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Holding class on holidays

Despite the everyday hustle and
bustle of University students' schedules
yesterday, many people outside the Uni-
versity community didn't have work or
class due to Presidents' Day.
When the University recognizes a
federal holiday, students, faculty and
staff receive the day off. But when the
University chooses not to recognize a
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a tribute to the success
of the Egyptian protests that
were organized through
social media websites such
as Facebook and Twitter, the
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Budget plan -may tilIt
political playing field

Debate continues
over union rights
in Wisconsin
MADISON, Wis. (AP) - The
high-stakes fight in Wiscon-
sin over union rights is about
more than pay and benefits in
the public sector. It could have
far-reaching effects on electoral
politics in this and other states
by helping solidify Republican
power for years, experts said
While Republican Gov. Scott
Walker's plan to wipe out collec-
tive bargaining rights for most
public employees has galvanized
Democrats and union members
in opposition, the GOP could
benefit long-term by crippling a
key source of campaign funding
and volunteers for Democrats.
"It would be a huge landscape-
altering type of action, and it
would tilt the scales significant-
ly in favor of the Republicans,"
said Mike McCabe, director
of the Wisconsin Democracy
Campaign, which has long
tracked union involvement in
Wisconsin elections. "This is
a national push, and it's being
simultaneously pushed in a num-
ber of states. I think Wisconsin
is moving the fastest and most
aggressively so far."

The National Education Asso-
ciation, which represents 3.2
million workers, said teachers'
collective bargaining rights are
also being targeted by propos-
als in Ohio, Idaho, Indiana and
other states.
Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad, a
Republican, said yesterday law-
makers should pass a proposal
to bar public employees from
negotiating health insurance
benefits. In Indiana, a GOP-led
House committee debated yes-
terday a right-to-work bill that
would prohibit union member-
ship from being a condition of
The Wisconsin plan strikes
at a key Democratic Party con-
stituency by eliminating the
mandatory union dues teachers
and other public workers are
required to pay. The plan would
take away the ability of most
municipal and state employees to
bargain any condition of employ-
ment beyond their base sala-
ries - including benefits, work
schedules and overtime pay. And
unions would need to survive a
vote of their members every year
to stay in existence.
Public safety workers, includ-
ing police officers, firefighters
and state troopers, would keep
their rights under the plan.
Those unions endorsed Walker
in his campaign for governor

last year, but he said they were
exempted because he did not
want to jeopardize public safety
if they walked off the job.
Nancy MacLean, a labor his-
torian at Duke University, said
eliminating unions would do to
the Democratic Party what get-
ting rid of socially conservative
churches would do to Repub-
licans. She called unions "the
most important mass member-
ship, get-out-the vote wing of the
Democratic Party."
"It's stunning partisan calcu-
lation on the governor's part, and
really ugly," she said.
Walker has denied political
motivations, saying his proposal
is about cutting state and local
spending for years to come. But
in an interview with The Asso-
ciated Press last week as pro-
tests raged inside the Capitol, he
acknowledged his plan to allow
workers to opt out of payingtheir
dues could cripple unions.
"That's something that threat-
ens these national leaders. They
want that money. That's their
existence. Having mandatory
membership is what keeps them
going," he said. "If people have a
choice, I think many of them are
afraid that things will change,
and that's where the intensity
is. But for us, it's about balanc-
ing the budget and doing it in the
most responsible way possible."

From Page 1
in last year's entering School of
Nursing undergraduate class.
Of the school's 225 master's stu-
dents, 16 are male. And of the 69
doctoral students in the school,
only two are male.
For the University's sec-
ond career Bachelor of Science
in Nursing program, which is
intended for college graduates
interested in obtaining an accel-
erated degree in nursing in 12
months, the 2010 entering class
has the highest percentage of
males of all nursing programs
at 17 percent. But at 13 male stu-
dents, this is still a lower num-
ber than male enrollment in the
school's undergraduate and mas-
ter's programs.
The gender imbalance at the
school reflects the number of
male professional nurses - with
6 percent of the total population
of registered nurses being male,
according to the nursing informa-
tion website MinorityNurse.com.
The numbers of males enrolled
in School of Nursing degree pro-
grams is just above or below this
According to the most recent
data available in the University's
2008, 8 percent of students who
graduated with a baccalaureate
degree from the School of Nurs-
ing during that academic year
were males. Additionally, males
made up 6 percent of the gradu-
ating master's class that year, and
no males were in the graduating
doctoral class.
Kalvelage said he thinks low
male interest in the field is due
to the unrealistic perceptions the
media produce. Kalvelage cited
the films "Meet the Parents" and
"Yes Man" - which have male
nurses as main characters - as
examples of the media skewing
the image of the male nurse.
"The media suggests thatnurs-
ing isn't a manly field to be in," he
Not only are students in the
School of Nursing predomi-
nantly female, but women have
also made up the majority of the
school's faculty since the 90s,
according to the Status of Women
Report. In 1990, there were 62
tenured and tenure-track women

faculty in the School of Nurs-
ing, but only 4 men in the same
positions. In 2007, there were
38 females and three males who
were tenured and tenure-track
faculty members.
Nursing School Prof. Reg Wil-
liams said he finds the imbal-
anced ratio of males and females
in the field unfortunate, but sug-
gested there may be hope for
"Medicine started out being
predominantly men, and over
time now, it's evened out in terms
of men and women," he said.
Nursing School senior Kim-
berly Cristobal, president of the
Student Nurses' Association on
campus, said she's noticed the
gender imbalance in her classes,
in clinical practice and within her
student organization. She added
that she's fielded patient requests
to be cared for only by a female
nurse, though male and female
nurses are generally assigned the
same tasks within a health care
"(These patients) have been
older women, or those who object
due to religious reasons or mod-
esty," Cristobal said.
She said she's observed more
males pursuing graduate work
to advance to specific nursing
positions, like nurse anesthetist,
which is one of the top-paying
areas of nursing that many male
nurses choose to enter. Accord-
ing to the American Association
of Nurse Anesthetists website,
about 46 percent of all nurse
anesthetists are males.
Kalvelage said he's considering
becoming a certified registered
nurse anesthetist in the future.
He said he thinks many men
interested in medicine choose to
be doctors since it's often viewed
as a more prominent position
than a nurse.
"I think it's important to
men to have a prestigious job,"
Kalvelage said. "I think nurs-
ing, as a very care-focused field,
expects women to fulfill that car-
ing role."
Williams, who has been teach-
ing atthe Universitysince the80s,
said he's seen the nursing stereo-
type persist since he was a college
student. As a nursing student at
the University of Washington in
Seattle in the 70s, Williams said
he wrote a research paper that
considered the presence of males

inthe field.
"I argued at the time that the
field would benefit from a greater
balance of men and women," he
School of Nursing Dean Kath-
leen Potempa wrote in a state-
ment on the School of Nursing's
website that building a hetero-
geneous population at the school
is a priority for students, faculty
and administrators.
"The school places great value
on diversity and multiculturalism
and seeks to ensure a positive,
supportive climate in which all
individuals are welcome,"Potem-
pa wrote. "We are a community
that is committed to building
an environment that values and
respects every person, regardless
of gender, age, race, sexual orien-
tation, cultural background, reli-
gion, nationality or beliefs."
Nursing School junior Kyle
Brown said he thinks the stereo-
type of nursing being a female-
oriented field is decades old and
is difficult to shake. However,
Brown, who has been working in
a hospital for a few years, said he
has found it refreshing to be one
of the few males in a nursing set-
"I went to a private all-boys
school during high school, and
now that I'm in nursing school
...it's a good change of pace," he
Williams said despite being
one of the few males in hisgradu-
ating class at the University of
Utah, he was able to thrive due to
the support of his professors.
"When I think back to my
undergraduate education... I was
very fortunate," he said. "I wasn't
treated anydifferentlyormadeto
feel foolish."
Each male said ultimately, they
are proud of their work and are
excited to be able to provide a
unique contributionto the field.
"So often I hear that nurses are
the ones that patients remember
the most," Kalvelage said. "They
can have the most personal
impact (on patients) and can be
there during all steps of care."
Brown said he found his call-
ing in nursing after observing the
interesting and meaningful work
nurses have the opportunity to
"When you leave work for the
day, you feel like you've done
something worthwhile," he said.




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