UW System Clipsheet

UW System Clipsheet

July 31, 2014

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On Campus

"Fox Valley Tech and UW-Oshkosh team up to address pilot shortage," Fox 11, July 29.

Some aviation experts say there is a looming pilot shortage and that could cause ticket prices to soar for passengers. Walking around the EAA grounds during AirVenture, you might not realize there's an impending pilot shortage...

"Fall recruiting won't change for UW-Madison fraternities and sororities," Wisconsin State Journal, July 30.

UW-Madison will not move forward with a controversial proposal to delay the traditional fall recruiting period for fraternities and sororities. A committee charged with studying the issue concluded such a wholesale change was not warranted, arguing among other things that it would single out Greek organizations...

"Local club, Parkside team up to offer kids post-secondary school incentive," Kenosha News, July 30.

Students who successfully complete a program at the Boys and Girls Club of Kenosha will be guaranteed admission to the University of Wisconsin-Parkside, no matter how they score on the ACT. The program - University of Excellence - started last year, with an inaugural group of 24 students. The Boys and Girls Club wants to expand that and has a Vista worker coming this school year to help do that...

"2 national acts, 1 great big welcome at UW-P," Dubuque Telegraph Herald, July 31.

The University of Wisconsin-Platteville will kick off its 2014-15 academic year with its annual Welcome Back Fest. The festival, organized by Campus Programming and Relations, will include rides, food, games and a concert...

"Rebels with a cause: Summerset Festival challenges status quo," Baraboo News Republic, July 30.

Following the grand tradition of artists challenging the establishment, this year's Summerset Festival is going rogue. Summerset returns to the University of Wisconsin-Baraboo/Sauk County campus this weekend, highlighting banned books, Prohibition and an irreverently comedic take on "Hamlet..."

"UW-Madison animal research oversight committees strive for consensus," The Isthmus, July 31.

Craig Berridge, a behavioral neuroscientist at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, is comfortable with the scrutiny given animal research on campus. "Animal research is a heavily regulated and overseen process," says Berridge, who studies the brain mechanisms of rats...

"Motherless monkeys: UW-Madison to revive controversial primate experiments," The Isthmus, July 31.

In his 21 years at the University of Wisconsin-Madison's veterinary school, Eric Sandgren has seen a lot of controversies. But the UW's most prominent defender of animal research has never seen anything like this. Sandgren says a typical research project protocol receives around four person-hours of scrutiny from an oversight committee; he estimates this one got more than 170...

"Area youth experience active learning at UW-Richland," La Crosse Tribune, July 30.

They built and launched rockets, paddled their kayaks down river, performed scenes from Broadway musicals, conducted aquatic science experiments in Brush Creek, had hands-on cooking, chemistry and herpetology experiences and more...

"UWS to host Chicken & All That Jazz fundraiser," Sheboygan Press, July 30.

People can enjoy a picnic and live music at the University of Wisconsin-Sheboygan during the upcoming Chicken&All That Jazz fundraiser. The event, which annually draws about 1,500 people and is the hallmark fundraiser for the UW-Sheboygan Foundation, is scheduled for 4:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesday on the 70-acre UW-Sheboygan campus...

State

"College students at high risk for identity theft," Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, July 30.

Young adults make up the largest percentage of identity theft victims in the U.S., according to the Federal Trade Commission. Parents of college students may want to add identity theft to the list of advisory topics they discuss with their students before dropping them off at school in a few weeks...

"Send your kid to college; live longer, study suggests," Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, July 29.

How long parents live may be associated with how far their kids go in school, a new study suggests. Writing in the latest issue of the journal Demography, published by The Population Association of America, sociologists Esther Friedman and Robert Mare found that parents of college graduates lived about two years longer on average than those whose children didn't graduate from high school, the Pew Research Center reported Tuesday in an article summarizing the research...

"Tell us how you plan to pay for college, and how cost affects your choice," Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, July 30.

Student loan debt has grabbed national headlines in recent years. Some families begin saving for college when their children are born. Some begin later and expect their children to save for college, too...

National

"Senate unveils bill to crack down on colleges botching sexual assault cases," Huffington Post, July 30.

Legislation unveiled Wednesday by a bipartisan coalition of Senators would create tougher penalties for colleges that mishandle sexual assault cases, potentially levying millions of dollars in fines for schools that run afoul of its regulations...

"Sex assault bill unveiled," Inside Higher Ed, July 31.

A bipartisan group of eight U.S. Senators on Wednesday unveiled legislation aimed at holding colleges more accountable for preventing and dealing with the sexual assaults that occur on campuses...

"Senate bill asks colleges to do more to combat sexual assault," Chronicle of Higher Education, July 31.

Colleges would have to expand resources for victims of sexual assault and training for employees in handling students reports of assault under a bill introduced by eight U.S. senators on Wednesday. The proposed legislation seeks to apply pressure through public information and harsher penalties: Annual surveys of students' experiences would be published online, by institution, and colleges found to be out of compliance with federal requirements would face fines of up to 1 percent of their operating budgets...

"In N.C., debate over an aid freeze - and what it means to be affordable," Chronicle of Higher Education, July 31.

Affordability is the aim of countless proposed higher-education policies. The question is, affordability for whom? In North Carolina, that's what the university system's Board of Governors is trying to sort out...

"How 4 types of families approach paying for college," Chronicle of Higher Education, July 31.

The overwhelming majority of current students and their parents see college as an investment in the future. That unsurprising finding appears in Sallie Mae's annual "How America Pays for College" report, which was released on Thursday...

"How many colleges mishandle sexual assault cases -- and what to do about it," Washington Post, July 31.

A bipartisan group of senators just introduced legislation in Congress that is aimed at curbing sexual assaults on college campuses. The legislation would force school officials to be more transparent and accountable in dealing with sexual assaults, including requiring better training for on-campus personnel who investigate cases and participate in disciplinary procedures. Schools that fail to comply could face steep fines...