The semester that was: Spring 2019’s biggest stories

Here are the most contested stories from the spring semester


Wisconsin’s voters deserve better than model legislation

Wisconsin's laws should not be vehicles for politicians to create reputations

State of Wisconsin

UW experts say Trump’s ‘free speech’ executive order will have limited impact on college campuses

Executive order requires college campuses to protect free speech, but implementation still unclear


In light of Trump’s free speech executive order, UW’s existing policy is worthy of praise

UW System's free speech and protest policy already covers much of Trump's latest executive order


Hate speech is free speech — it’s time that changes

President Donald Trump's recent executive order prompts discussion on free expression vs. diversity on campus, in law

State of Wisconsin

‘Rape is a preference’: UW-Stevens Point students harassed by group touring around UW campuses

Students felt group took advantage of freedom of speech


UW protest guidelines too broad to be effective, may inhibit peaceful protest on campus

Subjectivity of guidelines may condemn protests that were once considered peaceful


Conservatives’ self-victimization on college campuses is getting old

Freedom of speech not good enough excuse to target already marginalized groups


Politicians shouldn’t exploit taxpayer dollars for personal gain

After controversial settlement over free speech lawsuit comes question about sincerity of activism


New campus free speech policy draws mixed responses from UW students, staff members at panel

Panel members explore implications for individual rights, protests, censorship