Archive for March, 2011

UW-Madison professor targeted by Wisconsin Republican Party

Thursday, March 24th, 2011

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 on his private blog analyzing the role of a shadowy advocacy organization in setting the legislative agenda for Republican governors and legislators across the nation. (more…)

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

Thursday, March 24th, 2011

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 faith that there would be no objection.  While many of the points that follow have been raised elsewhere (and some of the context has changed in light of the passage of the stripped-out collective bargaining bill), we think the concise enumeration of issues provided by “soupson” is very helpful.  – Ed.

As the standoff between the Main Street Movement and Gov. Scott Walker (R-WI) continues for the twelfth day, much of the media coverage — and anger — from both sides has focused on Walker’s efforts to strip Wisconsin public workers of their right to collective bargaining. But Walker’s assault on public employees is only one part of a larger political program that aims to give corporations free reign in the state while dismantling the healthcare programs, environmental regulations, and good government laws that protect Wisconsin’s middle and working class. These lesser known proposals in the 144-page bill reveal how radical Walker’s plan actually is: (more…)

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

Thursday, March 24th, 2011

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:

The take-away message, consistent with the views of a number of contributors to S&W,  is this:

In an attempt to cope with reductions in state aid, Chancellor Martin may have substantially overplayed her hand. She may have won new limited powers but lost governance authority to political forces hostile to UW-Madison’s interests and values.


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

Monday, March 21st, 2011

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 Partnership. The TAA opposes the separation of UW-Madison from the UW System and the formation of the public authority model.

The motion reads: (more…)

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

Saturday, March 19th, 2011

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 an important leadership position (he was President) at Cornell before coming to Wisconsin.  Most of the documents related to his time at Wisconsin were lost in a fire at Bascom Hall.  A Wisconsin colleague wrote what he considered to be an inadequate biography of Adams (Charles Foster Smith, Charles Kendall Adams: A Life-Sketch, University of Wisconsin Press, 1925).  (more…)

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

Saturday, March 19th, 2011

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 taking them to a placid and safe, if slightly austere, exile on dusty rangeland somewhere.  And they’re understandably putting up a fight for their lives. (more…)

Autonomy and flexibility bring ethical risks.

Friday, March 18th, 2011
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?
Our only insurance against such a risk is to turn the tide and not stop until we are fully funded by the people of Wisconsin. This will not happen until we are bringing value to every home in Wisconsin, and the people of Wisconsin will not let us down. We have let them down in our search for stardom in scholarship, shooting ourselves in the foot.  It is time to renew our commitment to the Wisconsin Idea in action; that is, to walk our words.

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

Friday, March 18th, 2011

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 and wonderful personalities.  Nevertheless, the health hazards of five years of head bashing among elite student-athletes are becoming increasingly apparent.  Indeed the index case for chronic traumatic encephalopathy was Mike Webster, UW’s all-American center in the early 1970s and a legend in the National Football League (NFL).  There may be a time in the not too distant future when UW has to consider whether our football team should go the way of our boxing team.  If we needed to drop football, could we and would we?   Please consider the following: (more…)

Are there parallels between UW-Madison and UT?

Friday, March 18th, 2011
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.

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

Wednesday, March 16th, 2011

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 the word ‘flexibility’. The only flexibility Governor Walker is interested in is his own. (more…)