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Girls Rock Camp Madison has a radical effect on its students

I walked into the middle of a neon-colored riot: a mess of pigtails and ponytails, excited chatter, apprehensive faces, fidgeting fingers and exuberant energy. It was the first-ever Madison edition of Girls Rock Camp, a weeklong day program in which girls ages 8 to 18 form bands, write songs and then perform them in front of a huge, appreciative crowd. >More
 Madison actor Sam White appears in Hulu's Battleground

Sam White is not a forgettable guy: Gray hair, stocky build, exceedingly friendly, with a decent-sized chunk of performing ham. He's been plying the theater trade in Madison for the last couple of decades, appearing both on and behind the stage with just about every company in town. >More
 Cast and crew can't save Strollers Theatre's Beautiful Bodies from its material

Sometimes there's simply no amount of good acting or design work to save a play from a weak script. Such is the unfortunate case with Strollers Theatre's production of Beautiful Bodies, a show that feels like it was written by an author with an addiction to the feel-good platitudes printed on the inside of Dove chocolate wrappers. >More
 DJ Nick Nice spins tunes and fights Gov. Walker

Dedicated protester by day, in-demand club DJ by night: It might strike some that Nick Nice is living a double life. He's even got the Clark Kent glasses. The longtime Madison-based DJ won't make any superhero claims, though. Nice has simply found a way to balance -- and even mix -- his love of music and art with a newfound commitment to activism. >More
 Cyclo-cross National Championships come to Madison

January may not strike your average Wisconsinite as the best time of year to host an outdoor cycling event in the state. In fact, if you expressed a desire to do such a thing you'd likely be met with more than a few raised eyebrows and accusations of mental infirmity. Cyclo-cross racers may cop to being a little nuts, but they'll be the first to tell you that the fall and winter months of the cyclo-cross season are just right. >More
 Kids need to know about sex

Teaching kids about sex and sexuality makes a lot of adults uncomfortable. Our society has a lot of hang-ups about the subject, even when it comes to the habits of consenting grownups. So when the conversation turns to how best to educate our children on the matter, our own insecurities and biases tend to overshadow the debate. >More
 Emily's Post: Farewell and thank you, Act 21 and a Walker recall

Well, here we are. Today marks my very last Emily's Post for The Daily Page, and though it was fully my decision to leave, it is a little bittersweet. I've spent the last two years (since November 2, 2009) writing this mostly twice-weekly opinion column and it's been one heck of a learning experience. I am extremely grateful to the folks at Isthmus for giving me this platform, and for giving me almost complete editorial freedom to write about whatever struck my fancy in a given week. >More
 Emily's Post: Cooperation instead of privatization, ideals instead of ideology

The Walker administration apparently dislikes the free market after all. A proposal by the Department of Public Instruction about to go up before the Joint Finance Committee illustrates this point well, as it would "designate one provider that all school districts statewide would have to use for their student information system services." If the bill passes it would mean at least one company (and likely others) would be forced to leave the state, taking 250 jobs with it. >More
 Emily's Post: John Doe investigation circling ever closer to Walker

I haven't said much about the ongoing John Doe investigation out of Milwaukee County, but I have, like many people, been paying close attention. So far it's been an interesting study of a whole series of seemingly shady deals between Gov. Scott Walker and his various friends/aides and trying to figure out if any of them are connected to a larger corruption scandal, or if there isn't actually that much organization behind it all. >More
 Attack on UW Affirmative Action is misguided

Roger Clegg, president of the right-wing Center for Equal Opportunity, stood up at a downtown hotel last week to give a press conference on Affirmative Action in admissions policies at the UW-Madison. He jabbed a finger into a debate that has been festering not just on campus, but nationwide. >More
 Emily's Post: The end of Don't Ask, Don't Tell, Paul Ryan's taxing hypocrisy, and a big announcement

As of today the policy known as "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" officially enters history's dustbin. I've always had deeply conflicted feelings about the campaign to establish full equality for LGBT members of society who wish to, or already do, serve in our military. >More
 Emily's Post: Wisconsin Legislature avoids video accountability, Walker cronies in the spotlight

On Tuesday the Assembly met for its one and only September session, apparently still too hung over from August vacations and various recall activities to get it together for anything more. Naturally, then, Tuesday also saw an uptick in protest actions at the Capitol. >More
 Emily's Post: Unions more transparent than corporate front groups, voter intimidation continues

The Men Behind the Curtain are clever, I'll give them that. I won't call them Republicans or any other specific name, though, because there are members of the MBC from all political parties. The only real requirement is a passion for shaping the world to fit your specific desires. >More
 Emily's Post: Tammy Baldwin runs for Senate, local control over big dairy

I'd been hearing scuttlebutt about U.S. Rep. Tammy Baldwin's intention to run for Sen. Herb Kohl's soon-to-be-vacated seat for months now, so that she finally made the official announcement of her candidacy this morning didn't come as much of a surprise. It's no secret that I've been a Tammy supporter since I moved to Madison lo these many years ago. I first met the Congresswoman at a fundraiser for her that was being held at the Orpheum Theatre. >More
 Emily's Post: In defense -- and praise -- of public school teachers

My mother was a public school teacher. She graduated college with a degree in elementary education and spent the rest of her life -- nearly up until the time of her death at age 50 -- teaching children. I remember the hours she spent at home working on projects, grading, and just making decorations for the classroom, and all this even though she spent most of those years as a substitute teacher. >More
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