Monthly Archives: April 2011

Of deals, devils and details: Budget reality check

The politics of public authority for UW-Madison seem to be unraveling. People talking to key Republican lawmakers and staffers are hearing things like “non-starter” and “no way”. The Chancellor has ginned up a lot of support on campus and in … Continue reading

Posted in Compensation, Shared governance, State-University Relations, The University Budget, The University System, The UW-Madison Campus | 2 Comments

Leader of Badger Advocates chooses Scott Walker over UW-Madison

At the forum sponsored by Profs last month I predicted that if the Biddy Martin/Scott Walker proposal was approved it was certain that allocations among the UW System universities would move from Van Hise Hall, where decisions are now being … Continue reading

Posted in Shared governance, State-University Relations, The University Budget, The University System, The UW-Madison Campus | 3 Comments

A reply to the Students for the NBP

Today’s Daily Cardinal has published  an article about the Students for the New Badger Partnership.   A press release from the latter group was previously commented on here at S&W.  Referring to S&W’s article,  the Cardinal said, An anonymous post … Continue reading

Posted in State-University Relations, The University Budget, The University System, The UW-Madison Campus | 1 Comment

In 2008: Ed Garvey’s prescient take on Biddy and Walker

On September 1, 2008, Biddy Martin assumed the office of chancellor of UW-Madison.   On November 2, 2010, Scott Walker was elected governor of Wisconsin. Two-and-a-half months before Biddy assumed the chancellorship, and almost two-and-a-half years before Walker was elected, noted … Continue reading

Posted in Shared governance, State-University Relations, The University System, The UW-Madison Campus | 2 Comments

Chancellor Martin/Governor Walker proposal means loss of independence for University of Wisconsin-Madison

The demand for Professor Bill Cronon’s emails by the Wisconsin Republican Party prompted the UW System Board of Regents to review its support for academic freedom throughout its history.  At its April board meeting the Regents again was emphatic in … Continue reading

Posted in Shared governance, State-University Relations, The University System, The UW-Madison Campus | 5 Comments

The Cronon Affair and the Public Authority

Here are a few things we know about the proposed UW public authority, the Cronon/email affair and issues that are related to each: The UW-Madison Public Authority proposed in the budget repair bill will be governed by 21 trustees, 11 … Continue reading

Posted in State-University Relations, The University Budget, The University System, The UW-Madison Campus | Comments Off on The Cronon Affair and the Public Authority

UW-Madison students for the NBP?

Sifting and Winnowing has been sent the following press release, which we dutifully print in its entirety, though with uninvited annotations: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contacts: Jon Alfuth and Drew Lake – studentsfornbp@gmail.com UW–Madison Students Come Together to Support the New … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | 3 Comments

You Call Yourself a Cadillac

“Chancellor Martin asked Governor Walker for a Chevrolet, and he graciously offered her a Cadillac. We [the Badger Advocates] are here to make sure she gets that Cadillac.” This is the explanation offered by Pete Christianson (Badger Advocate chairman and … Continue reading

Posted in Shared governance, State-University Relations, The University Budget, The University System, The UW-Madison Campus | Comments Off on You Call Yourself a Cadillac

Are there alternatives to the NBP or the WIP for managing the current crisis?

We have been hearing passionate arguments against the NBP and/or the WIP in the past few weeks. All the while our Chancellor has remained firm on the message that the change is inevitable, and there are no alternatives. The argument … Continue reading

Posted in State-University Relations, The University Budget, The University System, The UW-Madison Campus | Comments Off on Are there alternatives to the NBP or the WIP for managing the current crisis?