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Fickell hire the right move

The Capital Times

Letter to the editor: The Big 10 is changing and each school must evaluate their team and coaching staff going forward. The money involved in college athletics has grown substantially, and successful football programs are normally the driver for the entire athletic program. Wisconsin must return its football team to its winning ways so that top players will want to come to Wisconsin.


The global significance of fossil fuel divestment (opinion)

Inside Higher Ed

Student groups have made similar calculations: a student group at the University of Illinois estimated as of April that the university holds $230 million in fossil fuel investments, and a student group at the University of Wisconsin estimated as of last November that the university held $315 million in fossil fuel investments. In the most extreme case, Bloomberg recently reported that the University of Texas is earning more than $6 million a day derived from vast oil and gas holdings in the Permian Basin.

UW athletics has wrong priorities — William Niedermeier

Wisconsin State Journal

Letter to the editor: As a Badgers football season ticketholder for more than 40 years, I am sorely disappointed in UW’s disregard of the sentiments of the players and the fans in overlooking the efforts and support of coach Jim Leonhard. I have abandoned any interest in supporting the UW Athletic Department.


The Healthcare Freedom Act is a vital solution to runaway medical debt

The Hill

As a physician, I look forward to serving patients based on the ideals of the Hippocratic Oath rather than following arbitrary guidelines created by insurance companies.

-Aamir Hussain is a resident physician practicing in Washington, DC. Rufus Sweeney, a medical student at the University of Wisconsin, assisted in the creation of this story.

Marnie Bullock Dresser: Loss of Richland campus is heartbreaking

Wisconsin State Journal

This is my 31st and final year as a professor on the campus that Brush Creek runs through. It was UW-Center Richland when I started, then UW-Richland of the UW Colleges, and will end as UW-Platteville Richland. It was recently announced that in-person degree instructional programs at UW-Platteville Richland, about 60 miles northwest of Madison in Richland County, will cease as of July 1, 2023.

Center for Black Excellence in Madison will celebrate Black culture in Wisconsin

Noted: My mother moved to Madison from Chicago just over 50 years ago to pursue a college degree and provide a brighter future for my sister and me. The Gee family now consists of three generations of University of Wisconsin-Madison graduates. The university, and a small but thriving community of Black UW alumni, offered opportunities, resources and friendships that allowed us to create lives of unlimited promise, rooted in Black excellence and Black culture.

Opinion | Surplus a chance to shore up UW System

The Capital Times

Wisconsin’s $6.6 billion surplus is an unparalleled opportunity to shape state policy. Along with the predictable talk of tax cuts and general investments in education, roads and health care, Democratic leaders in Madison should pay particular attention to one of the oldest public institutions in the Dairy State: the University of Wisconsin System.

Ending Standardized Law School Tests Could Diminish Diversity

Bloomberg Law

The American Bar Association is considering a major change in legal education: eliminating the longstanding requirement that applicants for law school take a valid and reliable admissions test like the Law School Admissions Test. This change would be effective with the law school class entering in 2026.

-Berkeley Law’s dean Erwin Chemerinsky and University of Wisconsin Law School’s dean Daniel Tokaji argue that law schools should not eliminate standardized tests for admissions. The ABA’s proposal to do just that may harm diversity efforts, they say.

Jay Rothman: How UW System is encouraging civil dialogue

Wisconsin State Journal

“It’s Just Coffee” was the brainchild of a UW-Madison student who recognized that amid the political polarization in our country and on our campuses, students of differing backgrounds could discuss difficult topics — politics, religion, economics — in a respectful, civil way if they have a low-key, non-threatening environment for doing so. The program showed that students aren’t just willing but are eager to have meaningful, one-on-one conversations with people with whom they might disagree.

The inevitability of underage drinking: How UW-Madison fails to adapt

Daily Cardinal

Similar to many school years, the start of the 2022-23 fall semester left many UW-Madison students stuck with expensive drinking tickets for simply following the masses. In early September, the ever-popular City Bar, informally known to have a large underage presence, unveiled a goldmine of underage drinkers — leaving 137 out of 143 patrons with a drinking ticket.

Letter | UW privatization of vaccine effort a bad idea

The Capital Times

It is ironic that a biomedical powerhouse such as UW is doing this. Contracts often provide overly targeted responses that are too little, too late, and miss many people, allowing the virus to mutate and spread. Let’s not repeat the mistake of responding to the pandemic with the bare minimum, or even less. This contract is a missed opportunity to keep capacity in-house at UW, and to innovate, helping the rest of the state: the Wisconsin Idea.

Letter | What happened to sifting and winnowing?

The Capital Times

Dear Editor: The article “UW-Madison event featuring conservative speaker Matt Walsh leads to graffiti, protest,” Oct. 24) makes me wonder what has happened to the proud tradition of “fearless sifting and winnowing” at the university.

The flaw in ranked-choice voting: rewarding extremists

The Hill

When there are more than two candidates, it is not just about counting votes accurately. How you determine a winner from the tallied votes matters too. Given our current polarized political environment, Alaska and the other states that have adopted ranked-choice voting are doing it wrong.

-Nathan Atkinson is an assistant professor at University of Wisconsin Law School. Scott C. Ganz is an associate teaching professor at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business and a research fellow in economic policy studies at the American Enterprise Institute.

Column: It’s not that hard to ride the bus, right?

Daily Cardinal

It’s 8 a.m. and you’re waiting for the 80 outside Dejope to take you to class. Boom. It’s there on time. You’re in class by 8:25 a.m., and all is as it should be. But come 10 a.m., 11 a.m., the bustling University of Wisconsin-Madison student body and our haphazard walking has disrupted our beloved buses entirely off their scheduled rhythm.

The Jan. 6 committee is fueling unwarranted distrust of the Fifth Amendment

The Hill

But the committee gains nothing by highlighting the advisors’ decision to plead the Fifth, and it risks further eroding one of the most important rights in the American criminal justice system.

-Steven Wright teaches criminal constitutional law at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Law School. He is also the former co-director of the Wisconsin Innocence Project.

Don’t confuse anti-Zionism with antisemitism

The Capital Times

Letter to the editor: My question for the chancellor is what bridge could she possibly build to connect the group of determined students against Israel’s illegal and brutal occupation of Palestinian land and its horrible treatment of the Palestinian people with others at UW who called the activists who scrawled those simple chalk messages against Zionism — the ideology used to justify those crimes — “antisemitic”?

As Hurricane Ian threatens Florida, the National Weather Service shines | The Hill

The Hill

The best defense against natural disasters is accurate, reliable and tailored weather predictions and observations that enable Americans to take actions to save the lives and protect the property of their families, neighbors, and themselves. The NWS is achieving this mission for Americans, and its shining success — based on the cumulative efforts of its many meteorologists to convey weather forecasts and impacts with trust and hope — is something that we should recognize amidst the dark days following the next disaster.

-Jordan Gerth is a meteorologist and honorary fellow at the Space Science and Engineering Center on the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus.

The University of Wisconsin-Madison embraces, favors hate speech

Daily Cardinal

The creators of these hateful messages need to understand that being a Jew does not equate to being a Zionist. This is a common misconception of Jewish people, where many Jews disagree with the Zionistic idea. Although, many Zionists are undoubtedly a vocal part of the ethno-religion.

Cooperation holds promise for a healthier, stronger Wisconsin

The Capital Times

Evers got the two sides talking and they reached an agreement that will allow the Wisconsin Employment Relations Commission to determine if UW Health and the nurses who work there are covered under the Wisconsin Employment Peace Act, which establishes protocols for workers to organize unions and to engage in collective bargaining.

This is a step in the right direction, which we hope will lead in short order to recognition of the nurses union.

UW should address hate speech

The Capital Times

Dear Editor: The UW campus was defaced with anti-Semitic graffiti on the first day of classes. The UW news release stated that anti-Semitic sidewalk chalkings appeared around campus labeling Jewish student groups as “racist,” “genocidal” and “having blood on their hands.”

50 years of Title IX has helped level the playing field for women

The Capital Times

This year, as fall sports seasons are underway, we are marking the 50th anniversary of Title IX, which became law in 1972. It was a law of great consequence. As the U.S. Department of Education says, “Title IX protects people from discrimination based on sex in education programs or activities that receive federal financial assistance.” Specifically, the law says: “No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.”

Too much emphasis on UW safety

The Capital Times

Dear Editor: Having read this article, (“UW-Madison welcomes record-breaking freshman class at convocation,” Sept 7) I am stunned by the remarks made by the new chancellor and others offering reassurance to students of a “safe” and “welcoming place” at UW.

Opinion | Jamie Raskin at the UW this Friday

The Capital Times

Raskin will be in Madison Friday, Sept. 16, for a Capital Times Idea Fest discussion of the fight for accountability. The session is at 7 p.m. in Shannon Hall on the UW-Madison campus. It will be a rare chance to go deep with one of the greatest constitutional scholars ever to serve in Congress.

The student-ticket offer: buy one, use none

Daily Cardinal

While I’m sure Paul Chryst would love to have us students a little oiled up before entering the stadium to make sure we bring the noise, it doesn’t do him any good when we are too drunk to care about showing up.

Performative activism at UW-Madison

Daily Cardinal

Self-reflection on our own intents and our own capacity for harm is the gateway to change. Listening to those around us who have lived experiences rather than centering ourselves in conversations is the key to creating a more empathetic campus. Remembering not everyone has the option of silence is allyship in its rawest form.

Opinion | In the sandbox also known as academia, it’s the golden age of the grovel

The Washington Post

This history professor at the University of Wisconsin at Madison, and president of the American Historical Association tried to say something sensible, and partially succeeded. It is, however, perilous to deviate even microscopically from progressive orthodoxy, as enforced by today’s censorious professoriate, so he experienced Twitter crucifixion. His “crap” was “white-centric” and advocating “white supremacist Aryan eugenicist” history, etc. Sweet’s critics reduced him to quivering contrition because he had written this:

On this Labor Day, let’s stand with UW nurses

The Capital Times

UW Health nurses are asking for two simple things from their employer: safe, quality patient care and recognition of their union. This has been the rallying cry of nurses there for nearly three years. Like so many other workers, they’ve organized, marched in rallies, met with administrators and voiced their concerns over and over.

The state of working Wisconsin is actually quite good

The Capital Times

The authoritative measure of Wisconsin’s economic circumstance — as least from the standpoint of the working-class families that make up the vast majority of the state’s population — suggests that we actually have something to celebrate this Labor Day. Indeed, according to the State of Working Wisconsin report from the UW-Madison’s Center on Wisconsin Strategy, “2022 provides better news about work and for workers than any year in this century.”

Wisconsin will be better off if UW nurses get a union contract

The Capital Times

UW Health nurses saw Madison, Dane County and Wisconsin through the worst of the coronavirus pandemic and — with nurses at other local hospitals and clinics — they continue to be in the forefront of efforts to respond to the lingering threat posed by COVID-19. They are the ultimate essential workers.

Expanding Alzheimer’s research with primates could overcome the problem with treatments that show promise in mice but don’t help humans

The Conversation

As of 2022, an estimated 6.5 million Americans have Alzheimer’s disease, an illness that robs people of their memories, independence and personality, causing suffering to both patients and their families. That number may double by 2060. The U.S. has made considerable investments in Alzheimer’s research, having allocated US$3.5 billion in federal funding this year. -Allyson Bennett, Professor of Psychology, University of Wisconsin–Madison

The Unmaking of American History by the Woke Mob

Wall Street Journal

In his August column for the American Historical Association’s journal, Perspectives on History, James H. Sweet warned that academic history has become so “presentist” that it is losing touch with its subject, the world before yesterday. Mr. Sweet, who is the association’s president and teaches at the University of Wisconsin at Madison, observed that the “allure of political relevance” is drawing students away from pre-1800 history and toward “contemporary social justice issues” such as “race, gender, sexuality, nationalism, capitalism.”

Education Schools Have Long Been Mediocre. Now They’re Woke Too

The Wall Street Journal

I studied for a master’s degree in education at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2015. My program was batty. We made Black Lives Matter friendship bracelets. We passed around a popsicle stick to designate whose turn it was to talk while professors compelled us to discuss our life’s traumas. We read poems through the “lenses” of Marxism and critical race theory in preparation for our students doing the same. Our final projects were acrostic poems or ironic rap videos.

Midwestern tuition reciprocity, how Big Ten schools could do better

The Daily Cardinal

Simply put, Midwestern residents looking to attend neighboring states’ universities are suffering at the expense of out-of-state tuition — even if they live only a few hours away from the school.

On the surface, university executives could use the guidelines of the Big Ten athletic conference to give in-state tuition reciprocity. Given that all current members of the Big Ten conference are “state-schools,” or public universities, this idea would allow all residents of these states to attend other Big Ten member schools at an in-state tuition rate.

UW students show their kindness — Linda Johnson

Wisconsin State Journal

Letter to the editor: I recently experienced the fortunate happenstance to cross paths with several college students on the path to Picnic Point on the UW-Madison campus. As an older active woman walking the path with my husband, I fell. Not only was there a physicians assistant who had been traveling through Madison with his family immediately checking on me, but several other young male students jogging through the trail also stopped to offer aid and support.

Intersystem Transfer: Supporting Our Students in Wisconsin

Inside Higher Education

The University of Wisconsin System places a high priority on improving baccalaureate completion rates, closing the opportunity gap for minoritized students and minimizing the financial and other barriers to degree attainment for all students regardless of where they begin their college career. In a collaborative attempt to remove transfer barriers for Wisconsin students, the UW System engaged in statewide initiatives and created strategic partnerships with the Wisconsin Technical College System (WTCS) to improve credit transfer between or among institutions of higher education across the state. The system-to-system partnership is key to student success, reducing time and credits to degree, lessening student debt, and providing the workforce the employees needed to support the vitality of the state.