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April 23, 2012
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Future of the HCSA under debate
Uncertainty regarding governing documents prompts controversy
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By Justin Jabs Staff Writer firstname.lastname@example.org The Honors College Student Association is facing controversy prior to their upcoming officer elections. Four honors students have filed a formal complaint against the current officers and a Student Court hearing is being scheduled. The conflict stems from inconsistency between the registered student organization’s governing documents, as well as different ideas about the future of HCSA. A group of students led by Taylor Scott are campaigning for the office. Scott originally reached out to the HCSA on behalf of Tereza Pelicaric and Allied Student Voice in February. “We started reaching out to as many student organizations as we could,” said Pelicaric, vice-president elect of the Student Association. Pelicaric said there was an idea of including an HCSA representative as an ex officio member on the SA. Naomi Bryant, vice president of HCSA, said Scott contacted them on the manner. “We declined the offer because our organization is not a political organization,” Bryant said. “Our funding would change if we were affiliated with a political organization.” Elizabeth Noonan, president of HCSA, and her fellow officers were elected in 2011. After three quarters of the elected officials no longer qualified for honors, then-secretary Noonan became president and her current vice president, treasurer and secretary were installed following an emergency summer election. HCSA was operating under their bylaws until the organization’s charter was recently located. The officers were unaware of the existence of this official document, which was handwritten in 1997. The documents did not include any information on how to run an election, outside of the fact that elections would take place every two years starting in April of 1998. The officers asked Kate Coffaro, their advisor, to run the student election. Scott, along with Justin Welch, Jason Laitsch and Samir Siddique, argued in their formal complaint with the Student Court that all positions would be up for election this spring, and that Coffaro, as an advisor, should not be in charge of the election. “We never intended to run elections that weren’t fair, free and democratic,” HCSA
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A legal battle is brewing at the University of Wisconsin, as the university’s student government faces off against Chancellor David Ward over budget allocation rights outlined in Wis. Stat. 36.095, the statute guaranteeing shared governance at universities. UW student lobbying and leadership organization United Council will no doubt figure heavily in the battle. With an operating budget of approximately $800,000, comprised almost entirely of student segregated fees, UC is the brawny bigger brother of UW System student governments, fighting its legal battles and quietly lobbying on students’ behalf. The nonprofit organization spent nearly $44,000 in fiscal year 2010 lobbying the legislature on a variety of issues, according to tax reports. “Our government relations director takes point on our lobbying and advocacy efforts,” Communications Director Matt Guidry explained in an email. “She works to consistently to keep a team of students together during the academic year, so that students are ever present in defending student interests in Wisconsin Legislature and with UW System administration.” UC has had its hands in some of Wisconsin’s most divisive political battles, including the fight over last spring’s controversial Budget Repair bill and the Voter ID bill, declared unconstitutional by Dane County Circuit Court Judge Richard Niess in March. Guidry said UC was successful in adding language to the Voter ID bill that allowed student IDs that met certain criteria to be used for voting purposes. UC also lobbied for student representation on a legislative commission created to redo Wisconsin’s financial aid model, aided UW-Stevens Point in resolving student fee issues with university administrators and lobbied for full funding of the veteran’s tuition remission in Wisconsin’s budget, Guidry said. But what have they done for UW-Milwaukee? That is what some Student Association
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The UWM Post joins the Adventure Center on the Peshtigo River By Aaron Knapp Features Editor firstname.lastname@example.org
The seconds seemed to race by at an alarming rate as I approached a rapid known as “five-foot falls” on my first whitewater rafting excursion on the Peshtigo River. With time pressing on faster and faster and the current relentlessly pushing my raft towards an edge that blocked my view of the river beyond, I vainly tried to come up with some strategy for taking the falls, craning my neck to see what lie on the other side – and to make sure I was not going to plunge down a real waterfall. Our lead guide, known to us as Chicago, told our group of about 20 UW-Milwaukee students, organized through UWM’s Adventure Center, that we could take the safe route to the right or the adventurous route to the left. Deciding that bodily harm was unlikely and risking only the humiliation of flipping over and having to be rescued by one of our guides, I went to the left. As I came upon the edge, I franti-
cally tried to guide my raft, or rather my inflatable kayak, the way the others had gone, but without a clue of how to avoid capsizing and about to panic, I froze up and blankly put myself at the mercy of the river as I went over the brink. Within seconds I was over the edge and gliding quickly but smoothly along the river towards an island where Chicago told us to stop. As I grabbed my waterproof disposable camera and turned back towards “five-foot falls” to get pictures of the other rafters coming down, I noticed that the drop was barely half of the height that the name implied. I thought to myself, maybe freezing up in panic was the best thing I could have done, because I inadvertently let myself “go with the flow,” allowing the river to take me along the best path. After I beached my raft on the island, I turned around to see one rafter perched on a rock at the top of the falls, unable to move, while another, who had accidentally gone straight down the center and fallen out, clung to side of her raft as a guide raced down the rapid to assist her – proving more that I just happened
to be carried the right way and not some delusion that I had somehow become one with the river. “I just hoped for the best,” said Kyle Schulz, a senior at UWM and an Adventure Center employee, of his first rapid while timidly laughing about it. “I tried to stay in control and it worked out.” The Adventure Center started out as a small on-campus sporting-goods store called Panther Sport and Rental, specializing in fitness and outdoor activities equipment, explained Megan O’Brien, Adventure Center operations manager, in an email. A little over 10 years ago, PRS became the Outing Center and transitioned from retail to a more educational organization by organizing trips and classes, but continuing to rent some equipment to students. In the past five years, the organization renamed itself the Adventure Center but continued the same programs that it had as the Outing Center. In addition to organizing trips like this, the Adventure Center hosts events on campus, such as a screening of the
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Continued from page 1 secretary Alison Bayne said. On April 13, after realizing the violation, Noonan formally asked Chief Justice Anthony DeWees and the Student Court to run the election. Although fliers in the Honors College advertise four open positions, HCSA told the UWM Post that only the vice presidential position is up for election. This conclusion was gathered with the help of Assistant Director of Student Organizations Tom Dake based on precedent with other student organization charters. Noonan is graduating in the spring, thus Bryant will become president. The treasurer and secretary may retain their positions, as this is only their first year in office. This has not yet been confirmed by DeWees. “Our positions are just to keep the organization in order and to plan events,” Bayne said. The officers are unpaid volunteers. Bayne says the organization exists to provide service and social activities for Honors College students. HSCA events include pizza parties and recreational center functions; projects include work for the Hope House and the RAK-A-Thon, among others. Scott’s party stresses in their plan summary that they do not wish to do away with any current HCSA functions, saying “these
Public Meeting Notice A public presentation of the project and draft findings of the Draft EIA (DEIA) for the proposed UWM Children’s Center project will be held from 6 - 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 9, 2012 in the Skywalk Lobby (NWQ Building D, located at 2015 E. Newport Avenue, Milwaukee). A brief description of the project and identified impacts will be presented. Copies of the DEIA are available at the UWM Golda Meir Library and Central Library of Milwaukee and online (http://www.cornerstoneeg. c om / U W-M _ Ch i ld r e n s C e nt e r. html).
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Jerry Greenfield of Ben & Jerry’s fame came to UW-Milwaukee last Tuesday night and spoke on business ethics, using the story of his company’s success to illustrate how businesses can and should give back to their communities. Greenfield charmed the audience with witty humor and stories of failure and change to support his theme of a “double bottom-line.” This term describes how businesses should measure success by their impact on society, not just profit. “You can have a business that not only makes money, but takes care of the community as well,” Greenfield said. When Greenfield and Ben Cohen began to see themselves changing from ice cream makers to businessmen as Ben & Jerry’s grew from a small storefront to an empire, the entrepreneurs grew alarmed and almost gave up their careers. A friend of theirs, however, said if they did not like the negative vibe of business, then they should challenge the concept itself, bringing them to a pivotal realization and inspiring them to run the business in a socially-conscious manner. “There is a spirituality aspect to business, just as there is to the lives of individuals,” Greenfield said.
His idea of “spirituality in business” compares business’s power today to religion and government’s power in the past. He argues that the only difference between business’s influential position and that of its predecessors is that people consider business to be flat, purely profit or “bottom line” in its interest. “When you get rid of that mind-set, the bottom line is essentially limitless,” Greenfield said. A full crowd of community members, students and faculty came for the lecture, extra credit and ice cream. The lecture was followed by another Q&A session, book-signing and ice cream. Audience members at the fall Distinguished Lecture Series event chose Ben Cohen, the company’s other co-founder, in a survey for the spring. Cohen wasn’t available to speak, so the Lubar School of Business and Union Programming invited Greenfield instead. UWM Environmental Sustainability Coordinator Kate Nelson related strongly to Greenfield’s business model, as her work involves working towards a similar balance of “People, Planet and Profit.” “The whole sustainability thing is supposed to be a three-legged stool,” Nelson said. “[Greenfield] proves that it can be done, that you can meet all three of those and still be profitable.” Stuart Hunter, a UWM business stu-
dent, attended a pre-lecture Q&A session hosted for Lubar Business Scholars. “I feel his business model is going to be adopted by more and more companies as the business climate changes,” he said. The M&I Center for Business Ethics helps the Lubar School of Business faculty members develop ethics curricula and connects them to CEOs and other professionals. “I think that’s the best way to learn honestly,” Hunter said about getting to meet and talk with professionals in his field. Students seemed to show genuine interest in Greenfield’s interpretation of business ethics, Lubar Assistant Dean Kristine Piwek said. “I think this generation of students has a great interest in exploring issues in business that go beyond bottom-line issues,” Piwek said. Greenfield described Ben & Jerry’s history of social activism. Examples ranged from their cooperation with charitable organizations to channeling money back into their local community in Vermont through stock. Cohen and Greenfield no longer control the company, since they sold it to the Unilever conglomerate. Those now in charge still respect the social mission, however, Greenfield said.
events have a positive impact on student life.” Rather, the main difference between Scott’s party and the current officer corps is the idea of the HCSA as a representative body. “We’re not political, so we don’t represent the Honors College students in a political aspect,” Bryant said. Scott and his party, however, feel the HCSA should be representing the students. Charles Schuster, the Honors College director, agrees. “The HCSA represents all of the Honors College students,” Schuster said. “That’s always a difficult issue because there’s approximately 600 students in the Honors College and they haven’t really been consulted yet about what their views are.” However, Schuster praised the work done this year by Noonan, Bryant, Bayne, treasurer Miranda Rosenkranz and Coffaro, their advisor. He said in a mass email that HCSA would “grind to a halt” if not for their dedication and hard work. Additionally, Schuster wrote that the HCSA “should not operate as a political organization.” The email came after a public debate of opinions, misconceptions and accusations played out in the comment section of a UWM Post op-ed. Over 30 responses have been given, some of which are of a “bullying” nature, according to commenters. While campaigning for the upcom-
ing elections, Scott and his party surveyed honors classrooms they visited on how many knew of the HCSA’s existence. They claimed only one or two per class responded positively, and according to the group, those thought the HCSA represented them as honors students. Jenny Fehrmann said Scott and his running mates visited her Cleopatra seminar two weeks ago. The group discussed their ideas and handed out fliers stating “we want to represent YOU” in the HCSA. “They were really enthusiastic,” Fehrmann said. The message came at the beginning of class with the permission of the professor, according to Fehrmann. Schuster, however, says “people can’t campaign in the classroom,” and conveyed this expectation at a recent HCSA meeting. “My understanding is that there is a university policy which states that no one is allowed to interfere with what goes on academically in the classroom,” Schuster said. The group has big ideas for the HCSA if elected, among them: “broadening the Honors College’s visibility…obtaining alternate avenues of revenue…and create an inclusive atmosphere of Honors College student involvement,” as outlined in their plan summary. A temporary restraining order was ordered against the HCSA officers on April
12 at the request of Scott and his party, forbidding the officers from holding any sort of election or amending their by-laws until the situation was resolved. “We start asking some questions and red flags started popping up everywhere,” Scott said. The “red flags” were found when researching the HCSA electoral process. Scott called the organization “isolationist,” and saw the only way to get involved was to be an officer. “He’s never talked to us about anything or any of his concerns,” Bryant said. “I don’t want students to feel like they can’t come and talk to us.” Siddique said there was “a lot of communication” before the group filed the court case. The quartet says they went to Coffaro, Schuster and Dake after they could not get answers from the officers. The court has decided to take up the case, although a hearing has not yet been scheduled. “If we were just trying to be a thorn in someone’s side, the court would have seen through that,” Welch said. Pelicaric is “a little floored” by the events that have transpired. “That’s not what I wanted,” she said. “[HCSA] is a functioning organization. I didn’t see any drama in it. I don’t want it to become some pseudo-political governing body.”
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Two former Marquette University students have been arrested in connection to installing illegal spyware on university computers. The applications recorded the keystrokes as well as took screenshots when other users were logged on, and were found on two separate campus computers. While the alleged tampering occurred back in February, neither of the two suspects is currently enrolled at the university.
Riverwest serial f lasher apprehended Police in Riverwest arrested 33-year-old Robin McCain last week, hoping to bring an end to flashing innocents which have gripped the community since early March. While he was only charged with one count of indecent exposure, police say he could be behind up to 20 flashings in the area, and that based on his own statements, McCain could be responsible for dozens of incidents. Additionally, McCain has prior convictions for lewd behavior and exposing himself to a child. He faces up to nine months in jail and $10,000 in fines if convicted.
Madison professors join fellowship of the Guggenheim Two professors at the University of Wisconsin received 2012 Guggenheim Fellowship Awards for contributions to their fields. Alexander Kiselev, professor of mathematics, and Asifa Quraishi-Landes, assistant professor of law, were among the 181 recipients who “demonstrated exceptional capacity for productive scholarship or exceptional creative ability in the arts.” Kiselev plans to use his winnings to pursue the interdisciplinary field of mathematical biology, while Quraishi-Landes plans to move forward with her new book, Islamic Constitutionalism for the 21st Century: Not Theocratic. Not Secular. Not Impossible.
Moody’s downgrades Milwaukee Moody’s Investors Service downgraded Milwaukee’s bond rating devaluing it from Aa1, with a negative outlook, to Aa2, with a stable outlook. While Moody’s generally gave good marks to the Milwaukee officials handling of city finances, the agency raised concerns about the long-term future of the Milwaukee’s tax-base and cuts to state revenue directed to the city. Deputy Comptroller Mike Daun said the downgrade was not expected to significantly impact the interest rates of city bonds. Milwaukee’s AA rating with Standard & Poor’s Ratings Services did not change.
Secret Sandburg garden exposed on campus UWM Restaurant Operations works with the Plant & Garden Club to grow food in a new garden south of Sandburg East Tower that will go into Sandburg Café menu
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Have you ever wondered where the tomato was grown that you were smacking your lips on in the Sandburg Café? Three hidden gardens dot UWMilwaukee’s campus, growing much of the produce used at Sandburg. On Thursday, April 19, the Sandburg garden was mapped with blasts of neon orange spray paint; it was the official groundbreaking. Despite the cold breeze and wet soil, volunteers and organizers put shovels to dirt to make it happen. UWM’s Environmental Sustainability Coordinator Kate Nelson was among the pack of about five present, looking with high spirits for the Sandburg greenery and community garden. “Students are going to be able to look down from the café and say ‘I got that from down there!’” Nelson said. The UWM alumnus was dropping plum, hazelnut and apricot trees into the soil for a fresh harvest in the fall. The garden is tucked away south of the Sandburg East tower, where café diners and residents can have an open view of the blooms. For the adventurous scenic walkers, memorial pathways will be constructed around the garden that leads to the Klostche Center. Nelson says a community garden will be developed and ready for picking this fall as well. “That means anyone can come pick a strawberry for a snack,” Nelson said. She added that a pumpkin patch, herbs and berries may be added to the shared garden. UWM Restaurant Operations administrators said they are in support of Nelson’s Food & Garden Club, which carries with it the spirit of UWM’s green initiatives. “It just makes sense,” Residential Food Service Manager Matt Powers said. Powers says the rooftop garden was a huge success, but has limited growing space. That is where the campus gets its supply of herbs, peppers and lettuce. Powers says he wants to use the Sandburg garden to grow more of a variety and integrate the ingredients and produce into the menu at Sandburg Café.
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“This is a great opportunity to bring the community together with Restaurant Operations,” Powers said. Powers said that Madison, for example, defines local as anything grown in a twenty-mile radius around the city. However, for UWM Restaurant Operations, local is anything grown in Wisconsin. Powers gives a LOCAL seal on the menu and products for items that are, by their definition, local: Living, Operating, Consuming, Acquiring, Locally. The seal also means that the main ingredient in any house prepared items must be from a Wisconsin company or farm. “We need to educate students as well as our own employees on why we do what we do,” Powers said. Restaurant Operations also uses a water system that adds ozone into the water, helping destroy bacteria. These gardens provide for our campus and community, but Nelson said that the club’s volunteers help make the final goal achievable. “[Volunteers] are students who want to learn about gardening and support local food,” Nelson said. “Many students want to learn about sustainability, but don’t know where to get involved. Food tends be a gateway to sustainability.” Danielle Goodrich, UWM senior, is double majoring in architecture and conservation and environmental sciences. She said she became involved with the garden club because of a competition that was proposed last fall to help design the Sandburg garden. Goodrich said she jumped at the opportunity and volunteered to help in that competition with three other students creating the design. Goodrich says she will be helping with the process of the Sandburg garden and will probably help with future projects while at UWM. “I think it’s a really cool idea and I hope it does go further to help get students involved,” she said. In the end, Powers describes the recycling and going green movement as “an effort of Restaurant Operations as a whole.” Both Powers and Nelson appear excited of that fact that we can grow, distribute and recycle what we need on campus, and the lengths that UWM has accomplished thus far. To volunteer, email knelson6@uwm. edu.
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Peregrine falcons nest on campus once again
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Peregrine falcons are once again making UW-Milwaukee their home and are getting a little help from administrators on their perch atop the Engineering and Mathematical Sciences Building. Peregrine falcons are an endangered species and UWM was the only UW school with a nest, until UWOshkosh produced a successful nest last spring. According to Laboratory and Greenhouse Manager Thomas Schuck, there have been four eggs every year they have monitored the falcons. “There are four eggs this year and that’s probably all we’ll have,” Schuck said. “That’s what we’ve had for the past two years…we hatched out eight chicks so far and hopefully we’re going to hatch out four more this year.” The pair of falcons nesting on top of UWM’s EMS Building are cur-
rently incubating the four eggs. These eggs were laid between March 30 and April 5. Since the incubation period for falcons is approximately 33 days, the baby falcons, known as eyases, should be hatching before the end of the semester. Students should be on the lookout for increased activity when the parents begin to hunt for food for the little ones. “These are not controlled environments, things happen,” Shuck said. “The eggs may not hatch or there may be problems even after they’ve hatched. The chicks might not survive, but we are hoping that we will get four chicks to fledge.” The Department of Biological Sciences and UWM’s Information Technology Services have set up a webcam that shows up-to-date pictures as well as a time-lapse of the video. In 2008, the team built a special nest box for the repeat visitors, where the webcam can easily keep watch on the happy families. “The falcons were actually present
on campus for a year or two,” Schuck said. “And one of the local birders and coordinator for the falcon recovery program noticed that they were on campus and contacted us to see if we would be interested in building a nest box.” The nest currently resides on the southeast portion of the roof and access is restricted. A sign on the door to the roof reads “peregrine falcons actively defend this area: take proper precautions: hard hat, face shield, coat, gloves, broom.” Bird enthusiasts should remember to leave the falcons alone as any disturbances might cause them to flee campus. Falcons are defensive hunters and do not take kindly to trespassers. According to Schuck, everyone who handles the birds needs to have special permits and training. The website www.uwm.edu/letsci/ biologicalsciences/falcon/ has links to reports on the UWM falcons from 2008 and on, as well as information regarding the breed and to the webcam.
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new project this summer. Thompson said that the training he received at Milwaukee prepared him to solo produce a film in ways that other film schools would have failed. “In places like New York and LA, schools teach you how to master screenwriting or lighting and editing,” Thompson said. “But in Milwaukee, you learn how to do everything equally as well and that really makes a difference.” In his time at UWM, Thompson also conveyed the importance of the support that came from a strong faculty and creative student body. Though he pointed to the film department’s Rob Danielson, Dick Blau and Iverson White as being extremely influential, Thompson said that meeting fellow student Michael Vollmann carried a different significance in his work. “In class he always made the best projects and I looked to him for help,” Thompson said. Though Vollmann moved out to LA upon graduation, the mentoring did not stop. “When I started working on Jeff, I called him to ask for help on shooting the film. He
agreed to come back if I bought him a plane ticket.” Vollmann was convinced to stay in Milwaukee and he currently works as an editor for Aboutface Media, a Milwaukee company. The two have maintained a friendship and meet on a somewhat regular basis, Thompson said. As for Thompson, he has remained in contact with faculty from the film department and accepted invitations to come in and speak to current students in the program. Yeo said that this makes a significant impact on those studying film as his recent graduation provides a certain familiarity factor to the subject matter. Thompson’s recruitment of local actors and staff in making Jeff was also an example of Yeo’s emphasized receptiveness from the community and alumni. “I think the secret to our success is that this is a very receptive community,” Yeo said. “There’s a tangible continuum between the department and the community that’s responsible for the upsurge in activity professionally.”
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Thompson, a 2006 film school alumnus, utilized the connections made through internships and the program’s curriculum before venturing out to start his own project. Jeff, a documentary produced by Thompson focusing on the lives of people in Milwaukee surrounding Jeffrey Dahmer, premiered at South by Southwest (SXSW) in the documentary competition in Austin on March 10, 12 and 15. While the entire film was produced on a low budget between grants (winner of the Mary L. Nohl Fund Fellowships for Individual Artists award), fundraising (kickstarter.com) and personal finances, Thompson said that seeing his final product in a large audience screening was an experience like no other. He also added that a majority of the film’s editing was completed during his Megabus trips in the time where he was working a full time job in Milwaukee and living in Chicago. Jeff is currently in its theatrical run while traveling to cities like Toronto and Boston, though Thompson shared plans of starting a
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New York, Los Angeles and even France have been long established as home to the premier film schools of the world. Somewhere in the mix, yet very much a part of the picture is Milwaukee. The Peck School of the Arts at UW-Milwaukee offers one of the top bachelors programs in the world in their film and video game production as well as a leading masters program for film and video production. Though Wisconsin is not naturally a hot spot for prospective screen writers and film directors, film department chair Rob Yeo said that the program has utilized its resources to its fullest ability since its birth in 1978 to become a desirable location for training in the industry. “We realize we can’t do everything,” Yeo said. “We also realized that we’re not in LA or New York or even Chicago, but we designed the program to make the most of where we’re located.” Yeo said that tapping into international connections by keeping up to date with what’s going on around the world has propelled the program to new lengths. Most recently, those lengths have been recognized both by prospective incoming film students and the media. In 2011, The Hollywood Reporter composed a list of the top 25 film schools in the entire world. UWMilwaukee ranked number 20 on the list, and ever since, Yeo said that the attention put on the program has translated into tangible figures. “We’re currently experiencing a 30 percent increase in student interest [for the film school] through fall,” Yeo said. “We’re also anticipating an expansion of the program and we have an idea that it will continue on from
that as well.” The expansion will particularly affect the animation department. Animation is an area of study where UWM is in the process of designing a new degree for, as close connections with MATC have been developed in hopes of offering a joint program for the field. While the faculty and administrative staff have had to prepare to embrace a large incoming student body and an addition of new degrees, the overall objectives for the coursework remain the same. Yeo recognized film as being a discipline that is uncommon in most institutions, yet he said that at UWM’s film program, the mission is to have students create new work that is unique to the individual in practice. In such, a strong emphasis is placed on the faculty to engage hands on with their students, especially during the process of evaluating undergraduate portfolios. “When students go through their portfolio review process, the work is looked at by each faculty member over the course of two full days as we look over every minute of every project,” Yeo said. While every student might not pass the mandatory review, Yeo said that no one in the program is abandoned. “We feel very committed to every student.” Commitment and dedication have resulted in not only high rankings for the program, but more importantly, it has generated successful graduates. Yeo said that upon graduating, a significant number of UWM film students will go on to hold a position in the industry, whether it be working in production studies or self producing. Eric Becker, an alumnus from the 1980s, went on to found Epic Creative, the largest creative production company in the state, while film makers like Chris Thompson have found their own success in producing their own films.
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Continued from page 1 officials are asking, including Presidentelect Daniel Laughland. “They have a lot of motivated people and are very good at organizing conferences, but I’m not convinced that they’re an effective political lobby,” Laughland said via email. “They remind me of the SA at times, where we have lots of people who want to get involved but nothing in particular for them to work on.” Next to Madison, UWM is the second largest source of funding for the organization, providing an estimated $101, 807 in mandatory refundable fees in fiscal year 2011-2012, according to UC’s website. UWM students pay $3 in membership dues every semester to remain a part of UC. The fee is refundable for students who wish not to participate and every two years the decision to remain a part of UC is voted on by student referendum. UWM has had a rocky past with UC, voting against paying dues in 2008, but remaining due to a technicality, leaving the organization in 2009 and then returning in 2010. Currently, 21 of 26 UW System campuses fund the organization, with 150,000 students considered dues-paying members, according to the organization’s website. The outgoing SA administration has had close ties to UC, largely the result of President Angela Lang and Vice President Sana Khan’s previous participation in the organization. Lang, alongside Khan, served as a research caucus representative on the board of directors from July 2011 to February 2012. She had previously worked with the organization on voter turnout and diversity issues. The board of directors, composed of students from various UW System univer-
Post infographic created by Cathylynne Ahlgren sities, is the guiding light of the organization, deciding what issues UC staff will focus on in the upcoming year. Lang said she became involved in UC because it offered her an opportunity to organize on a state-wide level and lobby on behalf of student rights.“We are such big colleges,” Lang said, about UWMilwaukee and Madison, “But we don’t necessarily talk about higher education as a whole. The only time we talk about it is, maybe about tuition, but even then UWM isn’t always an active participant in keeping tuition down and doing, either direct actions, or protests or lobbying the Capitol on higher education issues.” Outgoing Sen. Matthew Rosner ran for and won the board seat vacated by Lang in February. He said he had little prior involvement with UC before running for the seat, but decided to go for it at the president’s suggestion. At the last convention, the Building Unity Conference held at UWM in April, Rosner said he tried to raise issues about people with disabilities. “I am happy I gave them a sense of awareness about it,” Rosner said. “They are thinking about giving it a caucus space for students with disabilities to identify themselves … that might be a future building unity conference.” Unfortunately, UWM student participation was lacking at the Building Unity Conference, with only eight to ten Milwaukee students in attendance, Lang said. The president chastised senators at the April 15 legislative session for their lack of participation in event, particularly in light of the recent scandals plaguing SA. Sen. Jesse Brown, who did not attend the most recent conference but has attended ones in the past, said that he did not really see the benefit of them. “It seemed very unfocused and it seemed like, they were kind of like, ‘What
do you want us to help you with,’ and that is all they would ask…” Brown said. “It was just a whole weekend of, “‘How can we help you,’ and then there were no results.” Brown did say that the increased presence of field organizer Nneka Akubeze at UWM has helped. Akubeze works at UWM, UW-Waukesha and UW-Parkside. “I am really starting to see that there are some things in UC that are helpful to students,” Brown said. Laughland is less sure. While he appreciates the increased communication between campuses provided by UC, he feels the benefit provided by hearing from other students at other universities is underserved. “The most interesting topics at their conventions are never the keynotes or headliners; it’s in the little things you learn from your fellow representatives,” Laughland said. “We pay an awful lot of money for those conventions, and I would like to see more information that we can bring back to campus and act on locally.” Furthermore, the incoming president said he is skeptical that any amount of lobbying could really have an impact on the state level given the current climate of Wisconsin politics. “… I don’t know if it’s worth spending any money on lobbying or protests when we know that’s not going to go anywhere,” Laughland said. “Even if we did have a student-friendly state government, does it really take $140,000 from UWM, along with however many hundreds of thousands more from the rest of the System, to get that message across?” Lang said she has heard these concerns before. “I always tell people that UC is what you make of it,” Lang said. “You only get the benefits if you seek out the resources.”
MOHAMMAD S. ALAM Since May 2001, Alam has been chair in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of South Alabama. According to his curriculum vitae, his achievements there include: increasing the total number of ECE faculty by 90 percent, introducing a pre-med option in the degree program, adding four new research laboratories using external funding and forming an ECE Industrial Advisory Board to assist in the continuous refinement of academic programs. Alam can be seen during his UWM visit on April 25 and 26. ANDREW T. HSU 2012 marks Hsu’s second year as associate vice president for Research and Dean of the Graduate School at Wright State University in Ohio. According to his curriculum vitae, Hsu has implemented successful graduate school strategic planning, worked with upper administration to streamline and balance budgets and helped to revise the faculty
Continued from page 1 film The Flying Scotsman this Thursday, and offers outdoor equipment for students to rent, ranging from camping supplies, like tents and cooking gear, to volleyball and badminton game sets. Schulz, the UBike coordinator, and two other mechanics maintain 75 bikes that are loaned to students for a semester at a time. In an email, Schulz explained that the program was designed to help alleviate parking issues on campus and encourage bicycling over driving. He and fellow Adventure Center employee Megan Wolf, led the trip even though neither of them had ever been whitewater rafting before. “What’s really cool is that it’s set up so that trip leaders and employees can actually do the trips that they’ve never done before,” explained Schulz. “So it’s both a leading experience for them but also a learning experience for them as well.” There as representatives of the Adventure Center, Wolf explained that our guides, Kosir’s Rapid Rafts Inc., would lead the trip and that she and Schulz would just be like other members of the group. “If we were just given tubes to go down the river by ourselves, then I’d be really scared,” she said. Despite having guides, even Wolf ’s face became ashen along with the rest of the first-timers, when we learned that we would be in small rafts by ourselves instead of the large group rafts we had envisioned, which would have gotten caught too easily on the exposed rocks of the unseasonably low river. Chicago, clearly enjoying himself, had a singular ability to make us laugh while adding to the tension. As he coached us on
constitution to better reflect the needs of the campus community. In addition, Hsu’s fundraising efforts have resulted in over $200,000 of philanthropic contributions. Hsu will be speaking at UWM April 16 and 17. BRETT A. PETERS Presently, Peters serves as professor of the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering at Texas A&M University. According to his curriculum vitae, Peters is responsible for improvements in both undergraduate and graduate programs, including overall diversity particularly with female students. Along with increasing revenue to the department of engineering by over $250,000 per year, Peters has also helped raise $3 million in endowed funds including a Chair, Faculty Fellowships, Scholarships and Excellence Funds. Peters is on campus April 17 and 18. BEHROOZ A. SHIRAZI Shirazi is the Huie-Rogers endowed chair professor and director for the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at Washington State University. According to his curriculum vitae, since 2005 Shirazi has helped to increase in annual research expenditures by 140 percent, as well as increase in the number of graduate students from 113 to 177. Shirazi will be on campus April 23 and 24. The finalists’ complete curriculums vitae are hosted on UWM’s website, and webcasts of their on-campus presentations will be available. how to steer our rafts, we heard a distant crackle that sounded distinctly like the discharge of an automatic rifle, to which he simply responded, “let’s hope we don’t run into him.” Although low water level made the rapids easier for beginners, fellow rafter and first-year architecture student Steven Pilon and I spent the first 30 minutes of the trip together on the river in a frustrating cycle of one passing the other then getting caught on a rock and being passed, at one point agreeing that it might be faster to walk the river than raft it. “The river was a lot calmer and tamer, [but we] ended up getting stuck on a lot more rocks,” explained Ryan Falk, a graduate student and veteran of last year’s whitewater rafting trip. “Last year, all the rapids were much faster, taller, crazier, everything.” Things picked up when we moved into more challenging rapids including “fivefoot falls” and the quick and exhilarating “horserace rapids.” Towards the end, Chicago convinced some of us to go down a rapid backwards (myself included), telling a bogus story of the great flood of ‘68 had left barbed wire in the rapid, which would deflate our rafts if we went over it facing forward. In the end, only about a quarter of the group fell out of their rafts on the river as opposed to the three-quarters who capsized in last year’s trip, Falk told me. Maryam Abarnirooee, also a graduate student at UWM, fell out of her raft twice, one of those times because I blunderingly attempted to help get loose of a rock she was caught on. “Even though I fell into the water, it was fun,” she said. Before the end of the semester, the Adventure Center will host a spelunking trip this Saturday, April 28, for $15 per student.
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Jordan Guth closing the door for Panther baseball
Guth settling into his role with the Panthers By Nolan Murphy Staff Writer email@example.com
Three years ago, junior right-hander Jordan Guth came to Milwaukee not knowing what his role would be for the Panther pitching staff. Thirty-six games into the 2012 campaign, Guth had become accustomed to closing the deal for UW-Milwaukee. Guth has become a solid addition to the Panther bullpen in 2012 with a team leading three saves to go along with a 1.6 strikeouts to walk ratio. “Not having a weekly routine has really shaped how I have prepared, and concentrating on just doing my job for one or two innings, have been the biggest transition from a weekend starter to relief pitcher,” Guth said. In 2011, Guth was primarily a
starter for UWM taking the mound for 15 starts, with 55 strikeouts in 62.1 innings of work. Guth was named All-Mississippi Valley Conference Second Team as a senior and lead Onalaska High School to a 24-4 record, losing in the sectional final to Middleton High School near Madison. “I was looking forward to being a starter here, but being moved to closer has now given me the opportunity to pitch in more games and lets me have an effect in each game for our team,” Guth said. UWM’s team goal for the rest of the season is to get better every day, Guth said, and winning the conference tournament in Chicago and advance to an NCAA regional game. A player that Guth looks up to is Cy Young Award winning pitcher Roy
Halladay because of his work ethic and presence on the mound. Contrary to that though, most of Guth’s UWM teammates feel his game is similar to Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Doug Fister. “He goes after hitters with good velocity and his high arm slot leads to a downhill angle,” catcher Drew Pearson said. With 16 games remaining in the regular season, Guth along with many other UWM players will put their Major League Baseball aspirations away for the time being. Getting a conference title and returning to the NCAA tournament is the main goal for this 2012 Panther team.
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Several Panthers place high at renowned Kansas Relays By Erika Hanson Staff Writer firstname.lastname@example.org The UW-Milwaukee track and field team travelled to Lawrence, Kan. this past weekend to compete at the 85th annual Kansas Relays. The field consisted of teams of all divisions from all across the country, and boasted invitational races featuring many of the sport’s professional athletes. The Panthers kicked off Wednesday with the multi-events. Redshirt junior Shelby Schaal obliterated the school record and won the heptathlon. She now stands in the nation’s top 30 competitors in the event. As the weekend progressed, more athletes added to her success by grabbing medals in
their designated events. “It was arguably the best showing we’ve had at the Kansas Relays in years,” coach Pete Corfeld said. “I’m really proud of the team. They went after it and in turn, got to bring home some pretty awesome hardware and bragging rights.” The women’s 4x800m relay of Erika Hanson, Kristi Schuette, Sammy Woller and Lauren Grant took home the coveted KU first place trophy. Schaal, who was supposed to be the fourth leg to the group, was exhausted after her triumph in the heptathlon. Grant, a sophomore 400m runner who had never run an 800m, was asked to step up and take Schaal’s position. Grant paced herself off of the field and anchored the relay, crossing the line in 9:20.90.
Durell Busby had yet another fantastic weekend, breaking his own school record in the 400mh with a lightning-speed time of 13.90. He now stands top 20 in the nation. As his momentum built over each hurdle, Busby blew past the competition and flashed his Milwaukee jersey at the camera as he walked away with a victory. Many more athletes placed well over the weekend, including the men’s and women’s DMRs, the men’s 4x800m relay, Samia Taylor in the triple jump, Calanetta Burrows in the 400mh, Jake Spaciel in the 800m and Jake Reilly in the 1500m.
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R.E.S.P.E.C.T. Team building has brought Panthers’ tennis back in the limelight
By Tony Atkins Assistant Sports Editor email@example.com Resilience, endurance, skill, perseverance, ethics, capability and talent: all character traits and adjectives that any coach would love to have in the players that they coach throughout their career. When UW-Milwaukee brought on Sean McInerney during the 2009-10 campaign, he was given the daunting task to right the ship within the frail women’s tennis program. He knew that he was walking into a difficult situation and it was going to take time to get this program back on its feet. In 2006, Robin Fuchs, formerly of the UWM Post, published an article entitled, “The Forgotten Program” that accurately mentioned the woes of the Panther program over the past couple of years. She mentions the lack of work ethic, talent and drive discovered by McInerney and fueled the fire for his drive to turn around the program. “I remember seeing that story and thinking ‘I’m going to make sure that this is no longer a forgotten program,” McInerney recalled. But what McInerney didn’t know was that the program would rise up as fast as it did. Coming from a 9-65 record during the tenure of three coaches from the 2001-06 seasons, Panther tennis now sits third in the Horizon League standings with a 13-8 (6-2 HL) record after years of lurking at the bottom of the conference. “I honestly didn’t expect this team to get there this fast. We still have some work to do if we plan on becoming the best team in the Horizon League but we are taking great steps in the right direction. To be top three in the conference after two seasons definitely exceeds the four year plan I came in with,” McInerney said. After coming into the program back in 2009, McInerney noticed the morale amongst the players within the program and the lack of support for each other was the core of the problem. If this program were to turn over a new leaf on
and off the court, they needed to show support and respect to one another. “There is not a single thing more important to me as a coach. To have a group of young women that had the right mix of personalities and genuinely care for one another on and off the court was definitely a big thing for this program,” McInerney said. “One thing about this group now is that they genuinely want each other to be successful and it showed.” Ridding the program of the negative atmosphere and creating a more cohesive environment with players that respected one another spilled onto the court this year as it translated into victories. Some of the players even head out to other UWM athletics events together to support other teams now. Freshman Chelsea Bailey is almost finished with her first year as a Panther within this program. She mentioned how her first tour of duty as a Panther was right for her. “I am really happy to know that coming here was everything that I expected it to be. On a team where there are so many different personalities, it’s nice to have people that are really respectful and supportive of you all the time from the tennis court to the classroom,” Bailey said. “Each and every match was a learning experience for me my first year, and I will do the same next year to our next group of freshmen.” Now that the Panthers are near the top of the Horizon League, this is no time to let up. UI-Chicago is still the top team in the Horizon League. Perhaps R.E.S.P.E.C.T. is what was missing within the tennis program for all of those years: resilience, endurance, skill, perseverance, ethics, capability and talent. But for now, this team is in contention for the Horizon League crown.
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Dominating singles play becomes signature By Zack Garhart Staff Writer firstname.lastname@example.org
Last Saturday, the UW-Milwaukee women’s tennis team outplayed the University of Detroit in their final regular season matchup to finish out the season with a 6-2 record against conference opponents. In beating the University of Detroit 7-0, the Panthers solidified their position for the Horizon League Championship Tournament as the third seed and capped off one of the best seasons in school history. The dominating win came two days after a pivotal conference showdown against UI-Chicago in which the Panthers fell short. “UIC was tough so it was nice to get back out on the court and win 7-0,” coach Sean McInerney said following the win over Detroit. “That’s a great win and I’m proud of these girls.” During the team’s doubles play, Milwaukee won two out of the three sets to capture the doubles point. On the third court
in doubles play, senior Megan Gow battled in her final home collegiate match and came out with a win. Gow said that the team came out looking to bounce back from the tough loss to UIC. She also displayed a bittersweet feeling for the looming end of her career as a Panther. “I’m kind of excited but also sad to be done,” Gow said. “With today being over, I still know that we have next weekend that will give us a chance to prove how good we really are.” Both the team and McInerney conveyed the importance of carrying success from the win over Detroit into the tournament. The Panthers will look to capitalize on its current streak of 18-straight singles match wins against quality teams in Wright State, Butler and Detroit. The momentum heading into the first conference tournament matchup will be favoring Milwaukee as they look to play Detroit in a rematch. Freshmen Christina Colarossi swept her competition on the third singles court after setting the school record for most all time
doubles wins with junior Maddy Soule. The win had a number of implications for Colarossi - being from Detroit she said that she came into the match looking to win. In beating their opponent decisively, Colarossi said that the team can use it as momentum heading into the post season. “We wanted to solidify the fact that they have no chance of beating us next week,” Colarossi said. “It’s really important to have that momentum going into the tournament.” With a recent program turnaround under McInerney combined with a strong recruiting base, Milwaukee no longer prepares to play as the underdog. Rather, the Panthers now find themselves playing in the conference tournament championship under the highest seed in school history and doing it all with a relatively young squad. “We like playing as the underdog, but we’ve wanted to prove that we’re one of the best teams in the Horizon League,” McInerney said. “I think we’ve done that and now it’s time to see how we handle success.”
The Green Bay Packers’ 2012 schedule was released and there are some interesting games that stand out By Mitch Pratt Staff Writer email@example.com The Green Bay Packers’ 2012 schedule was released by the NFL this past Tuesday and, as expected, there are several potential big matchups that lay throughout it. You’ll see the familiar division foes, as well as some not-so-familiar opponents like the teams that inhabit the AFC South as the Packers will be facing that division along with the NFC West. Many things stand out from the 17 week schedule, but one of the things that catches the eye with the Packers’ schedule is that they have a few tests right away in September. Luckily for Green Bay, three of the four tilts in September are at home. They’ll kick off the year on Sunday, Sept. 9 facing the reigning NFC West champions, the San Francisco 49ers, at Lambeau Field. That could be a challenge for the Packers as the 49ers have arguably the best rushing attack in the game and the Packers’ rush defense from a year ago took a step back from its 2010 Super Bowl winning form. The Packers will then face the division rival Chicago Bears on a Thursday night at home in Week 2. Division games are always an important matchup for any team and there is hardly a better rivalry in the NFL than Packers-Bears. For Week 3, they head to Seattle where they’ll face former Aaron Rodgers understudy, Matt Flynn, who left via free agency this offseason after four years in Green Bay. Flynn hasn’t been named the starter in Seattle but the writing is on the wall given the contract that he signed with the Seahawks. In Week 4 we see one of the better matchups of the year in the entire league. The Pack will welcome Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints to Green Bay in a showdown of two of the best quarterbacks on the planet. Let us not forget the offseason that the Saints have experienced with “Bountygate” fall out. The Packers will then hit the road for three straight (one of two teams in the NFL with a three game road trip in their schedule) when they go to
Indianapolis, Houston and St. Louis. Three games against non-divisional opponents that, although winnable, the Packers will have to fight through to maintain their aspirations of repeating as NFC North champions. The team will return home for two more games against the Jacksonville Jaguars and the Arizona Cardinals before their Week 10 bye. After the bye week, the Packers will look to begin their stretch run in which they’ll face several division foes. They’ll see the Detroit Lions twice, the Minnesota Vikings twice and the Bears for the second and final time. This is really the most critical time in the Packers’ schedule, assuming they are right in the
“One of the things that catches the eye with the Packers’ schedule is that they have a few tests right away in September.”
thick of the competition for the NFC North crown. Late season division victories carry the most weight and can also be the most crushing defeats. Many could see the Packers winning 11 games, but as with any NFL team, you will have to give or take two victories. There are too many factors that can affect a season, but barring serious injury (or overall poor play), the Packers should be considered the favorites in the NFC North at this point in time. Outside of the division, there aren’t that many really outstanding opponents standing the Packers’ way in 2012. Who knows? If all goes well, they could contend for much more than a division crown and may find themselves in New Orleans come February.
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Fringe digs through the racks Record Store Day, the annual celebration of actually buying physical copies of music released by record labels instead of torrenting the daylights out of everything, was this last Saturday, April 21. To celebrate the holiday, as well as participate in a day that’s rapidly becoming a huge deal among music fans, and might single-handedly be keeping many record stores afloat, the Post sent out three deal-hawking writers to find the most interesting things they could possibly find among the towering stacks and endless rows that dot our valuable local music dealers. However, musicbuying doesn’t necessarily need to be limited to just one day of the year. Be sure to visit our many local record stores as often as possible, and see if you can’t one-up our awesome and rare finds. Kevin Kaber I admit it, I never have gotten into record store culture (read: spent half of my life on the Internet), so when I got to one I get just as lost as overwhelmed. When I ended up leaving Exclusive Co., I left with an assortment of media costing well over my budget. The first thing to catch my eye was a repress of Biz Markie’s 1989 The Biz Never Sleeps. Biz is just awesome. Having only a short run in with mass appeal with the album’s hit, “Just a Friend,” the Biz faded away. Luckily, he’s still around every corner with appearances all over VH1, Adventure Time, and that one episode of The Andy Milonakis Show. Personally, I’ve delved only lightly with the Biz, I’ve never given him a solid listen, so what better a time to buy his opus. Yes, I will listen to it on the porch a la It’s Always Sunny. Right next to the Biz was the Beastie Boys, which reminded me that I had lent out and never got back their concert DVD, Awesome: I Fucking Shot That! Filmed by 50 audience members at a packed Madison Square Garden show, this DVD is an incredible showcase of editing hours of random footage, during an unbelievable performance. As is always with the Beastie Boys, there’s plenty of quirk: a genius short film is included as a special feature (starring David Cross as Nathaniel Hornblower) and some audience camera person was lucky to film Ben Stiller in the crowd rapping every word of the entire concert. Watch it, it’s just so great. Lastly, I bought the Yellow Ostrich album everybody’s talking about. Strange Land is an interesting combination of alternative, ambience and pop. It’s a fairly good listen and definitely memorable, drawing influences from The Format, Ben Folds and so on. I also bought it because I went to school with the lead vocalist, Alex Schaaf. We went on a field trip to a regional spelling bee competition once and his dad is on my dad’s bowling team. [Oh wow that’s real cool – Ed.]
Steven Franz Record Stores offer an absolute wealth of used albums, both vinyl and plastic, for sometimes shockingly cheap prices. Case in point: a well-preserved copy of Madonna’s 1984 classic Like a Virgin, just the second album she ever released, for less than two dollars at The Exclusive Company. It was hidden in the bin at the front of the store devoted to recently-acquired used albums (also available: a $30 used copy of Hüsker Dü’s Zen Arcade, which I shockingly didn’t buy), which also boasted The Bangles’ Different Light, the album most famous for the cheesy hit “Walk Like an Egyptian,” for a similar price. (That one I bought.) Despite the seven different used vinyl records I acquired at both the Exclusive Company and Bullseye Records on Record Store Day, my most prized acquisition is the 1996 Wesley Willis classic Feel the Power, bought for $6.99 at Bullseye Records. Willis might require some context: he was a paranoid schizophrenic, first of all, and also gigantically fat, two facts he regularly referenced in his music. (“I’m Sorry That I Got Fat,” for instance, was a song he recorded with his band, The Wesley Willis Fiasco.) He also had a callus in the middle of his forehead from headbutting people, which was to him a greeting and a sign of respect. His songs, especially the solo material he recorded on his Technics KN keyboards, were absurdly silly things that many fans revere for their sly genius. Feel the Power is like this. Willis is both self-deprecating and culturally self-aware on the album; songs include “Shoot Me in the Ass,” “Jello Biafra” and “Scream, Dracula, Scream,” the latter of which was a popular expression of Wesley’s. Unfortunately, Willis died of leukemia in 2004, but his memory lives on through his CDs, one of which I’m happy to say I now own. Graham Marlowe Mike Pickering - Steel Mill Blues (1982) “Drinking Blatz makes me want to work in a steel mill,” a Milwaukee friend of mine once said. Given the political turmoil spanning all of Wisconsin at the moment, it was laugh-out-loud ironic to find this gem of a 45” tucked away in the Exclusive Company’s $0.25 bin next to Michael Jackson’s super-single “We Are the World.” This United Steelworkers of America-financed single comes from western Pennsylvania, when back in ‘82 the 18-year-old Mike Pickering “ just wanted to cheer up his laid-off ” back in ‘82 after the shutdown of a mill in Midland, Pa. Proceeds of all sales went directly to unemployed steelworker foodbanks, but with stanzas like this – “I used to wear my hard hat / With so much dignity inside” – its humorously blue-collar stencil cover art alone makes it worth owning.
Striking gold on Record Store Day
Post photo by Sierra Riesberg Various Artists - Hotels, Motels, and Road Shows (1978) For no other reason than its illustration of the pitch-perfect sleaze of ‘70s music marketing in America, this compilation thinks as much like the Southern rockers on its track listing as it does a record exec in need of a good sales pitch. Stellar as it is, this
Swinging at Gallery Night
MAM After Dark kicks off the citywide art celebration
By Steven Franz Fringe Editor firstname.lastname@example.org
It was a raucous kickoff to Milwaukee’s Gallery Night and Day last Friday at the Milwaukee Art Museum, as the MAM After Dark event served as an appropriate flagstaff for the citywide celebration of all things related to the visual arts. Dozens of local venues opened their doors to art patrons, featuring one-day only exhibits that displayed the talents of local painters, graphic designers, sculptors, media artists and other up-and-coming artists, but only the Milwaukee Art Museum used a mass
of people swing dancing to a live band as an accompaniment to its exhibits. MAM After Dark is a monthly event that serves as much as a nightclub or a party as it does an exhibition. Located in the museum’s Calatrava wing – the rest of the exhibits are closed off to the public – the event features music, food, alcohol and a special exhibition of local art open for one night only before the space reverts to its usual use. For only $12 it’s an enticing proposition, one dollar cheaper even than a normal adult ticket during the museum’s general hours. And it features the added bonus of access to the Milwaukee Art Museum’s featured traveling exhibits for no extra charge.
That exhibit, for Gallery Night, happened to be Accidental Genius, a collection of pieces by non-artists and psychological patients who lack traditional art schooling but nonetheless display astonishing talent. The exhibit is from the collection of local businessman Tom Petullo, who accrued his amassment of works over a 30-year period. “It is widely acknowledged that artists traditionally categorized as self-taught have created some of the most compelling works of modern and contemporary art,” the exhibit read in part, a statement that turned out to be more than accurate. There was Scottie Wilson, whose disturbing and intricate drawings of “evils” and “greedies,”
LP anticipated both the dissolution of numerous Southern rock entities into outdated cash cows with fewer and fewer of their original members coming along for the ride as they entered the ‘80s. The artwork draws much of its inspiration from Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap, another band (AC/DC) switching from one memorable incarnation (of
vocalist Bon Scott) to another (that of Brian Johnson). Much of this material was never released in other forms, and by song three you’ll begin to see the Confederate flags in the audience for which this “Rebel Jam” was assembled for. We’d be hard-pressed to find examples of labels reaching their customers so easily today.
almost shapeless devils who tumble over one another, were collected by Pablo Picasso. There was Rosemarie Koczy, whose stark, skeletal drawings of cowering and terrifying human forms were inspired by her own experiences in the Holocaust, many drawn simply on sketchbook pages. And there were the “Gugging Artists,” patients at the Maria Gugging Psychiatric Clinic in Vienna who were encouraged to use art as a form of self-expressive therapy, many of whom displaying immense artistic ability – like Arnold Schmidt, whose minimalist A Person (1988), a black, blue and red figure composed of thickly-painted lines, towered over the rest of the exhibit in both physical presence and sheer excellence. Also on display were the works of students at the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design, a loosely-associated exhibit of multimedia art, sculpture, interactive art, abstract art, fashion, graphic design and self-
reflexive postmodernism. While the exhibit’s description glued the pieces together with the idea of “critical examination of ideas and ways in which media can inform and drive the conceptual framework of the project,” many pieces, like the pictured “A Tribute to My Mother” by Amy Trompeter, were far more personal than that, filtering the art less through media (though some pieces, like a collection of environmentally conscious propaganda posters by MIAD student Derek Hansen, had media firmly in mind) than through personal experience. But regardless, the theme of the night was dancing, and there was surely dancing to be done. The exhibits both were overshadowed by the throng of constantly moving humanity surging beneath the glass-paneled roof of Calatrava’s masterwork, kicking off the Springtime Gallery Night and Day with energy and style, bringing the celebration to the art – and vice versa.
April 23, 2012
Now showing at a From Wisconsin’s soul theater near you A look at what’s to come at UWM’s Union Theatre
By Kevin Kaber Assistant Fringe Editor email@example.com
Surgeons in Heat’s self-titled EP is a catchy work drawn from far-off corners of music in general.
Surgeon in Heat’s self-titled EP is a catchy, without boundaries effort By Kevin Kaber Assistant Fringe Editor firstname.lastname@example.org Not too long ago, a YouTube video surfaced featuring a song by one of Milwaukee’s premiere bands. The video – a collage of random clips of the television program Soul Train – showcased the raw sentiments of Surgeons in Heat. Hearing the song, “The Price,” (featured on the album reviewed here) against the joyous dancing and smiling faces of 1970s African Americans makes for an ironic, if not seamless juxtaposition, as if the afro-sporting Soul Train-ers were in fact listening to the tune. The pseudo-single, if you will, sets the tone for the band’s newly minted self-titled EP. Surgeons in Heat is a bit of a curiosity. On one hand, it’s a tightly produced, poppy work of radio play. On the other, it’s a showcase of soulful vocal talents and bright melodies, and on the third non-existent hand, it could be said to be an unvaried melting
pot of influences. A strong, pulsating rhythm commences the EP – a feature that proliferates the album, warranting a humble listening experience. But going further, there’s plenty more to keep you listening: songs that are instantly memorable, simple, yet hard-hitting melodies of light guitar work, and an affecting voice that really drives the whole thing. Call it pop, call it alternative – it won’t really matter. The Surgeons are in a very narrow genre that more or less transcends countless others, albeit solidifying them within a prim and proper type of pop that is meant or able to sell. Whatever the case, this collection of songs certainly is poppy. It’s hardly possible to walk away from a first listen without at least humming the tunes. But therein lays a fault: the EP is an almost manufactured work of a Wisconsin band. There’s a certain, limited feeling that encompasses it that’s like it’s automatically aiming for the Top 40 or a larger success. But maybe I’m wrong.
Maybe Surgeons in Heat is so littered with accessibility that it not only travels between many genres, but communities as well. It’s obvious that the EP has serious radio potential. Songs like “Can’t Do No Right” and “No One Left” are great; their handsome likings are among the album’s best. Like The Heavy and numerous British bands, Surgeons in Heat have a place in the big picture: they’re obviously talented, well produced and have a slight twang – a laundry list that might make them big eventually. Despite its slight lack of variation, Surgeons in Heat’s EP truly is good. It’s as if the band weren’t working on individual songs as they were working on a 50-ish minute epic. The theme may be humble and the audacity light, but the work is something that dignifies its own friendliness. Surgeons in Heat definitely have a way of doing work and at the same time amassing a listenability that probably disheartens other groups from getting in the game.
The UW-Milwaukee Union Theatre is one of the most notable and diverse movie theaters in the entire country, but it can be easy to overlook, in the context of studies and the day-to-day bustle of the UWM campus. Every week, the staff at the UWM Post provides a brief guide to the theater’s most notable titles, in an effort to encourage students to make the most of this unique and vibrant resource. Safarnameh (Wednesday, 7 p.m.) Manouchehr Safarzadeh’s colorful, vibrant paintings fueled controversy in the aftermath of the Iranian Revolution. Having been expelled from an art school, Safarzadeh’s modernist pieces sway on the side of both tense scrutiny and questioning of the society around him. Under the Iranian government however, the same pieces were viewed as a contradiction to Iran itself, ensuing a battle of words between artist and government. In this eccentric documentary, Safarzadeh, the artist, is examined within the constructs of expression and censorship. This is Not a Film (Thursday, 7 p.m.) But it is a film. Prominent Iranian New Wave filmmaker Jafar Panahi is the focus of this autobiographical documentary.
Panahi, a frequent challenger to the Iranian government over freedom of expression, is seen awaiting an appeal to a far-off conviction of conspiracy of crime and propaganda – a conviction that eventually leads to a six-year sentence in prison and a 20-year ban from filmmaking. In a last-ditch effort, Panahi and a close filmmaking friend begin preserving the last, free creativity of one of Iran’s most important directors in This is Not a Film. Conversely, the film had to be smuggled across the Iran borders in a flash drive concealed in a cake. The Parallax View (Friday, 9 p.m.; Saturday, 7 p.m.; Sunday, 7 p.m.) Director Alan J. Pakula’s 1974 thriller The Parallax View is not only a milestone in his own career, but of American cinema as well. Set on the Pacific Coast, a journalist witnesses the death of a fictitious U.S. senator and presidential candidate. Three years later, she believes that the senator was assassinated, confiding with her friend Frady (Warren Beatty) that all of the witnesses of the assassination have also mysteriously died. Soon after, she mysteriously dies as well. Frady then takes it upon himself to unravel the mystery and ultimately finds himself amidst the enterprise whose sole purpose is political assassination. Pakula’s film is a cinematic work of art and only one third of the director’s Political Paranoia trilogy.
April 23, 2012
Cults take over Turner Hall
Indie pop’s new sound comes to Milwaukee By Patrice Vnuk Staff Writer email@example.com
Slowly, but surely, Turner Hall’s ballroom filled Wednesday night as fans gathered to witness the much-buzzed-about indie pop band Cults. Although the genre “indie pop” seems vague, Manhattan natives Cults embody pretty much the general idea of the term. Fun, quirky, albeit slightly car-commercial-y, it’s hard not to enjoy the lighthearted sound the band produces. The duo, made up of (completely adorable) vocalist Madeline Follin and everyother-instrument Brian Oblivion, rose to indie stardom with the EP Cults 7”, which contained their biggest hit so far, “Go Outside.” Despite being relatively new to the scene, the band has made a name for themselves and garnered positive
nods from critics already. Openers Mrs. Magician warmed up the crowd before England natives Spectrals took the stage. Their lo-fi, surfy and almost American sound was welcomed warmly. Guitarist Deano was arguably the most entertaining part of their set, having no inhibitions about dancing his heart out next to his younger and more “chill” band mates. To clear up some speculation, Spectrals’ singer and creator Louis Jones confirmed that no, Deano isn’t any band member’s funny uncle. Cults came onstage in a dark blur of long black-haired figures in front of a projection of television static. If their image was completely removed from their music, they could easily be classified as a goth rock or witch house band; with a name like “Cults” and their initially mysterious appearance, it’s hard to imagine otherwise. Soon, though, the upbeat chimes of their
bells and Follin’s girly vocals proved quite differently. The band played songs from their EP and self-titled studio album, as well as a cover of Leonard Cohen’s “Everybody Knows.” Follin nailed the high notes during “You Know What I Mean,” and after the song finished, said, “I love that one!” Before the final song, a man dressed in a chicken costume hired (for 75 dollars) by the band came onstage to sing “Happy Birthday” to Cults’ merchandiser. The crowd sang along and, while maybe didn’t sound so great all together, cheered with a vengeance as the show concluded with “Go Outside.” The Wednesday night show brought out a Friday night audience, and Cults’ impressive projection show along with their cool demeanor and dance-pop music can take full responsibility for the full house.
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A familiar kind of light
Spiritualized’s latest high on filler The latest from Spiritualized, Sweet Heart Sweet Light, relies too heavily on the space rockers’ stylistic calling cards. By Graham Marlowe Assistant Fringe Editor firstname.lastname@example.org Drug puns aside, when you’ve had as many near-death experiences as Spiritualized front man Jason Pierce has – including double pneumonia, degenerative liver disease and periorbital cellulitis – your voice tends to soften after two decades’ of raucous neo-psychedelia and sweetly orchestrated, prayer-like pop songs. Of the ‘90s-birthed Britpop camp (The Verve, Oasis, Blur), only a few sustained any post-millennial relevance as cohesive units. Fortunately for us, the English space rockers Spiritualized still enjoy a healthy, commercially viable relationship with the music’s Holy Trinity of sex, drugs and Jesus. Their latest, Sweet Heart Sweet Light, pinpoints just how grateful Pierce (aka J. Spaceman) is for his life after a series of hospital stints leading up to and beyond 2008’s Songs in A&E. With the height of their popularity significantly behind them, there’s a lot of familiar territory on this album – maybe even too much. Unlike Lou Reed or David Bowie throughout the ‘70s and ‘80s, Pierce never got so preoccupied with crusty character pieces that his revolving door of a band could not anchor his aspirations. Pierce’s begging and pleading for salvation is as sincere as ever here, but too much of the album carries the satisfactory-yet-processed taste of a microwaved breakfast burrito. “Hey Jane,” their recent video-single, involves a somewhat bland and fragmented mash-up of the band’s calling cards: long, drawn-out attacks of transcendent trippiness, gospel choirs meshed with overblown guitar and horn-section blasts from outer-space create a joyous cacophony. Except that rehashing the past so recognizably makes it difficult to discern any new goose bumps raised. That is, until
the song’s final third where Sweet Light is no longer so familiar and unchallenging. Blissed-out as they are, the songs occasionally get more breathing room than they need. Never fear, however; our leader always knows how and where to step on the gas pedal (or lower our blood pressure) at the tip of a hat. “Get What You Deserve” provides a pleasing contrast to the predictable theatrics of “Hey Jane,” updating Pierce’s worldview to one more recently optimistic – which is no doubt tamed by the intravenous drip(s) it took to get him through the recording process. “Too Late” and “Little Girl” deliver a bit of cliché – “If you don’t touch the fire, you’ll never get burned”, warns the former. Those who recognize Pierce’s lifelong attraction to various kinds of fire can also appreciate the infectious endorphinrush and forward motion we find in “Get What You Deserve” (a face-melting seven minutes that’s likely directed at memorable nurses), “Headin’ for the Top Now” and “Life is a Problem,” his strongest lyricism in years: “Jesus please be my automobile / Won’t get to heaven unless God’s at the wheel / Send me your chauffeur and I will get in / Jesus please drive me away from my sin” A confrontation of escapism and lost will power, Pierce still sings with conviction in front of towering (and improvisational) musical infrastructures. “I Am What I Am” and “Mary” coast their lyrics on seedy slow-jam funk grooves but offer little else that’s replayable. A lifelong affair with narcotics, recreational and otherwise, suggests that once Pierce comes down from whatever cloud he’s on, we may soon have a new kind of masterpiece on our hands. Like before, the band is most exciting when it’s jaded by its anti-establishment rhetoric, but with their captain noticeably low on personal demons, the change of demeanor can be off-putting.
April 23, 2012
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EDITORIAL The following piece represents the views of the Editorial Board of THE UWM POST. The editorial board is not affiliated with the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee and these views do not represent the views of the university.
Powerful United Council fails to show proven results
Unless UC shows ample evidence that it’s putting our dollars to effective use, UWM should cut ties The United Council of UW System students, which every UW-Milwaukee student is a member of, serves to advocate and organize on students’ behalf. All students at UWM currently pay three dollars to be a member of UC, and the referendum to continue the fee comes up every two years. Approximately $101,800 of UC’s budget comes from UWM, making us the second largest source of funding to the organization. Good or bad, this is a huge investment UWM students make, and it isn’t entirely clear if what we’re getting out of it is worth a hundred grand. The concept of a state lobby group that works on behalf of students is a good one and can be very useful, especially under circumstances such as these when public education is constantly facing budget cuts. The United Council reportedly spent almost $44,000 on lobbying efforts in the 2010 fiscal year. However, any efforts made by the UC in the past few years have clearly been ignored. While the United Council can legitimately take credit in working for the current tuition freeze of all two-year UW System schools, it has only come at the expense of tuition hikes for four year schools such as UWM. Lobbying only makes up a fraction of UC’s $800,000 budget, which is largely amassed from student fees. Entailed in the proclaimed services the United Council provides is “train-
ing and leadership development,” which is provided through regionwide conferences and on-campus events. Specifically, the UC issues “trainings for student governments.” Former UWM Student Association administrations have been
Perhaps our own SA has neglected to seek out these trainings, but with the long history of corruption that continues even through this semester, it’s clear that UWM’s membership in the UC has had no positive effect on our leaders in the student government. big advocates for the United Council and maintaining their funding. It’s difficult to see why, though. Perhaps our own SA has neglected to seek out these trainings, but with the long history of corruption that continues even through this semester, it’s clear that UWM’s membership in the UC has had no positive effect on our leaders in the student government. The most
recent United Council convention at UWM, the “Building Unity” conference held earlier this month, was attended by only 10 students. Regardless of if the conferences were useful or productive, if only a small number of students attend, it’s clearly a waste of our money and the UC’s time. Additionally, it’s not clear that the reimbursements going to pay for SA officials trips for UC events are an effective and efficient use of student fees. It simply isn’t clear if things like the United Council conferences are anything besides professional networking for the students in attendance. The UWM SA has been a complete failure for some time, tuition continues to rise, and there is little to no evidence that United Council has been using our segregated fees to effectively improve the lives of students at UWM. Perhaps it isn’t United Council’s fault, but rather our own ineffective student government that fails to tap into the resources provided. As current SA President Lang said, the UC is what you make of it, and “You only get the benefits if you seek out the resources.” Well it’s clear that we aren’t making UC out to be much of anything, and unless more evidence is shown of the organization’s proven results in their lobbying efforts, it might be time to cut ties.
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In response to ‘Racism: the topic nobody wants to talk about’
I am a white female student here at UWM, and I have recently been speaking up about the issues of racism and inequalities to my friends. However, people really don’t want to hear about it. This is an issue I feel passionately about, and I have been very frustrated and isolated because nobody wants to talk about this sensitive subject. I really liked this article because it makes me realize that I am not alone. The article brings up the point that we need to speak up-every person. If we want equality and justice, we need to communicate with each other. Thank you for publishing this article. Michelle Lewis
A voice for honor students In response to: Another complaint with SA misconduct
The altercation I have had with this officer has solidified my drive to change the Honors College Student Association into a body that represents the voice of the Honors students and continues to do community and service events; except in my vision of the HCSA, the community and service events are done well. The current HCSA has few aspirations, and few checks on their lack of accountability. Taylor Scott
In response to: Did somebody say free healthcare?
Don’t sell a product if you haven’t tried it yourself. I think it’s idiotic to push abstinence on teenagers. What we should be doing is teaching teenagers to make responsible sexual choices and make them aware of the consequences when they fail to do so. Cramming a “sex is bad, wait until marriage” message down the throats of America’s youth does a disservice to them. Sex is not bad. Sex is a wonderful, pleasurable thing that is even better when you’re not struggling to figure things out that a sex education teacher should have taught them in sixth grade. Like it or not, sex is a large part of human existence, and adults can’t afford to be squeamish about it when they’re trying to ensure that young adults are not making bad choices. Don’t like abortion? Maybe if you stopped telling them sex was bad and taught them valuable life skills such as how to properly apply a condom and didn’t start screaming at them when they are in need of an adult’s help to get a morning after pill it wouldn’t be such a big deal. Proper sexual education is not a privilege, and it is not immoral. Those who complain about the decay of American morals are often the very ones causing the problem by denying access to information that would nip the problem in the bud. Faja Klaus
Erika Hanson, Kristi Schuette, Sammy Woller and Lauren Grant combined to win the 4x880 yard relay with a time of 9:20.90, over four seconds in front of the next closest team. Photo courtesy UWM Track Team.
April 23, 2012
Shadowy groups like ALEC poison democracy Concealed Manipulation of the prison system exemplifies corporate disregard for human rights carry laws aren’t the enemy By Brian Holmes Columnist firstname.lastname@example.org
The fact that many Americans are not aware that organizations such as the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) exist or how extensive their influence is over legislation can be directly attributed to the failure of the American media and its commitment to feed the masses a steady diet of mental junk food. What is ALEC? ALEC is a right wing organization that is made up of corporations that have banded together to create a mega-power force contributing money to mostly conservative lawmakers that in turn champion favorable bills for its members. Each company or individual belonging to this organization is required to pay a fee that is used to influence the masses through TV ads and politicians through donations. Some of the corporations involved are household names such as Wal-Mart, United Parcel Service (UPS), Pfizer Inc., Johnson & Johnson and Kraft Foods, to name a very few. Until recently one of ALEC’s nine task forces were known as the Public Safety and Elections Task Force (the Criminal Justice Task Force before 2009). This faction, among other things, has been responsible for profiting from America’s unseen slave labor in the American prison system as well as promoting voter suppression laws. Much has been made of its support for the Voter ID act but the Public Safety and Elections Task Force has also been a supporter and prime benefactor of the prison population explosion. In fact due to the specious war on drugs (that ALEC has championed) the American prison system holds more percentage
of its population behind bars than any other nation on Earth. For many years prison labor for the profit of the private sector was illegal because it was feared that unfair competition would result from the manipulation of cheap labor provided by the prison system. The Public Safety and Elections Task Force has been directly or partially responsible for bypassing this law and championing others such as the Truth in Sentencing bill, Three Strikes law and longer sentences for nonviolent drug offenders. These programs have helped lead to prison overcrowding. ALEC’s answer to this has been to work to privatize parole through the bail bond industry and to privatize prisons for profit. This has been beneficial to the interests of two of its major sponsors: Corrections Corporation of America (CCA) and the Geo Group, which are the principal private prison companies in the nation. Furthermore, it has been uncovered by an In These Times investigation that ALEC arranged secret meetings between Arizona state legislators and the CCA to draft the SB 1070 otherwise known as Arizona’s controversial immigration law. Through this law ALEC has been able to keep CCA prisons stacked with ready immigrant slave labor. While many will argue that “tough on crime laws” ALEC has championed have been in the interest of lowering crime, the laws have done little in that regard and have benefited the bottom line of the organization, which is profit for its members. In some cases, prisoners get paid 20 cents an hour to do jobs that would require anywhere from $8 an hour and up for the average American worker. Having corporate interests in the prison system sets a dangerous precedent for a democracy when it is in the
best interests of those running the prisons and country to have them filled. It would be naive to think that the past “tough on crime” laws championed by ALEC have been with the public interest in mind. That is why most of the meetings with lawmakers are done in secret behind closed doors. Finally after years of cloak and dagger tactics, political activists and watch dog groups have declared a victory albeit a small one. Recently ALEC has announced that it is disbanding its Public Safety and Elections Task Force in favor of “concentrating on economic concerns,” no doubt to further the agenda of the corporations involved in this shady organization. This is mainly due to its support of the Voter ID law as well as Florida’s Stand Your Ground law that has brought recent attention to the shady group. However, ALEC will still continue to meddle in American politics and these companies will continue to profit off of prison populations. Due to this unwanted attention, corporations like McDonalds, Coca-Cola and others have left the organization. However, these companies deserve no heroic status. They have been in bed with ALEC for years buying favorable tax and regulatory policies that benefitted their interests. The most likely reason some of these companies are fleeing now is because, until recently, ALEC was behind the scenes. Now, due to the effort of watch dog groups and political activists, their antics are being exposed. These companies do not want to face consumer backlash for promoting a right wing corporate, political agenda. It’s little more than a publicity stunt and the public should not be fooled. The organizations still boasts eight other task forces in which corporations sit on all eight as chairmen.
While activists have won a small victory, the war will not be won until shadowy organizations like ALEC are disbanded completely and laws are passed to promote public disclosure of contributions by corporations by not allowing these corporations to hide behind names such as ALEC and its many sponsored, so called grassroots political organizations. ALEC is still alive and well, and the manipulation of laws to benefit corporate interests is so deeply imbedded in the American political culture that most people are only starting to become privy to it. The conservative mantra of smaller government benefits the corporate agenda, which is to increase profit by any means necessary with little-to-no oversight. This is not to suggest an allpowerful government but it is in the public interest to have corporate oversight because many corporate interests are lax laws on consumer rights, pollution and the minimum wage. They cannot be trusted to govern themselves. What about the rest of us who have to follow laws? Many have been brought up to believe that this nation is in danger of a “big brother” type government. In the meantime, wealthy corporate interests have snuck in the backdoor and ceased control of our so-called democratic legislative process. The shadowy puppeteers such as ALEC are buying legislation left and right that are not in the best interests of the common citizen but in the interests of their greed and profits. The battle will not be won until oversight is required to limit corporate control of our government and organizations such as ALEC are completely disbanded. The prison system is a prime example of how corporations strive to profit at the expense of human rights.
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
Scrap the whole thing
The UWM Student Association should be terminated completely Two years ago, we were coming to the end of the first year in which the Student Association president was wholly ineffective, and generally knowledgelacking and incompetent. Since then, UW-Milwaukee has had to endure the Burseth administration’s remnants. Those individuals who Jay Burseth mentored or supported have been in control of SA ever since, and what has improved? Nothing. Therefore, it’s ironic for the guy that can be credited with screwing up the organization to now be calling for the SA to be dissolved. And as is par for the course for Burseth, even the manner in which he suggests that the SA be dissolved isn’t correct. First, it is important to have a basic understanding of how things work. Burseth couldn’t manage that when he was in charge, and it’s sad to see he still doesn’t quite get it. For all his complaints about impeachment proceedings against him, he couldn’t ever figure out the “why.” As much as Jay and I may disagree though, I don’t actually disagree with the end result that he, and the editorial board of this newspaper, has advocated in recent weeks: dissolve the Student Association. The SA at one time was an organization whose members took their
roles seriously. It may be beneficial to understand the Wisconsin state statute that delegates to student government its legal responsibilities. Wisconsin Statute 36.09(5) essentially delegates to student government the responsibility to set student fees and have input in policies that impact student life. Realistically, the administration takes every opportunity it can to marginalize student input in policy development. For instance, the committee that sets parking rates for student parking on campus consists of two students and 13 faculty members, even though the student parking rate is clearly student life related. This marginalization of student input leaves one substantive role remaining: the student fee. The power of the purse string is important not only because it deals with the funding of student services, but because it’s more clearly defined in state law as a duty that cannot be infringed upon by university administrators. For the last two years, the low functioning participants in student government have wholly and completely failed to ask the most basic questions, demand the slightest shred of accountability, or even propose the most minor of changes in attempts to push back the manipulation and influence of money
grubbing university administrators who function more as inefficient, lazy, moneyhungry government bureaucrats as opposed to cognizant, student-centered public servants. So if your student government isn’t going to do its job, and has proven utterly incompetent in executing its primary responsibilities of competently and responsibly setting student fees, then honestly, what the hell is the point? On top of not only failing to do what it’s supposed to, you run into office sex scandals, violence through hazing, conspiring to fraudulently usurp democratic processes, sexual assault, using people’s sexual orientation for political points and overt and unabashed racism. Maybe it would be OK with some of you if the SA was just failing to do its job, but then on top of it, all of that? Seriously, someone should justify SA existing. At this point, an attempt at that would be as comical as Bob Saget, who has a show on campus this weekend. And to top it off, last week President Angela Lang, among others in the current inept leadership of the SA, met with the UWM chancellor and voluntarily ceded administrators more direct control and thus influence over the SA. So if SA is now an extension of the administration, there really is no point to it even existing.
So, while I agree with Burseth and the editorial board of the UWM Post on perhaps the desired end result, let’s talk about how you really go about getting it done. Don’t waste time trying to get administrators and the UW System to meddle in SA by replacing its leadership or taking it over or voiding elections or anything else that involves UWM forcing something on SA. They will rally for self-preservation, and it is a legal gray area for the university to do what Burseth suggests. Don’t waste time. Eliminate the problem. The only way to do that is to fight for a change in state law that abolishes Wisconsin State Statute 36.09(5). Take the power away from students. They’ve proven these last two years that they can’t handle it anyway. As educational and beneficial as the experience of being in SA has been for me and many who served with me, and prior to me, it was only so because we cared about what we were doing, whether you agreed with us or not. These kids today couldn’t care less about their duties, and that’s the true root of all of the SA’s issues from Jay Burseth all the way through Angela Lang. Just scrap the whole thing. Don’t try to start over with something new, just end it. Kyle Duerstein is a former Speaker of the Student Association Senate, a graduate of UW-Milwaukee.
The university should take campus safety more seriously By Derek Darwin Allen Columnist email@example.com
Places like Northern Illinois University and Virginia Tech didn’t allow weapons on campus, yet gunmen brought guns to campus. Just because something hasn’t happened here yet, doesn’t mean it won’t. I would bet my bottom dollar that victims in school shootings at places like Virginia Tech never thought it could happen to them. The only thing prohibiting weapons on campus did was ensure that the victims would be helpless. What a lot of anti-gun rhetoric fails to acknowledge is the fact that it isn’t the law abiding that people have to worry about, it is the criminals who, despite what policies are in place, are going to do what they want to do anyway. Campus officials disarm the law abiding citizen, yet fail to do anything themselves to protect the people on campus. There are no metal detectors and no armed security in buildings to ensure that criminals are not carrying weapons into the buildings. It’s not as if a criminal might come to campus to kill people, see a sign on the door that says “no weapons,” turn around and walk back home. In all reality, if someone did want to go on a shooting spree, they would be unopposed. The advancement of weapons such as automatic weapons invites a blood bath. I’m not even sure where this argument fits in with the campus concealed carry debate. It is illegal to concealed carry an AK-47. If someone did bring it to campus, it would most likely be to kill or cause great bodily harm to the other people on campus, in which case they would do whether concealed carry was allowed or not. People are trusted with their weapons nearly everywhere, yet some believe that somehow when a person crosses campus lines, they lose all logic, all ability to control and conduct themselves in a civilized manner. Now I’m not saying the only answer is to allow concealed carry on campus, but without the school taking proper measures to ensure the safety of its students and faculty, what other choice is there? It’s time for the university to decriminalize the right of someone to defend themselves. I don’t accept the argument that the campus has been safe thus far. It only takes one incident and as far as I know, we only get one shot at life. By the time one of these incidents does occur, for the victims of the incident it is already too late.
April 23, 2012
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Maddy Soule looks to return a shot Saturday. UWM won 7-0 over Detroit clinching a No. 3 seed for next weekends league tournamet. Post photo by Sierra Riesberg
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INSTRUCTIONS: Fill in the squares so that every row, every column, and every 3x3 box contains the numbers 1 through 9 exactly once.
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DOWN 1 Mesoamerican civilization 2 Way over there 3 Earring locale 4 Wolves 5 Idles 6 N. American nation 7 Like certain gases? 8 Band instrument 9 Juice color 10 Word after filling or police 11 Brand of chewing gum (2 wds.) 12 Wallet fillers 13 Handle gently 18 Japanese radish 24 Give up, in a way (2 wds.) 26 Dry 27 See 1-Across 28 Fold, in clothing 29 Part of a Nick Jr. show title
(2 wds.) 31 Turkish city 32 Sir Newton 33 Stop 36 Listening device 39 Pop 40 Mystery 43 Unity 47 Type of printer (hyph.) 49 Radio “jock” 52 Log house 53 Drum kit drum 54 Dance move 55 Box, sometimes 57 Ireland, to the Irish 59 Wading bird 60 Competent 61 Young woman 62 Wager
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