Your Right to Know: Don’t let the UW hide research records

This blanket exemption would spare the UW from needing a good reason to deny access to these records, as current law requires. Instead, universities could categorically spurn inquiries from citizens, media and even lawmakers looking into controversial research, potential threats to public safety, conflicts of interest or how tax dollars are spent.

The state budget, by the numbers

The biennial state budget is, in theory, fundamentally about numbers. So here are some numbers from and about the 2013-15 budget as crafted by Gov. Scott Walker and the Wisconsin Legislature.

UW System blasted for WiscNet pick

State Sen. Paul Farrow, R-Pewaukee, accused UW officials of “mismanagement and unethical behavior,” saying they’d shown disdain for the Legislature and contempt for the laws and directives it passed.

Three years after investigation, Obama signs campus sexual assault bill

President Obama signed the Campus Sexual Violence Elimination Act today, as part of the Violence Against Women Act. It’s been three years since the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism published an investigation that found sexual assaults remain seriously underreported and many women still face barriers to notifying authorities at University of Wisconsin campuses.