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Student to student: Winter break expectations vs. reality

You probably have some expectations going into break, but a lot of times reality shreds them apart. Here are a few likely scenarios.

This holiday season, learn a little about how fellow students celebrate

As some students celebrate Hanukkah and Christmas, the holiday season is still to come for those of other faiths. From feasts to fireworks, students share how they and their families mark some pretty amazing holidays. Learn more about them!

So long SERF — thanks for the memories!

In 34 years, the Southeast Recreational Facility has served more than 20 million people. Last week, demolition began. Take a look back at the best memories of the facility and get a preview of the new one that’s to come.

Winter graduates celebrate commencement

Chancellor Rebecca Blank took a selfie with, like, everyone; the writers of “Lost” and “Once Upon a Time” talked about Easter bunnies, and a long-ago graduate finally got to walk the stage. Check out the highlights.

Photo: Metro bus

The best route home after a late night at the library

After a late night (or early morning) studying at College Library, you’ll have a new option for getting home during finals week. A pilot shuttle service will run between College Library and all of the University Residence Halls from midnight to 6 a.m.

Campus skyline at dusk

Finding tranquility in the midst of exam stress

Exams are a stressful time for everyone, so don’t forget to give yourself a “brain break” in a quiet peace place. Here‘s a list of tranquil places in and around campus that fit the bill perfectly, from a greenhouse to a coffee shop.

Winter grads to enjoy pomp and circumstance on Sunday

On Sunday, more than 1,000 students will take part in the winter commencement ceremony at 10 a.m.in the Kohl Center. A special student who graduated 50 years ago but never had the opportunity to take part in the ceremony will also be there to put some closure on his academic career.

Public viewing of TV shows created by commencement speakers

With Winter Commencement just 11 days away, the Union will screen TV shows created by speakers Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz. See “Once Upon a Time” from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9, at Union South; and “Lost” from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 10, at Memorial Union.

Campus mourns graduate student, global health adviser

The campus community is paying tribute to two Badgers who passed away recently. Landscape architecture graduate student Ian Santino, 31, died Nov. 28 from cancer. Robin Mittenthal, who helped develop the Undergraduate Certificate in Global Health, was killed in a farm accident.

With moped rules changing, know where to park over winter break

Starting Jan. 1, mopeds will be prohibited from parking on terraces, sidewalks, and at/near bike racks in Madison. In addition, moped storage over winter break is limited to the dedicated Residence Hall lots on campus. Read the details.