(Sounds kind of racy, doesn’t it? But we digress.) UW System President Ray Cross issued a statement last week concerning the technical corrections to his budget proposal that the governor released recently, including several key aspects of the public authority proposal and the preservation of the Wisconsin Idea. Cross questioned the CPI-based tuition cap proposed in the Governor’s latest document.
The Fourth Estate website has an article about a rally planned for 4 p.m. Wednesday (March 4) outside the University Union. Paul Ahrens, chair of the Student Government Association’s Academic Affairs Committee and a senior Democracy and Justice Studies major, is campus spokesman for the group UW Students Against Education Cuts. “Our story is we want to oppose the cuts, preserve the Wisconsin Idea and preserve the Wisconsin state statute of shared governance,” Ahrens told the 4E. The group also started an online fundraising effort to try to raise $1,971 to help cover a postcard campaign and, the student newspaper reported, to purchase hand warmers and coffee for students attending their rally. Read the story.
The Log is non-partisan, but we do admire good writing. A faculty member and historian at UW-Milwaukee penned a very nicely structured essay for the New York Times in which she civilly points out that today’s generation of students continues to value and, indeed, profit from a liberal arts education. The Wisconsin Idea is still relevant, she writes.
(We’re not saying the two are related, but…) UW-Green Bay Prof. Emeritus David Littig deserves a shout-out for his well-chosen words to Fox 11 News regarding a proposed reworking of the UW System’s 111-year-old mission statement that found its way into Gov. Scott Walker’s biennial budget proposal. The veteran political scientist warned Wednesday against tampering with the cherished ‘Wisconsin Idea’ of serving people across the state in all walks of life. “He is really totally attacking in many ways the core principal of the University of Wisconsin System,” Littig said. Litting wasn’t the only person criticizing the amendments, of course, and by the time the interview aired, Walker aides were already walking back the changes as a “drafting error.” To see the Fox 11 story.