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UPDATE: UW Students protest Badger Partnership


UPDATE: MADISON (WKOW)--Police at the University of Wisconsin were called to Bascom Hall on Tuesday evening after a group of protesters refused to leave the building.

A statement from UW Police said around 35 people began their protest against the proposal to split UW-Madison from the rest of the UW system at 1 p.m.

After a 90 minute meeting with Chancellor Biddy Martin, police say the group continued to protest and refused to leave when the building closed at 6 p.m.

Dean of Students Lori Berquam tried to convince the protesters to leave, but they refused.

The police statement said officers then arrived and the protesters agreed to leave.


University of Wisconsin-Madison students are now involved in the question of privatizing their university.

Some students held a sit-in at Bascom Hill Tuesday afternoon in protest. The students say the new Badger Partnership would mean an increase in tuition and more corporate control over research.

Alex Hanna, a student protesting Badger Partnership, said "It's going to give the Chancellor and the board unlimited and unregulated abilities. It's going to make access to this University inaccessible."

Kevin King, a UW-Madison Junior, said "A lot of people associate the Badger Partnership with whatever (Governor) Walker is doing, and he's had a lot of negative things said. But that's two entirely different things."

University leaders say the move would allow them to face a $125 million budget reduction.

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