Walking up the cement path of Bascom Hill, students may not know they are stepping over remnants of Native American life.
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According to Byington, one of the main issues is that teachers teach native history as if Native Americans are extinct. She recounted one time she presented to a group of elementary students.
With so few Native American students on campus, forming connections with other Native students is key for living on a majority white campus. But imagine if being a part of that community is contingent on whether or not student leaders are able to find you.
Nearly half of all undergraduate Native American women on the UW-Madison campus have experienced sexual assault, according to a 2015 campus survey on the issue.
The opioid crisis across the United States is no secret. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 42,000 people died of opioid overdoses in 2016.Many counties around the country, as well as over two-thirds of those in Wisconsin, have taken legal action in an attempt to mediate this issue.
Concern erupted nationwide last year, after the release of a Centers for Disease Control report indicated that, for the first time in over five decades, Americans were starting to die sooner.But the document, which made national news, showed a mere 0.1 year decline in average age of death.
The Menominee River winds southeast from Iron Mountain, MI, through densely forested ridgeland all the way to Marinette, where it empties into Lake Michigan’s Green Bay.
For years, Native culture was suppressed by the U.S. government through religious bans and efforts to assimilate Natives by “breaking their strand” of language.Now, however, this increased student interest will keep these languages alive, according to Greendeer.
Eradicating erasure: Native American students advocate for recognition, respect of culture in classroom
Upon entering a classroom in November and throughout the school year, many indigenous-identifying students feel as though their identities are disregarded in the academic setting.
Only 10 of the people UW-Madison sophomore Demko Montgomery-Elm graduated middle school with now attend post-secondary schooling. The decision to quit schooling is not uncommon for many students in districts near tribal communities of northern Wisconsin similar to the one she attended in Minocqua, Wis.
Of 192 students that died from 1998 to 2017 while enrolled at UW-Madison, one-third did not have causes of death recorded in data collected by University Health Services. Now, UHS staff is in the process of obtaining formal documents to reveal these missing causes. Adequate data will allow them to identify trends and determine if actions can be taken to prevent numbers of certain causes from rising.
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention reported that 7.1 percent of college-aged individuals used vapes in 2015 — this number rose to roughly 16 percent in 2016. Additionally, 2016 records show 3.1 percent of the Wisconsin adult population vapes.
While most students have enough on their plate worrying about overwhelming homework and looming exams, some face a more pressing problem — finding their next meal or a place to stay the night.
Within the next three years, private donations through this endowment will rival the combined contribution of tuition dollars and state funding to UW-Madison’s revenue. This is the school’s only growing revenue source, but the foundation hasn’t grown nearly enough to make up for that gap left by lacking state contributions. A study done by the university found that among peer institutions, UW-Madison was last in terms of revenue growth.
Programs created through collaboration between Madison Metropolitan School District and UW-Madison address the “achievement gap” exists among high school students of color have historically been given fewer educational resources — and some students are left behind with an “educational debt,” compared to advantaged peers. She said we can’t assume it is the student’s responsibility to catch up, but rather society's responsibility to invest in education for students of color.
Though it is not “competitive,” Dane County Farmers’ Market Manager Sarah Elliot said hopeful vendors can sit on a waitlist for two to four years. Once current members choose to give up their booth at the market, those near the top of the list are invited to join the community.
October hosts the official National Coming Out Day, which encourages people identifying as LGBTQ+ to express their identities. Additionally, all of October is dedicated to LGBTQ+ History Month. This year, the month also marks UW-Madison’s own LGBT Campus Center’s 25th birthday.
Following Solomon’s death, the University of Iowa discontinued its study abroad affiliation agreement with JCU, though school officials did not cite the incident as reason for the discontinuation.
Invisible disorders, like digestive problems and depression, among numerous others, are seen at UW-Madison more often than students may realize, according to Lisa Webne-Behrman, a psychologist at University Health Services. Webne-Behrman gave examples of depression, anxiety, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and learning disabilities.
From 2011 to 2017, at least five UW-Madison students were convicted in sexual assault cases with maximum sentences that could have totaled more than six decades behind bars.