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Tuesday, April 16, 2024

Mason Muerhoff


Student organizations create outlets for expression of Indian culture on campus

While in an Uber driving across Madison, Ashish Shenoy, a graduate student at UW-Madison from Bangalore, was surprised when his driver asked if he’d heard of Diwali night, an event Shenoy organizes. Shenoy is the president of the Indian Graduate Student Association, which facilitates many events that students and community members—both of Indian heritage and not—cherish.


UW-Madison students aid protesters at Standing Rock

Indigenous students at UW-Madison are assisting protesters at the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in North Dakota by raising funds and donating items such as lanterns, sleeping bags and firewood. Co-president of Wunk Sheek Faith, a member of the Stockbridge-Munsee Band of the Mohicans, has partnered with the American Indian Campus and Community Liaison to coordinate the donation drive. “We have this initiative ... to collect donations from the UW campus and community addressing the immediate needs of the people at the Sacred Stone Camp and in Cannonball, North Dakota who are the water protectors,” Faith said. Faith hopes the donations will help sustain the fight at the construction sites.


Panel urges student of color to engage through activism, voting

In an election cycle marked by racial tensions and controversial voter ID laws, a community panel at the Black and Brown Vote Discussion Wednesday night emphasized to students the importance of voting in November as well as engaging in non-traditional methods of civic action. The panel—composed of journalism professor Mike Wagner, history professor Cindy I-Fen Cheng, Associated Students of Madison Vice Chair Mariam Coker, student activist Jessica Franco-Morales, co-founder of Young Gifted and Black Coalition Matthew Braunginn and alumna of the PEOPLE program Jessenia Gomez—urged those in attendance to vote and organize through non-traditional methods to enact change on campus and in the community.

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