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February 20, 2012

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On Campus

"A student's expression," Dubuque Telegraph-Herald, Feb. 19.

A University of Wisconsin-Platteville student is giving fellow students an opportunity to display their artwork on Main Street. "It's something that needed to be done," said Brandon Marteny...On Jan. 28, Marteny opened the doors at Gallery M115 at 115 W. Main St. His unofficial motto? "Pure expression, no grades, just art"...

"UWO faced with $2.2 million cut, says students will begin to see impact in fall," Oshkosh Northwestern, Feb. 17.

The University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh will have to find ways to address a $2.2 million budget cut by July, but the university's chancellor said students will not begin to see impacts on campus until they return for the fall semester...

"UW-P veteran joining foundation," Dubuque Telegraph-Herald, Feb. 20.

Barb Daus, of Platteville, who is retiring in March after a 25-year career at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville, has joined the staff of the Community Foundation of Southern Wisconsin...

"Campus Connection: UW profs shed light on ALEC's threat to public education," Capital Times, Feb. 20.

University of Wisconsin-Madison professors Julie Underwood and Julie Mead are expressing concern over the growing corporate influence on public education in an article published Monday. In particular, they are highly critical of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), which connects conservative state legislators with like-minded think tanks, corporations and foundations to develop "model legislation" that can be enacted at the state level...

"UW-L holds financial aid seminar," WXOW-TV, Feb. 19.

Colleges and universities across Wisconsin held financial aid seminars this weekend. The goal: to help high school seniors plan for the fall...Vanessa and her mom attended a financial aid session at UW-L to learn about the process... (video clip)

"Follow the money: Pain, policy, and profit," Milwaukee Journal Sentinel/Med Page Today, Feb. 19.

...The federation, which functions as a trade group representing some 70 allopathic and osteopathic medical boards, won't say how much money it received from industry, but the $100,000 request was detailed in a document obtained by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel/MedPage Today from University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health...

"UW Athletics officials still hopeful of compromise with WIAA over tournaments," Wisconsin State Journal, Feb. 18.

A day after University of Wisconsin Athletic Department officials thought the WIAA was gearing up to end a decades-old arrangement with Madison, hope and confusion reigned...

"Stephen D. Morton: UW officials: Speak up on WIAA move," Letter, Wisconsin State Journal, Feb. 20.

UW-Madison is a state university, not a private one, and it has an obligation to all the people in the state. This includes high school kids who, in coming to Madison, may be seeing the campus and the Capitol for the first time. The university president, chancellor and the Board of Regents should take a stand on the state basketball tournament issue since they, and not the athletic director, are running the university.

"UW-Madison, WIAA drop ball on tourney talks," Editorial, Wisconsin State Journal, Feb. 20.

...First, our reporters learned Thursday afternoon that the WIAA Board of Control had voted to move the boys and girls state basketball tournaments to the Green Bay area starting as soon as 2013. Save for any beyond-11th-hour negotiations, that's a poor decision, and left unchanged, an epic failure by the WIAA, UW and the city of Madison. The next day, the UW Board of Athletics approved its first-ever operating budget that topped the $100 million mark, a whopping $113.7 million to be exact...

"UW-Stout students making tracks in music scene by printing T-shirts," Eau Claire Leader-Telegram, Feb. 18.

If you're into Eau Claire's music scene, you've probably seen Aaron Brice and Tim Brunner's handiwork. Brice, 22, of Eau Claire, and Brunner, 23, of Green Bay, have built their apparel business, Ambient Inks, from scratch by printing T-shirts for area indie rock bands, including Grammy Award-winning Bon Iver, Halloween Alaska and We Are the Willows. Their success is noteworthy, in part, because they aren't even out of college yet...

"Mourning Anthony Shadid, UW grad and Pulitzer winner," Editorial, Capital Times, Feb. 18.

Anthony Shadid learned the skills of a journalist at the University of Wisconsin, from which he graduated in 1990. But the New York Times reporter, who died this week from an apparent asthma attack while covering the ongoing violence in Syria, chose to cover the Middle East because of an interest with the region nurtured by his Lebanese-American family...

"Marshfield's annual fair to provide taste of world's cultures," Marshfield News Herald, Feb. 18.

People representing cultures from throughout the world will descend on Marshfield on Feb. 25 for the city's annual Cultural Fair. The free event will offer entertainment, activities and food that will appeal to everyone, said Julie Tharp, a fair organizer and a professor at the University of Wisconsin-Marshfield/Wood County, 2000 W. Fifth St. The festival, which will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., encompasses the entire campus of the university...

"UW scientist's work on bird flu won't be published anytime soon," WTAQ, Feb. 17.

A UW Madison scientist will not have his controversial research paper on the bird flu published any time soon. Friday, am international group of flu experts in Geneva said bio-security concerns should be addressed first...

"UW Oshkosh student wins national internship achievement award," Oshkosh Northwestern, Feb. 16.

At his internship at investment firm in New York City, University of Wisconsin Oshkosh accounting major Jonathan Dudzinski was given a defining task help a senior analyst condense a large amount of information and develop a challenging and complex mathematical model...

"Even in Mideast, reporter Shadid kept Wisconsin roots close," Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Feb. 17.

The photo comes straight out of the late 1980s, the college journalist at work, sitting in front of a computer, cigarette in one hand, phone in one ear, phone book on his lap. This was Anthony Shadid, out of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, out of the Daily Cardinal, bound for the Middle East...

"Friends, alumni establish Anthony Shadid Memorial Fund at University of Wisconsin-Madison," Reuters, Feb. 20.

In light of the tragic death and heroic work of former New York Times foreign correspondent Anthony Shadid, who died in Syria last week, friends and alumni have set up an endowment in his honor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison...

"Mark Pitsch: Anthony Shadid -- a humane, sincere reporter," Column, Wisconsin State Journal, Feb. 18.

One day in the summer of 1987 a young man walked in the office of The Daily Cardinal on the UW-Madison campus. I was there, alone, preparing for my new job as campus editor...The man was Anthony Shadid...

"International flu experts say UW scientist should publish controversial research," Wisconsin State Journal, Feb. 17.

Controversial bird flu research papers, including one by a UW-Madison scientist, should be published without removing sensitive details, an international group of flu experts said Friday...

"Chris Rickert: Who gets the bill for a $100,000 investigation?," Column, Wisconsin State Journal, Feb. 19.

When I saw the independent investigation into the alleged misdeeds of former UW-Madison senior associate athletic director John Chadima could cost as much as $100,000, I thought, big whoop -- it's not like the UW Athletic Department doesn't have the money...

"Paula Dail: Does UW-Madison have 'look other way' issues?," Letter, Wisconsin State Journal, Feb. 19.

State Journal columnist Chris Rickert raised some interesting issues last week regarding what UW Athletic Director Barry Alvarez and coach Brett Bielema knew about John Chadima and when they knew it...

"Campus Connection: Students from across nation converge on Bascom Hall," Capital Times, Feb. 18.

For nearly two decades now, a small but vocal student group on the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus has prided itself on making university administrators, classmates and other members of the public aware of labor rights abuses at factories in the United States and abroad. Friday afternoon on Bascom Hill, it was apparent members of UW-Madison's Student Labor Action Coalition aren't fighting this battle alone...

"Hundreds protest mediation with adidas," Daily Cardinal, Feb. 20.

Hundreds of students and members of the Student Labor Action Coalition protested Chancellor David Ward's decision to enter a mediation period with adidas over allegations that it owes former Indonesian workers $1.8 million in severance pay...

"Reader Exchange: Businesses 'take the cake' for helping UW-L students," La Crosse Tribune, Feb. 19.

...We're all aware of the distressful situation recently at University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, when an early-morning fire broke out in one of the dormitories, Drake Hall...I contacted various businesses and was gratified by the genuine concern and generosity I encountered...

"Report finds nontraditional student resources need review," Badger Herald, Feb. 19.

University of Wisconsin officials are evaluating resources available to nontraditional students after a report released Tuesday recommended federal government methods to track the progress these students are making...

"Hockey recruit gets jail time for his part in Stout student death," Dunn County News, Feb. 18.

Emotions ran high as a former UW-Stout hockey recruit was sentenced for his involvement in the death of a fellow student...

"UW announces that hockey playing surface in the Kohl Center will be named 'Bob Johnson Rink' ," WEAU-TV, Feb. 20.

The ice sheet upon which the University of Wisconsin hockey teams play is being named for one of the school’s legendary coaches, the UW Department of Athletics announced Monday. The hockey playing surface in the Kohl Center will be named "Bob Johnson Rink" in recognition of the men's hockey coach who guided the Badgers to three NCAA titles during a career that also included coaching stints in the Olympics, World Championships and the National Hockey League...

"Science Olympians harness their brainpower," Wisconsin Rapids Tribune, Feb. 18.

After their balsa wood tower came crashing to the floor, Neenah High School students Kirk Lancaster and Russell Burton felt the charge of victory.That's because their structure failed at exactly the right time, and their project put them in the lead for the tower competition at the North Regional Science Olympiad held Saturday at the University of Wisconsin Marathon County...

"Why buy when you can rent?," West Bend Daily News, Feb. 18.

With the cost of everything from gas, tuition and food on the rise, college students are grateful for any help to save money. That's exactly what they received at the University of Wisconsin-Washington County this year. The UW-WC Bookstore is now renting books to students through the Neebo network, a nationwide network of college book stores...

"Column: Creative writing encourages critical thinking, understanding," Marshfield News Herald, Feb. 13.

When I joined the faculty at the University of Wisconsin-Marshfield/Wood County in August, one of the things that excited me was the opportunity to teach creative writing and to help advise "Farrago," the campus literary magazine...

"UW still hopeful for WIAA deal," Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Feb. 17.

The University of Wisconsin Athletic Department is not giving up in its effort to convince the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association to keep the state boys and girls basketball tournaments in Madison...

"Obama 'summits' planned on 10 swing state campuses," ABC News, Feb. 17.

The Obama campaign is stepping up mobilization of younger votes in 10 key swing states this month, dispatching senior aides and a handful of celebrities to college campuses for "summits" aimed at engaging the 18-to-29-year-old base. The events will take place at Columbus State Community College in Ohio, University of Wisconsin-Madison, North Carolina Central University, University of Nevada-Las Vegas, Dartmouth College in New Hampshire, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, University of Colorado-Boulder, Miami Dade College, and University of Iowa in Iowa City, among others, a campaign official said...

State

"'The hard part' -- Obtaining funding for college," Racine Journal Times, Feb. 19.

Robert Stinson Jr., 19, of Racine, has been accepted to Alabama A&M University. But now he is working on the second step - getting funding to go there. "That is the hard part," said Stinson, a senior at the REAL School, who wants to go to college for a business degree...

"Mercury Marine launches elementary science charter school," Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Feb. 19.

Saying there's a pressing need for scientists and engineers, especially as baby boomers retire, one of Fond du Lac's largest employers is helping launch a charter school - for children in grades three through five - aimed at those careers...

"Report suggests schools improve after some students leave," Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Feb. 18.

School districts that lost a significant number of students through the state's open enrollment program tended to see a boost in student achievement the following school year, according to a study led by a University of Wisconsin-Whitewater economics professor...

"Round 2 of improving education coming amid less fanfare," Column, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Feb. 18.

...This February, we are into a much lower profile set of events aimed at changing the education landscape in much different ways. Call this Round Two: "Taking on Quality"...College teacher-training programs: The Legislature is likely to agree to require all institutions that train teachers to submit information on their graduates, with the goal of creating a system in which the record of success in the classroom for graduates from each program would be reported publicly...

"A little help, please: Financial aid frenzy in full swing for college-bound students," Appleton Post-Crescent, Feb. 17.

...For high school seniors seeking financial aid and scholarships for college, it's go time. To that end, we've asked Fox Valley experts to share their input on what needs to be done now to secure money for school...

National

"What college students need to know," Editorial, New York Times, Feb. 19.

The popular college rankings focus primarily on prestige as measured by the SAT scores of incoming students and how many applicants are turned away. An initiative started last fall by the Obama administration could help families go beyond these limited, and far too easily gamed, indexes to learn quickly and easily how a college stacks up against its competitors nationally on important metrics like graduation rates, what a degree actually costs and how much debt a student can expect to incur by graduation day...

"Florida set for new cut in spending on colleges," New York Times, Feb. 20.

Florida lawmakers contend that education is essential to high-wage jobs in the state, but the Legislature is again expected to slash millions of dollars from the budget for higher education and may usher in another round of tuition increases. A proposal in the House would reduce state financing by nearly $250 million next year and would allow universities to increase tuition by as little as 8 percent and as much as 15 percent. A measure in the Senate would cut more than $500 million and would allow smaller institutions that are defined as colleges to raise tuition by 3 percent (the full-scale universities would not be permitted to raise tuition)...

"U.S. manufacturing sees shortage of skilled factory workers," Washington Post, Feb. 19.

...Through a combination of overseas competition and productivity gains, the United States has lost nearly 4 million manufacturing jobs in the past 10 years. But many manufacturers say the losses have not yielded a surplus of skilled factory workers...But attracting younger workers onto the factory floor can be difficult. Machine-shop classes have been cut in some high schools. Many high schools, moreover, would rather focus on helping children get into four-year colleges than preparing them for vocational pursuits...

"Groups target textbook prices to rein in college costs," USA Today, Feb. 18.

A push to create free or inexpensive textbooks is gaining momentum as educators, philanthropists and policymakers nationwide search for new ways to rein in college costs...

"In study abroad, men are hard to find," Chronicle of Higher Education, Feb. 19.

...In the 2009-10 academic year, women accounted for nearly two-thirds of 270,600 American students going overseas. Indeed, the proportion of men studying overseas has remained the same -- or flatlined, to put it less charitably -- for more than two decades. What is it, educators wonder, about study abroad that resonates with women but not with men?...

"The 'Bennett hypothesis,' on why college prices rise, is alive and well," Chronicle of Higher Education, Feb. 20.

William J. Bennett was probably too simplistic when he famously proclaimed 25 years ago that increased student aid makes it easier for colleges to raise their tuition, says a new policy paper from the Center for College Affordability and Productivity, but he wasn't necessarily wrong...

"Taking some of the guessworkout of the 'value-of-college' question," Chronicle of Higher Education, Feb. 20.

The lifetime wage premium that accompanies a college degree has long been the best selling point for colleges trying to attract students...But with tuition prices continuing to climb and the economy stuck in neutral, families will increasingly demand more information on what they're buying...