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Letter to the Editor: Energy and assault on campus

April 26, 2016

April 27, 2016 Concerning energy use on campus, back in 2008, the custodians in the academic buildings were moved from the overnight shift to the day shift in order to conserve the energy used at night. The FP&M Academic East Zone (in which I work) had a lead worker during the second shift who...

Letter to the Editor: Labor and HR must work together

April 19, 2016

April 20, 2016 My message for this week is that you are not alone, and you don’t have to go through your troubles alone. The path is not always clear to see, and it can often times be daunting, but there is always a way. You may not like the result, but an important part of the journey is the fact...

Letter to the Editor: We won’t get fooled again

April 12, 2016

April 12, 2016 There are a couple of topics I would like to cover this week. The first concerns the reactions I have received from my other letters. Most of my conversations fill me with hope that people will become more aware of their roles within the campus community which will lead to action and c...

Letter to the Editor: Standing up to UW-W administration

April 12, 2016

April 12, 2016 Last week in the Royal Purple Jeff Ehren responded to my earlier letter to the editor and posed a few questions for me. I thought I should respond. Substantiation for all of the claims made here and in my earlier letter can be found by clicking here. Ehren noted that “professor Chris Henige still has a job at UW-W....

Letter to the Editor: UW-W faculty must learn, organize

April 5, 2016

April 5, 2016 I would like to respond to Chris Henige’s letter from last week. According to him, there has been a universal failure of faculty governance at every level and at every position for several years. If such dereliction of duties and dismissals of due diligence are indeed true, then I certain...

Letter to the Editor: Budget cuts put paychecks over higher education

March 29, 2016

March 29, 2016 I am writing this letter because I have been encouraged by colleagues to keep writing in hopes that there will be changes in the future. I tried to think about what would be best to write about, but any topic is too great to be truly comprehended in one short letter. The complexities of every i...

Letter to the Editor: Work together; take back UW-System

March 15, 2016

March 15, 2016 When Scott Walker won the recall election in 2012, I said that if he were to be reelected in 2014 he would then attack the professors and tenure. One professor laughed, saying that he wouldn’t dare. When the Classified Staff Advisory Council (now the University Staff Council) began, I told the...

Letter to the Editor: Politicians don’t belong in UW-System

February 23, 2016

Feb. 23, 2016 The response by Sen. Steve Nass to Chancellor Beverly Kopper’s message to the campus community is a perfect example of why politicians need to stay far away from the inner workings of the UW-System. The chancellor, along with the rest of us employees, has a duty to keep the campus community a...

Letter to the Editor: Contrasting ideologies cause conflict

February 2, 2016

Feb. 2, 2016 In response to Jeff Ehren's Jan. 27 letter First, sincere thanks for walking your talk. You recommend we “stop, think, ask, and have conversations,” in this “learning institution.” Then you capably do so. But next, a red-faced apology to all. I did indeed say, close borders to “a...

Letter to the Editor: American history is essential to foreign policy

January 26, 2016

Jan. 26, 2016 In response to Brian Kevin Beck's Dec. 9 letter I honestly thought Mr. Beck’s letter was satire at first. I couldn’t believe that someone would write such an inflammatory call to arms in a college paper. Mr. Beck is claiming we are facing a foe “greater than Hitlerian fascism, Ru...

Letter to the Editor: Governance, tobacco bans and the worker’s perspective

November 10, 2015

Nov. 10, 2015 The Royal Purple's coverage of a possible tobacco ban on campus is a fantastic example of how our current system does not work.  We are just shy of four years without a Collective Bargaining Agreement, and it shows. No matter what your political affiliation, it is clear that the experime...

Letter to the Editor: Reader responds to sexual assault conversation

March 11, 2015

March 11, 2015 I have read about the sexual assault case in your paper as well as the responses, including one from a professor.  I find it difficult to keep a calm mind about the entire situation as there are several aspects which appall me. First, from a legal perspective, I am disappointed...

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