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Tuesday, January 26, 2021

Opinion

Associated Students of Madison host distinguished campus organizations to talk about diversity on campus. 
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Without government action, threats to campus will become more common

Being from a large city like Minneapolis, Minnesota and a student at a large and well-known university, I have sometimes wondered how I’ve gotten lucky enough to escape a terrorist attack by domestic or international assailants. This wondering usually turns into anticipation as I know attacks on university campuses will only continue and rise without any type of prison or gun reform.  


The “Green New Deal” recognizes the issue of climate change, but it falls short in policy proposals.
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The Green New Deal: Admirable but flawed

I'm just going to say it: Americans have no idea what the “Green New Deal” calls for.  With the snazzy new name that holds the same connotations of the mainstream environmentalism movement, how could it NOT be the perfect gateway to renewable and clean energy?


The popularity of Representative Alexandria Occasio-Cortez has ignited debates over the meaning of "democratic socialism" and what it would look like in the United States.
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Does anyone know what socialism really means?

With the growing popularity of the phrase “democratic socialism” amongst millennial Americans, conservatives love to point out the political and economic catastrophes occuring in Venezuela, stating that Bernie Sanders and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez are really no different that the dictator Nicolás Maduro when it comes to economic visions.


This year's influx in winter weather is more than just inconvenient, it makes getting around on campus downright dangerous. 
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UW, please pass the (sidewalk) salt

I think we all know the feeling. You’re walking to class and minding your own business when you find that you’ve lost your footing, your phone has slipped out of your pocket and is taking your earbuds and ears down with it. Suddenly, you’re facing the sky and praying you didn’t break a bone. 


Many students attended the Student Services Finance Committee meeting to express their concern about the lack of funding for mental health services at UW. 
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More funding, support needed for campus mental health services

On Monday, February 11, the Associated Students of Madison Student Services Finance Committee (SSFC) unanimously voted against the University Health Services’ (UHS) $18.9 million budget for the 2020 fiscal year. The budget and SSFC recommendations will be presented to Chancellor Rebecca Blank in March for a final decision. 


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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez: A pioneer in politics

As the youngest woman ever elected to Congress, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) has been a pioneer advocating for racial justice, tuition-free public universities, healthcare for all, abolishing ICE and mass mobilization against climate change. She is a bold example of what a new Democratic Party might look like.


Student participation in the Association of American Universities (AAU) Sexual Assault and Sexual Misconduct Climate Survey is vital in making the UW-Madison campus safer for all students.
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Letter to the editor: Sometimes climate change is a good thing

Dear students, On February 11, you’ll receive an email invitation to participate in the Association of American Universities (AAU) Sexual Assault and Sexual Misconduct Climate Survey to gauge UW-Madison’s environment of sexual violence. Sexual assault, stalking, and dating violence impact our campus community and—with your input—we can work together to make UW-Madison a safer space.


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Mitnick will bring dedication, empathy to Madison City Council

It goes without saying that college is a balancing act. Students have to cram classes, coursework, jobs or internships, extracurriculars and some semblance of a social life into a 24/7 schedule. For most, it’s ultimately manageable, but nonetheless a massive headache. Of course, everyone has that one friend that somehow goes the extra mile. For me, that friend is Matthew Mitnick. 


Young people should take care not to let social media distract from what is going on in the world around them. 
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A message to young people: Get back in the driver's seat

The greatest fear of the Ancient Roman government for much of its existence was popular revolt. To keep the people docile and controlled, the Roman government would provide entertainment in the form of gladiatorial combat and rations of free bread. This solution, commonly referred to as the “bread and circuses” tactic, distracted the public from a pressing sense of civic duty.


Making fun of Canada Goose jackets may feel satisfying in the moment, but there are better, more concrete ways to critique class privilege. 
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A treatise on jackets

As temperatures continue to drop in Madison, students seek warmth from harsh Midwest weather conditions, unsurprisingly, in winter jackets. For many students this means wearing the same jacket they’ve had since high school, for others it means buying their first winter jackets and for some it’s a chance to purchase a really expensive jacket that, knowingly or not, serves as a visual reminder of their privilege at this university.


Many students who receive services from the McBurney Disability Resource Center require the use of laptops in class, which can lead to a lack of privacy in a class that does not allow the use of technology.  
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No-screen policies endanger students' right to privacy

Syllabus week — the best time of the semester for many students who welcome the opportunity to zone out in lecture, skip discussion and go out without any next-day consequences. next-day consequences. Oftentimes, professors repeat the same policies we’ve heard before. No, I don’t know yet if the final will be cumulative. No, you cannot use your laptop in this class.


Students on our staff — and at the hundreds of student publications across the country — take time in between full class schedules to build papers from scratch and inform our campus communities.
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Student journalism essential for community, hands-on learning

 A couple weeks ago, an editor from Calvin College in Michigan called me hoping to get my thoughts on student journalists working in this era of media distrust. We talked about it for several minutes — how our office has taken extra safety measures in the wake of what our government says about news media, how our content falls under extra critical eyes.  


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The overuse of, like, filler words

An epidemic has rampaged through every nook and cranny of American dialogue, with no sign of ceasing its havoc upon public discourse. Indeed, the malevolent word ‘like’ has infiltrated every other sentence spoken by young adults in today’s new era of conversation, and I am merely here to shine a beacon of awareness upon the matter, not to unwield a vitriolic slew of insults and jeers at those who misuse the filler word. Full disclaimer: in no manner am I attempting to portray myself as ‘woke,’ considering that I once pitchforked these speech irregularities into my daily linguistic habits, far more than those who presently do. And yes, I am fully cognizant that I sound similar to a Gen Xer ripping on every facet of millennials and younger generations, but there is some substance to this argument. 



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