Mayor Dave Cieslewicz and others gave presentations on city development at the first annual State of Downtown Thursday.
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On Tuesday, I led my discussion section in a stupid activity I called \First Impressions."" I showed pictures of people and then asked my classmates to invent a biography for the person in each photo.
Last fall, my roommate and I sat on our front porch and smelled the breath of thousands, the musk of beer and the must of peanut shells. We saw a sea of fans on their feet and the green field on which baseball is played. We saw the World Series while watching an empty street.
My wardrobe boasts tapered-leg jeans, olive-green sweatpants and a Members Only coat that gushes goose-down feathers. And yet, to my peers and friends, nothing puts me more out of fashion than this declaration: I am a patriot.
In my friend's room, you'll find a photo of him flipping off a Wal-Mart and a bumper sticker that spits: \Mall-Wart."" Last week I finally understood his angst.
Arguments sizzled off heated lips as the crowd filled the lobby and splintered into small groups, all grappling with what they had witnessed. It was the most passionate debate and most genuine learning experience I had ever seen at UW-Madison.
They'll soon be here. The holidays'a time to be with family and friends, bundled together with warm familiarity. We feel at ease because they are the ones who know us, as the saying goes, better than we know ourselves.
The man announced he was a felon, fresh out of prison. Forty college students looked back, turning around in their seats on the muddy lawn of Library Mall. They had been listening to some experts on hunger and homelessness, but then this man appeared'standing at the rear, out of the light, his release papers in hand.
I am not white and yet, at UW-Madison, I have never been harassed, discriminated against or frowned upon because of the color my skin. I know I've been lucky, perhaps the rarest of exceptions. Recent discussions in campus media remind us that other students of color have had experiences not nearly so rosy.
I bet you can't guess the subject of this column, so let me help you out.
Leaves color and fall, cool nights come sooner and the wind blows ever more bitter with each passing day. And so I start to think about North Korea. This autumn, as the world fixates on Afghanistan, another nation on the U.S. State Department's list of state sponsors of terrorism has been on my mind: North Korea.
I wasn't out for sadistic pleasure Wednesday at College Library. I wasn't titillated watching 30 unlucky recipients squirm after I handed them the poppiest of pop quizzes on foreign affairs. Nor do I guffaw at the fact that 19 victims failed to correctly answer even one of the following (answers below):
These days, it seems that the Bush administration's foreign policy is less Henry Kissinger and more Fred Durst, as the United States' actions this summer have followed the Limp Bizkit frontman's popular rant: 'It's my way'my way or the highway.'