An ad hoc committee of the Faculty Senate stated in a recently released report that the university's Athletic Board is largely in compliance with Faculty Policies and Procedures regarding its role in oversight of the Athletic Department.
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With local activist Michael Johnson in one corner and UW campus politico Analiese Eicher in the other, the District 5 County Board race presents a choice unique enough in the political realm to allow voters to make a difference.
Plans for a new Central Library died last week. Weeks of debate were stifled by the uncaring hand of economics, another reminder that we inhabit a cold, harsh universe that is dictated solely by chance events often occurring at what we deem to be the worst possible times.
Wisconsin's Sunshine Act might as well be a legislative call for spring to come early. Enacted in 2005 in the spirit of a more transparent government, the bill mandated that all state contracts greater than $10,000 be posted to a centralized website. Four years later, that admirable piece of legislation has turned out to be a toothless joke.
The Madison Initiative for Undergraduates, the program raising tuition by $250 for in-state students and $750 for non-resident students, has the potential to decrease class sizes in bottle-neck courses and add much-needed faculty in high-demand areas. However the reality is that of the 114 proposals submitted to receive a portion of the MIU funding, only 31 were recommended to Chancellor Biddy Martin by the MIU Shared Governance Oversight Committee and the Student Oversight Committee.
UW System employee salaries were released last week with few surprises and the same aggravating discrepancies. Ten system employees earned over $300,000. Chancellor Biddy Martin made more than UW System President Kevin Reilly by almost $23,000, and nobody outshone Athletic Director Barry Alvarez at half a million.
Last week ASM's Academic Affairs Committee proposed the creation of a standing committee to address textbook issues as a more permanent way of addressing the financial burden of textbooks on campus. The proposed committee would be comprised of three students, three faculty members and three academic staff and, according to ASM Academic Affairs Chairman Jonah Zinn, would focus on ""things like electronic textbooks, open-source textbooks, getting departments to focus on certain textbooks, library reserve programs and the possibility of creating a textbook rental program.""
In a rare instance of the City of Madison and Dane County not seeing eye to eye, a lawsuit resulted over their disagreements on how to handle 911 calls.
Last week, the state of Wisconsin received the ""Billy Madison"" treatment in the Department of Education's Race to the Top. At no point in Wisconsin's rambling, incoherent proposal were they even close to anything resembling a rational thought. Everyone in the federal government is now dumber for having read it. They awarded us no points, and may God have mercy on our souls. Or at least the souls of Wisconsin students.
On March 1, the Faculty Senate heard a proposed revision to Chapter 8 of the Faculty Policy and Procedures. The potential addition of three sentences to the faculty speech code is a direct response to the 2006 Supreme Court case Garcetti v. Ceballos, in which an assistant district attorney claimed he was passed up for a promotion after being critical of his office. In a narrow 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court decided that Americans do not have free speech rights to speak out publicly in their official capacity against their place of employment.
Making sausage is really disgusting. Regulating Wisconsin's livestock and dairy industry is markedly more disgusting.
Every student knows about the November Rush. All of a sudden, your inbox is flooded with offers from companies like Steve Brown Apartments, CHT Apartments and Madison Property Management. Ads in local papers advertise apartments and houses that will be available in the fall. If you already have an apartment, people start touring your home looking to make it theirs for the next school year.
An ad hoc committee of the Faculty Senate released its report Monday in response to proposals from Chancellor Biddy Martin and Provost Paul DeLuca, who intended to substantially restructure the UW-Madison Graduate School. Administrators sought to divide the graduate education and research sections of the Graduate School into more separately defined entities and create a new administrative structure to accommodate them. Martin and DeLuca both said restructuring was needed so UW could remain competitive in securing multi-million dollar federal grants, fix problems in research safety compliance and better administer UW-Madison's ever-expanding research capabilities.
At The Daily Cardinal, we have been supportive of the Madison Initiative for Undergraduates (MIU) and its original intent: retaining UW's quality of education while helping foster economic diversity in the student population through increased scholarships and competitive tuition.
Oh Edgewater, why must you tempt us? Time and time again the Common Council schedules a vote to possibly overturn a Landmarks Committee ruling against the Edgewater, and time and time again the vote gets delayed. This week it appears to have happened yet again, as the items dedicated to the Wisconsin Avenue hotel redevelopment were referred. Apparently our city alders missed the memo, Groundhog Day was three weeks ago.
The White House announced in late January that Wisconsin would receive over $810 million in federal grants to develop high-speed rail in the state between Madison and Milwaukee. An additional $13 million will be used to improve the existing Milwaukee-Chicago line and study the feasibility of connecting to Minneapolis. This grant, which the state won in competition against other states around the country, has the real possibility of creating thousands of jobs and increasing tourism at a time when countless Wisconsin families need relief.
We here at The Daily Cardinal are not big fans of eminent domain. On a case by case basis, some exceptions may seem reasonable for the public good. But the idea of the government seizing private property against citizens' will is quite frightening, particularly if the private citizens feel taken advantage of.
Now that this year's rental rush is, for the most part, over, it's important to begin reflecting on your current living situation. Things probably aren't as rosy as you thought they would be when you decided to sign the lease on your apartment or house.
Last week the Dane County Board of Supervisors took up its old habit of sticking its nose where it doesn't belong. When voting to endorse the impeachment of President George W. Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney in 2007, the Dane County Board showed they couldn't care less about wasting time on issues in which they have absolutely no role. Now they have decided to pry into UW-Madison primate research. Twenty supervisors, including the board's District 5 student representative Wyndham Manning, are questioning the ability of the university's All Campus Animal Care and Use Committee to objectively supervise the university's research efforts.
The Madison Initiative for Undergraduates' Oversight Committee held its final meeting last week, deliberating which 114 proposals to suggest Chancellor Biddy Martin fund. On its face, the meeting's intelligent discussion and probing analyses would have satisfied the standards expected of a group proposing to spend $6.2 million in our tuition. Unfortunately, it happened to be preceded by at least four other closed-door sessions that have shrouded the entire process in secrecy and suspicion. UW officials eventually announced they were opening the Committee's final meeting after intense pressures, but instead of admitting wrongdoing, they agreed to open the meetings ""in the spirit of transparency and openness."" How thoughtful.