Excerpts from recent Wisconsin editorials
The Capital Times, Madison, Aug. 19
Blank made the right decision to reinstate Cephus
UW-Madison chancellor Rebecca Blank made the appropriate decision when she readmitted Quintez...
NCAA clears Wisconsin WR Quintez Cephus to play
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin wide receiver Quintez Cephus was declared eligible to play Friday, a year after he was suspended in the fallout from a sexual assault allegation that resulted in his...
Wisconsin WR Quintez Cephus reinstated, not eligible to play
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Former Wisconsin receiver Quintez Cephus was cleared Monday to return to school after a jury acquitted him of sexual assault charges, though it was unclear when he will be...
The Latest: Wisconsin says Cephus has ‘eligibility issues’
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Latest on Wisconsin reinstating receiver Quintez Cephus following his acquittal on sexual assault charges (all times local):
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Former Wisconsin Badgers football player Quintez Cephus has filed a petition to be readmitted to the University of Wisconsin-Madison after he was found not guilty of sexually...
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Latest on the University of Wisconsin System's capital budget (all times local):
University of Wisconsin officials are imploring Republicans to...
28 buildings damaged by flooding at UW-Madison
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Administrators say burst water pipes and flooding have damaged 28 buildings on the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus.
University officials say Vilas Hall and the Chemistry Building were the most severely damaged with 180 course sections relocating Monday and Tuesday. UW-Madison spokeswoman Meredith McGlone says the university expects additional relocations later this week.
UW regents OK raises for 10 of 13 chancellors
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Christmas came early for nearly a dozen University of Wisconsin System chancellors.
UW-Madison proposes tuition hike for nonresident undergrads
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Officials at the University of Wisconsin-Madison are proposing to increase tuition for nonresident undergraduate and some professional school students
The plan announced Tuesday would raise nonresident and international undergraduate tuition by $810 and $828 over the next two academic years. Based on current enrollment, the plan would generate about $16 million.
Foxconn giving $100 million to UW-Madison for partnership
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Foxconn Technology Group announced Monday that it will invest $100 million in engineering and innovation research at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, making it one of the largest gifts in the school's history that comes as the Taiwan-based electronics giant builds a factory in southeastern Wisconsin that would be the company's first of its kind in North America.
The Latest: Foxconn, UW-Madison sign $100 million agreement
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Latest on Foxconn agreement with the University of Wisconsin-Madison (all times local):
Foxconn Technology Group says it will invest $100 million in engineering and innovation research at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
The deal announced Monday is one of the largest gifts in the university's history and comes as the Taiwan-based electronics giant builds its first North American factory in southeastern Wisconsin.
A harrowing real-life tale about the demise of the Great Lakes has been chosen as the next book in the Go Big Read series of campus-wide book reading at UW-Madison.
“The Death and Life of the Great Lakes,” an award-winning history and look to the future by Green Bay native Dan Egan, was chosen by Chancellor Rebecca Blank, not only for its compelling story but because 80 percent of incoming freshmen for the 2018-19 school year live in states bordering the Great Lakes.
Report probes history of KKK at UW-Madison; $1M history exhibit planned
UW-Madison will spend $1 million to build a history exhibit recognizing those who battled prejudice on campus, following a new report probing the history of Ku Klux Klan groups at the university in the early 20th century.
UW-Madison Chancellor Rebecca Blank also said two campus public spaces could be stripped of the names of two alumni who, as UW-Madison students, belonged to a group that bore the "Klan" label.
UW-Madison launches project to acknowledge racism
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — University of Wisconsin-Madison Chancellor Rebecca Blank announced a multi-pronged effort Thursday to acknowledge the history of racism on campus, but she put aside a decision on whether the names of students with ties to the Ku Klux Klan a century ago should be removed from campus facilities.
Give Peace Corps a chance: UW ranked No. 1 in volunteers for 2nd year in a row
UW-Madison alumni are big on the Peace Corps.
For the second year in a row, Wisconsin's flagship university tops the list of large schools providing volunteers to the Peace Corps, with 85 alumni currently volunteering worldwide.
This is the fourth year UW-Madison has ranked in the top five large universities providing Peace Corps volunteers.
UW-Madison Chancellor: Foxconn interested in our research on AI, automated vehicles
Taiwanese electronics maker Foxconn is interested in UW-Madison research that includes artificial intelligence and automated vehicles, Chancellor Rebecca Blank said Thursday.
Blank's remarks came at a meeting of the University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents.
Blank told Regents the university is "in a number of conversations, for instance, with Foxconn about potential research partnerships."
UW-Madison: Free tuition for families making less than $56K
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — New in-state University of Wisconsin-Madison students from low-to-moderate income families will get free tuition and fees for four years under a new program, university officials announced Thursday.
The initiative, dubbed "Bucky's Tuition Promise," guarantees free tuition and no fees for eight semesters for incoming freshmen and four semesters for transfer students who come from homes making no more than $56,000 annually. The program is set to begin this fall.
- Wisconsin State JournalCoach Paul Chryst, Badgers players support Quintez Cephus' return to teamAugust 8, 2019
- Wisconsin State JournalDreams can have unexpected paths, J.J. Watt tells UW-Madison graduatesMay 12, 2019
- Wisconsin State JournalUW-Madison picks insider for provost positionMay 12, 2019
- Wisconsin State JournalUW-Madison proposes two-year tuition raises for nonresident undergrads, professional programsDecember 5, 2018
- Wisconsin State JournalChancellor Rebecca Blank: Wisconsin and the future of undergraduate educationMay 27, 2018
A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed against UW-Madison officials by a woman who was romantically linked to former men's basketball coach Bo Ryan, finding that her constitutional rights were not violated by the school's investigation into her relationship with Ryan or by the release of her 2015 email accusing Ryan of misconduct.
UW-Madison faculty, staff to get 4 percent pay increase
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The University of Wisconsin-Madison has announced plans to give faculty and staff a 4 percent pay increase over the next year.
The search for a new vice chancellor for student affairs at UW-Madison has started, with the 15-member committee utilizing a national search firm to fill the post.
The vice chancellorship was announced in November by Chandellor Rebecca Blank, as a way to strengthen student service and the student "experience" at the university.
Lori Berquam, dean of students and vice provost for student life, became interim vice chancellor for student affairs on Dec. 1.
UW business school dean resigns after MBA program dispute
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The dean of the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Business is resigning after just one semester.
The Wisconsin State Journal reports that Dean Anne Massey told faculty and staff she'll join the faculty after her resignation takes effect Dec. 31.
UW joins coalition putting grad schoolers on right track in biomedical careers
With biomedical scientists having a difficult time getting tenure-track positions at U.S. universities, UW-Madison is joining with nine other institutions to share data on career prospects for their life scientists.
The Coalition for Next Generation Life Sciences has been formed in response to the limited availability of such positions, as well as a lack of marketplace information on training, career preparation and career options.
Go Big Read looking for book suggestions in 10th year of program
Do you have a book you can't put down and would be enjoyed by thousands of others? The UW-Madison Go Big Read program wants to hear from you.
Go Big Read is coming into its 10th year, and has become one of the largest college-based common reading programs in the country, thanks in large part to the slant of going for contemporary reads, be it climate change, health care, poverty or technology.
Survey: Minority, transgender students less likely to feel welcome at UW-Madison
Students of color and those who are transgender or gender nonconforming are less likely than their peers to say they feel welcome and respected at UW-Madison, according to a survey campus officials released Wednesday.
Just half of minority students — and about a third of transgender students and those who don’t identify as men or women — said they feel like they belong on the campus, compared to nearly 70 percent of students as a whole.
Wisconsin school to cover tuition for some transfer students
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A new program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison promises to cover tuition and fees for first-generation college students from Wisconsin who transfer from one of the university system's two-year colleges.
UW-Madison moving forward with free tuition program for first-generation transfer students
About 150 students at two-year colleges around Wisconsin are expected to enroll in a new UW-Madison program giving first-generation college students a year or more of free tuition when they transfer to the state’s flagship public university, officials said.
Chris Rickert: Risk-averse school board in no hurry to address achievement gap
Two Madison institutions made efforts on Monday to address what they see as past race-related failings:
Madison Mayor Paul Soglin laid out options for removing or downplaying a monument to confederate soldiers at Forest Hill Cemetery, and UW-Madison chancellor Rebecca Blank announced the creation of a group to come to terms with the history of two Ku Klux Klan groups on campus in the 1920s.
University of Wisconsin launches group to study history of Klan on campus
A history professor and the president of a local mentoring and economic development organization will lead a study group this fall to examine the Ku Klux Klan’s history at UW-Madison, campus officials announced Monday.
Chancellor Rebecca Blank said the study group will investigate two UW-Madison student organizations that were “named after or otherwise affiliated with” the Klan during the 1920s.
Wisconsin landed Foxconn’s plant. Now UW-Madison looks to do the same with research
UW-Madison Chancellor Rebecca Blank had a two-part pitch for Foxconn executives when she chatted with them during a dinner at the governor's mansion earlier this month.
First: Her university can play an important role in training the workers who will fill Foxconn's facility, Blank told them. And second: Its status as a research powerhouse -- particularly in the fields of medicine and engineering -- could provide a boost to the company's ambitions in the field of medical imaging.
UW officials: Give Regents greater say in performance funding plan
University of Wisconsin System leaders are asking the Legislature to change how proposed new higher education funding in the next state budget would be distributed, saying the Board of Regents -- not lawmakers -- should write the rules for dividing that money among UW campuses.
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — University of Wisconsin System leaders want to allocate $42.5 million in performance-based funding among campuses themselves rather than use a ranking system Gov. Scott Walker proposed in his two-year budget.
Committee expels UW student accused in sex assault case
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A UW-Madison disciplinary committee has decided to expel a student accused of sexually assaulting and harassing nearly a dozen women.
UW-Madison spokeswoman Meredith McGlone sent an email to reporters Tuesday saying the committee found Alec Cook responsible for violating university student conduct policies related to a crime of violence and upheld the university's expulsion recommendation.
University of Wisconsin sees pushback on admissions proposal
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The League of Women Voters has joined those who are fighting against the use of criminal background checks as part of the admissions process at University of Wisconsin campuses.
University Chancellor Rebecca Blank said last week she would ask the university system's Board of Regents to consider adding criminal background checks to the application, The Capital Times (http://bit.ly/2k02Jbs ) reported.
Students: Chancellor failed minorities on pro-white agitator
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The University of Wisconsin-Madison chancellor's response to a student trying to set up a pro-white group on campus further alienates minorities as they struggle for a better campus experience, student leaders said Friday.
Rebecca Blank and Marsha Mailick: Drop in research ranking signals need to reinvest in UW
Maybe you’ve heard someone say, “My wife has cancer, and her treatment isn’t working.” Or, “I need equipment that performs better in my plant and saves me time and money.” “My child has autism, and I need better ways to help him.”
All of us have longed for a new discovery that can improve our health or the way we work.
The Latest: UW-Madison chancellor can’t declare sanctuary
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Latest on University of Wisconsin-Madison students demanding UW leaders declare all system campuses sanctuaries for students who entered the country illegally as minors (all times local):
University of Wisconsin-Madison officials say Chancellor Rebecca Blank doesn't have the authority to declare the school a sanctuary for students who entered the country illegally.
UW-Madison students demand sanctuary campuses for immigrants
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — University of Wisconsin-Madison's student government has passed a resolution demanding Chancellor Rebecca Blank and UW System President Ray Cross declare system schools sanctuary campuses for students who entered the country illegally as minors.
Letter calls for UW-Madison to be ‘sanctuary campus’ for undocumented
Hundreds of people have signed on to a letter calling for UW-Madison administrators to make their university a "sanctuary campus" for undocumented immigrants in the wake of Donald Trump's election victory.
But a university official says UW-Madison's leaders don't have the power to do what the letter asks of them.
UW student leaders condemn response to noose costume
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — University of Wisconsin-Madison student leaders are condemning the response to a man who wore an offensive costume to a football game.
The man wore what appeared to be a President Barack Obama mask with a noose around its neck to the Oct. 29 game against Nebraska. Security officers asked him to remove the noose in the first but a photo taken later shows him wearing the noose again.
UW-Madison launching review of Camp Randall policies after noose costume stirs uproar
UW-Madison will review policies at Camp Randall Stadium after offensive photos of a man with a noose around his neck stirred outrage, with officials saying they will seek to ensure "that symbols of this type are not displayed in our stadium again."
The man was wearing a prison jumpsuit and a two-sided mask featuring Barack Obama on one side and Hillary Clinton on the other side. He was led around the stadium by a noose carried by a man wearing a Donald Trump mask.
Some question university’s response to questionable costume
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Some people are questioning whether the University of Wisconsin properly handled an incident in which a fan displayed a costume that some considered offensive during a weekend football game against Nebraska.
The fan wore a President Barack Obama mask and a noose around his neck. The fan took off the noose when asked by Camp Randall Stadium staff.
Tuition hikes loom at UW for out-of-staters, professionals
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — University of Wisconsin-Madison Chancellor Rebecca Blank says she'll ask the university's governing board to raise tuition for out-of-state and professional students.
The Wisconsin State Journal reports (http://bit.ly/2d6AjdU ) that Blank also told faculty Monday that the flagship school in Madison will distribute $9 million in raises and bonuses to faculty and academic staff.
Wisconsin extends AD Barry Alvarez’s contract to 2021
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin athletic director Barry Alvarez has signed a contract extension through Jan. 31, 2021.
The extension, which took effect Sept. 1, was announced by Wisconsin on Wednesday. The school said that he had a successful performance review with Chancellor Rebecca Blank.
Financial terms of the extension were not immediately announced. Alvarez's salary was $1.125 million as of July 1.
UW-Madison readies cultural awareness initiatives
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — New students will discuss social differences, black students will get their own cultural center and more students will be allowed into ethnic studies courses at the University of Wisconsin-Madison as part of a multi-faceted plan to give minorities a better experience on campus, university leaders said Wednesday.
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A state senator is taking issue with a UW-Madison instructor's choice to assign his students an essay on gay men's sexual desires.
Sen. Steve Nass, a Whitewater Republican and frequent UW critic, sent a letter to Thursday to UW-Madison Rebecca Blank, UW System President Ray Cross and the regents saying sociology lecturer Jason Nolen assigned the essay to his class this week. Nass called the essay offensive and an outrageous example of what passes for...