In 2003, the United States Supreme Court ruled in its Grutter vs. Bollinger decision that universities can consider an applicant’s race as a part of a holistic review for admission. Racial quotas established by universities were previously ruled unconstitutional in a 1978 Supreme Court decision. Although affirmative action is undergoing a supreme court challenge, universities around the U.S. are still falling short of achieving representative diversity.
Among the books and binders in her office in the Mechanical Engineering building, associate professor Heidi-Lynn Ploeg’s shelves are filled with bones. She pulls out a thin cardboard sleeve, and inside are dozens of mouse femurs. Each one of these leg bones is shorter than the length of a fingernail.
After People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals protested on campus and filed allegations of animal cruelty during research at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the United States Department of Agriculture cleared the university of all charges Oct. 5.
While the affirmative action case facing the U.S. Supreme Court only concerns the University of Texas directly, indirect effects of the ruling on university admissions could change policies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, depending on the court’s decision.
The University of Wisconsin-Madison Chancellor Search and Screen Committee will hold three forums over the next week to receive input from the campus community on what characteristics the new chancellor should have.
The Office of the Vice Provost and Chief Diversity Officer Damon Williams sponsored an evening dinner featuring a six-person panel of University of Wisconsin-Madison alumni Thursday, to kick off the 2012 Diversity Forum.
The Associated Students of Madison hosted a town hall meeting Wednesday for city officials, police and any interested students to collaborate on ways to improve campus safety.
University of Wisconsin-Madiosn’s Labor Licensing Policy Committee expressed concern Wednesday after adidas announced its plan to host a summit abroad to address the issue of companies’ failure to pay severance in the global garment industry.
Amidst the excitement surrounding “National Coming Out Week,” the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Campus Center hosted an event Wednesday dedicated to disabilities and circus freaks in conjunction with other LGBT and campus organizations.
Student Council discussed the creation of a new grassroots committee devoted to student-driven work on environmental sustainability issues in a meeting Wednesday.
This Friday, Oct. 12, the University of Wisconsin-Madison will be hosting its biannual Diversity Forum. The Diversity Forum is a place for students, staff, faculty and administration to discuss the challenges that UW-Madison faces regarding race, religion, sexuality, gender identity and social class. All students are welcome to attend, and student input is crucial for helping determine UW policy for diversity in the coming years.
While 30,000 individuals saw fit to flood Bascom Hill last Thursday to see Presidnet Barack Obama, there were a number of staff and students that weren’t so enamored. The Daily Cardinal ran an article earlier this week discussing Professor Mayer’s and Professor Downs’ opposition to the visit; namely, political events taking place on school grounds were prohibited by the university’s own policies (an argument which Vice Chancellor for University Relations Vince Sweeney thought fit to completely sweep under the rug), classes were cancelled for which students had already paid and professors were forced to take a vacation day during the event. In addition, the requirement that students provide their phone numbers to the campaign to receive a ticket was controversial.
Last week, the Associated Students of Madison Diversity committee met to discuss possible changes to the ethnic studies requirement in the UW-Madison undergraduate curriculum. The ASM Diversity Committee hopes to pressure administrators to expand the requirement and make classes more relevant to students, and this editorial board agrees that changes are desperately needed.