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Ward responds to additional allegations about Palermo’s University of WisconsinMadison Chancellor David Ward released a statement Thursday updating campus groups about the university’s involvement with Palermo’s in light of a new report that claims the pizza company violated UW-Madison’s codes of conduct. The Worker Rights Consortium, a third party the university hired to investigate code of conduct violations, found the pizza company violated its contract with Roundy’s, a company affiliated with UW-Madison which uses the university’s codes of conduct. The issue stems from allega-
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Members of the Choi Tae Kwon Do Club practice in the Student Activities Center Thursday evening. The non-competitive group focuses on individual growth. + Photo by Mohammad Aqeel
A Wisconsin law allowing concealed weapons in public buildings, including the capitol, went into effect November 2011. State Rep. Brett Hulsey, D-Madison, who attended the vigil, said efforts against gun violence can start with keeping concealed-carry weapons out of state buildings. “We need to get guns out of the capitol and state buildings, leading by example to keep us all safe,” Hulsey said, adding that this includes buildings on the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus. Hulsey added his aunt com-
cromwell from page 1 don’t want to look at this issue,” said Cromwell, who has been a PETA member since 1994. “I came in because I am a celebrity and a reason for media to take this event seriously.” UW-Madison Research Animal Resource Center Director Eric Sandgren released a statement Thursday in response to PETA’s protest, calling it “just another attempt by outside activists to draw attention to a cause.”
should pay more attention to the WRC’s findings since the WRC investigates violations of the university’s code of conduct, while the NLRB looks into violations of federal law. “[UW-Madison has] a higher standard than federal law,” Zepeda said. “That’s the point of our codes of conduct, is that they are a higher standard.” Ward also said he recognizes the opinions of the LLPC and WRC, but taking action before the workers’ appeal to the NLRB’s decision is finalized would be “premature.” —Sam Cusick
County could extend Occupy permit
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tions of unfair labor practices, including illegally firing workers for attempting to unionize as well as threatening to audit immigrants. In the statement, Ward said the National Labor Relations Board also reviewed the workers’ case and found some of the complaints “lacked merit.” Because the findings of the NLRB and WRC are “clearly contradictory,” Ward said he would have a committee review the WRC’s findings and alert Roundy’s to the report. Labor Licensing Policy Committee Chair and UW-Madison consumer science professor Lydia Zepeda said Ward
mitted suicide using a handgun. He called the vigil “motivational and uplifting.” Jeri Bonavia, executive director of the Wisconsin Anti-Violence Effort, a statewide grassroots organization that sponsored the event, has been working on the issue of gun control for 18 years. Bonavia said people should make a commitment to gun control efforts, such as making phone calls and writing letters to their representatives in state and national legislatures. “Hope is wonderful,” she said. “But hope is not a gun-violence prevention strategy.” “[PETA] has attacked and distorted this research—which has very real benefits to people who are deaf—from every angle imaginable,” Sandgren said in a statement. According to UW System spokesperson David Giroux, there is no item on the regents’ Thursday or Friday agenda relating to PETA’s protest. He said he could not confirm whether the regents will take up the matter at future meetings. But Cromwell said if the regents fail to address the issue, “we will be back.”
Members of the Dane County Board of Supervisors introduced two resolutions at a meeting Thursday, which could extend the deadline on Occupy Madison’s park permit and establish a new cooperative house. Supervisor David Wiganowsky, District 21, sponsored the motion to grant members of Occupy Madison the legal right to stay at Token Creek County Park on Madison’s north side throughout the winter by extending the group’s 90-day permit until May 1. The permit currently states the group must leave by Feb. 17. “They’re human beings and they should have some rights,
not just [be] pushed aside,” Wiganowsky said. He also added they deserve time to figure out a more permanent solution. Tenant Resource Center Executive Director and Occupy Madison advocate Brenda Konkel said the campers have sufficient funds so they are not seeking monetary support from the county, only permission to stay on the grounds. “Between Feb. 17 and April 16, when the camp grounds open, we have no option and we’re desperate at this point,” Konkel said. Also at the meeting, Dane County Board First Vice-Chair Carousel Bayrd announced a new initiative on behalf of Dane
County Executive Joe Parisi, who was not at the meeting, to use $250,000 of the county’s 2013 budget to set up a co-op that would serve at least 20 individuals. Both resolutions will go to various county committees for approval and recommendations before the county board votes on them Feb. 21. Since the board will not have the opportunity to grant Occupy an extension until after Feb. 17, Wiganowsky said the Parks Division will have authority to force campers out during the interim period, although he said he hopes they will wait until after the vote. —Melissa Howison
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SSFC holds budget hearing for UHS
well-educated [and] well-prepared employees.” In order to do this, he said the state should not only financially support “short-term” education, such as technical colleges and the UW System programs, but also invest in K-12 public education reform. Other long-term initiatives the governor discussed involved public transportation and marketing the state for tourism purposes. Walker said he plans to announce full details of his biennial budget Feb. 20. —Taylor Harvey
The Student Services Finance Committee heard a budget proposal from University Health Services Thursday, which would provide new health and wellness services to students. The group proposed a budget of $13,088,266 for fiscal year 2013-’14. If approved, each fulltime student will pay around $172 in segregated fees to partially fund the group, according to ASM Press Office Director David Gardner. The plans to expand the services would also include access to lab tests previously provided
through the state. SSFC Chair Ellie Bruecker said UHS cash reserves would help to offset the 4 percent increase in the budget for the new services. “I think the areas they’ve identified to expand programming are things that have been demanded by students,” Bruecker said. “I find it extremely commendable that they’re able to do that without asking for more [student] segregated fees.” SSFC will vote on the UHS budget at its next meeting Monday.
Ryan, Zerban House race breaks state fundraising record U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., and his Democratic challenger Rob Zerban broke state records for fundraising during their race for the 1st Congressional District House of Representatives seat, Common Cause, a non-partisan organization, reported Thursday. Ryan and Zerban raised nearly $7.3 million in campaign contributions combined, breaking
the previous record set in 2006, which totaled just over $6 million, according to the report. Ryan, who also ran an unsuccessful vice presidential campaign, accumulated just under $5 million, receiving 72 percent of his funds from individual contributors and 25 percent from political action committees. Zerban collected approximately
$2.26 million in contributions, 93 percent of which came from individual contributors, according to the report. Ryan and Zerban, in Ryan’s closest race since he was first elected to the House in 1998, collected about $3 million more than the second most funded Wisconsin race for a House seat this year.
Republican legislator seeks to standardize early voting State Rep. Duey Stroebel, R-Saukville, began circulating a bill for signatures Thursday that would standardize in-person early voting procedures across the state by shortening the hours some clerks’ offices can stay open. Current voting procedures vary across the state. Some offices only stay open until 5 p.m. while oth-
ers allow citizens to vote later at night. Stroebel’s proposal would standardize the process so people can only cast votes between 7:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday to Friday at the clerk’s office for three weeks preceding an election. The proposal drew criticism from Scot Ross, director for the liberal advocacy group One
Wisconsin Now. Ross said in a statement the proposal would restrict working-class voters from having access to early voting because of the shortened hours. Stroebel defended the measure, saying it was only designed to standardize the process across the state and make the procedure equal and fair for all potential voters.
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UHS Executive Director Sarah Van Orman says UHS plans to provide new health services to students next year.