Walker Vetoes Provision Eliminating Indefinite Status for UW


Gov. Scott Walker vetoed a provision in the biennial state budget on Sunday that would have turned all probationary contracts for academic staff in the UW System into fixed-term contracts. The Legislature would have mandated the elimination of indefinite status, the non-PhD equivalent of tenure, for about 158  academic staff at UW-Milwaukee, as well as more […]

Innovator in Academia: David Garman

David Garman photo by Molly Bryant.

The Dean of The School of Freshwater Sciences, David Garman, is the recipient of British Consulate’s Brit Weeks’s Innovation in Academia award. Garman has been the Dean of The School of Freshwater Sciences for about four years. His previous jobs have dealt with all different aspects of environmental management of water resources. The School of […]

Teenager Sentenced in Death of Milwaukee Club Promoter

Melvin Jones, convicted of felony murder in the killing of a Milwaukee club promoter at age 16 using a hammer. Photo: Milwaukee County Sheriff's Office

The courtroom was filled with family members and friends of club promoter Christopher Gray waiting to hear the sentencing of Melvin Jones, the teenage murderer of their lost loved one. Jones was sentenced to 25 years in prison and 10 years of extended release on Friday May 8 for the murder of Gray. Jones was […]

Some UW-Milwaukee Academic Staff on “Highly Accelerated Timeline” for Indefinite Status


There are 158 employees at UW-Milwaukee whose probationary terms could be switched to fixed term contracts – likely two years long – if the full Legislature approves a Joint Finance Committee measure ordering the Regents to eliminate indefinite status for academic staff in the UW System. As a result, they are on what the chancellor […]

City Attorney’s Office Pleads for More Money for Police Litigation, Finance and Personnel Committee Accepts

Assistant City Attorney Miriam Horowitz.

The city is spending over $120,000 for outside lawyers every month to defend the city against police-related litigation, funds it anticipated would last a few months but now thinks will continue for the year, aldermen were told at a Finance and Personnel Committee meeting. The Finance and Personnel Committee adopted an overall Contingent Fund Request […]

Common Council Debates, Then Tables Lowering Milwaukee Pot Fines

Alderman Willie Wade speaks at the Council meeting. Photo by Sarah DeGeorge.

Tuesday’s meeting of the Milwaukee Common Council started with business as usual, but ended with a bang when Alderman Nik Kovac brought before the Council a proposed ordinance to lower Milwaukee pot fines dramatically. Supporters said that while studies have shown drug use is consistent across racial demographics, there is a disproportionate number of young, […]

New Project Turns to City’s Youth For Answers on Milwaukee Crime

The logo for the MKE Peace project. Source: City website.

The city is looking for solutions to the Milwaukee crime problem from a new source: The young. Alderman Michael Murphy developed the newly announced MKE Peace Project, in conjunction with other Common Council members, and he showed up at a May Milwaukee Arts Board Meeting to highlight the effort. Murphy, the Common Council president, stressed that the project is […]

How Much Should the City Pay So Boats Can Get to the Horny Goat?

Capital Improvements Committee member Mariano Schifalacqua and Alderman Bob Bauman talk with Craig Liberto about the implications of 1st Street bascule bridge. Photo credit: Milwauke Legistar website photo obtained by Bo Bayerl.

A proposed $12 million over the next two years for bridge repair over the Kinnickinnic River caused dispute at a recent Milwaukee Capital Improvements Committee meeting.  At issue: How much taxpayers should pay so pleasure crafts can get to a local pub and marina. Alderman Bob Bauman immediately had questions once Craig Liberto spoke on […]

Teenager Gets 25 Years in Slaying of Promoter Caly Kris

Jones' mugshot obtained by Mary Jo Contino.

This story is part of a series of Milwaukee homicide sentencings being covered this spring by UWM journalism students. You can read other student stories about this sentencing here. At a Milwaukee courthouse hearing Friday afternoon, Melvin Jones, 17, was sentenced to 25 years in prison with 10 years extended supervision after entering a guilty plea […]