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‘It’s five years since a white person applied’: the immigrant workforce milking America’s cows

The Guardian

Noted: Green county has seen one of the state’s fastest growths in Latino population, increasing by an estimated 228% from 2000 to 2019, according to the Applied Population Lab at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Monroe is the largest city in Green county and has seen a steady increase of Latino immigrants over 20 years. With a population of only about 10,800, new people stand out, which has made the adjustment, like the farm work, incredibly difficult for some dairy workers.

Frustrating College Access and Enrollment Barriers: Websites and Application Processes

The Good Men Project

Noted: While some higher education institutions like the University of Wisconsin-Madison and The Johns Hopkins University feature sophisticated and user-friendly websites, and their leaders have instituted efficient, unencumbered application processes, college applicants may encounter inept websites and application processes when applying at many other institutions.

Celebrate the summer Olympics with PBS Wisconsin

PBS Wisconsin

Noted: George Poage moved to La Crosse as a young child in 1884. Locally, he was known as a scholar and remarkable athlete. He went on to become the first African American on the UW-Madison track team. But his greatest triumph came at the 1904 Olympics when he became the first African American to medal in the 200m and 400m hurdles. From Wisconsin Life, WPR’s Maureen McCollum talked with UW-La Crosse retired special collections librarian Ed Hill about George Poage’s life as a student athlete in La Crosse.

Deer District packed for Giannis, Milwaukee Bucks

Chicago Tribune

Finn McCarthy, 22, of Elmhurst, said Chicago would be well-served with a Deer District equivalent. The recent University of Wisconsin at Madison graduate planned to spend his evening at the Mecca Sports Bar and Grill, a full court heave away from the arena, and said he wished Chicago teams offered public places that generate the same energy.

Is loneliness the biggest thing we never talk about? Enter ‘Seek You’ by former Chicago author Kristen Radtke

Chicago Tribune

The story of Harry Harlow, the book’s finest moment, is the story of an abusive Iowa man driven by fame whose lasting contribution to science is our understanding of how mothers and children bond. Harlow, a University of Wisconsin researcher, in one experiment, infamously separated newborn monkeys from their mothers and raised them at the bottom of inescapable enclosures. Harlow himself was treated with electroshock therapy for severe depression, and later accused of blurring the line between research and torture.

Previewing the Statue of Vel Phillips

PBS Wisconsin

Noted: Phillips lived and worked a life of firsts. She was the first black woman to graduate from the university of Wisconsin law school. She was the first black woman on the milwaukee common council. Phillips was the state’s first black woman judge. In 1978, she was elected secretary of state, the first female, nonwhite person so elected. Her statue will be a legacy to not only her own work, but the product on gg work propelled by the racial justice movement. Phillips’ son was there on tuesday. He said his mother’s statue will help ensure her legacy.

In San Francisco, ‘I Dos’ Echo Throughout City Hall

New York Times

Noted: Benjamin Reid and Lauren Marinaro met in high school in Minnesota, but their relationship didn’t spark until college at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. “I skipped orientation to watch Shark Week, so Lauren picked classes for us,” said Mr. Reid, 32, a biochemist at Quanta Therapeutics in San Francisco.

Wisconsin DNR working on wolf hunt and management plans

Spectrum News

Noted: A recent study from UW-Madison showed that about an additional 100 wolves had been killed during the hunt last winter on top of the 218 killed by hunters and trappers.
“Researchers estimate that a majority of these additional, uncounted deaths are due to something called cryptic poaching, where poachers hide evidence of illegal killings,” a university release about the study said.

Proposal For Vel Phillips Statue On Wisconsin Capitol Grounds Receives Preliminary Approval

Wisconsin Public Radio

The Wisconsin Capitol grounds are one step closer to featuring a statue of longtime Wisconsin civil rights advocate Vel Phillips after a subcommittee voted on a preliminary proposal Tuesday.

Phillips was a political trailblazer throughout her life, achieving many firsts, from being the first Black woman to graduate from the University of Wisconsin-Madison Law School to becoming the first woman and Black person elected to statewide office when she won a race for Secretary of State in 1978. She died in 2018 at age 94.

Q&A: Jazz musician Johannes Wallmann pays tribute to a creature he’s never met

The Capital Times

Johannes Wallmann got the recording of his new jazz album “Elegy For An Undiscovered Species” in just under the wire. The director of jazz studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison brought 14 musicians, including a string section, together in the Hamel Music Center for a week in late February 2020 to record the tracks for the album. Two weeks later, the COVID-19 pandemic shut down everything.

A Wisconsin law grad says she disclosed a past arrest. The bar says it wasn’t the whole truth, which includes 114 pounds of marijuana.

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Gatekeepers of Wisconsin’s legal profession say it was her cover-up, not her crime, that makes Abby Padlock unfit for admission to practice law.

But Padlock, a 2019 graduate of the University of Wisconsin Law School, denies she covered up her 2015 arrest for transporting marijuana. She disclosed it — albeit not with all the details — on her application to law school and to the Board of Bar Examiners.

Amidst Door County’s rich tourism industry, working families struggle to find suitable, affordable housing

Green Bay Press Gazette

Noted: Another ongoing project is a University of Wisconsin- Madison program, UniverCity, comprised of around 150 students in three classes studying real estate. The students were tasked with studying properties in Egg Harbor and coming up with project ideas, but the scope has since expanded into the other northern areas and Sturgeon Bay, with a focus on affordable housing.

‘The Life She Wished to Live’ Review: The Bard of Cross Creek

Wall Street Journal

Rawlings worked hard to improve her writing, with the guidance and advice of three men. At the University of Wisconsin, she studied with William Ellery Leonard, who ordered her to write a story without adjectives and adverbs. When she said it couldn’t be done, he shouted: “And I say it can! I guess I ought to know more about adjectives and adverbs than a chit of a schoolgirl!”

Most walk-friendly cities in America


Madison isn’t just a city with great walkable neighborhoods like Downtown (home of the Dane County Farmers Market, one of the biggest in the country), Greenbush, and State-Langdon; it also ranks as one of the top 10 cities in the U.S. to live in overall. It’s not a huge city, but it’s teeming with people walking everywhere thanks to the University of Wisconsin, ample supply of tech campuses, and affordable housing.

Michael Smith, a Voice for Justice Reform, Is Dead at 78

The New York Times

After leaving Vera, Mr. Smith taught at the University of Wisconsin Law School in Madison until 2009. In addition to his wife, whom he met when she was a law professor there, he is survived by his son, Graham; his daughter, Charlotte Smith; a stepson, Kinkaid Kruse-Frink; a stepdaughter, Evelyn Rose Livermore; and a sister, Catherine Sheridan Smith.

Exclusive: Chris Evans Was Captain America. Now He Wants to Help Gen Z Reshape US Politics


Talia Joseph, 19, is looking forward to flexing that sort of newfound political muscle. As an incoming freshman this fall at the University of Wisconsin in Madison, she is not only a youth voter but a swing-state voter as well. “People my age realize how much of an impact our vote had in 2020,” she says. “I like Joe Biden, but he’s not perfect. If he makes any policies we don’t approve of, we know we can pressure him.” Joseph, who’s one year older than Thunberg, is active in fundraising and organizing aimed at turning up the heat on the administration in combating climate change.