The Wisconsin Idea portrays the UW System as a guiding light, a beacon that shares its knowledge with all corners of the earth. We’ve been taught to stress the importance of this idea to show that the work done here in Madison changes the world. This is, in many ways, true: The things we do as a university, whether through research or other means, do make a palpable impact on the state of Wisconsin, and the planet as a whole.
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The most popular majors at UW-Madison are, according to U.S. News & World Report, economics, biology, political science and psychology. Thousands of students each year graduate with degrees in these fields. Exactly zero students graduate with certificates in them.
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Donald Trump’s historic election portends massive changes at many levels of the government. The environmental sector may be most at risk. Many changes will arise as new leaders are put in positions of power—their actions may erase decades of progress, rendering the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and various other agencies weak. It’s up to private citizens and other countries to now take matters into their own hands.
When UW-Madison students graduate from college, they will enter into a society markedly different from that of their parents. The world is rapidly changing socially, politically, economically and environmentally. As a result, UW-Madison needs to ensure its students are prepared for a lifetime of change and trials as we begin our adult lives.
Wisconsin’s commitment to environmental conservation, long a critical component of state politics, has taken a backseat in this age of budget cuts under Gov. Scott Walker. The examples set by pioneer Wisconsinites such as Aldo Leopold, John Muir and Gaylord Nelson are fading from memory as polluters go unpunished and government agencies charged with protecting the state’s natural resources are gutted.
Chancellor Rebecca Blank’s announcement that she intends to raise out-of-state tuition was an unforeseeable plot twist. Gov. Scott Walker’s tuition hike last year has been well-documented and sparked considerable controversy. Blank, however, was supposed to be our advocate, fighting on behalf of increasing the school’s budget and ensuring affordable education for all.
As an ardent and vocal environmentalist, I have always been drawn to the ideas and candidates espoused by the Green Party. In 2014, I cast some of my very first votes for Green Party candidates, in the hopes of seeing environmental stewardship come to the forefront of local politics.
The first year of college can be a challenge. Being an out-of-state student at a school that’s predominantly populated by in-state kids can be an even bigger challenge. For the most part, you’re far from home, you know relatively few people when you first enroll and you feel like you have little in common with a lot of people. With the right attitude, however, being from another region of the world can be immensely rewarding and eye-opening. Here’s how: Drop the Skype call, and nobody gets hurt.
Freshmen and sophomores, you’d better appreciate the SERF while you still can: After next year, you won’t see it again before you graduate.
Anger has been a constant theme of this year’s election. The campaigns of Donald Trump and Sen. Bernie Sanders have fed off of the disdain that multitudes of Americans feel toward Washington, the current economic state of the country and politics in general. The rise of the so-called “outsiders” in this campaign is unexpected, and this collective fury against the system (or the “Washington cartel,” as Ted Cruz calls it) is to thank for it.
Last month, I took time out of my day to go to the Red Gym and vote. The primary election for the Wisconsin Supreme Court opening was being held, and I was eager to fulfill my democratic duty.
Few things are a more recognizable harbinger of spring than the return of baseball. As Major Leaguers show up to camp in Florida and Arizona and teams made up of players of all ages dust off their old mitts, people around the country know that at long last, winter is coming to an end.
Adjacent to the Chazen Museum sits a sign, the lone marker in an otherwise barren lot: “Future Home of the UW School of Music Performance Center.” In a few years’ time, the new venue—which will host a 325-seat recital hall and a large rehearsal area—will make its debut. This extravagant new complex will allow the prestigious music school to reach new heights. Its expansion, however, paradoxically worsens one of its greatest flaws: its exclusivity.
Despite the best efforts of the United States and its allies, the Islamic State remains a legitimate threat to the peace and wellbeing of the world. In recent months, some of the nation’s leading politicians have endorsed taking drastic (and violent) measures to stop their gains. This “bomb first, think later” strategy—which has been proposed by politicians and analysts on both sides of the aisle—will never succeed.
The state of Wisconsin, with its unmistakable shape, is ubiquitous on campus. It can be found on bumpers, on water bottles and on t-shirts. Look at a map of the Midwest, however, and the state’s unique figure is obscured by a strange little appendix, the sparsely inhabited land known as the Upper Peninsula.
Doorbells have been torn off the wall, leaving frayed wires swaying in the wind. People greet you cheerfully, and then their hospitality turns to hostility. Three cars sit in the driveway, and yet no one opens the door.
Every incoming freshman is told of the horrors of the freshman 15. Even the utterance of its name is enough to strike fear in the hearts of us all. Most people have a plan coming in to avoid the abominable phenomenon. Upon arriving on campus, however, it’s quickly become apparent that eluding the freshman 15’s grip is easier said than done.
Apple Inc. was recently ordered to pay the University of Wisconsin $234 million for infringing on a patent. Although this is far lower than the original reported $862 million, it’s still a substantial sum. Much of the money will presumably go back to the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation and be reinvested in research. But why not consider some more fun options.