Spring Semester Changes and Challenges

HOLLACE VILLARREAL

Villa068@rangers.uwp.edu

As with every new semester here at UW-Parkside, it seems as though the building is going through a period of adjustment.

Parking restrictions

On Feb. 2 there was a pavement buckle in the Student Center parking lot. The buckle was located in the A lot between rows A6 and A7. It has been blocked off from cars and pedestrians for the time being, putting a significant amount of parking spaces out of commission. There has been no news as to when it will be fixed, and the parking spaces will remain blocked off for the foreseeable future.

SOLAR login difficulties

With the appearance changes to the SOLAR login page students reported having issues with SOLAR in general at the beginning of the semester. According to multiple student sources, for days leading up to the new semester students were having trouble logging into their SOLAR accounts. Almost all of the issues were fixed by the end of the first day of classes, however, as all of the locked accounts were accessible by the end of the day.

Unaccepted dining plans

On the first day of school the computers in the Brickstone Cafeteria were not accepting both off or on-campus dining plans. According to a worker there was a “change in the system”. The Ranger News has yet to verify the change, though the system is currently up and working again.

Switch to Canvas

Though the students of UW-Parkside were told that there would be a school-wide changeover to the Canvas system by this semester, there has been a delay. The new promise is that the whole school will be changed over to Canvas by the 2019-2020 fall semester, but for now students should remember to check both Canvas and D2L to keep up with their classes.

New year, new me: UW-Parkside campus has some new looks

On a lighter note, there have been some positive changes to the UW-Parkside campus that have taken place over the break.

The new “Purple Room” in the 200-level of the library has been officially unveiled. Students will be able to have a larger study room in which to practice their presentations before classes. This will hopefully promote professionalism and give students a chance to work on their public speaking. The room also has a new sound system, useful for presentations, but also useful for putting on study music if students chose to book the room for a study session.

There is some new furniture throughout the school, though especially in Wylie Hall and The Rita. The furniture is bright and colorful, and a great new look for the school. Providing students with a stylish space to study and relax. The change in appearance will hopefully be well received by students this coming semesters.

Black Student Union hosts events for Black History Month

HOLLACE VILLARREAL

villa068@rangers.uwp.edu

February is Black History month, and the Black Student Union (BSU) will be having a variety of events to celebrate.

BSU has already had three events as of the printing of this edition, including their Kick-Off celebration, a demonstration of head wraps, the history of unknown Civil Rights heroes; along with two speakers, a member of the Milwaukee Black Panther Party and Ricardo Wynn, who gave a presentation on what it means to be black and LGBT+,

Future events

BSU will be hosting three more events before the end of the month, including the MLK Celebration on the 22nd, which will include musical performances by UW-Parkside students; the Essence Ball, which will include a presentation by keynote speaker Shebaniah Muhammad focusing on black excellence in education; and the Pan African Conference, where BSU will be going to Minnesota State University to develop leadership skills and networking based on the theme “Wakanda Forever”.

Support your campus organizations in these events and be sure to pick up the next edition of The Ranger News, where we will be covering these events in further detail.

The Art Department Celebrates 50 years with the Reunion Gallery

Art is Alive on Campus

Krystal Dodge

thorn008@rangers.uwp.edu

To commemorate Parkside’s 50 Year Celebration, “Reunion” is an exhibition featuring artwork from Art Department alumni, faculty and retired faculty. This is an unforgettable showcase of generations of the UW-Parkside Art Department family. The gallery opened on Feb. 4 and will be open until Mar. 22, and there will be a reception on Mar. 21.

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“Self Portrait – Hand” by Kristina Murphy     COURTESY OF NATALIA HANSEN

The gallery is an eclectic look at five decades of the Art departments history. There are many styles of art and various mediums used. They have paintings, ceramics, wood working, photography, digital art, screenprint, embroidery and mixed media. It is part of Parkside’s history to showcase alumni’s art. The school takes great pride in the Art department and their contribution to the creative community. Art is very much a big part of culture on campus.

Focal Point

The piece that was used to advertise this exhibit was oil on linen self portrait by Kristina Murphy.  This painting was a portrait of a hand that was in homage to Sofonisla Anguissola, an Italian renaissance painter. Anaguissola worked with Michelangelo and many other prestigious people of her time.  Her most well-known works were self-portraits. The portrait show cased a hand in the forefront over a blue dress. There was great detail on the jewelry, that adorned her beautifully painted hand. The painting captured beauty in something most people would not ordinarily classify as such.

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“Whatever Happened to Sattler’s Sea Cow” by Lisa Bigalke     COURTESY OF NATALIA HANSEN

Eye Catching

There was such a variety of creative and remarkable pieces. However, there was one piece in particular that grabbed my attention. “Whatever Happened to Sattler’s Sea Cow?” by Lisa Bigalke. I caught myself spending the most time looking at this piece. It was a combination of screenprint and embroidery.  At the center of the picture was an adult and baby sea cow and they are surrounded by a ring of crimson red. There are rings of fishing boats, oil rigs and fishing lures cascading out from the sea cows. The sea cows looked so sad and it really triggered raw emotion, especially with all the concerns we are facing with animal extinction and environmental issues.

This sea cow is actually extinct, but they had inhabited Commander Isles in the Bering Sea. These were massive creatures that could easily reach 8 to 10 tons as adults. It is just hard to understand how something so enormous and magnificent could be eliminated completely.

This exhibit is diverse. The rich culture of the arts is very alive on campus. The exhibit will be up until Mar. 22. In the words of the late Albert Einstein, “creativity is contagious, pass it on”.

The Proletarian | Wisconsin is no democracy for the people

Conservative officials’ lame-duck bills are the evidence

ETHAN COSTELLO | coste012@rangers.uwp.edu

The debacle that occurred last week Wednesday in the State Congress is evidence to the fact the Wisconsin is no democracy, at least not the democracy that we think it is. The Wis. legislation just passed a series of bills which aim to protect exiting Gov. Scott Walker’s achievements as well as cripple the incoming state executives governor-elect Tony Evers and lieutenant-elect Mandela Barnes.

Here is a very brief summation of passed bills: 1) Shortening the early voting period to two weeks before elections; 2) Greatly weakening the attorney general’s position; 3) enact greater stipulations on government funded healthcare for WI citizens; 4) restrict the governor’s ability to perform.

With a conservative majority in place—and with another conservative majority swearing-in in January—these newly passed bills render Ever’s campaign promises inert.

Perhaps more relevant to the University of Wisconsin, the State Senate has just approved Walker’s appointment for the Board of Regents seat. The Assembly is said to be following suit and we will know before this publication if that is true, as they voted on it this Tuesday. Scott Beightol could replace Bryan Steil. Beightol is an attorney from a close law firm to the Wis. Republicans. Beightol assisted in gerrymandering—an undemocratic process—districts in 2011. The Assembly is said to be following suit and we will know before this publication if that is true.

What does Beightol know about the needs of students, faculty and campus staff, being a lawyer who primarily focused on labor arbitrations and trade secret? How does his appointment serve the people within our campus communities? In previous columns, I have argued that the Board of Regents does not serve campus communities, but rather corporate interests within the state. I assert that Beightol will fill the same role as the other regents, save the sole seat reserved for the State Superintendent who oversees Wisconsin’s education.

The appointment of Beightol is accompanied by more than 30 other appointments by Walker for other official positions, all approved by the senate, and all without proper vetting within public forums. Should not the people have a say in who is elected to our highest positions of office? The students, teachers and campus staff the state should be made informed of and have influential say in the appointing of policy makers of our University, and the same should apply to the whole state.

The senate bills backed by Walker that were voted on under the cover of darkness did not go unnoticed. The public was aware of the proceedings. Demonstrators occupied the Capitol building en masse during the session last Wednesday to show opposition to the lame-duck bills which are an affront to choice of the people of Wisconsin in electing progressives to office. Shortly after the session began, cries of “Shame!” echoed through the halls as protestors were forced out of the gallery by police.

The lame-duck bills passing at the highest levels of our state government and the heavy support of Board of Regent appointee Scott Beightol among legislatures is evidence that Wisconsin and the UW System is no democracy for the people, rather it is a democracy for the ruling class of our great state. In solidarity. #DemocratizeTheBoR

Ethan Costello is a senior majoring in communication, VP of No Victims Self Defense and Secretary of Students for a Democratic Society.

The Proletarian | The struggle does not end after state elections

Workers and students have won a victory by ousting Walker, but his legacy still remains

ETHAN COSTELLO | coste012@rangers.uwp.edu

Scott Walker is defeated in Wisconsin, and that should be celebrated. Wisconsin has a better platform for pushing back against backwards policies with newly elected Governor Tony Evers and Lt. Governor Mandela Barne,  respectively. It is a good thing for Wisconsin workers and students that Walker is out, but the struggle continues. Walker’s legacy of destroying unions and workers’ power was unmatched. His slashing of education has its ramifications. The consequences of Walker’s governance will persist until his work can be undone. As it is looking, due to national right-to-work laws and a majority right-wing State Assembly, Wisconsin is looking at a stagnant future.

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Current Governor Walker lost the election in favor of Superintendent Tony Evers.
Courtesy: Michael Vadon via Flickr

In 2011, Walker destabilized labor unions with Act 10, a policy that took away unions right to collectively bargain. This caused a sharp decrease in union benefits and membership. But Walker’s policy also has a federal twin in the Janus vs. AFSCME ruling. This Supreme Court case pitted Mark Janus, an Illinois employee against his union. Janus felt that because labor unions are inherently political, he should be allowed to refuse paying dues under the First Amendment free speech rights. The Supreme Court ruled 5-4 in favor of Janus. This consequently allows union members to refuse to pay dues allowing them to “free ride” on union benefits. Now that Walker’s ideas have been upheld nationwide—even if Evers manages to repeal Act 10 in Wisconsin—unions will still be distraught in Wisconsin.

Even at the beginning, Evers will have an uphill battle. The State Senate and Assembly are both held by a conservative majority, and Republicans in the past had been planning to attack unions for a long time. Evers will likely have a better chance at restoring Wisconsin’s education budget rather than repealing Act 10.

Evers can only do so much, considering the state of the legislature. It is now up to us to continue the fight. We need to pressure our representatives to fight for progressive changes to our education and to our workplaces by calling their offices and demanding increase to education funding. We need to continue to organize within our communities, campuses and workplaces to spread awareness because, after all, we can only gain ground if we keep pushing forward. Change happens on the grassroots level when people come together en masse to stand for what they consider to be right. Any great movement of history started small and, through hard work, grew into something grander. Let’s educate and intigate to move Wisconsin forward! In Solidarity.

Ethan Costello is a senior majoring in communication, VP of No Victims Self Defense and Secretary of Students for a Democratic Society.