Something about this year’s Go Big Read is a little different. What was once an attempt to engage and unite the campus around a common theme has become a powerful conversation among students, faculty and the surrounding Madison community. Dealing with the issue of racial inequity in the criminal justice system, this year’s Go Big Read hits home for those on and off campus.
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As current college students know, a college diploma is just about mandatory to succeed in the highly competitive job market after graduation. However, obtaining that diploma is an extremely costly task. It costs nearly $25,000 for Wisconsin residents to attend UW-Madison each year, with tuition for out-of-state students soaring to nearly $45,000. Under the current system for higher education, families either have to save for decades or plunge into the black hole of student loans to afford the cost of a college education. However, during this current election cycle, candidates are batting around the idea of a free public college education for students. This would not only alleviate the financial and emotional stress from millions of families across the country, but would also jump-start the American economy.
Everyone’s had a dragged-out Sunday at College Library. A stack of empty paper coffee cups. Bags of sour gummy worms forming a pile. A mountain of unfinished work. I often find myself stuck in this all-too familiar scene until the walls blend into the floor and my reading comprehension abilities are put into question. When I finally make my escape, it is not without a pledge that Helen and I will meet again next Sunday to repeat the same mundane production.
A UW-Madison bacteriology professor, along with 17 other scientists from around the world, proposed a new way of approaching the study of microbes Wednesday, according to a university press release.
The Facilities Planning & Management project team unveiled the newest stage of UW-Madison’s Campus Master Plan during its third public open house Tuesday.The Campus Master Plan is a collective effort between Facilities Planning & Management, planning consultants and the university community to establish a process of orderly growth for the campus.
Community activist and attorney Rev. Everett Mitchell now aims to bring restorative justice approaches to the Dane County Circuit Court, after launching a campaign for the fourth branch seat Tuesday.“Given the disparities we’ve had in our communities, I’ve realized that if we are going to have any systemic change, we need to have people involved in the systemic change itself,” Mitchell said.Mitchell currently works as the Director of Community Relations at UW-Madison, and also serves as a pastor at Christ the Solid Rock Baptist Church in Madison.Mitchell previously worked as a domestic abuse prosecutor for Dane County, which he said informed him of the various issues people of color face in the courts.“The issue was a mix of race and poverty,” Mitchell said.
This year’s Go Big Read book impacted more than just the 5,000 students who received a copy at the Chancellor’s Convocation, as area law enforcement read Bryan Stevenson’s “Just Mercy.”
The last of this year’s UW-Madison Massive Open Online Courses will explore how climate change can affect public health and the policy that comes with it, according to a Tuesday university press release.
Bryan Stevenson, the author of this year’s Go Big Read book, filled Varsity Hall in Union South Monday night during a talk on mass incarceration and race.
Members of the UW-Madison student organization Promoting Awareness, Victim Empowerment are planning to add speaker events and new programs through funds allocated by the Student Services Finance Committee.
As scientific fields rapidly evolve, putting more emphasis on effective communication skills and accessibility, the newest president of the Ecological Society of America said she will use decades of experience as an ecologist to navigate the organization through changing times.
The Board of Regents’ sixth-annual bake sale was a smash hit last weekend. Drawing off the energetic homecoming crowds, the Regents were able to sell over $200 worth of brownies, cookies, bars and other delicious treats.“In a time marred by plummeting state funding and increasing enrollment rates, it falls upon us as board members to make sure that this institution stays afloat,” Board President Regina Millner said.The Regents spent much of the week leading up to the sale perfecting their recipes and making colorful signs to raise awareness for their fundraising cause.
Irecently came across a quote saying “don’t choose being ‘cool’ because it doesn’t mean anything outside of high school.” My knee-jerk reaction was “what a load of crap.” Middle school and high school were overwhelming when it came to peer pressure. Not only were you trying to figure yourself out, but so was everybody else and the melting pot of moldable identities did not really aid you in finding your own. However, after four years of college, I can say that college is just a more expensive version of high school, boiling over with even more peer pressure than ever before.
We have a sexual assault problem.
“Wait a minute, I didn’t think these were supposed to be in the lake.”
Amid changes to Wisconsin’s voter ID provisions, UW-Madison has taken steps to expand the ways in which students who don’t have Wisconsin driver’s licenses or IDs can vote, according to a Wednesday university press release.
A team of Wisconsin scientists recently came closer to uncovering the elusive process by which nacre, more commonly known as mother-of-pearl, is created in nature.
Timothy Tansey and Fong Chan, two researchers from the UW-Madison’s School of Education, are working with agencies across Wisconsin and the nation to help improve the effectiveness of vocational rehabilitation (VR) agencies.
Earlier this semester, members of the UW-Madison administration revealed the results of a survey taken by students last spring surrounding issues of sexual assault.
UW-Madison Campus and Visitor Relations recently partnered with Abodo, a startup that helps students navigate off-campus housing options.