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At UW-Whitewater, Beverly Kopper’s Tenure Was about More than Beverly Kopper

Former UW-Whitewater chancellor Beverly Kopper was on leave – apparently for part of that time under federal or state medical leave act provisions – before her resignation from UW-Whitewater. I’ll not speculate about the circumstances under which she claimed leave under the law. There’s another matter that requires attention. There’s talk at UW-Whitewater these days…

Kopper Resigns, Whitewater Remains

One reads that Beverly Kopper, UW-Whitewater chancellor, has resigned her position effective 12.31.18.  Her resignation was generally expected for at least the last few weeks, and was, more importantly, necessary.  This was a public matter involving a spouse appointed to a public position accused of sexual harassment by at least five women while the appointing chancellor kept…

Chancellor Kopper Should Resign

A few hours ago, the Janesville Gazette published portions of an open letter from Whitewater City Councilwoman Stephanie Vander Pas describing harassment that she experienced from Pete Hill, husband of UW-Whitewater Chancellor Beverly Kopper, while Kopper was nearby. See Whitewater council member: UW-Whitewater chancellor should resign after her husband’s sexual harassment. Reading her remarks, along…

Chancellor Kopper’s Belated Statement on Another Federal Complaint

Today, only after publication of an account of a second Title IX complaint against UW-Whitewater from a second sexual assault survivor, Chancellor Kopper finally chose to issue a statement in her own words (assuming that she wrote it). I have published that statement in full, at the bottom of this post. (For the story on…

Beverly Kopper Selected as UW-Whitewater Chancellor

As anyone might have expected.  So predictable, in fact, it would have been silly to expect another choice: this was a process of selection from among a very weak field, and thereby a design that would lead to one probable, internal selection.  (The external candidates might have been found at Greyhound bus terminals or all-night…

Daily Bread for 4.5.22: UW-Whitewater’s Chronic Administrative Turmoil

Good morning. Tuesday in Whitewater will be cloudy with a high of 50.  Sunrise is 6:28 AM and sunset 7:26 PM for 12h 58m 08s of daytime.  The moon is a waxing crescent with 17% of its visible disk illuminated.  The Whitewater Unified School District’s Policy Review Committee meets at 9 AM, and Whitewater’s Landmarks Commission…

Daily Bread for 10.8.21: Ex-student Stephanie Vander Pas sues for failure of UW-Whitewater to protect her and others from sexual harassment by former chancellor’s husband

Good morning. Friday in Whitewater will see scattered showers with a high of 72.  Sunrise is 7:01 AM and sunset 6:22 PM for 11h 21m 22s of daytime.  The moon is a waxing crescent with 5.6% of its visible disk illuminated.  On this day in 1871, fire destroys Peshtigo, Wisconsin: Peshtigo, Wisconsin was devastated by a…

Daily Bread for 5.23.21

Good morning. Sunday in Whitewater will see morning showers followed by a thunderstorm this afternoon, and a high of 80. Sunrise is 5:23 AM and sunset 8:19 PM, for 14h 55m 52s of daytime.  The moon is a waxing gibbous with 87.3% of its visible disk illuminated. On this day in 1854, the first railroad reaches…

Whitewater’s Local Politics 2021: The Campus

This is the fifth in a series on Whitewater’s local politics of 2021. Whitewater, Wisconsin is a small town where about half the residents are university students. Town-Gown conflicts here aren’t the most in all North America, but they’re not the least, either. The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater is beset with challenges apart from politics: long-term structural…

UW-Whitewater’s Budgetary Challenges Require a Studied Approach

Whitewater is a college town. If a college town, then a college: the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. I’ve written about the university now and again. A simple summary of my views would be that Whitewater benefits from having a university, but that the school’s leaders (notably Telfer and Kopper) have failed both individuals and the community.…

Whitewater Common Council Meeting, 9.1.20: Culture & Prohibitions

At last night’s meeting of the Whitewater Common Council, the council discussed and gave direction to the city attorney to draft an ordinance regulating large gatherings of people on private property during the pandemic. (Updated with video. A revised agenda is available here.) The council plans to meet again on 9.9.20, where they will consider a…

Five Months

In a local newspaper’s story about a former chancellor’s leave of absence, one learns that information about her leave came five months after a public records request: Tuesday marked five months since The Gazette filed an open records request with UW-W for information on Kopper’s leave during the fall semester, when she previously had plans…