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From  JSOnline, which seems to have a problem actually mentioned where this issue "came up." 

March 17, 2011 2:51 p.m. | Partisan e-mails have sailed from the accounts of University of Wisconsin employees in recent weeks, prompting administrators to remind faculty to avoid using state e-mail accounts and equipment for campaign activity.

Following a case that arose Wednesday, a UW-Milwaukee spokesman said the university would look into a report of an employee in the history department using her university e-mail account to get word out about a rally to encourage the recall of Rep. Alberta Darling (R-River Hills).

“We absolutely have repeatedly made it clear to faculty and staff that university resources are not to be used for political purposes,” said Tom Luljak, UW-Milwaukee’s vice chancellor for university relations.



I am a a graduate student at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in the History Department.  On Wednesday a member of the department sent an e-mail to students urging them to sign a petition to recall Alberta Darling.  I am grossly offended by this blatant abuse of University Resources and wanted to e-mail you a copy of the e-mail as well as my response.  Thank you very much for your time.
John Grochowski

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Anita L Cathey <>
Date: Wed, Mar 16, 2011 at 2:00 PM
Subject: Line Lake Drive in support of all teachers, students, and public employees
To: hfac <>, hlec <>, hta <>, history-graduates <>


Line Lake Drive in support of all teachers, students, and public employees
March 16, 2011
4:00 pm to 6:00 pm

All hands on deck! We will be out on Lake Drive (east side) to greet rush hour commuters with signs encouraging the recall of Alberta Darling. If you live or work in District 8, bring a sign and come out and support this effort. Students and all public workers, please attend! It’s only a short walk from the University.

Be careful DO NOT OBSTRUCT TRAFFIC! We want to gain support from the commuter community! Let’s make this line long and thick.

There will be a stop and sign station with petitions at Big Bay Park. Signs alerting commuters of the stop and sign station will be along the 2.5 mile stretch. There is no parking on northbound Lake Drive. Please park on the side streets and be careful when crossing Lake Drive. Consider crossing at Kenwood Blvd or Capitol Drive stoplights.

Additional details here.

Posted March 15th, 2011
If anyone has any questions regarding the Line Lake Drive email that was sent out, please contact Prof. Philip Shashko.

Thank you,

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Grochowski, John Michael <>
Date: Wed, Mar 16, 2011 at 4:18 PM
Subject: Re: Line Lake Drive in support of all teachers, students, and public employees
To: Anita L Cathey <>
Cc: hfac <>, hlec <>, hta <>, history-graduates <>

I just want to make it clear that THIS is an abuse of University resources.  Some people actually do side with Walker.  I am personally offended that a member of the University would  use the public e-mail to promote a political agenda that I strongly disagree with.  You can have whatever opinion you want and promote it ON YOUR OWN TIME, but to use your position to try to influence others or assume that everyone agrees with you, is repugnant.

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