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A clash over student fees

Rachel Butler, a junior at the UW-Madison, is worried that students are losing their right to decide how their money is used. >More
 The personal and political at the UW Collegiate Slam finals

Poetry slams are intense. Filled with politics, hurt, laughter and always music, they have an energy and emotional involvement that can be compared to an amazing concert you just danced for hours at. And the finals for the inaugural UW Collegiate Slam on Tuesday night at the Wisconsin Union Theater were an impressive display of the young creative talent the state has to offer in a genre that is becoming more and more popular. >More
 Ropin' up holiday gifts at three Madison fairs

It's gift shopping season again, and I am already suffering the yearly symptoms that come from stressing over what to buy for impossible family members. My conscience is working against me as well, as I have been telling everyone the benefits of supporting fair trade and local business. >More
 CineFest brings a planet of hip hop to Madison

"CineFest is really diverse with films focused on hip hop culture around the world and films about classic hip hop, contemporary hip hop and spoken word," says Willie Ney of the UW Multicultural Arts Initiative. "The performances range from Chicano-centric to urban hip hop to a female reggaeton artist who, as far as I know, has never played in Madison." >More
 Saving energy at the zoo

For the past few years, Dane County has been working to make its buildings more energy-efficient, hoping to save taxpayers thousands of dollars in heating and cooling costs and reduce environmental impact. One main focus of these efforts has been the Henry Vilas Zoo. >More
 Costumes contend for attention at Freakfest on State Street

Students and residents alike gathered at Freakfest and at other Halloween parties around Madison last weekend to release their pent-up creativity. The outcome was everything we have come to expect from the suits working by day around the Square and engineering students who busy with numbers all day. While there was the usual drunken sloppiness and debauchery I have become accustomed to, this year's Freakfest had a different feel. >More
 Indie Queer Madison celebrates HalloQueen at the Majestic

State Street is fun if you are a student, still wish you were a student or just want to see all the costumes people will be wearing. But if you don't fit into one of these categories and have grown tired of the same old Halloween scene, there are many other celebrations in Madison being thrown this Saturday. >More
 Spoken word and hip-hop education at the Wisconsin Book Festival

Lyrics from The Sugar Hill Gang's 1979 classic "Rapper's Delight" were repeated throughout Thursday night by the speakers at the "Spoken Word and Hip-Hop Education in the Academy: Potential for a New Pedagogy" panel at the five-day Wisconsin Book Festival. HBO Def Poets Willie Perdomo and Roger Bonair-Agard addressed the enduring, evolving nature of hip-hop and spoken word. >More
 PrairieFire Biofuels' annual meeting a real gas

Sean Michael Dargan admits he is "biodiesel crazy." One of the founding members of PrairieFire BioFuels Co-op, which started in 2005, Dargan bought his first diesel car in 2001 and started using biodiesel fuel. Dargan helped host the PrairieFire BioFuels Co-op membership meeting on Thursday night at the High Noon Saloon. The annual meeting brought out an eclectic group of supporters, from school teachers to ex-hippies to local band members. The co-op now has 274 members. >More
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