Monthly Archives: March 2011

UW-Madison professor targeted by Wisconsin Republican Party

A respected UW-Madison historian, Prof. William Cronon, has just published a thoughtful  op-ed piece in the New York Times regretting the loss of civility and clean government in Wisconsin.    A few days prior to that, he had posted an article … Continue reading

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Ten MORE reasons to hate the Governor’s budget bill.

The following is excerpted from a reader comment by “soupson” in a response to an article on the Cap Times website.  We were unable to find a way contact him/her for permission to reprint here but are taking it on … Continue reading

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“Gov. Scott Walker’s takeover plan a bad deal for UW-Madison”

David Ahrens, former University of Wisconsin-Madison researcher and now a member of Wisconsin University Union, has this to say in the Isthmus about the New Badger Partnership: Gov. Scott Walker’s takeover plan a bad deal for UW-Madison The take-away message, … Continue reading

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TAA Opposes New Badger Partnership and the formation of UW-Madison as a Public Authority

The following press release was issued today (March 21, 2011)  by the Teaching Assistants’ Association (TAA): At a meeting Sunday, March 20, 2011, the general membership of the Teaching Assistants’ Association (TAA) approved a motion to oppose the New Badger … Continue reading

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“You cannot pass any bill in favor of this University so large that I will not dare to sign it.”

Charles Kendall Adams, born in my home town of what is now Newport, Vermont, and a European scholar, became President of the University of Wisconsin in 1892 and served in that position until 1901. Like our current chancellor, Adams had … Continue reading

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Mortal peril: Why Scott Walker’s plan for UW-Madison is the same as his plan for unions.

The unions, public higher education, and American democracy are all facing mortal threats from the same enemy. Of the three, only the unions, so far, have woken up to the fact that the cattle car they’re being herded onto isn’t … Continue reading

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Autonomy and flexibility bring ethical risks.

In our search for sponsorship funds and flexible options are we risking the appearance of UW-Madison in stories like this in the coming years? Higher Education’s Dirty Little Secret.  Huffington Post, March 16, 2011 Our only insurance against such a … Continue reading

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The Department of Intercollegiate Athletics and the new UW: Will the tail wag the dog?

Donna Shalala famously emphasized the importance of football to UW.  Many of us are devoted to UW football with good reason.  Our team has been successful.  It is popular in the national media.  The players and coaches are extremely talented … Continue reading

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Are there parallels between UW-Madison and UT?

Who is in the driver’s seat? Are we being taken for a ride by the Republican Governors Association? Here’s a link to a story from Texas that should resonate with our concerns. -Jeevee

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An Open Letter to the Faculty and Staff of the University of Wisconsin-Madison

Dear Faculty and Staff: With all the wisdom of an outsider who just does not get it and all the naivete of an academic who wants to play with the big boys, Biddy Martin has sold the family jewels for … Continue reading

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