Morning Update: Monday, Oct. 18
A weekend of protests
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Here's a historical fact to start off the week: On this day in 1967, club-wielding cops clashed with students protesting the Vietnam war on the University of Wisconsin campus.
According to the Wisconsin Historical Society, "65 people, including several officers, were treated for injuries. Thirteen student leaders were ordered expelled from school. State Attorney General Bronson La Follette criticized the police for using excessive brutality."
Now let's dive into the news of today.
🗳️ Dane County is one step closer to finalized district voting maps.
- The Dane County Board of Supervisors approved a tentative map that outlines what voting boundaries will look like for the next 10 years.
- The map was approved in a 32-2 vote. It was one of three potential districting solutions drawn up by the county’s nonpartisan redistricting commission. This year is the first time elected officials played no role in drawing the maps.
- The approved outline will now head to the county clerk’s office for final adjustments. The board of supervisors will vote on the finalized maps next month, Cap Times reports.
📣 The East high walkout went districtwide in a second protest last week.
- Some context: Hundreds of East high students walked out of class last Wednesday to support a survivor of a recent alleged sexual assault involving two of the school's students.
- Hundreds of students walked out of class for the second time last week Friday in protest of the district's handling of matters of sexual assault and harassment. In addition to East High School, students at La Follette, West, and Memorial high schools also walked out in protest.
- The student protestors presented a list of demands aimed at the school board and high school administrators. According to the Wisconsin State Journal, the list of demands includes:
- Education and training for staff and students on sexual assault and harassment and the reporting policy.
- Clear protocols for every student on how to report incidents both on and off district property.
- Sanctions for perpetrators of sexual assault on or off campus from suspension to expulsion.
- A commitment by the school and the district to support victims.
🏈 What's up in Wisconsin sports?
- The Badgers football team beat the Army in a historic matchup. Prior to this game, which the Badgers won 20-14, the two teams had never played each other.
- Call it a bonus win: Badgers linebacker Noah Burks proposed to his girlfriend after the game. Cue the fireworks. (She said yes!)
- Forward Madison took a tough loss Saturday. The Mingos fell 2-3 against the Richmond Kickers.
- The Badgers Volleyball team did what they do best: Win. The team swept the Michigan State Spartans 3-0 Friday.
- The Packers beat da Bears. Quarterback Aaron Rodgers threw two touchdowns, leading the team to a 24-14 victory.
- Related sports reading: Despite delta surge, UW Athletics is in better place this year (via WPR)
✈️ Dozens gathered to protest the impending arrival of F-35 fighter jets at Truax Field.
- Some context: The jets are scheduled to arrive in Madison in 2023, but not without controversy. The jets have been criticized by community members and politicians alike who say their arrival will have major impacts on daily life.
- Protesters cited environmental and personal health issues as arguments against the jets. Research has shown that repeated exposure to loud noises — such as those from aircrafts — can lead to cardiovascular disease and hearing loss.
- Related: The first F-16 based at Truax Field leaves for good as F-35 transition continues (via NBC15)
✔️ Former President Trump says Sean Duffy should run for Governor.
- Sean Duffy retired from his post as a member of Congress in 2019 after learning of health issues in his family.
- The former congressman was rumored to have plans of joining the 2022 gubernatorial race but has yet to make an announcement. Furthermore, the State Journal reports Duffy sold his Wausau home in September and currently lists New Jersey as his state of residence. Still, the former president said Duffy would be a "fantastic" candidate.
💉 This Madison startup helped schedule 70,000 COVID shots.
- Co-founders Jonathan Baran and Tyler Marklein launched Carebot in March 2020, just weeks before COVID-19 shut down businesses (and life) in Wisconsin. The technology the two created helps streamline appointment scheduling and other logistics so clinics can work to get as many shots in arms as possible. As the Cap Times reports, they've been incredibly successful in their efforts.
🏟️ Your lunchtime read: At the Helm: behind the scenes with the Badgers’ video director.
- From Madison365: "As a producer [Justin] Helm is responsible for directing the various editorial elements for the events he produces such as women’s hockey. As the video director, Helm manages the video board; he dictates what the viewer sees and when they see it. ... Helm not only has control over what the people see on the video board, he also controls how people see. As an all-seeing eye, Helm can shape the narrative of the gameplay at his own discretion."
🎃 Did someone say animals with pumpkins?!
🦠 Covid-19 Resources
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Dane County Vaccination Rate: 71.5%
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📅 Events: Multi-day
- Wisconsin Leadership Summit hosted by Madison365. Monday through Friday. Virtual. Nonprofit/government tickets $29, students $19, full registration $49.
- Wisconsin Book Festival. Thursday through Sunday. Author talks, used books sale, poetry reading, and more.
- Wisconsin Science Festival. Thursday through Sunday. Science-related events for both adults and kids throughout the area.
- Beakers & Broomsticks Week at Madison Children’s Museum. Thursday through Sunday. Mashup of science and Halloween activities.
Monday, Oct. 18
- Prayers for the Planet, a multifaith demonstration for climate action, at the Capitol. 12 p.m.
- Bike tune up event at Lussier Community Education Center. 4-6 p.m. Free.
- Virtual Conversation With Toufah Jallow, author of “Toufah: The Woman Who Inspired an African #MeToo Movement” and Saikou Camara, an international motivational speaker. Hosted by a Room of One’s Own. 6 p.m. Free.
- The Madison Moth StorySlam: LEGENDS at High Noon Saloon. Performers share a five-minute story about lore. Doors 6:30 p.m., show at 7 p.m. $15.