Monthly Archives: February 2011

As we face the crisis, lessons from an Indian fable.

As our campus conversations on the New Badger Partnership have been heating up over the recent weeks, a fable from the story-telling traditions of India has repeatedly crossed my mind. The fable is about a flock of pigeons that got … Continue reading

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Does Walker plan to dissolve ETF Board and raid the Pension Fund??

The following message is being widely circulated via email and contains an alarming perspective on Governor Scott Walker’s intentions with respect to the Pension Fund.  S&W cannot independently corroborate any of the claims at this time, but we urge any … Continue reading

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Inside Higher Ed Reports on Friday’s Meeting

Inside Higher Ed has just published an exceptionally useful summary of last Friday’s meeting of Biddy Martin with the Board of Regents and the surrounding issues: Flexibility — But for (and From) Whom?

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Biddy: Update on budget, New Badger Partnership

The following message was broadcast yesterday by Chancellor Biddy Martin and is reproduced here in its entirety. Dear Members of the Community, As many of you know, we believe the governor’s budget will include a proposal that achieves the overall … Continue reading

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Chancellor Ray Cross statement to Regents concerning Biddy proposal

S&W has obtained a copy of an email sent to numerous recipients by Chancellor Ray Cross (UW Colleges and UW-Extension).  It is reprinted here in its entirety. Dear Colleagues: Below are the remarks I delivered to the UW System Board … Continue reading

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We may have no choice but to support Biddy’s plan

When you wake up one morning and find yourself somehow stranded in the middle of a trestle bridge with a speeding locomotive bearing down on you, you may be tempted to ask yourself how you stupidly came to be there … Continue reading

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A call to caution regarding chancellor’s NBP vision

Editor’s note:  This open letter first appeared on  Mr. Verb. It is being reposted here with permission of the author. Many of us have been called to publicly defend our Chancellor and the merits of the New Badger Partnership, its … Continue reading

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Public Authority for UW-Madison: Beware of Governor Walker bearing gifts

Chancellor Biddy Martin’s “New Badger Partnership” is now being hotly discussed in the media, focusing on the pros and cons of UW-Madison possibly splitting from the system and the Chancellor’s apparently clandestine talks with the Governor. Little remarked so far … Continue reading

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The New Badger Partnership seen in a new (and unflattering) light

The New Badger Partnership (NBP)  has now broken out as a major issue with implications far beyond what was previously understood by most observers.   Unfortunately, much of the discussion continues to reveal major uncertainties and gaps in our knowledge of … Continue reading

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More damaging aspects of the “budget repair bill.”

There’s something paradoxical about a creature called a ‘budget repair bill’ wreaking massive damage on the state, but that’s where we’re at.  The previous poster here at S&W raised the key issue of what BESIDES collective bargaining is in the … Continue reading

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