was happy he was dead. Yes, I was happy he was killed. I was happy to finally see the demise of the man who is
responsible for killing so many Americans, the man who is responsible for the deaths of so many of my fellow soldiers. I grieve every time I see or hear about a soldier dying overseas. I am lucky to have come home injury-free. Thousands and thousands have not been so lucky. I will not grieve this man. I will rejoice in his death. He was no longer the leader of alQaeda; his role was lost after he became the most-wanted terrorist. It was just too risky for him to keep that role. We took his leadership away and made him a faux leader – a face only – and now he is nothing. We have taken everything from him. This is a signal to all terrorists that we will win. There is heated debate at this time on whether or not to release the pictures of bin Laden’s corpse to the world.
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More votes could mean fewer protests The challenge of drawing in youth voters By William Bornhoft Special to the Post firstname.lastname@example.org
For the past three months, a hot political climate in Wisconsin, as well as around the United States, has produced rally after rally of angry people eager to use their First Amendment rights. Extreme measures of austerity and union busting awoke an activist spirit in America’s public universities. Students have slept in capitols, participated in protests, staged walkouts – just about everything they could think of to make their voices heard. Unfortunately, the vigor and excitement young Americans show at public demonstrations seldom manifests itself into a high turnout at the polls. Even after record-breaking numbers in 2008, only 20 percent of Americans under age 30 voted in the 2010 midterms – even lower than the turnout in 2006. With so much recent political activity, why is it that most college students chose to stay home while the polls were open? After making history in the previous presidential election, was it wrong to think that young people would continue to be active in the most important part of the democratic process? On some level, it is to be expected that protests attract more youth than the local polling place. Why wouldn’t they? It’s exciting to be out marching among hun-
dreds, even thousands of people, listening to charismatic speakers, holding up signs and chanting slogans like, “this is what democracy looks like.” It actually feels like you’re making a difference in some strange way. There are protests of all kinds every year, but the ones that took place this year here in Wisconsin were record breaking – over 70,000 people rallied in Madison on Feb. 26. Seeing and hearing about such an enormous number of people fighting together for a common cause was inspiring. It certainly fulfilled the goal of most protests: to let certain people in power know that what they’re doing is not the will of the majority. But public demonstrations have their limits. They can’t veto a bill. They can’t kick someone out of office. They certainly cannot elect somebody. Once election day is over, and possible recall dates are still a ways off, the average American citizen doesn’t have much official power over which bills get passed and which don’t. This is why it’s so important to vote. As inglorious and useless as it may seem to most, one vote will do more to have your voice heard than attending every local rally or protest in a year. Perhaps if the youth turnout were as high as in the 2008 election, people wouldn’t have to be protesting in the first place.
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The 21st century brings with it the end of our reliance on animals as “resources” By Sarah Hanneken Columnist email@example.com
What a wonderful time to be an animal lover! The past decade has marked the beginning of a monumental era. For the first time in the history of our species, our survival does not depend on the exploitation of other creatures. This is a privilege most people in the developed world don’t even realize they have, and anyone who has ever considered himself or herself an animal lover ought to rejoice at this realization. I have thoroughly enjoyed writing this column over the past two semesters, and I’ve enjoyed receiving your responses even more. Few other issues strike such a nerve, and I view the vigorous debates that ensue as a step in the right direction since apathy (the very root of the problem) has been the norm for far too long. You are all certainly entitled to disagree with any of the arguments I’ve made over the past year, but you owe it to yourselves and to the animals to ask yourselves why. To simply disagree because the alternative would lead to an inconvenient reassessment of your lifestyle choices is utterly contemptible. The very least you can do for these creatures whose bodies you are using is to give some consideration on the issue. From week to week, this column has addressed a wide vari-
ety of animal-related topics and controversies, from Lady Gaga’s “meat dress” to so-called vegan propaganda to the pros and cons of pet ownership. Yet all were woven together by the same set of basic principles and ideas: • Animals are sentient beings. Like us, they seek pleasure and avoid pain. They have an innate interest in their lives and often form strong bonds with other members of their species. They experience emotions, however basic or complex, that are no less real and deserve no less regard than our own. • Animals are not here for us. We do not have an inherent “right” to use them, and to believe that we do is to display a kind of anthropocentrism that has long become scientifically obsolete. • Our attitudes toward nonhuman animals are rife with hypocrisy. One cannot condemn dog fighting while continuing to eat the flesh of another tortured species, just as it is logically unjustifiable to decry the wearing of fur when you yourself still wear leather or wool. These incongruities simply show a lack of conscious deliberation; it’s easy to jump on the bandwagon against something that is already culturally stigmatized, but it’s another thing entirely to draw the obvious connections between these stigmatized abuses and the abuses society still views as acceptable. • Further, it is absolutely essential that we recognize the power we hold as consumers.
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There should be no debate – show the pictures. Show the world that this man is dead. Let there be no doubt in anyone’s mind that we have accomplished the goal of hunting him down and bringing him to justice. Do not allow conspiracy theories to manifest any further than they already have by procrastinating on releasing the pictures. Let these pictures burn in the minds of all terrorists – this is their only outcome if they continue with their terrorist ways. What exactly does bin Laden’s death mean? Is the war over? Will all terrorists lay down their weapons and surrender? The answer to all three is a resounding no, but that really was not the goal of the pursuit of bin Laden. To finally take out this leader of terrorism is a slap in the face of al-Qaeda to let them know we will not stop. We will come for you and defeat you. No matter where you go, no matter where you hide, we are coming.
Milwaukee, is, “Your body is a wrapped lollipop. When you have sex with a man, he unwraps your lollipop and sucks on it. It may feel great at the time, but unfortunately, when he’s done with you, all you have left for your next partner is a poorly-wrapped, saliva-fouled sucker.” One way or another, this push for purity ultimately manifests into shocking pro-life, or antichoice, legislation, like H.R.3. The Republican definition of acceptable sex? That which only happens between married people and with the motive of procreation. Anything outside of that renders you a used lollipop, apparently. The missing piece of the puzzle here, however, is the “why.” Why blatantly persist with radical attacks on women’s rights when, as mentioned by multiple opponents to the bill, they campaigned on economic recovery? Why rally so hard this year for H.R.3, which perpetuates the “War on Women,” when legitimate concerns – like job creation – exist? “True to form, the House majority has cast a wide net in its
As gruesome as it sounds, animals are tortured on farms and in labs because we finance such activities with our purchases. If we want animal abuse and exploitation to end, we have to say so – with our dollars. • Finally, it’s time to put to rest the circular debate over our “true nature” as humans. Were we “meant” to eat meat? Were we “meant” to consume dairy? Are we carnivores? Omnivores? Herbivores? Scavengers? In the end, it doesn’t really matter. In almost all aspects of our lives, technology has removed us far from what would be considered “natural” by that same reasoning, ultimately rendering the argument over our true dietary nature moot. All that really matters is that millions of people across the globe have been able to remain perfectly healthy – thrive, even – on a plant-based diet. Regardless of what our ancestors ate, the fact of the matter is that animal products are not necessary. And that’s what it ultimately comes down to: The killing of other sentient beings for reasons entirely unnecessary to our survival cannot be justified. Period. I hope these articles have sparked some independent critical thinking on the wide range of issues related to animal rights, and I hope you’ll continue to approach every issue you encounter (animal-related or not) with a healthy dose of skepticism and compassion.
attack on women’s health and rights … This move is the height of hypocrisy, because politicians who regularly rail against big government today voted to raise taxes on millions of families and small businesses – merely to stop them from purchasing insurance plans that cover abortion,” said Nancy Northup, president of the Center for Reproductive Rights, to Care2.com. The saving grace of the entire situation, however, is that H.R.3 is likely to fail in the Senate, and if for some godforsaken reason it passes, President Barack Obama’s team has already asserted that he is likely to veto the bill. But what really needs to happen now is that instead of fighting against specific instances of legislative bullshit, we need to push for something all-encompassing – the establishment of access to safe abortion as right for every single female. On February 7, I wrote an article when the bill first came under scrutiny called “Republicans attempt to redefine rape.” To read this article, please visit: uwmpost.com
The Great American Road Trip provides a much-needed break from reality
By John Prellwitz Automotive Columnist firstname.lastname@example.org
Finals begin in less than a week, meaning we’re all only a research paper, PowerPoint presentation or multiple-choice guess away from summer freedom. For some, it’s the beginning of a new career – hopefully one that is relevant to their degree. Others will enter (un)paid internships – hopefully gaining valuable experience in a field related to their degree. The most enterprising among us will while away their summer days in the cool shade of their parents’ basement, saving the world once more from the Covenant or Colonel Shepherd. Regardless of your progress (or lack thereof) through college, be sure to take time – a day, a week, a month – to forget the world and enjoy the simple pleasure of the Great American Road Trip. First on my list is the Tail of the Dragon, also known as Deal’s Gap. Located on the stretch of U.S. Route 129 that crosses the Tennessee – North Carolina border, the Dragon boasts 318 corners in just 11 miles with no intersections to impede progress. Although its fame has led to an increased police presence in recent years, its curves are such that few cars can maintain the speed limit, let alone exceed it, for any length of time. Expect to find me there at the end of July for the annual “Miata’s at the Gap” meet. Should that somehow become boring, head on over to nearby Cherohala Skyway and enjoy 36 miles of wild elevation changes and breath-taking views. Or blinding fog – they’re called the Smoky Mountains for a reason. Completed in 1996 at a cost of $100 million, the Skyway intersects Highway 129 in Robbinsville, N.C. and twists back across the Tennessee border to Tellico Plains. If you’ve got time on your way back north, consider taking a long-cut by means of the Blue Ridge Parkway. Declared by many as “America’s favorite drive,” the parkway stretches 469 miles from Gatlinburg, Tenn. to Waynesboro, Va. and offers some of the most varied and beautiful views in the country. Waynesboro is also conveniently close to Washington, D.C. if you haven’t tired of sightseeing yet. Westbound travelers owe themselves a drive along historic Route 66 from Chicago
to Los Angeles. Notable sites along the way include the St. Louis Arch, a left turn at Albuquerque, countless tourist towns with eccentric landmarks and period-correct diners, and Kansas. A visit to southern California would be incomplete without driving the Pacific Coast Highway, which incorporates highways 1 and 101. The PCH has been called “America’s best free attraction,” and it does its best to hug the coastline all the way from the CaliforniaMexico border to Seattle. What would otherwise be a spirited drive is often inhibited roving herds of RVs and travel trailers, but this only allows more time to enjoy blue ocean views from 100foot sheer cliffs. Speaking of, in typical California fashion, heavy rains caused a mudslide back in March that washed out one of the more scenic sections of Hwy 1. Repairs are still under way, and a lengthy detour is in use, but that only adds to the adventure. Anyone who finds himself or herself in my favorite state, Colorado, this summer must drive the Million Dollar Highway and send pictures to me. So-named partly for the ore deposits that mark the area and partially for the natural beauty of its surroundings, MDH is a 25-mile run between Ouray and Silverton, Colo. on U.S. Route 550. Characterized by narrow passes and a lack of guard rails, MDH also has a tendency to be overrun by RVs, but the views are worth the peril. The realities of $5-a-gallon gasoline will have many considering a “stay-cation” this summer, but that doesn’t mean leaving the dream of a road trip behind. Wisconsin has many historic and beautiful roads to offer, one of the best being the 115mile Kettle Moraine Scenic Drive. This route meanders through the Kettle Moraine State Forest between Elkhart Lake and Whitewater, revealing a surprisingly dramatic landscape. I have found even an hour behind the wheel to be incredibly therapeutic, doing more good for my mental health than $200 with a shrink could possibly hope to accomplish. This past year might have been less stressful had I taken some time off in the summer to travel. I won’t be making that mistake this year, and I hope you’ll join me on the open road. May the road rise to meet you and the wind be always at your back. Have a good summer.
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Pet of the Week Mikey Meet Mikey. He’s a rescue and grew up on the streets. Most of the time he’s a reformed street dog but sometimes acts out to keep his street cred. His lifetime ban from Doggy Day Care was a real dissapointment. Sadly, Mikey is having a hard time adjusting to life after his old pal, Nate Dogg died. Back in the day, Snoop Dogg, Nate Dogg and Mikey used to drink forties and roll dice. Lately, Mikey has been enjoying the warm weather, walking with a swagger and chasing rabbits.
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Sudoku INSTRUCTIONS: Fill in the squares so that every row, every column, and every 3x3 box contains the numbers 1 through 9 exactly once.
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THE UWM POST CROSSWORD ACROSS 1 Humiliate 6 Cabbage salad 10 Signs with pen 14 Cash, for example 15 Sneakers brand 16 Shopping center, for short 17 Bizarre 18 Alack’s partner 19 Largest of the seven 20 Outdoor cooking accessory (2 wds.) 22 Rancor 23 Eternally, poetically 24 City in Spain 26 Net 29 Computer keys, maybe 32 Lair 33 On the rocks 35 Roman eight 37 Hoist 41 Outdoor cooking accessory (2 wds.) 44 Asian nation 45 Solitary 46 52 weeks 47 Able 49 What you sit on 51 Married woman (abbr.) 52 Bagel topping 56 Guy 58 Spoken 59 Outdoor cooking accessory 65 Mariah Carey, for one 66 March 15, for example 67 Fashion 68 Prayer ending 69 Jungle plant 70 Elude 71 Fax 72 Helvetica, for example 73 Hell dweller
Godoku INSTRUCTIONS: Fill in the squares so that every row, every column,
and every 3x3 box contains the following letters exactly once: N, L, I, E, U, C, A, R, M. One row or column will reveal a hidden word!
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DOWN 1 Air pollution 2 Part of a day 3 Negative (prefix) 4 Haggard of song 5 Shoelace hole 6 Argue 7 Humdinger 8 Accumulate 9 Clean 10 Unreal 11 Relating to the nose 12 Crustacean larvae 13 Rancid 21 “Well done!” 25 Fashion Wang? 26 Candle part 27 Reverberation 28 Market type 30 Slant
31 Farm buildings 34 Where you go when you sleep, maybe 36 Waterlocked mass 38 Object 39 Scorch 40 Goofs 42 Cloak 43 Reds and Eagles, for two 48 Tax 50 Sampled 52 Fizzy drinks 53 Violation of law 54 Refuge 55 Cowboy show 57 Guts 60 Marine bird 61 Does not exist 62 Stack of paper 63 Prefix for China 64 Adam’s garden solution found on page 4
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THIS WEEK’S IN-WORD: AMENITY
INSTRUCTIONS: Find as many words as possible using only the letters from this week’s IN-WORD. Words must be four or more letters long. Slang words, proper nouns, and contractions are not permitted. Only one form of a verb is permitted. Words that become four or more letters by the addition of “s” are not permitted.
Can you find 35 or more words in “AMENITY?”
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