Badger Herald Calls Out Rose Bowl Ticket Sellers

By: AP
By: AP

Does scalping a Rose Bowl ticket make you a bad person?

The UW Madison student newspaper says it does.

This has stirred up attention from the USA today and ESPN. Also giving the Badger Herald Website some ten thousand hits an hour and some students literally "badgered" with harassment.

UW-Madison student and Badger fan, Caitlin Cusack was one of the lucky ones.

She got a ticket for her and her roommate before they sold out.
Then her roommate didn't need a ticket, so she posted it on Facebook marketplace for $300.

"I'm not trying to screw anybody out of a ticket but I wanted to pay for my own at least so that I can still manage the rest of the trip," Cusack said.

For that she's being publicly shamed in the Badger Herald.

The paper called her and 37 others selling their tickets, "the worst people on campus."

"I feel like its totally justified that I should be able to sell my ticket. . . we're all trying to make this trip affordable and that's what I'm doing," she added.

Herald editor Kevin Bargnes has been taking angry phone calls from parents.

He has also received nearly a hundred emails from students with more names of people selling their tickets for profit.

"We thought this would just be seen as something of the Herald is making a couple jokes. . . but apparently it was seen as a lot more than that," Bargnes said.

Cusack said she's been harassed for her post, but said she still plans to sell her ticket.

"So hopefully someone will want to buy it still and not think I'm an evil person," she said.

The Herald posted an update on their website Monday, that said they did not mean this as a call to action against these students, but was rather a commentary about a ticket practice they'd like to see changed.

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