The Wisconsin men’s tennis team will look to continue their recent string of success this weekend as they host 57th-ranked Purdue and defending NCAA runner-up Illinois. The Badgers have won six of their last eight matches, including a hard-fought 4-3 victory at 36th-ranked Penn State last Sunday.“That was a big win for us, and it gave us a lot of confidence,” sophomore Moritz Baumann said. “It was tough to play there, everyone fought hard, and we came back and won 4-3.”With the win, the Badgers improved to 10-7 overall and 2-1 in Big Ten play. UW enters this weekend’s matches ranked 48th in the country.“I think overall we’ve played a lot of close matches, and winning that last close match against Penn State really helped us,” head coach Greg Van Emburgh said. “The guys were really excited about that, and guys are just stepping up. I think our best tennis is yet to come, and I think everyone is excited about that, is looking forward to that.”First up for the Badgers on Saturday is Purdue. The Boilermakers enter the match with a 7-7 overall record, and are 1-1 in the Big Ten. Although Purdue comes in having lost its last three matches, the Badgers won’t be overlooking them.“Against Purdue, we have to focus and take care of business,” Baumann said. “Everyone needs to be ready to go and just give 100 percent.”Marek Michalicka, the Badgers’ No. 2 singles player, also expects a competitive match with Purdue.“They will be tough, too. It’s the Big Ten, and Big Ten matches are emotional,” Michalicka said. “I’m expecting it to be tough.”On Sunday, the Badgers will battle 12th-ranked Illinois. The Illini enter the match with a 9-5 record overall, including an unblemished 2-0 in Big Ten play. They have also won four of their last five matches. The Badgers are well aware that it will take a valiant effort to defeat Illinois.“They have a lot of good players. It’s going to be a tough match,” Baumann said. “However, anything is possible. We’ve been playing against top 20 teams and playing them very close. I think we can definitely do it. We have the players to do it.”Although the matches may be tough, the Badgers are hoping to use home court to their advantage. They enter play this weekend boasting an undefeated record at Nielsen Tennis Stadium.“Illinois is one of the best teams in the country,” Michalicka said. “But we’re playing at home, so hopefully people come and hopefully we’ll play tough and fight. We practice every day on these courts, so we’re used to the surface and everything here.”“I definitely think it’s an advantage,” Van Emburgh said. “I think the guys feel comfortable here playing at our place. When guys feel comfortable at home, sometimes they play a little bit better than they normally would.”As they have been in a number of close matches this year, the Badgers know how important it will be to win the doubles competition to gain an early advantage.“The doubles will be key to get that first point,” said Baumann.Winning in doubles will be no easy feat, as Illinois comes in with two doubles teams nationally ranked. Ryan Rowe and Billy Heiser are ranked 22nd in the nation, while the tandem of Brandon Davis and Ruben Gonzales is ranked 32nd.The Badgers are led by 49th-ranked Jeremy Sonkin and Luke Rassow-Kantor, as well as the duo of Baumann and Michalicka.Wisconsin used its time off this week to focus on the basics and to get a little rest, which it hopes will benefit the team this weekend.“The most important thing for us is keeping the guys fresh and healthy and letting them know the importance of every match,” Van Emburgh said. “It’s critical not to underestimate any match. It’s important that we take them one at a time. Saturday at noon versus Purdue is the most important thing for us to focus on right now. After that, hopefully we have some success there, and then we look into Sunday.”
“This glaring lack of representation does nothing to counter hate-filled messages toward Latinos,” Smith and actress Eva Longoria wrote in a letter published in TIME. “Instead, it tacitly reinforces the dangerous and anti-American views espoused by political figures and some news outlets.” The report was conducted by Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism professor Stacy Smith in partnership with the National Association of Latino Independent Producers and Wise Entertainment, and it focuses on the presence of Latinos in front of and behind the camera. Across the films analyzed in the study, only 10 included Latino characters over 45 years old. The two roles played by Latinas were both done by actress Jennifer Lopez. A new study from the Annenberg Inclusion Initiative found that Latinos are heavily misrepresented in mainstream media, despite growing narratives advocating for increased diversity and inclusion in the film industry. “How to be a Latin Lover,” a 2017 film featuring Salma Hayak (left) and Eugenio Derbez (right), was one recent film that featured several Latinx characters in its cast. (Photo courtesy from Lionsgate) The report also found that the majority of the Latino characters represented on-screen succumbed to “harmful” Latino stereotypes. In fact, more than 60% of Latino characters were depicted as criminals, gang members and drug dealers. The report, titled “Latinos in Film: Erasure On Screen and Behind the Camera Across 1,200 Popular Movies,” revealed no changes in the depiction of Latinos on screen over 11 years. From 2007 to 2018, only 3% of 1,200 examined films featured a lead Latino character. Only 4.5% of speaking characters were Latino, despite the fact that the United States is home to a population that is 18% Latino, according to the study. “The Latino community has not been prioritized, and it is imperative that we shed light on the glaring reality of Latino representation in film,” NALIP Executive Director Benjamin Lopez told Annenberg News. “NALIP has positioned itself to be the elegant solution to this complex problem through our commitment to building the pipeline of Latino talent and sustainable development in the industry. Professor Smith’s research must guide decision-makers to the conclusion that there is immense value in collaborating with and investing in the Latino community.” “The results also show that the depiction of Latino characters in these films — as criminals, in poverty or without any links to a rich Latino heritage or community — dramatically extends the scope of the problem,” Smith and Longoria wrote. “We know from research that dehumanization on screen can increase the risk of aggression, in this case, toward Latinos in the U.S. and abroad.” The study revealed high levels of erasure within film. More than 60% of Latinos were depicted without ties to their community. More than a quarter of top Latino actors were presented as law breakers and criminals. Only 4% of the jobs held by Latino characters were high-level occupations, while 54% of the characters held a job that did not require a college degree. The report proposed multiple solutions to combat the lack of Latino representation in film. It recommended increasing the number of Latinos behind the scenes, including directors and filmmakers, to expand connections with the Latino community and ensure representation in both small and large roles. According to the report, only 4% of the 1,335 directors were Latino.