Protest outside, but no interruptions for guns-on-campus advocate at UW-Madison event


A conservative commentator speaking at UW-Madison Tuesday advocated for allowing firearms on campuses on the coattails of a new policy that disciplines students for disrupting others’ free expression. Katie Pavlich, a columnist, Fox News contributor and author, spoke to a nearly full lecture hall, and went uninterrupted. Students protested outside, however – with props. > Wisconsin State Journal

Legislators’ free speech talk is a bad joke


From columnist Bill Berry: “Some state lawmakers would like to expel students who disrupt presentations by controversial speakers. Oddly, though, some of the same lawmakers who bill themselves as guardians of free speech for campus speakers don’t think citizens have the same rights.” > Cap Times

UW-Madison faculty oppose regent plan to gain chancellors from outside higher ed


UW-Madison faculty are asking the UW System governing body to reconsider proposals that would promote hiring campus chancellors from outside higher education. The Board of Regents is expected to approve policy changes Thursday that will remove a UW-Madison campus policy prohibiting hiring chancellors who do not have backgrounds in higher education. > Cap Times

UW Regents prepare free speech policy to enforce Republican bill


UW chancellors would be responsible for guaranteeing disciplinary action — including expulsion — for students who disrupt free expression by others on their campuses, under a proposed Board of Regents policy. The draft sets out procedures and sanctions for students mirroring those in a Republican bill that was approved by the state Assembly in June. > Cap Times

UW pushes back against teaching language in state budget


UW-Madison officials and faculty are sounding warning bells again after Republican legislators re-inserted contentious language into the state budget calling for the tracking of professors’ classroom hours, saying the data will be used to make instructors look lazy.  Republican lawmakers, in turn, say they want to make sure undergraduates get value in return for rising tuition.>

Retired DNR scientists organizing to increase public information on environmental issues


A group of retired environmental scientists are organizing this weekend to improve public outreach on environmental issues in light of cuts to the DNR and the UW System. Wisconsin Green Fire is a group of retired DNR and UW scientists who feel Gov. Walker and Republican lawmakers are limiting public access to environmental research. > Wisconsin Public Radio

Budget committee revives plan to track UW professors’ teaching hours


Lawmakers on the state’s budget committee have revived a controversial plan to track how much time UW System professors spend teaching — five months after they initially rejected the proposal. The plan requires measuring the teaching hours of faculty and academic staff, and rewarding those “who teach more than a standard academic workload.” > Wisconsin State Journal