Daily Bread for 2.9.23: Whitewater as the Most Collegiate City in Wisconsin

Good morning.

Thursday in Whitewater will see a mix of rain and snow with a high of 35. Sunrise is 6:58 AM and sunset 5:19 PM for 10h 20m 17s of daytime. The moon is a waning gibbous with 87.5% of its visible disk illuminated.

Whitewater’s Alcohol Licensing Committee meets at 2 PM

 On this day in 1870, President Grant signs a joint resolution of Congress establishing the U.S. Weather Bureau.

The Washington Post has a 50-state survey of which town in each state has the most college students as a percentage of the city (where the examination was among cities). The Post calls those places the ‘collegiest‘ towns in each state. (The most collegiate places would have worked well enough.) 

UW-Whitewater, unsurprisingly, has the most college students in Wisconsin as a percentage of its home city. Whitewater, Wisconsin ranks high — 8th — on the Post‘s national list.

The high percentage of students has not, however, aided efforts to overcome town-gown conflicts. On the contrary, the non-student population includes a fair number of residents who’d rather Whitewater had no campus at all. Those who have worked on bringing campus and town closer have mostly failed. They’ve tried hard, some of them, but their efforts have produced little. Whitewater has a faction that deprecates college life, ridicules a college education, and insists that this town would be fine with no campus. (This hostility is a deflection: the level of child poverty in Whitewater shows that our problems begin at home, so to speak, not on campus.)

Bridging the town-gown divide requires more than wearing royal purple or renting apartments to college students. (Those who see the campus mostly as a money stream, notably the town’s landlords, are among the least insightful about what makes a college a vibrant place, let alone how to bring diverse student and non-student groups together.) 

Andrew Van Dam reports The collegiest college town in every state, and more:

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