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Transcript of Weekend, December 4-7, 2014

  • the great state University of Wisconsin should ever encourage that continual and fearless sifting and winnowing by which alone the truth can be found.

    Racial disparities plague local policeBy Andrew BahlTHE DAILY CARDINAL

    Racial disparities nation-wide have come into focus fol-lowing the grand jury decision in Ferguson, Missouri not to charge the police officer who killed 18-year-old Michael Brown. That heightened awareness has also exposed racial disparities in Madison, which in some ways exceed those in Ferguson.

    While black people comprise 67 percent of Fergusons popu-lation compared with 7.3 per-cent in Madison, according to the most recent U.S. Census, the cities have similar disparities when it comes to arrest rates.

    Black people in Ferguson are arrested more than twice as often as white people, according to data released by the Missouri

    Department of Public Safety. This falls roughly in line with the national average.

    The differences are more drastic in Madison. Black people in Dane County have an arrest rate more than eight times that of whites, according to the Race to Equity report released in 2011 by the Wisconsin Council on Children and Families.

    Despite comprising less

    than 5 percent of Dane Countys population, black people made up 29.9 percent of all adults arrested in 2012, according to an unpublished report from the Wisconsin Justice Data Portal.

    Pamela Oliver, a UW-Madison sociology profes-sor, said these racial disparities are not new.

    There are longstanding arrest and incarceration dispari-ties [among races] in Madison, Oliver said. There has been a lot of local discussion about these issues, and people have been attempting to address them.

    Police tactics used during traffic stops are another major point of contention in Ferguson and nationwide.

    Traffic stops and stop-and-

    ferguson page 2

    Students, community members gather in silent vigil at Kohl Center Wednesday

    Approximately 150 demonstra-tors gathered on the Kohl Center lawn in a silent vigil responding to the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner Wednesday night.

    The demonstration took place toward the end of the Wisconsin mens basketball game against Duke, with multiple students holding signs reading Black Lives Matter and We Are Michael Brown. Attendees of different ages and ethnicities stood with their hands up in front of departing fans leaving the Kohl Center.

    The event, organized by UW

    student EJ Newble, was part of a wave of demonstrations against police brutality that has swept across the nation over the past week following dropped charg-es against former Ferguson police officer Darren Wilsons shooting of Michael Brown. New York Policeman Daniel Pantaleo was also not indicted Wednesday for choking Eric Garner to death last July, spark-ing further controversy.

    The demonstration remained peaceful and ended with partici-pants singing songs including Lean on Me and We Shall Overcome.

    A new bar may find a home in Madisons campus area as early as June of next year if city officials continue to move the project through the citys approval process.

    Representatives from Barfly Ventures, the home company for the HopCat bar chain look-ing to open the business, spoke with Madisons Urban Design Commission members about redesigning the clothing store Bop, located at 222 W. Gorham St., into a contemporary ale-house. UDC members received

    the plans with enthusiasm and unanimously approved the proj-ect to move forward in the per-mitting process.

    Despite the positive approval from UDC members and city offi-cials that Barfly representatives have spoken with, Mayor Paul Soglin has expressed opposi-tion to adding more bars to State Street, according to the Isthmus. Soglin believes the influx of cafes and bars in the area drive busi-ness away from retailers.

    alehouse page 2

    Artistic racial commentary piece taken down hours after exhibition By Leah Leonidas THE DAILY CARDINAL

    Black Be Nimble. Black Be Quick. Black Be Dead. White Magic Trick.

    Taped on the ground imme-diately outside the Humanities building Tuesday night, these were the words used in an attempt to start a conversation about racial discrimination on UW-Madisons campus. Above the lettering hung an upside-down hooded sweatshirt sym-bolizing a person in the hands up, dont shoot position.

    Artists Jay Katelansky and Alex Jackson said the piece was meant to portray their belief that racial inequality continually plagues people of color in America.

    It doesnt matter how quick you are or how smart you are or who you are, if youre black youre pretty much at the hands of white people, Katelansky said.

    Second-year graduate painting student Katelansky and fourth-year undergraduate painting stu-dent Jackson said they chose the Humanities building to showcase their art due to its placement in a highly trafficked area.

    However, though the artists had permission from police to display the piece, it was taken down and thrown away by an unknown individual only two hours after it was put up.

    Katelansky said her inspiration for creating the piece stemmed from a class in which not one stu-dent knew of the 1955 lynching of

    14-year-old Emmett Till. From there I kind of just

    broke, and Ive been making this type of work ever since, she said.

    Jackson spoke of the impor-tance of getting out of his stu-dio and expanding his work beyond galleries.

    We wanted to, especially in these times and what is going on in Ferguson, bring [this issue] to this campus and put it out there and really try to start a conversation, he said.

    Though the events surround-

    ing the Michael Brown case in Ferguson had a hand in inspir-ing the work of art, the artists said the message it portrays is deeper than just this event.

    This is not just about Ferguson, this is something that happens to us every single day. I mean, every week two black people are being killed, for the last 28 years, statistical-ly, Katelansky said. Ferguson has ignited us to put this work out publicly, but were not just discussing Ferguson.

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    Duke brings the bluesKOHL CENTER

    Frank Kaminsky and the University of Wisconsin mens bas-ketball team falls to Duke, 80-70, in a highly anticipated Top 5 matchup. For full coverage, see page 8. + Photo by Wil Gibb

    UW students Jay Katelansky and Alex Jacksons art piece was taken down by an unidentified person Tuesday.

    COURTESY OF JAY KATELANSKY

    West Gorham Street may become home to new alehouse as soon as June

    Pamela Oliversociology professor

    UW-Madison

    There are a lot of people claiming they have been unfairly profiled by local

    police.

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  • Student Council finalizes 2015-16 internal budget, stresses student advocacy By Madeline HeimTHE DAILY CARDINAL

    The Associated Students of Madison Student Council met Wednesday to hear an update on the 2015-2017 Biennial Budget and finalize the 2015-16 ASM internal budget, which totaled $1,381,932.74.

    The biennial budget allo-cates revenue for the state of Wisconsin, including UW System funding for tuition lev-els and the amount of financial aid available.

    Legislative Affairs Chair Tom Gierok spoke on ASM pri-orities concerning this budget, explaining there is a distrust between state legislators and UW-Madison administration. Due to the administrations poor messaging and previous lack of financial transparency, Gierok said university stu-dents will eventually be hurt.

    If the Legislature goes for-ward in deciding to punish the administration by not fulfill-ing their [General Purpose Revenue] request or not filling those gaps in funds, students are going to take the biggest hit, Gierok said.

    Gierok stressed to ASM members the importance of lobbying and student input as the budget moves forward.

    Council also discussed their internal budget for the 2016 fiscal year before ultimately approving it.

    Representative Jeremy OBrien motioned to amend the travel line from $16,000 to $8,000.

    OBrien argued the fund is

    not transparent to students outside of student government and that it is not right for ASM to be using student dollars to fully fund its own travel.

    Several representatives responded to this motion, say-ing these funds allow ASM to represent the university on a broader scale, such as taking trips to Washington, D.C. for student conferences.

    The motion to decrease the travel line did not pass.

    Representative Steven Hughes also moved to strike Councils membership to the United States Student Association, a student advocacy and education organi-zation, saying he felt the asso-

    ciation was not doing valuable university work.

    Though several represen-tatives agreed that commu-nication between USSA and UW-Madison needs improve-ment, many also said the USSA membership, and its associated conferences, is beneficial.

    After going to that confer-ence, I was tremendously influ-enced and I brought my new per-spectives into every classroom and every environment Ive been in since, Representative Andy Stoiber said.

    The motion to strike USSA membership did not pass.

    Council is scheduled to meet next Jan. 21.

    Blue Velvet Lounge owner saves several hundred dollars by foiling telephone fraud

    Having offered the pretense that Blue Velvet Lounge was behind paying its bills, a telephone scammer nearly bamboozled the bar owner out of $745 Friday, according to a Madison Police Department report.

    MPD spokesperson Jo