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The foul stench of corporate bait-and-switch politics wafted from the grotesque maw that is Einstein Brothers Bagels when I went to get a bagel Wednesday.

I have what is known as a “Madison Student Discount Card,” which I purchased for $10 two months ago. With this card one may receive certain services at a discount or for free. Einstein’s is one of the businesses offering a free service — one free bagel a day.

The card does not specify what kind of bagel, therefore I — like many other unsuspecting victims of Einstein’s chicanery — believed it was possible to get any type of bagel, whether it was asiago cheese, onion or what-have-you. And for the last two months, Einstein’s has been upholding this belief.

However, in a move of classic corporate deception, they have now decided to give cardholders only plain bagels.

Such heinous and reprehensible practices are only seeking to cash in at the consumer’s expense. Many students now hold a card that has become largely useless.

If a business commits to such a promotion, it must, under the law, honor it. I call on you, O brothers and sisters of the repressed and oft-castrated consumer class, to boycott and confront the self-serving, miserly, covetous, usurious, avaricious, greedy, rapacious practices of this corporate harlot.

The list could go on, but my thesaurus has run out of adjectives listed under the heading of “Einstein Brother’s Bagels.” Therefore, I implore you — unite and behead this juggernaut of corporate heresy, Einstein’s!

Aaron Schmitt, UW senior

When deciding upon a school, certain things are considered. Students look for a college that excels in areas they wish to major in, is affordable and, of course, is safe.

“Alcohol.” It’s a common word here on the Madison campus, but unbeknownst to many students it has become quite a controversial issue. The personal safety of anyone is changed when they are intoxicated, but there is no current law supporting that fact. The word “current” is key.

Terese Berceau is working on passing a bill that would redefine alcohol as an intoxicant in rape cases, since alcohol was taken off the list in 1996. This bill would allow people who were too intoxicated to give consent to defend themselves in sexual-assault cases.

People need to be educated about the connection between date rape and alcohol. For this reason, it is the main topic of the Associated Students of Madison’s Annual Town Hall Meeting. The meeting is today at 5 p.m. in the Memorial Union (check out TITU for the exact room).

Andrea LeClair, ASM campus relations intern, and Erica Tietz, ASM campus safety coordinator

The future of Wisconsin lies with us. We are the people that will be phased in to the economic and social controls in the not-so-distant future. The whole reason for our imminent role is the education we are receiving here at UW-Madison. Our tuition and our fees go into making sure that we receive the best education in college. Or do they?

The governing body for the UW System is the Board of Regents. The board is composed of 17 people from around the state, most of who were appointed by the governor. While every decision the board makes affects students, there is currently only one student regent, who was not even directly elected by students.

While in the past hopes of more student representation on the board might have been an impossible dream, a decent chance is making its way through the State Legislature right now. Assembly Bill 371/Senate Bill 175, if passed, will add another student to the board. It also provides a way for students to chose the student regent we have.

The Associated Students of Madison, along with many other student-government groups around the state, support the passage of this bill. It basically comes down to one idea: Students should not be silent shareholders in their education. We now ask that our government and our governor put a mouth where our money is; let us govern ourselves.

Austin Evans
UW freshman

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