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Mayor and Chancellor’s Assistant Billups talk about campus-city connections

The University of Wisconsin community welcomed Madison mayor

Dave Cieslewicz for a Campus-Connections luncheon at Education Hall

Wednesday. LaMarr Billups, UW chancellor John Wiley’s special


assistant on community relations, also spoke at the event, strongly

emphasizing the connections and relations between the UW campus and

the city of Madison.

Billups began the meeting by describing UW as one of the top 10

communities in terms of population and density in the state. UW is

home to more than 41,000 students and is the largest employer in

Dane County, providing jobs to more than 16,000 people.

He named more than a dozen city-campus issues UW has an interest

in examining and said, “There are many more, too.”

Billups said UW is interested, among other things, in the

annexation of the Town of Madison into the actual city, mainly

because the campus owns 52 percent of the town due to the UW

Arboretum’s location within the its borders.

Another issue Billups brought up was the west-campus

co-generation power plant. Cieslewicz described the professional

negotiations as ones that consider three sides –those of the UW

campus, the city and its surrounding neighborhoods.

All three of these groups have a strong interest in the location

of the power plant. Cieslewicz said he tried to moderate the

different interests of both UW and the neighborhoods. He explained

that UW wanted the power for the campus, but people in the Regent

neighborhood worried about pollution, lighting and noise, to name a

few issues. In the end, Cieslewicz and Billups agreed most people

have found a common ground in the new project.

“For the most part, we avoided a train wreck,” Cieslewicz


Both administrators also stated local neighborhoods are not only

concerned with power-plant construction but also with merging the

design of different buildings with the surrounding community. In

addition, security concerns at Camp Randall have arisen among the


After the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, the Department of

Homeland Security developed a color-coded level of safety. Camp

Randall, which can hold more than 70,000 people, automatically

became an area of safety liability for UW.

Cieslewicz said many property owners on Breese Terrace

compromised with UW and the city during instances of code-orange


Cieslewicz also commented on the plan to redesign the southeast

campus area. As a UW alumnus who lived in Ogg Hall, Cieslewicz

anticipated the new projects to be both more effective and more

attractive than the current buildings.

“I’m excited about where it’s going,” Cieslewicz said.

Another note hit upon by Billups during a question-and-answer

section involved the education partnerships UW has established in

southern Madison. The university set up a center at the Villager

Mall that Billups feels benefits the community and the


“The ideas we work on is what the community has decided on,”

Billups said. “They’re not our ideas.”

Cieslewicz feels that UW is one of Madison’s most important

facets, as is the workforce that annually comes out of the


“Madison wouldn’t be Madison if we didn’t have the university,”

Cieslewicz said. “We get 5,600 of the brightest [people] every



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