On opposite ends of State Street, two student groups with radically different viewpoints will voice their opinions today about the proposal to split UW-Madison from the University of Wisconsin System.

At Bascom Hall at 1 p.m., students plan to protest the budget proposal to make UW-Madison into a public authority. The group, including members of the Student Labor Action Coalition, will hold a mock auction to signify what they say is a handover of the university to private special interests. 

Bascom Hall is where UW-Madison Chancellor Biddy Martin's office is located.

About a mile away, at the state Capitol, students in favor the proposal will lobby legislators, said Jon Alfuth, a coordinator of Students for the New Badger Partnership.

The New Badger Partnership is the budget plan that makes UW-Madison into a public authority, splitting it from the UW System and giving the university its own board of trustees. 

Alfuth said his group will go to lawmakers' offices to explain why they they think the proposal is so crucial for maintaining the quality of UW-Madison. 


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