In November of 2018, Wisconsin saw a massive turnout in the midterm elections, resulting in the election of Democratic Governor Tony Evers over Republican incumbent Scott Walker in the gubernatorial race. With just over 1 percent of the vote, Evers’ win was narrow. As he celebrated his victory, Evers promised Wisconsin residents “change is coming” — and change has certainly been seen in the field of environmental policy in just a few months since the election.
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With the growing predicament of climate change and its associated impacts, which were felt across Madison last summer with extensive, destructive flooding, it is important that leadership within the City of Madison continues to make sustainable development a priority.
Tucked between two lakes, UW-Madison has a lengthy and unique history of environmental activism and conservation.
As a school with a student body of over 40,000, the UW-Madison community has a huge opportunity to contribute to positive environmental change. The university has gone so far to raise awareness about the importance of living sustainably to even create an Office of Sustainability. Although resources through the Office of Sustainability are available to all students, not all students take advantage of them or are even aware of the office’s existence. As a large school with a proportionally large environmental impact, it is vital that students are aware of ways to live a more environmentally-friendly life. Not all commitments to sustainability need to be drastic. Some students think that they lack the time to create a more sustainable routine, or that it can be too expensive for students to buy products that are better for the environment, for example. But simple changes such as turning off lights, recycling, composting and using the bus can make a difference, and are easy to implement.
In a time when millions of Americans are living paycheck-to-paycheck, health care remains an uncertainty for too many, workers are working longer hours for lower wages and the planet is facing catastrophic environmental change, it seems that too many on the political left are more concerned with criticizing those who don’t agree with them on preposterous stances such as how we should have a large variety of gender options recognized on Facebook.
The proposed new Natatorium — along with three other UW-Madison projects — has hit a serious road block. On March 20, the Wisconsin State Building Commission voted along party lines, refusing to move forward on a recommendation for each of the 80 projects that are a part of Gov. Tony Evers’ $2.5 billion request for capital budget projects. Each had been unanimously approved in subcommittee meetings earlier in March, but Republicans on the commission voted in opposition to each the projects. Some Republican legislators on the committee have expressed support for some individual projects, but in political protest to Gov. Evers’ request for approximately $2 billion in bonds, refused to even approve those.
Candidates for seats on state supreme courts refrain from taking on partisan labels, but the judicial races themselves are as partisan as it gets.
On a campus where you are seemingly never more than 500 feet from a bar, “Drink Wisconsinbly” is printed on t-shirts, shot glasses, sunglasses and more, it can be difficult feeling like you are getting the full college experience as a substance-free student.
On Saturday, March 16, 2019, at 5:03 p.m. the University of Michigan issued a text alert to its student body: “UM EAlert Ann Arbor: Active shooter in Mason Hall. Run, hide, fight.” I was visiting my brother in Ann Arbor for his birthday, and until then it had been a normal day.
The appreciation and respect for the natural world and our environment shouldn’t be a partisan issue. It’s well known that we need a healthy environment with functioning ecosystems to provide life as we know it on Earth. Whether it be clean water and air, stable land for food production, healthy oceans, thriving wildlife or plentiful forests, each and every one of us relies on this habitable planet.
In the ethos of modern American politics, a veneer of revolutionary calls for global climate change has simmered to the lid of the nation’s policy reformist cause. With that, youth activists have swarmed themselves behind the charisma of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the freshman congresswoman representing New York’s 14th district, who, as of late, has been headlining the country’s surging push toward clean energy. Her highly controversial Green New Deal — a ground-shaking proposal that pushes to implement decarbonization nationwide — has created disdain among those opposed to the legislative resolution. The proposal would eviscerate the United States’ dependency on non-renewable fuel sources in a mere twelve years, with the helping hand of unwarranted massive government intervention. Supporters, conversely, are caught up in the cause of being flag-bearers for planetary salvage, and preventing mankind from further entrenching itself in the destruction of Earth. Similar in being rebellion-laden, the opening title sequence to the mid-2000’s sitcom "Malcolm in the Middle" often was met with an onslaught of head-banging, punk teenagers blaring the cacophonous lyrics, “YOU’RE NOT THE BOSS OF ME, NOW!” so loud that the speakers themselves probably just about went deaf afterwards. The mantra became a coalescent force for these adolescent pugilists to unite under as they partook in the viewing pleasure of one of television’s dingiest, yet most uplifting series to hit the airwaves. With the amalgamation of the show’s ‘f-you’ overtone and the resilience that encapsulates the juvenile experience, the theme song let viewers know that they were about to partake in a twenty-minute bombardment of pure teenage rebellion and chaos. This musical decree, titled “Boss of Me,” served as the battle cry for the wonderful show, and to this day resonates in the backdoor of its former, now-grown fans’ urge for mutiny. Ocasio-Cortez expertly reinvigorated that call for mutinous disdain, as seen through her retort of “I’m the boss — how about that?” to skeptics of the Green New Deal, who pointed to the bulldozing of the nation’s economy and infrastructure that would be necessary in implementing such a disparate plan. Much like Malcolm’s recurring tone of defiance and refusal to capitulate to society’s expectations, Ocasio-Cortez too has shown her inner rebelliousness, as seen through the wailing and complaining that unfolded in her fiery responses to conservative and liberal pundits that continue to rip her manifesto to shreds. All being said, though, her ego far supersedes that of the make-believe characters from the fictional comedy — so much so that her bloated persona would be buoyant enough to float a raft of ten William Howard Tafts down the Mississippi without breaking a sweat.
If the candidates for District 8 Alder are any indication, the future of local politics in Madison is clearly bright.
Paul Soglin is practically synonymous with Madison politics and has created quite a legacy for himself, serving as mayor for longer than anyone else in Madison’s history. He’s worked toward providing the city with affordable housing, improving public transit and hiring more women and minorities in the city during his 22-year tenure.
Despite Donald Trump’s endless flaws both as a president and as a human being, there are still millions of Americans who support him. We all know the things Trump has done and supported have made him wildly unpopular among the majority of Americans. Yet, his large span of critics still feel that those who still like Trump as a president can be persuaded to vote for whoever the Democratic nominee is in 2020.
Some students grow up dreaming about how they will spend their college years: studying on the quad, proudly wearing their school colors at football games, and eventually walking across the stage at graduation. They wonder if will they go to college in their hometown, where mom and dad did, or if they will go somewhere out of state. But for many students, these thoughts will remain dreams forever.
Last week, photos of Orange County, California high school students posing with a Red Solo Cup-constructed swastika went viral.
On Tuesday, February 19, various social media platforms were flooded with supermodels, celebrities and mundane users paying tribute to one of haute couture’s most iconic designers, Karl Lagerfeld.
I strive to be a Good Samaritan and member of my community. I try to help out the homeless on the street, recycle and vote. But there is one area in which I definitely miss the mark: my spending habits. And I do not believe I am alone on this. Many of us don’t know what our money really goes to.
The Wisconsin Idea, according to UW-Madison’s website, seeks to “influence people’s lives beyond the boundaries of the classroom.” It is the state’s application of what the world calls a liberal arts education.
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