Vol. 8    No. 24
NOVEMBER 28, 2013

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Stories & Columns

UW-Madison Admissions Director
Adele Brumfield: Front Lines of
Diversity (Part 1),
By Jonathan Gramling

Alaffia and Togo, West African
Producers Cooperatives: Retaining
Value Added,
By Jonathan Gramling

Simple Things: Sneakers,
By Lang Kenneth Haynes

Asian Wisconzine: Roots of
Violence against Asian women and
girls,
By Heidi M. Pascual

Centerspread:
2013 Joining Forces for Families
Friends of JFF Awards: Illustrations
of Neighborhood Life,
By Jonathan Gramling

Fringe Hair Salon Moves to
Gammon Road: Giving People “The
Look,”
By Jonathan Gramling

2013 Delta Sigma Theta Sorority,
Inc.Tri-State Cluster Meeting:
Strengthening Service and
Sisterhood,
From Madison Alumnae Chapter
of  Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

Health Care Reform Update,
,
A GHC-TCCH Public Information
partnership

Art of Life: Attitude of Gratitude or
Thanksgiving: 365 Days A Year,
By Donna Parker

Gloria Jones-Bey Earns the
Mazzuchelli Medallion,
From Edgewood College

Poetic Tongues: Remembering
Fathers of Freedom,
by Fabu

Seeking Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan)
Relief

Second Annual Madison Black
Women Rock Awards: Rocking
Powerful Women,
From Madison Black Women Rock

Chief Noble Wray Reflects on
Nearly 30 Years of Service:
Community Centered (Part 2),
by Jonathan Gramling

The Zetas Are Coming, the Zetas
Are Coming… the Zetas Are HERE!
by Theola Carter

Fourth Annual Madison Hip-Hop
Awards: Recognizing Quality and
Rhythm,
From Urban Community Arts
Network

Second Annual Dying to Cross:
Death in the Desert,
by Jonathan Gramling

Former Simpson Street Resident
Goes for a Ph.D.: Exploding
Stereotypes (Part 2),
by Jonathan Gramling

Column by Dane County Executive
Joe Parisi: Investments in
Opportunity for All

2013 East Madison Community
Center Bowl-A-Thon: A Winning
Bowling Combination,
by Jonathan Gramling

NEWS BRIEFS
Reflections/Jonathan Gramling
                        Thanks and Remembrance
Before I get going on this issue’s column, I would like to urge people to “Get Involved by Joining the
Discussion.” UW-Madison is developing its Framework for Diversity and Inclusive Excellence. This
document will guide UW-Madison’s diversity efforts for at least the next 10 years.

With each plan that has been developed since 1988, the definition of diversity has grown broader. While the
concept of diversity has historically focused on race and gender, it is now going to encompass other things
like political viewpoints.

As this plan is developed, it is important that you let your voice be heard. While the nine campus and
community listening sessions in which members of the ad hoc committee putting the plan together gathered
information from the broader campus and Madison community on the plan, the ad hoc committee
is still obtaining feedback. You can visit
www.diversityplan.wisc.edu to get more information on the plan
and process and you can e-mail your comments to
jointhediscussion@cdo.wisc.edu.

The future allocation of resources at UW-Madison toward diversity efforts will be guided by this plan. You
helma Carter to speak out to ensure that your part of the diversity spectrum is not left sitting outside of the
process and the university’s diversity plans.
****

I received an e-mail from Regina McConnell last night. For about 10 years, I had been the accountant for
Neighborhood House on Mills Street and Regina had worked there before heading overseas and then back
to Madison. She informed me that Linda Weyenberg, the former Neighborhood House executive director,
had died.

Every month, as I worked on the books, Linda and I would talk as her desk was situated less than five feet
from where I would work. As one half of my brain focused on the numbers, the other half would listen to
Linda as she talked about what had gone on at Neighborhood House during the past month and what was
going on citywide with neighborhood center funding and the like.

I’ve done the accounting work for four neighborhood centers and it is interesting how each center takes on
the interests and character of the individual who leads it. In Linda’s case, she was a working-class kind of
woman who came to the social work field rather late in life, did her social work internship at Neighborhood
House under Ed Holmes, the current principal of West High School. Linda never left Neighborhood House,
taking on the position of center director after Ed left.

And so, while all of the neighborhood centers offer meeting and event space and the like, it seemed to me
that Neighborhood House took on some of Linda and her innate desire to look out after others. Linda
basically took most of the incoming calls, giving people referrals for service and oversaw the food pantry.
Linda in essence did on-the-spot counseling with people, always having a listening ear for people who may
not have had anyone else to listen to them.

And it didn’t matter who it was that came through Neighborhood House’s doors; she treated them with
dignity and respect.

Now Linda was no push over and I did see her exhibit a little heat from time to time — thank God it wasn’t
directed at me. But she also had a soft heart for people that led her to do everything that she could for
people. Linda had a strong, almost boisterous laugh. She was a joy to be around.

I would imagine that Linda would still be the center director today if her health hadn’t taken a severe turn
for the worse. In her last days as center director, it seemed that Linda was in the hospital as much as she
was behind her desk on Mills Street. But she needed to get to 62-years-old before she could retire. And she
made it by sheer willpower alone.

I am saddened to hear of Linda’s passing although I know that she will no longer be constantly reminded of
— and feel the pain — her fragile health. Linda is one of those people who made Madison a great place to
live. Linda Weyenberg will be sorely missed.
****
Linda’s passing makes the Thanksgiving holiday all the more poignant. It is hard to watch good people
die. In the past year or so, I have known several people who passed suddenly.

It is important to appreciate the people in your life while you still have them because you never know what
God’s plans are.

And I appreciate all of the people who have made The Capital City Hues possible. What makes this a fine
community newspaper is that many people from all walks of life and different cultural communities entrust
their stories with The Hues. And we try our hardest to earn that trust over and over again. The day that we
take the stories for granted is the day that The Hues will start to die, a little bit at a time.

I am grateful to the partners of The Hues for investing their funds and faith in me. They have made this
possible over the long haul. Our subscribers are also important. We are hovering around 70. Linda
Weyenberg was a subscriber, bless her soul.

And I am grateful to the columnists like our mainstay Lang Kenneth Haynes, our Webmaster Heidi Pascual,
delivery person and partner Ty Glenn who is back from open-heart surgery and the folks who print our
paper at Wingra Press, an arm of Capital Newspapers. There are a lot of hands who touch this paper every
two weeks.

I’m also grateful to our advertisers. I know some advertise to be supportive of our efforts while others
know that The Hues is a good vehicle to reach Madison’s communities of color. Our advertisers account
for about 95 percent of our revenue. So please pay attention to who advertises in The Hues and tell them
‘Thank You’ if you run into them or purchase their goods and services. We wouldn’t be here without them.

And most importantly, I have saved the biggest thank you for you, our readers. It is the 3,200-3,400 people
who pick the paper up every two weeks and the thousands more who visit our website that give us the
reason to be. It is your constant encouragement and use of The Hues as a primary information source and
source for encouragement that keeps this newspaper circulating. I am so grateful and thank you from the
bottom of my heart. We are family! Happy Thanksgiving!