UW Struggle: Today in Optics!

Scene: A warm day in the Midwest. Not hot. No frozen tundra. Zoom: Somehow, heat waves rise from the pavement and distort your vision. What’s happening? Title: Behold, our optics! Here are merely three announcements (there were more!), all today, from the world that is my campus and professional life. One of these things is not […]

UW Struggle: A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Public Authority Edition

So much has happened. But if anyone reads one sentence of this post, let it be this: in the process of resisting the UW’s strict top-down authority, people are making a real difference. We’re active. We’re out there. We’re contacting legislators, connecting with the community, attending joint-finance hearings, crafting editorials and open letters, voicing expectations to campus […]

UW Struggle Update: Do Not Be Managed Into That Good Night

So much has happened this past week, sometimes hopeful, sometimes despair inducing, and given the nature of the information flow it is all pretty much impossible to summarize. A few observations: The Chatter Since the release of Governor Walker’s budget, enough time has passed for a range of voices to emerge: Chancellors, students, faculty, staff, […]

UW Struggle: George Michael Freedom Edition

(Musical accompaniment at bottom of page) Today was the big day for UW leadership before the state’s Joint Finance Committee, and to be honest, a twitter-bot could have produced more original material. This isn’t a conversation (see: ‘Right-to-Work’ hearings); it’s rhetorical leftovers from a triumphantly terrible dinner. To recap the livestream: Public authority efficiencies flexibilities […]