UW Struggle: Let’s Pretend We’re Not Talking About Tenure, Ok?

While doing other work, I’ve peripherally absorbed what’s happening at the Wisconsin Board of Regents meeting, and I’m struck by the following tweets: Tenure task force will start work on policy recommendations at next mtg Sept. 17. Want to have full recommendations to board by end of year. — Nico Savidge (@NSavidge) September 11, 2015 Regent […]

UW Struggle: All Clear Edition

There was a credible bomb threat at the Capitol yesterday; just a few days before there was a credible threat to democracy. Both of them have been declared “all clear.” The budget, passed yesterday by the state assembly, waits for Governor Walker’s signature. The document contains innumerable horrors, and although I am deeply invested in […]

UW Struggle: The Banality of Weasels, Part Duex

These people cannot breathe without lying. For a quick journalistic recap, we still don’t know who authored the changes to tenure/layoff provisions that seek to strip earned property rights from a significant number of Wisconsin employees. I do know that before our Independence Day totalitarian turn toward government secrecy, there were multiple open records requests filed […]

UW Struggle: “Remember the Time” Edition

Ah, memories. Remember back to the days of Pharaoh Murphy and those UW professors that had the audacity to complain about UW Central’s “behind closed doors” governing strategy? Remember how said professors were scolded, and even President Cross himself emerged from a backroom behind a backroom to say that too much public lobbying has hurt the […]

UW Struggle: Quick Dispatch

In case anyone thinks that arguments from our current decision makers in Wisconsin make sense, let me disabuse you of that notion. Let me offer my loudest “Holy Guacamole!” as a tasty beacon of befuddlement. If you zoom in on a particular context—K-12, higher ed, tenure, shared governance, department of natural resources, stadium deals, borrowing for […]