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Smith: DNR social science work finds majority support for wolves in Wisconsin

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Noted: Even Aldo Leopold, famed author and former University of Wisconsin professor who is considered by many as the “father” of the field of wildlife management and advocated for increased deer harvests to help prevent deer starving in over-browsed Wisconsin forests, was unable to win that battle.

“The real problem is not how we handle the deer in their emergency,” Leopold told Gordon MacQuarrie, former outdoors editor for the Milwaukee Journal. “The real problem is one of human management.”

His daughter went missing at 16. But his fight was only beginning

The Guardian

Bulltail, an assistant professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, is here to demand justice for the kind-hearted young woman she helped raise. According to Bulltail, also a member of the Crow Tribe, her family was notified of Stops Pretty Places’ death almost two weeks after her body was found. They waited 16 weeks for an autopsy report and were never interviewed by law enforcement. They have been left to navigate the justice system on their own, she says.

What we heard surveying and listening to Wisconsin voters: Substance and civility matter, the people and their politicians have major disconnects

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Noted: The survey is not a scientific poll, and its results cannot be generalized to the entire population of Wisconsin, but the responses do provide a snapshot of what was on the mind of voters during the survey period from June 28 to Nov. 8. The project is a collaboration of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (and USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin papers), Wisconsin Public Radio and the La Follette School of Public Affairs at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Young People Made It Clear: Abortion Rights Must Be Codified

The Nation

At the University of Wisconsin–Madison, junior Yasmeen Khalid noticed how organizers urged their peers to cast ballots on campus. She saw people distributing brochures that listed all the reasons why individuals should support the Democratic Party, including the fact that they defend the right to an abortion. She feels satisfied with the outcome of elected Wisconsin governor Tony Evans. “I think this is a huge step for protecting abortion rights in Wisconsin.”

The Unrivaled Legacy of Dale Chihuly

Smithsonian Magazine

After majoring in interior design in the early 1960s at the University of Washington, a foundation for his collecting aesthetic and artistic vision, Chihuly enrolled in the country’s first glass program at the University of Wisconsin, where he also studied sculpture. Incorporating glass into tapestries to create textile and glass curtains soon gave way to his overriding interest in glassblowing.

Yung Gravy returns to Wisconsin a star, at Milwaukee’s Eagles Ballroom with bbno$

A fair number of famous musicians have called Wisconsin home. Les Paul. Al Jarreau. Steve Miller. Justin Vernon.

Now, there’s Yung Gravy.

Matthew Hauri didn’t actually grow up in Wisconsin; he was born in Rochester, Minn. But the now 26-year-old was a student at the University of Wisconsin in Madison when he uploaded his first Yung Gravy EP to SoundCloud in 2016. A year later, he signed a deal with Universal Music Group’s Republic Records (the label behind Taylor Swift, the Weeknd and other A-listers), before graduating in December 2017.

Madison to use low-cost sensors to measure neighborhood air quality

Wisconsin State Journal

According to the grant application, the city will work with three nonprofit organizations and academic advisers at UW-Madison to place pollution sensors in 68 Census tracts across the city and publish the information on the internet.

“This is just unprecedented, the idea of having air quality measurements on the neighborhood scale that are real-time and accessible,” said Tim Bertram, a professor of chemistry at UW-Madison and one of the advisers.

UW-Madison grad dredges up the past in Netflix’s ‘Descendant’

The Capital Times

Thirty years ago, when Kern Jackson was a graduate student in the African American studies program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, he had a “beautiful experience.”

Except for the snow.

“My first experience with real snow,” Jackson said in a phone interview from Mobile, Alabama, where he is a professor and the director of the African American studies program at the University of South Alabama. “There was a snowstorm, and I called the department secretary, and I said, “I can’t make it in to teach because of the snow. I can’t find my car.”

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.

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.

Virginia remembers: ‘Life of the party’ … ‘Lights up the room’ … ‘Most interesting person on the team’

Yahoo Sports

Then there was Devin Chandler, who had come back to his state school after initially heading to the University of Wisconsin. Even as a newcomer, he instantly found a way to make everyone smile. “He was everything you’d want [competitively] out of a person at this level but he was a big kid. Loved to dance, loved to sing … Life of the party.”

Milwaukee stars in National Book Award finalist ‘All This Could Be Different’

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Noted: Sneha, the narrator and protagonist, is a young Indian immigrant and University of Wisconsin-Madison grad who comes to work in Milwaukee in 2013. She’s a low-level contract consultant doing dehumanizing work at a corporation. Every boss encounter is fraught, because she’d like to be sponsored for permanent residency in the United States.

3 University of Virginia football players killed in shooting; hundreds mourn on campus Monday night

USA Today

All three victims were members of the University of Virginia football team. Perry was a 6-foot-3 junior linebacker from Miami. Davis was a 6-foot-7 junior wide receiver from Dorchester, South Carolina. Chandler was a 6-foot junior wide receiver from Huntersville, North Carolina, who transferred this season from the University of Wisconsin.

The Kids Showed Up To Save Democrats Again


Wisconsin may be the best example of how young people lifted Democrats. In Dane County, home to Madison and the University of Wisconsin, Democratic Gov. Tony Evers won by 174,000 votes ― twice as large as his overall statewide margin of victory.

Michael Dirda on books on the glory of bookish life

The Washington Post

That’s certainly a sentiment G. Thomas Tanselle would agree with. As our leading authority on all aspects of bibliography and textual criticism, he often writes highly specialized articles, but that’s not true in the case of “Books in My Life” (Bibliographical Society of the University of Virginia). Its centerpiece is “The Living Room: A Memoir,” in which the novels, scholarly nonfiction and journals in Tanselle’s Manhattan apartment, as well as various decorative objects, elicit memories of a happy childhood in Indiana, years as a teacher at the University of Wisconsin at Madison, his long tenure as vice president of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation and, above all, the many friends he has made during his career as a “scholar-collector.”

From Tucker Carlson to Ron DeSantis, The Right is Targeting Young LGBTQ+ People

Teen Vogue

Noted: There has also been a spate of recent threats towards facilities providing gender-affirming care. In late September, The New Republic’s Melissa Gira Grant followed one week’s worth of news on anti-LGBTQ threats, documenting attacks on Boston Children’s Hospital, Akron Children’s Hospital, the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt University, one specific doctor at a University of Wisconsin hospital, and an adolescent clinic at Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital, in that order.

As the election approaches, transgender athletes like me have reason to worry

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Noted: I started as a freshman at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in September 2021, and instantly I found the men’s water polo team to be of my homes on campus. I have never been the fastest swimmer or the highest scorer on the team, and most of the guys are at least half a foot taller than me. But I love this sport and I love my team to pieces, whether it is the exhilaration of setting up my teammates up for a great goal or joking with them on the pool deck. I wouldn’t trade them for the world. They accept me as their teammate

Liberals rage after New York Times reports on Biden’s ‘verbal fumbles’: ‘Trying to destroy us’

Fox News

University of Wisconsin-Madison professor Mark Copelovitch blasted Haberman and Baker for the piece. He tweeted, “1. ‘Excuse me,’ he said, ‘the war in Ukraine.’ 2. Beau very well may have died of brain cancer due to Iraq burn pit exposure. 3. ‘More pronounced’…were you not alive in the 1980s/90s/00s to hear Biden?”He continued, saying, “4. Most of them haven’t been gaffes” and added, “5. Grow up.”

Q&A: Filmmaker Robert Stone, ‘American Experience: Taken Hostage’

PBS Wisconsin

Unfolding like a political thriller, American Experience: Taken Hostage is a riveting four-hour, two-part documentary film about the Iran hostage crisis, when 52 American diplomats, Marines and civilians were taken hostage at the American Embassy in Tehran on Nov. 4, 1979.

Ahead of its premiere, PBS Wisconsin spoke with writer, producer, director and University of Wisconsin-Madison alum Robert Stone about the film.

Campuses are increasingly unsafe for Jews (opinion)

Inside Higher Ed

In August, nine student groups at the University of California, Berkeley, voted to refuse invitations to speakers who support Israel or Zionism, effectively banning the vast majority of Jews. In September, at the University of Wisconsin at Madison, someone chalked on campus grounds: “zionism is racism” and “zionism is genocide” and that campus “Zionist” organizations have “blood on their hands,” explicitly naming Chabad and J Street. The Students for Justice in Palestine chapter on campus released a statement maintaining this was perfectly acceptable discourse.

Are Electric Cars Actually the Future?


Electric vehicles are becoming popular because our engineers have finally created a battery that can store energy almost as efficiently as million-year-old dead plants can. And by 2035 it’s reasonable to expect this battery technology will even be superior to gasoline, which would make electric cars the financially obvious choice to the ordinary Californian.

—Walker Bigelow, University of Wisconsin, finance and data science

Nicholas Goldberg: Where have all the English majors gone?

LA Times

In 2015, Wisconsin’s Republican Gov. Scott Walker stumbled gracelessly into this debate when he tried to alter the mission statement of the University of Wisconsin by deleting the words that called on the university to “search for truth” and “improve the human condition.” In their place he wanted to substitute words calling on the university to “meet the state’s workforce needs