MATTHEW KUTZ/Herald photoWisconsin opened the season with two victories over the weekend, defeating Houston 77-54 on Friday and Cleveland State 84-59 on Sunday. Sunday’s matchup marked a homecoming for Cleveland State coach Kate Peterson, who was the recruiting coordinator for Wisconsin from 1998-2003. The return turned out to be a sour one for Peterson, who saw her team fall behind early 16-4 and fail to recover.”We did want to start a little bit better. They were very focused and they found the open looks and they knocked them down, starting with Jolene Anderson,” said Peterson.Anderson accounted for the first seven Badger points and ended the game with 13 points and five rebounds, but was limited to just 10 minutes in the second half after sustaining a cut on her lip. The Vikings were paced by freshman Dominique Butler with 14 points, who saw 30 minutes of action off the bench.”[Butler] probably is one of the players on our team — probably the only player on our team — who is as athletically talented as some of the Wisconsin players,” Peterson said.The Badgers shot nearly 48 percent from the field during the game and were able to hold the Vikings to just 37 percent. Cleveland State’s zone defense presented problems for the Badgers throughout the game as they struggled to convert from behind the 3-point arc, connecting on just 6 of 19 attempts.”Their zone slowed us down quite a bit, and we didn’t attack as much as we probably should have. We also avoided the post players inside, but once we got it inside, Danielle (Ward) got to the free-throw line,” head coach Lisa Stone said.The Badgers were able to get to the line 28 times in the second half after going just 3-for-4 in the first. Ward led the team with 13 trips to the line and posted her first career double-double with 14 points and 14 rebounds after finishing one rebound short of a double-double on Friday. Sunday also saw career highs for a number of UW players, including guards Akiya Alexander and Shari’ Welton. Alexander and Welton posted career numbers in points with nine and six, respectively.”I thought they played great. They did what they were supposed to do. They both rebounded, they played defense, and that’s what we expect from them,” fellow sophomore guard Janese Banks said.In Friday’s contest, Wisconsin also used a hot start to lead them to victory as they jumped on the Lady Cougars 29-11 midway through the first half and never looked back.”Wisconsin just really beat us in every phase of the game. I thought they just got on a roll and just picked us apart,” Houston head coach Joe Curl said.The Badgers’ ability to find the open player was evident in their 14 assists to just one turnover in the first half. Houston came out in the second half and stifled the Badger offense that shot 48 percent from the field for a 24-point lead at the break.Freshman Sha’Ratta Hawkins led the way for Houston, providing the Cougars with 28 points off the bench, including five buckets from behind the arc.”Hawkins went on a scoring spree, obviously, in the second half, but outside of that I think we did a decent job on her,” Stone said.The Badgers held the Cougars’ leading scorer, Ryan Meyers, in check in the first half, restraining her to just four points. Houston had a two-woman show, with Meyers and Hawkins the only players posting double-figure scoring totals on a team which saw no other player score more than four points.Jolene Anderson led the Badgers in scoring with 20 points and five rebounds. Anderson’s backcourt mate, Banks, finished right behind her with 19 points, six boards and four assists. “[Anderson and Banks] have a swagger, a confidence about them and a year of seasoning,” Curl said.The Badgers’ fast start marks the second-straight year Wisconsin has opened the season 2-0. Next up for the Badgers is the Rainbow Wahini Classic in Hawaii, where the team will meet Idaho State Friday in the first round of the tournament.
Paul Linaman was working as a barista at Peet’s Coffee and Tea when the company began making changes that included firing some of its best employees at a time when unemployment rates were soaring.“It was a company that had been going through all these transitions,” Linaman said. “The transition was very rough. I was really upset at the time, but [being fired] turned out to be a really good thing.”Lettuce talk · Salad chef Paul Linaman (right) chats with Soon Gon Kim (left), a sophomore majoring in fine arts, outside of Seeds Marketplace. – Ani Kolangian | Daily TrojanLinaman, now a salad chef at Seeds Marketplace, took the job loss as an opportunity to improve his culinary skills. At the time, his mother was the associate director of St. Joseph’s Center, a service center for poor and homeless families, which acquired an unused restaurant as a donation. The donated location served two functions: providing free restaurant-style meals for the homeless and providing what Linaman calls “crash-course culinary training” for chefs of varying skill levels.“It was a wide variety of people,” Linaman said. “It was people who were just out of college, like one young woman who, her whole life, had worked with her mom’s catering business, but now wanted to get a job at a restaurant. It was people who had been laid off, usually people in the industry who wanted a little extra training in order to get their careers going again.”After the course, Linaman worked at the Hard Rock Cafe in Hollywood but said he lost his position when the franchise laid off about two-thirds of its chefs. He once again refused to let the loss of a job he loved discourage him, so after a few weeks off, he applied for a job with USC Hospitality in 2010.During a kitchen test, Linaman made pasta primavera but had to turn to improvisation when he ran out of time to cook the noodles after finishing the meat and vegetables.“I called it ‘Paleolithic primavera’ because I noticed that sometimes on Top Chef, when they mean to make something but run out of time, they sometimes make up stories and the judges usually love it,” Linaman said. “My story was that it’s part of the trend of being on the Paleolithic diet, where you eat as if you’re a hunter-gatherer.”Linaman was already familiar with this audition-like application process and had previously developed his improvisation skills after growing up in Los Feliz, where he became involved in performing arts at a young age.“As soon as there was any theater available to be involved in, I was,” Linaman said. “As soon as I was in junior high and they had drama class, I started taking that. I was really involved in play production in high school.”After attending Santa Monica College, he transferred to New York University to study theater, where he participated in many student productions. His favorite was a play about the last days of the Trojan prophet Cassandra.“It was interesting because it was an original play, and [the professor] was rewriting it while we were working on it,” Linaman said. “The author was right there so we could ask her questions. I could tell that she was rewriting based on what she saw.”After college, Linaman moved back to Los Feliz. He said that, despite his love for theater, he did not want to enter into the competitive world of Broadway. He has not been involved in any formal productions since his return to California but is interested in returning when the opportunity arises. He has found, however, that some theater school lessons apply to other aspects of his life.“When I’m making salads, the physical structure of it is kind of a choreographic narrative,” Linaman said. “Being able to focus on that is very theatrical. It’s the capacity to put yourself in structures, and live within the structures in a particular way.”Linaman’s theatrical experiences also led to an interest in psychoanalysis, something he is now interested in pursuing in graduate school.“There’s a few professors who I want to meet but haven’t quite had the courage to just walk into their offices,” Linaman said. “I didn’t even realize they taught here when I first started reading [their books].”He has been considering USC for a master’s degree in comparative literature, a program that would not only allow him to further his education but perhaps give him the chance to meet some of his favorite writers.