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Artist Chosen for New UW CDIS Installation

Artist Chosen for New UW CDIS Installation

Jonathan Buscher March 1, 2024

In April of 2023, the ground was broken on the UW campus for the University of Wisconsin - Madison’s School of Computer, Data, and Information Sciences building (CDIS). Once finished, the building will...

Neo-Nazi Group Marches Down State Street

Neo-Nazi Group Marches Down State Street

Ava Kahn December 1, 2023

On the morning of Saturday, November 18 in downtown Madison, a group of neo-Nazis marched down State Street to the State Capitol and then to James Madison Park. The group has been identified as the Blood...

Joshua Pleasnick Released on Signature Bond in WI Capitol Case

Joshua Pleasnick Released on Signature Bond in WI Capitol Case

Jonathan Buscher October 31, 2023

On October 4, 2023, Joshua Pleasnick, entered the Wisconsin State Capitol shirtless, with a small dog, and open-carrying a handgun demanding to speak to Governor Tony Evers, who was not in the building...

Death at the Ironman

Death at the Ironman

Ava Kahn October 1, 2023

Dax Bakken, a 51-year-old man passed away during the 112 mile biking leg of the Ironman triathlon. An Ironman staff member and an off-duty police officer saw that the man needed medical attention while...

Challenging Start to MMSD School Year with Bus Mishaps

Challenging Start to MMSD School Year with Bus Mishaps

Jonathan Buscher October 1, 2023

Newly starting for the 2023-2024 school year, MMSD partnered with the First Student bus company through a three-year and $81.3 million dollar contract. According to a statement issued by the First Student...

3 Generations, 1 Family, 1 College

3 Generations, 1 Family, 1 College

Jonathan Buscher October 1, 2023

Carthage College, located in Kenosha, Wisconsin, recently had a first for the school as its fall students contained a set of four women making up three generations of the same family. Samantha Malczewsi,...

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Tunnels: The New MMSD Transport Network

Elliott Weix April 3, 2023

DISCLAIMER: THIS ARTICLE IS SATIRE AND IS MEANT FOR ENTERTAINMENT PURPOSES ONLY. Madison Metropolitan School District plans to abandon metro buses in favor of a network of tunnels beneath Madison, allowing...

Results are in for Madison Snowplow Naming

Results are in for Madison Snowplow Naming

Jonathan Buscher March 12, 2023

During January and February of 2023, our own city of Madison hosted a snow-plow naming contest for four new city vehicles: a quad axle brine truck, an MT7 trackless bike path plow, a loader with plow and...

MMSD Superintendent Carlton Jenkins Announces Retierment in July

MMSD Superintendent Carlton Jenkins Announces Retierment in July

Jonathan Buscher February 24, 2023

Carlton Jenkins, MMSD’s superintendent for the past three years, recently revealed his decision to retire, effective July 28, 2023, during a district announcement on Wednesday, February 8, 2023. In the...

Local Indigenous Artist Exposed as White

Local Indigenous Artist Exposed as White

Jonathan Buscher January 22, 2023

Kay LeClaire is an individual who goes by they/them pronouns, identifies as “two-spirit,” an Indigenous term for being non-binary, and has claimed heritage from a variety of different groups, including...

One Citys Grade Cut Students Transfer to MMSD

One City’s Grade Cut Students Transfer to MMSD

Jonathan Buscher January 22, 2023

On Thursday, January 5, One City Preparatory Academy, a private Madison charter school, announced that it would be closing its 9th and 10th-grade programs mid-year due to staffing shortages. Although...

Lunchroom Worker Shortages in MMSD and their Impact on School Food Nutrition

Lunchroom Worker Shortages in MMSD and their Impact on School Food Nutrition

Sophia Jiang October 28, 2022

In the recent weeks, MMSD parents and staff have filed complaints regarding the school food quality and service, citing limited nutritional value, incorrect listing of menu items, and repeated menu items....

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