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Saturday, June 25, 2022

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Turkey's actions can no longer be ignored

Today's Student Organization Neighborhood guest editorial comes courtesy of the Wisconsin Union Directorate Society and Politics Committee. The Student Organization Neighborhood is a biweekly column dedicated to giving a voice to student groups across campus.


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No need to bulldoze Gordon Commons yet

Most students here are familiar with Gordon Commons. Regardless of your love-hate relationship with University Housing, you have to admit it's a homey place to relax during free time. Well, fun at Pop's Club and Ed's Express will soon come to an end, as UW plans to tear down the building this upcoming summer. Even if you look at the upcoming project glazed with rosy assumptions, the $34 million project is probably unnecessary.


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Letter to the Editor: ""Coastie"" insults fester with anti-Semitism

At my language table, we discussed ""what is a Coastie?"" Recently, thanks to the MySpace musical sensation ""What's a Coastie?,"" this question has once again become the heated topic of a campus-wide conversation. Participating in this debate, a soon-to-be PhD student at the table offered up his definition of a Coastie. He proceeded to describe the BlackBerry toting, Ugg boot donning, North Face fleece sporting, Starbucks drinking girl we have all come to love to make fun of. Oh, and he was sure to include that she had to be a Jewish woman from New York. As a Jewish woman from New York City, I felt that this last inclusion was a bit unfair, but I generally agreed with his description of the Coastie on campus, so I ignored this last comment. Plus, even I enjoy poking fun at the Coastie type. Uninterrupted, the student delivered his punch line—he had created a scheme in which he would create yellow stars of David with the word COASTIE inscribed inside it. He would pass them out (free of charge!) to every Coastie he saw so that they could wear it on their chest...just like in Europe during World War II. I was—I am—in total shock and remain completely appalled.


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Smoking ban infringes on personal freedoms

Around the nation universities are taking antismoking policies to the next level by banning smoking everywhere on campus. While no Wisconsin schools have extended smoking bans beyond 25 feet from public buildings, yet UW- Plattville has begun talks to institute a schoolwide smoking ban. With its traditionally harsh stance on smoking it seems inevitable that Madison will follow suit. For students and residents, now is the time to take a stance against these bans. If we wait to voice our support for freedom of choice, our school will soon be faced with the same initiatives currently being considered at Purdue University and being enacted in 2011 at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor.


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Republicans don't need Palin's image

Recently, Republican gubernatorial candidate Scott Walker has expressed an interest in having former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin endorse him. As a viable candidate with a record of solid results in fiscal policy (the area Wisconsin needs the most help with by far) in particular, this is a major step in the wrong direction for him.


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Charity needed this holiday season

 The United Nations Development Program estimated it would cost $20 to $30 billion to provide clean water and sanitation universally to the entire world. Contrast that with this number: On average, Americans spend $450 billion every year on Christmas. With 5,000 children dying every day because of water-related diseases, spending $450 billion on Christmas almost seems like a crime.


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Nontraditional students key to campus diversity

Diversity issues extend beyond race and nationality. I would argue we are a product of our experiences, and though skin color and nationality play a significant role in influencing our experiences, encouraging a diversity of experiences on campus cannot be measured by admittance data alone. UW-Madison cannot hope to achieve true diversity simply through programs aimed at aiding minority students. A truly diverse campus would embrace students from all walks of life, whose experiences are as vast as they are different and who are united by a common goal: to educate and better themselves.


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Collegiate activism needed

The Green Room is a new series from The Daily Cardinal dedicated to focusing on issues relating to the environment and energy. For its inagural article we have a contribution from the Wisconsin Students Public Interest Research Group (WISPIRG), one of UW-Madison's foremost organizations in the field of environmental advocay. If you are interested in writing for The Green Room, contact us at opinion@dailycardinal.com.


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Reconsider Edgewater vote

If the economic recession of the past year has taught anything to policy makers, it is that any recovery is likely to be slow and halting. One might think the top priority of local and state officials would be job creation in such an anemic environment, with families going hungry statewide because one or both parents are out of work.


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No rush to make housing decisions

We are now entering the home stretch in the cycle of rental panic within the student population. The rumors are just going to keep getting more urgent and less informative until winter break, and after that, the roar about renting will quiet to a whisper. Right now is the perfect time for landlords and rental companies to hype up that they are running out of choice units in an attempt to get inexperienced students to go out and take those rentals at whatever cost. Every year, it seems most students have secured their living situations and all the good properties are gone by Thanksgiving break, which is true if your choice of living space happens to be in a property belonging to a company like Tallard or Steve Brown.


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Watching our language

Racist. There has been a bit of a stir on the Daily Cardinal opinion page recently regarding that word, as well as its relation to a column written by Andrew Carpenter. I won't address the merits of Carpenter's argument, I'm sure he can explain himself a lot better than I can. But there was one aspect of the criticism his article received that continued an all-too-common trend I've seen on campus. It seemed that the natural, gut response from most readers was to call Carpenter a racist.


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End ties with Nike

Recently, the UW Labor Licensing Policy Committee voted 7-2 to suggest Chancellor Biddy Martin take written action against Nike for their violation of UW labor codes. Disregard for labor policies from big corporations is nothing new, particularly with apparel contracts here at UW. In the past, Martin and the LLPC have made their attitudes toward this disregard for human rights known, and it has led to the termination of several UW apparel contracts. This incident with Nike is no exception to previous policies and decisions, and the administration needs to act accordingly. Rather than just sending a scathing letter to Nike, we must take the steps necessary to terminate our contracts with the company.


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Communication needed between student groups

Everybody knows diversity matters. For college students, an important way for us to explore the idea is through various student groups on campus. That's probably why UW-Madison now hosts a dazzling number of student organizations. While ""diversity by numbers"" is without doubt a convenient criterion to measure our progress, student participation should be the ultimate standard to gauge the quality of UW's diversity. However, the current lack of communication between student organizations has become a major obstacle deterring students from fully appreciating campus diversity.


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Time for diversity debate is now

On Nov. 17, 2009, The Daily Cardinal published the opinion column ""Race deserves no place in university admissions."" Over the past several days we have witnessed a significant reaction to the article by students on campus, and it is obvious the article sparked a dialogue regarding issues of diversity at UW-Madison.


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Complexities of diversity require campus dialogue

As the MultiCultural Student Coalition, we felt compelled to respond to Andrew Carpenter's piece ""Race Deserves No Place in University Admissions."" Carpenter states in his article, ""by focusing on the color of their skin rather than just their achievements, the University administration implants the idea that there might be something different about minority students: they might not be as smart.""


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