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Sunday, July 03, 2022

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Embrace Target at Hilldale

With this proven history of working to fit into communities, there is little reason to fret about the coming approach of Target. Instead we should embrace the opportunity this presents, including the jobs it will bring. Target at Hilldale is an opportunity, not some monster that we need to chase out of town with torches and pitchforks.


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Think about meaning of pledge before reciting

Besides those of us who will go on to be teachers, no one really thinks about the pledge of allegiance. But if we really examine the pledge, its wording, how it is used and what it means, we find an issue we should be thinking about in great detail. Anyone who said those words, be it one time or every day throughout their schooling, pledged to support a nation ""under God."" For a campus that values diversity of opinion and freedom of choice, this is a startling realization. We all gave our allegiance to the idea that our country is guided by the hand of God with his principles influencing the way we run our state.


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Contact alders about ALRC student vote

With last week's rejection by the Alcohol License Review Committee of District 8 Ald. Bryon Eagon's proposal to add a student vote to the committee, the issue now moves to the full Common Council. In the time between now and the upcoming vote, we urge students to get involved in the issue and express their opinions concerning student involvement in city policy.


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Diversity efforts not up to snuff

Over a decade ago Plan 2008 was implemented to place an emphasis on increasing diversity at UW-Madison. The plan targeted American Indian, black, Hispanic and Southeast Asian-American students at an early age to give them structure and motivation, primarily through PEOPLE (Pre-College Enrichment Opportunity Program for Learning Excellence). However, the plan's sentiments were undercut a few years later when the university was embarrassed by the cover of an undergraduate magazine that had a black student pasted in to create the appearance of diversity. The university found out quickly that Photoshop is not a proper substitute for actual minorities on campus.


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Grad school reform poorly presented but worthwhile

Grad-school reform has recently become the talk of Madison. Front-page stories and town-hall series have thrust provost Paul DeLuca's proposal into the public eye. Currently Martin Cadwallader, dean of the grad school, is in charge of both graduate education and university research. DeLuca's plan would add a vice chancellor to take up the research part. While this appears to be a feasible idea, the provost failed to justify it to the entire UW-Madison community. DeLuca has offered a novel solution for UW-Madison. He just needs to be more honest about the ""why"" and ""how"" by dropping official rhetoric. Basically, all his plan wants to say is this: Cadwallader is overwhelmed by too much work. For UW's sake, he needs some help.


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Student needed on ALRC

 As should be plainly obvious to anybody glancing at today's opinion page, this past Tuesday Madison's Alcohol License Review Committee rejected a proposal by District 8 Ald. Bryon Eagon to create a permanent student position on the ALRC. The proposal had previously been approved by the Common Council Organizational Committee, a body akin to the Committee on Rules in the state Legislature.


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Boycott Nitty Gritty

The Daily Cardinal and The Badger Herald often offer strongly opposing viewpoints on campus or city issues. But after Wednesday's meeting of the city's Alcohol License Review Committee, the main organization in Madison that decides alcohol policies citywide, we have agreed with the Herald's editorial board that a combined call to action is needed.


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Irresponsible spending mires beer tax proposal

""We... want... more... BEER!"" This infamous chant heard at every Badger football game sums up Wisconsin weekends pretty well. But are already cash-strapped college students going to want to chant for more foamy beverages if the price for our gameday ""water"" is significantly higher than the current rates?


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Tenants' rights all about education

Last year, The Daily Cardinal Editorial Board wrote that it is best for tenants to know their rights when renting so landlords do not continue to rent properties without oversight. As we said, ""The onus is on the landlords to heed the concerns of students who are paying sizable amounts of money for a safe place to live."" Every year, rental companies in Madison get thousands of new tenants, many of whom have never seen a lease before, and landlords frequently take advantage of this.


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Tough job ahead for ASM

Undoubtedly you voted in the ASM elections sometime in the last three days, right? No?! I nearly forgot myself. Had I not coincidentally used MyUW, I would not have noticed the small ""Vote now"" box encouraging students to vote for their own student government. At least they ran glorious full-page ads in The Daily Cardinal featuring ""Uncle ASM."" Good thing I was approached by text, not human beings lobbying students to exercise their civic duty.


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Ban alcohol sales to chronic abusers

Alcohol policy in Madison is rarely simple, straightforward or one-size-fits all. Any proposed policy must be thoroughly vetted in terms of its impact on students, bar owners, police and the general community. This is a city that demands public participation in such decisions and should not be one that unfairly singles out a particular constituency for inappropriate burdens on personal rights.


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Carry-in policy missing point of security

The last time I paid to watch a sporting event was last summer to watch the Brewers play. One of the best things about Miller Park, despite the inflated prices, is the stadium always allowed fans to carry in whatever snacks they might have brought from home to enhance the experience. Fans' bags were inspected on arrival, and upon entrance attendants observing that Mr. and Mrs. Baseball-Fan had nothing more than peanuts and sunflower seeds in their bags, they were allowed in.


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Let them drink beer

In his column On Oct. 1, sports columnist Ben Breiner blamed the empty student section on apathetic students. ""Wisconsin's student fan culture does not give a crap about the football game,"" he wrote. I disagree. It's not that the students don't care about the game, they are late because they care about beer more.


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Better communication needed from ASM

One of the easiest things to do is to understand the basic idea of ASM. Any politician in a finely tailored suit would catch the essence of it: a student government. So like any other political entities, it suffers a great problem of public outreach. To most students on campus, ASM is no more than some confusing headlines. The organization has always been working hard to make changes. But their overtly political approaches rarely attract new fans.


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Students integral to union redesign

In May 2009, Union Council decided to discontinue the design committee in preparation for the end of the design phase and the beginning of construction of the New South Campus Union (NSCU). Dan Cornelius, former vice president for project management, was a voting member on Council when this decision was made. I became vice president for project management on May 7 after the May Union Council meeting. Dan Cornelius left office knowing there would be no permanent iteration of the design committee for the remainder of the NSCU building project, and that the next year of the project was entering a new phase because construction had begun.


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