Having read the recent letter sent by Badgers Against Racism to The Daily Cardinal, I feel it is necessary to stand against unfounded and inappropriate accusations of racism. Furthermore, by calling the term “Cinco de Mifflin” racist, Badgers Against Racism is implying the students who thought of the phrase are racists themselves. To me, this is extremely inappropriate and unfair.
The lack of signs at the bottom of Bascom Hill has been nagging me for a little while now. Once I read about the Tuesday hit-and-run at the crosswalk at the foot of the hill, I felt compelled to talk about it. Living around that area, I often use that crosswalk and have noticed that some drivers are either oblivious or ill-intentioned to pedestrians. But this was not so much of an issue not too long ago.
I don’t think there’s anybody who would disagree that UW-Madison has earned a strong progressive reputation. That is why I think the university’s continuing bad business practices, particularly involving alleged adidas’ improper compensation practicses, is especially damaging to its reputation.
For the great majority of my life, I do not remember Wisconsin being the nationally funded political free-for-all it is now. Ever since the state Republican Party came to power the relative peace has fallen apart.
It’s no secret anymore that the GOP has been in a major identity crisis since the utter catastrophe that was George W. Bush’s presidency. With Congressman Ron Paul’s visit to UW-Madison I feel it’s the perfect time to comment on not only Paul, but also with the very character of the Republican Party itself.
I take great offense with the term “modernizing.” I keep hearing this term with every single proposed development plan for the city of Madison, especially in the 100 block of State Street. Though a development plan was just put on hold, I still agree that the city should modernize. However, I believe this should be done without destroying the overall character of the city.
Before you begin reading the rest of this article, you should either conjure up your memory of a world map or go and look at one right now. Aim your focus at “The Middle East.” Understanding the Middle East’s geography is important to understanding the historical implications of the Arab Spring and other current uprisings.
Since I’ve come to Madison it’s seemed to me that there was a concerted effort, whether conscious or subconscious, to reign in the school’s traditional character. I’m sure many of us who are Wisconsin residents have heard about Madison, or some sort of UW history, like I have. My mom and some relatives have either graduated from UW-Madison or at least attended it at some point in their lives. The infamous Mifflin Street Block Party, whether some people want it gone or not, is indistinguishable from the university’s public image, something that the majority of the community would agree on.
College is a great institution for those looking to seriously challenge themselves and advance their understanding of self and environment. A collegiate environment also provides an excellent opportunity for students to form a working relationship with their professors in a way that helps them understand what they went to school to learn in the first place. Additionally, the dynamic environment of a campus, particularly here in Madison, allows for one to form his or her own connections in the vast social network—the real, living one, not that fake online knockoff. Unfortunately, the aspects that make college so great are being diluted by the overwhelming amount of people attending college.
Not long after I first began using the Internet in mid-2001, I found myself patronizing certain websites I found funny or interesting-most times both. Over time I noticed these web forums are in themselves small communities with each person contributing their own material or thoughts, which define that specific forum. These societies have their own citizens, their own humor and their own general will. All small groups have a mini-culture, so what?