February 17, 2011

"It appears that tomorrow may well be the biggest day yet at the Capitol in the current wave of activity..."

"... with the consequence that there is likely to be yet less activity on campus than there was today."

Email from PROFS ("Representing UW-Madison Faculty, Strengthening Wisconsin).
As we said yesterday: "We recognize that there are many ways that students learn. We support your right, as faculty of our university, to determine the appropriate educational experience for your students."
Could things get any bigger? How much less activity is possible? And as far as "appropriate educational experience for [our] students"... the implication is that it would be really appropriate to urge them on to the demonstration.

20 comments:

Seven Machos said...

I bet the frat scene is intense this week. Lots of beer and drugs being consumed.

Freeman Hunt said...

If I am the parent paying the tuition, I call and demand that my bill be prorated.

Freeman Hunt said...

When I was in college we would all have been saying, "Yeah! No class! We're learning from this! We have to protest and stuff!"

Then we would have had huge parties every night and slept during the protest days.

holdfast said...

Learning does come in many formats. Perhaps the Governor will considering withholding some more of the State's financial support for the University. Do you think profs will learn anything from some partial paychecks?

realwest said...

I'm sorry, I just don't understand this at all.
Gov. Walker (and apparently even the Democrats agree) says that the State is in a $3.5 Billion budget hole. So, if I understand this correctly, Gov. Walker has basically two choices: he can lay off tens of thousands of government workers or ask government workers to contribute SOMETHING to their pension plans and the cost of their healthcare insurance.
Or is it just the teachers that he's asking to contribute to their pension plans and health care costs?
And if a Union's choice is to give back something (pension, healthcare) that they won in collective bargaining OR see tens of thousands of their members laid off, wouldn't a responsible Union do the give back bit - if for no other reason than to keep collecting dues from members who would otherwise be laid off?!
And why doesn't Gov. Walker and the GOP use Obama, Pelosi and Reid's tactic when accused of being unfair: Just say We WON!

AJ Lynch said...

The Deaf Tones would be the appropriate band to perform at the protest.

cubanbob said...

People who get retirement after 30 years of service are demanding that those who need to work 40 or more years before they get their retirement to pay higher taxes so they can don't have to contribute more to their retirement? Fire them just for being arrogant assholes.

holdfast said...

Back in 1997 the APEC conference was held on our campus. Of course the usual lefty douchebag suspects protested and got well and truly pepper-sprayed for their efforts. I was in a stats class when some dirty hippie type ran in an exhorted us to cut class and join his filthy protest. Our usually mild-mannered stats prof chased the little miscreant right up the steps and out of the lecture theater, to some pretty substantial applause.

That week was one of the few times that I was actually proud of my Liberal Prime Minister:

Chr├ętien responded with a line that has become well known in Canada: "For me, pepper, I put it on my plate."

http://youtu.be/yWf2LLaHkM0

AJ Lynch said...

Can the local golf courses open tomorrow for some of the ah "protestors"

AJ Lynch said...

I was in college in 1970 - commuting and one of my car pool buddies was an ex-Marine. The campus hippies would hold some dumb protest and my friend would charge into the idiots, punch a few and turn the flag right side up. It was like a regular event.

I have been on both sides of a picket line. Once as a Teamster vs.management and once with the ILGWU union versus the Teamsters. Things can get tense very quickly. And I learned that some Teamsters unions are far from tough guys btw when they are the union's hanger-ons or gofers.

Jason said...

This protest begins and ends with union dues, and what will happen to them if/when Wisconsin becomes a right-to-work state.

Thats it, and thats all.

Econophile said...


This protest begins and ends with union dues, and what will happen to them if/when Wisconsin becomes a right-to-work state.

Thats it, and thats all.


You've got it. Unfortunately, there are thousands of useful idiots spending hours asserting otherwise.

I'm regretting that the weather was so incredibly accommodating here in Madison this week.

MartyH said...

What happens Saturday? Do the protests grow because it's the weekend and people commit their personal time to exercise their rights?

Or do the protests shrink because it's the weekend and the protesters can't call in sick and protest on the public dime?

Chip Ahoy said...

Ah, Obama's busses have arrived then. Finally we get to see exactly what it is that he's supposed to be good at.

edutcher said...

Ever hear of Altgeld Gardens?

He couldn't even do that right.

alan markus said...

I was just asked if there is any kind of codes (i.e, fire safety/structural) that relate to how many people can occupy a building.

Wouldn't want to see one of those upper balconies collapse pancake style unto the lower ones.

SWWBO said...

If I lived in Madison, I would really consider homeschooling rather than sending a child back to a classroom staffed by one of those teachers holding signs equating the Wisconsin Governor with a dictator.

Original Mike said...

This is having no impact on our graduate department. Teaching and research continue as usual.

Skipper50 said...

I pine for the good old days, when we rioted in the streets of Madison over war, peace and communism, rather than how much public employees should pay for health insurance.

TMink said...

This will SO blow up in the unions' face. Outstanding!

Trey